I can see why some Christians might believe they are being persecuted in America, but I think it’s a bit too soon to make that claim. Of course there is a big push from homosexual activists (not to be confused with the average homosexual person) and secularists to purge visual Christianity from the public square. “Go ahead and be a Christian if you want” they say, “but don’t let it influence you outside your house and church, and don’t let it be seen by others”. That is happening. But is it persecution?
What credibility do we have if we call what we Christians in America are undergoing by anti-Christian activists persecution if there are Christians in the world being beheaded, stoned, set on fire, and imprisoned for their professions? If you can find it in the news you’ll see there is persecution in the world. Real horrifying persecution. Can we compare a lawsuit forcing a Christian business owners to put their moral convictions aside so that anti-Christian bigots can claim a hollow victory to the Coptic Christians in Egypt, or the underground Christian churches in North Korea and China?
I’m all for pushing back against activists, but I hesitate to insert hyperbolic language about such a serious state of affairs as persecution. We will lose what credibility we do have in the eyes of the general American public, that is for sure. Inevitably Christians claiming persecution will be viewed with the same eye-rolls we offer to Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson, and others on the political left when they scream racism whenever someone disagrees with President Barack Obama.
Remember when car alarms were the new thing? When we heard an alarm we all looked to see what was happening, was someone trying to steal a car? Eventually we realized that most alarms were false alarms and we now pay them no mind. When the real persecution starts, I don’t want it to be viewed like the car alarm or Sharpton’s calls of racism. I want it to create the attention it will deserve.
Anti-Christian bigots and activists will personally attack. They will call names, they will sue, and they will lie. That’s just fluff compared to what we could be going through. My advice is push back, but don’t play the persecution card too soon.