Christianity is under fire. Christian leaders are starting to recognize the signs of states trying to squelch the faith. After all, it’s happened before.
Nero burned Rome, blamed it on the Christians. Communist governments have labeled Christian faith “the opiate of the masses.” Muslims have been warring against the faithful for 1,400 years. Muslims, specifically, will kill you if you convert from Islam to Christianity (or anything else, for that matter.) If you grew up in a Christian home and convert to Islam, your parents more likely take the outrageous step of praying for you.
The one historical fact that those who are going to war against Christianity don’t seem to remember is that when The Church is attacked the Body of Christ grows by leaps and bounds. There were Christians in Nero’s household.
The Rising Tide of Secularism.
Governments, and even governments in the West have been marginalizing The Church for decades. They’ve been doing it actively in Europe since the end of WWII. Christianity is in worse shape today in Europe than it ever was in the Soviet Union or in Mao’s China. The one holdout against the rising tide of secularism has been the United States.
We’ve routinely elected Presidents who proudly proclaimed their faith in Jesus Christ. Not so long ago, President Jimmy Carter taught Sunday School at their church in Washington DC on most Sundays of his Presidency.
Secularism has been making a frontal attack on faith in recent years with the hand of government replacing the hand of God in many people’s lives. Our current President was elected to increase the role of government in our society so people wouldn’t have to be dependent on a loving God.
The Obama’s attended church in Chicago, but what we’ve learned about the teachings of Jeremiah Wright would call into question the faithfulness of that congregation. Mr. Obama was never held accountable for his attendance there, nor would anyone ask him what he thought of Rev. Wright’s sermons which typically railed against America rather than pointing to a loving God.
A Frontal Attack on The Church in the US.
Last week, we saw the first real frontal assault on Christian faith, and the faithful, by a Government official in the United States. Barack Obama, our President, stood before the National Prayer Breakfast and said this.
“Unless we get on our high horse and think this is unique to some other place, remember that during the Crusades and the Inquisition, people committed terrible deeds in the name of Christ.”
First of all, the Crusades took place about 1,000 years ago. The President also failed to mention that the Crusades were in response to Muslim aggression and had it not been for the Crusades, it’s very likely that militant Islam would have swept over the European continent.
The President also failed to mention that the biggest threat to world peace today is Muslim terrorism.
We have to remember that this is the same President who launched his first term in office with a world apology tour.
Christian Leaders Recognize the Attack.
For the first time in history, Christian leaders are publicly recognizing the attack on the faith by a secular leader. Franklin Graham is standing in the forefront of the call to believers. First by recognizing the attack.
Today at the National Prayer Breakfast, the President implied that what ISIS is doing is equivalent to what happened over 1000 years ago during the Crusades and the Inquisition. Mr. President–Many people in history have used the name of Jesus Christ to accomplish evil things for their own desires. But Jesus taught peace, love and forgiveness. He came to give His life for the sins of mankind, not to take life. Mohammad on the contrary was a warrior and killed many innocent people. True followers of Christ emulate Christ—true followers of Mohammed emulate Mohammed.
Rev. Graham set himself apart from those who follow Mohammed, a pedophile “prophet,” with these words.
Today some of our leaders, including President Obama, have gathered to pray at the National Prayer Breakfast in Washington D.C. I urge you to set aside time today to pray for our country also. My prayer is this: Lord, no problem is too great for You. This world is full of hatred and sin, but You are loving and holy. You sent your Son, Jesus Christ, so that we might be saved through Him. We repent and call on your name. We ask you to heal our land and bring this nation back to You.
We want to thank Franklin Graham for his wisdom and courage to talk about what is happening in the highest offices of the nation today. We also want to thank him for his faithfulness to God and to His followers, knowing that prayer must be the answer to attacks like this.
Even Secular People Can See.
Charles Krauthammer is not a Christian, at least that we know of. He is a political commentator. The interesting thing about President Obama’s remarks is that they are causing the scales to fall from the eyes of even secular commentators.
We think that the President’s outspoken stand against the Christian faith, and his apologetics and enabling of Muslim terrorism, could well be the first steps to seeing a turn away from the secular and a turn back to faith in the US.
Let’s hope so. Let’s pray it is so.