Could anti-Christian persecution flare up in the USA? There are troubling signs that leftist activists have Christians in their crosshairs.... Priestly sexual abuse is a real issue. But it also feeds the flames of anti-Catholic emotions. An atmosphere of suppressed rage and fear develops. With every release of the names of yet more abusing priests and bishops it becomes easier to cast all Catholic clergy as depraved monsters.... The temperature is not only increasing for Catholics. All those who hold traditional Christian views are targets. In light of sex scandals, progressives find it all too easy to launch self righteous tirades. They damn Christianity as insufferably patriarchal, out of touch and archaic, but also discriminatory, dysfunctional, abusive and dangerous.
"The United States is transitioning into large-scale secular and sacred enclaves. Thus, secular elites who express scorn or disdain for orthodox Christian religious faith and practice aren’t disconnected from popular will. They’re expressing popular will."
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"Reversing the cultural decline of Christianity would do more to preserve religious freedom than any conceivable Supreme Court case."
Which brings us to our present unpleasant realization that from a cultural perspective, the traditionalists and conservatives have been thoroughly beaten in the war for the culture. For the most part, we never even showed up. We raised families, built farms and businesses, and attended church functions while secular revolutionaries took over the entertainment industry, the media, academia—and finally, the public education system that now dutifully serves as a conduit for secular “values.” Prayer is out, queer theory is in, and many a middle-aged conservative has found occasion recently to splutter his coffee and gape at his newspaper: “How did things change so fast?”
Christians have taken the conservative route of keeping to themselves, being responsible in home, church, and community, and leaving activism to the liberals. But Christianity is no longer status quo. If we want to preserve its influence we must stand for it. Apathy is no longer a viable option.
The Western world is veering dangerously toward totalitarianism. It’s marked by anti-Christian hostility, which means persecution, which already exists in pockets, is likely to riae and become widespread. Hue he’s need to see this as an alarm call, yet respond in hope, truth and joy. They also need to develop Ian intentional strategy of prayer, teaching acts of love, and providing answers.
Early Christians won over the world even while they were regarded as divisive, insubordinate, poor citizens with no intellectual resources to offer. As we find ourselves in an increasingly similar situation, we have a lot we could learn from them
You and I are going to have opportunities to live out our faith heroically in the next several years. I could be wrong — I hope I am — but I believe there are new faith challenges in our future. I want to be ready for it, and I know you do, too. And on one level, I’m convinced it’s simple. All it takes is everyday Christian faithfulness today.