"But in your hearts set apart Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect." 1 Peter 3:15
US Government Persecution of Christians continues
Not that I am a doom or gloom type of a guy but I feel like we have reached that line in the sand as a culture. Rather than looking down at the line and pausing for a moment to contemplate what the next step should be, our culture has now jumped over the line and took off sprinting. Last month I posted a link to an article from Breibart talking about the persecution of our brothers and sisters in the military. Some of the verbiage used by the fellow who crafted the Department of Defense position was harsh. Now I stumble across an article which brings the President into play in the ongoing persecution of Christians in the Military.
According to this article (READ HERE), Congressman John Fleming offered an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act that would protect the religious rights of soldiers. To quote Fleming It would have “required the Armed Forces to accommodate ‘actions and speech’ reflecting the conscience, moral, principles or religious beliefs of the member.” The Presidents response was that it would have a “significant adverse effect on good order, discipline, morale, and mission accomplishment.”
Weird how Christianity and the expression of Christianity would have a negative impact on morale, good order and discipline.
All I can do is sit and shake my head. How does it come to this?
Fleming offered several examples of persecution within the amendment. So check this out…
Fleming introduced the amendment after a series of high-profile incidents involving attacks on religious liberty within the military- including an Air Force officer who was told to remove a Bible from his desk because it might give the impression he was endorsing a religion.
He said there are other reports of Christian service members and chaplains being punished for their faith.
- The Air Force censored a video created by a chaplain because it include the word “God.” The Air Force feared the word might offend Muslims and atheists.
- A service member received a “severe and possibly career-ending reprimand” for expressing his faith’s religious position about homosexuality in a personal religious blog.
- A senior military official at Fort Campbell sent out a lengthy email officially instructing officers to recognize “the religious right in America” as a “domestic hate group” akin to the KKK and Neo-Nazis because of its opposition to homosexual behavior.
- A chaplain was relieved of his command over a military chapel because, consistent with DOMA’s definition of marriage, he could not allow same-sex weddings to take place in the chapel.
Folks, I have said it before and I will say it again. We are on the downward slope here. The persecution cat is now out of the bag. Right now the trend is persecution because it will be offensive (political correctness). At some point it will turn into a crime where we will be literally punished for our beliefs, when they (the world) see that we are more concerned about eternal life rather than the immediacy of this life and continue to evangelize.
We may not be very far from that based on the Breibart article . It is beginning to get real now. We have to be preparing ourselves mentally for the sacrifice that we will have to make in order to honor God and follow through on the Great Commission.