We Need to Fight Back
Fight for Christian Rights
I don’t know how many of you have noticed, but we are under attack! We believers don’t have the same rights we’ve had in the past. We are expected to be tolerant of everyone else. Why? Because we sit in our pews and we do nothing! We watch the news and see the direction this great country is taking and all we can do is complain. I’m sure you are familiar with the phrase “you get what you deserve.” Well, folks we got what we deserved with this last election. We got what we deserved financially, politically, environmentally, etc. Things have to change. And that change has to begin with believers. We need to get involved. Now, I dislike politics as much as anyone else, but over the years I’ve learned that involvement in your local, state and federal government is the only way to turn things around. It seems now the government is only interested in getting involved in everyone’s business rather than being a “government for the people.”
The United States of America was founded as a constitutional republic under a mostly democratic form of government. It was to be a government by the people and for the people. It has lasted for more than two hundred years because it was founded by God-fearing men who wanted the best for everyone. But today, the secular world feels threatened by Christianity. If for no other reason, Christians should be involved in politics because we have just as much a right to have our interests represented as anyone else. But now, many are in a position to make decisions whether to compromise their moral values in the name of politically-correct legislation. In John 18:36 Jesus said, “…If My kingdom were of this world, My servants would fight, so that I wouldn’t be handed over to the Jews….”. Peter had taken his sword and lopped off the ear of a Jewish leader’s servant. He was defending Jesus! There’s no difference now. As the old church hymn chorus goes, “Stand up, Stand up for Jesus…”. Now is the time to stand up and defend Jesus!
In Peter and Paul’s day the government was part of a totalitarian state. Christians were executed just for being a Christian. In John 15 Jesus tells us we will be persecuted because of His name. Well folks, it’s coming and it may only get worse. The time is coming where we will be persecuted here in America just for being Christians. The time is coming when we will not be able to openly worship God or publicly tell others about Jesus without severe consequences.
Atheists and homosexuals don’t have a problem fighting for their rights; look where it has gotten them. One example is forcing pharmacists to dispense substances that induce abortion, even though they are morally opposed to abortion. In another example, Roman Catholic adoption agencies were forced out of Massachusetts because they would have been forced to place children in homes with homosexual couples. Many states have passed legislation allowing same sex marriage. Businesses are being forced to consider homosexuals, cross-dressers, and transgender individuals in their hiring processes. In Oregon, a small bakery owned by Christians has lost their business because they refused to bake a wedding cake for a homosexual couple.
These people really believe that we believers think we are better than everyone else. The point they are really missing is we are ALL EQUAL – EQUAL SINNERS. Romans 3:23 says, “For ALL HAVE SINNED and fallen short of the glory of God.” It doesn’t matter what the sin is we all have sinned and we all are sinners. The only difference between believers and non-believers; believers have accepted Jesus as their moral compass and are forgiven.
Now, Peter and Paul advised Christians to obey governing authorities and submit to their rule. The Scriptures specifically address the issue of paying taxes, and commands Christians to do so. The only exception: when Christians are commanded to disobey God’s laws, in which case Christians are told to obey God rather than men. Now is time Christians need to get involved in the political process. But we have to be careful to participate in a Godly fashion. At the very least, pray for those in authority. Our voices need to be heard, we have the same rights as anyone. We are in a fight for our rights. 1 Corinthians 9:24: “24Do you not know that the runners in a stadium all race, but only one receives the prize? Run in such a way that you may win. God has called us to run and fight! We need to fight to win!