With the growing concern from Christians, I wonder what our world would be like without the right to practice whatever religion you wish. I find the idea frightening. After all, we don’t live in the Middle East and most, if not all, of us grew up with a great deal of freedom.
I’m far from a religious scholar, I’m just a concerned Christian that watches and reads news stories of a minority of individuals who are suddenly “offended” that they see a cross on a Veteran’s memorial, or that a high school uses bible verses on signs, prayers before their games, or crosses on their helmets. Even the 9/11 memorial was attacked because they wanted to remove the steel beam cross. Restaurants are being told they are discriminating because they offer a discount to those who bring in their church bulletins on Sunday. (I actually went to one last weekend, proudly handing them my church bulletin) I could go on…Chik-Fil-A, Hobby Lobby, etc…
I don’t see this ending, especially with our current government administration. Bad enough he’s not wanting to help save Christians persecuted overseas. Not even beheadings of two Americans and one British hostage was enough to sway him. He certainly isn’t doing anything here to stop atheists from slowly eroding away our religious freedom. Sure, Muslims can worship as they please, but now we can’t?
But something came to me. Do atheists think about the little things? For instance, if religion means nothing, how do you justify morality, right from wrong? How do you justify censorship of curse words on TV shows? Protecting children? From what? How are curse words bad for kids? How is sexual situations bad if not for religious teachings that have been around for generations and generations? What is that little voice in your head that tells you that murder is wrong? That’s called Christ. It’s Christ working in your heart to tell you right from wrong. If not, how can you say that something is “wrong”? Stealing is wrong? Really? Sure, because God said, “Do not steal.” Though you may be atheist, you’re still a good person because you follow the rules? No, the two don’t go hand in hand, sorry. Good deads don’t get you into heaven. Go to all the third world countries you want. Give to the poor, work in a homeless shelter, it makes no difference. Again, good deads don’t get you into Heaven. Belief in God and acceptance of Jesus Christ does. Ask your more valid religious leaders and they’ll tell you the same thing. Absolutely go help the homeless, feed a country, etc…but do it because it’s what God wants and calls you to do. Do it in His name.
Our country was founded on religious freedom. Our forefathers wanted to break from England so they could worship how they wished. Sure, Christianity is the predominant religion in America, which is why I think it’s being attacked. The Freedom From Religion people are as bad as the Westboro Baptist Church (which isn’t a church, just a bunch of sanctimonious lunatics pushing their political agendas in the name of God). Why don’t the FFR people just call it as they see it? God haters. Because, how can you hate something if you don’t believe in it? They absolutely believe in the existence of God or they wouldn’t be doing this. God haters and atheists are two different things. Most atheist just go about their day, do their job and let people be. God haters are the ones who want to wipe out God in our country. They’re offended by a cross? Don’t look at it. They don’t want people to pray in school or in public functions? Bow your head and be silent. Think about something else for a few seconds. That’s what people did thirty, forty years ago. Of course there was no internet then either.
I’m not saying the internet is evil, I think that it’s used for bad purposes. I mean, what does it say about us as a country when college students can’t remember what 9/11 was about (I know they were too young, but I wasn’t alive at the time of Pearl Harbor, yet I knew about it) and yet they could name at least one celebrity who had their pictures stolen from the cloud? It says that we, as parents, need to step up and educate our kids on real issues and priorities. And that includes teaching them the word of God.
As angry as all this makes me, I have to remember that Jesus (through the teachings of Paul) said Christians would be hated and persecuted for their faith. So, when I read comments where people are so hateful towards God, I need to pray for them instead. Sure, that’s hard, but what else do we have?
Trust. We still have trust. Not in our government or our leaders, but in our Heavenly Father.
Thanks and God bless!