Because I work in the world of persecuted Christians, I witness bullying, ignorance, violence and hatred on a daily basis. I have always been thankful for my American heritage, having been raised by two red, white and blue patriots, but it wasn’t until the Lord took me into the world of persecution that I became extremely humbled by my American birthright.
I, we, can read the Word in public, can discuss Jesus at a restaurant, can sing praises to my God with the windows down in my car, can join with other believers on Sunday mornings to dive deeper into my relationship with the Lord. Once I began to see how rare these things are for millions of Christians around the world, I stopped taking it lightly. Our freedom to worship, to pray, to follow after our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, is a gift far too many of us take for granted.
So, today, after receiving inside footage of the terrorist group Boko Haram executing five humanitarian aid workers in Nigeria minutes before receiving a video of Antifa and BLM rioters storming the stage of a pro-police rally in Colorado, kicking and beating everyone they came in contact with as the police were told to stand down, I am heartbroken to realize the same spirit of hatred I fight against in other countries has now been allowed to come into the land I love.
We, you, me and every other God-fearing, Jesus following believer, are at risk of losing our right to worship our God. You may be wondering how this is possible, but can you not feel it, the tightening of the rope called “tolerance”? Can you not sense it, the hatred marinating around you when you dare speak up regarding your personal opinion about BLM, Antifa or the Police? Can you not see it, the doors of churches closing and the mouths of worshipers slamming shut?
The spirit of hatred, of antichrist, has waltzed right into our borders and the vast majority of us are blind to its arrival.
The same spirit or hatred, intolerance, ignorance and violence we battle against in Nigeria, India, Pakistan, North Korea, China, and so many other Christian-targeting countries, is here, within our walls. They may not call themselves ISIS, but instead refer to themselves as Antifa. They may not chant praises to Allah, but instead chant “black lives matter” and “de-fund the police”. They may not, yet, carry advanced weaponry, but instead carry signs of hatred and bigotry, screaming obscenities in the faces of anyone who disagrees or who dares speak out.
The church has stood down, which has allowed this spirit to come in. This is not a battle for civil rights or equality, as the enemy would have us believe, this is a fight for freedom and to keep our rights to follow our Lord without harassment.
If anything, I pray this post brings true awareness of what we are battling and what we are facing as Christians in America. Now is not to the time remain silent or to stay away, now is the time to engage, pray, fast, and worship like never before. For, if we don’t, we, too, will be silenced and placed in the box marked “persecuted”.
“Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.” -Psalm 23:4