Luke, chapter 6, verse 22 reads: “Blessed are you when people hate you and when they exclude you and revile you and spurn your name as evil, on account of the son of man.” Going all the way back to biblical times, Christians have suffered under continuous persecution. That is simply a way of life. Even today, in many countries around the world, Christians must practice their faith under cover, and in secret, for fear of government persecution. There are even countries–specifically in the Middle East–where Christianity is punishable by death.
As Americans, we have always had the benefit of living in a country that promotes freedom of religion. We are allowed to practice faith freely, in almost any way we choose to do so. With the aggressive advancement of Secularism, we had to know that the time was fast approaching when even Americans weren’t safe from government persecution. That time has begun.
According to breitbart.com:
“President Barack Obama’s civilian appointees who lead the Pentagon are confirming that the military will make it a crime–possibly resulting in imprisonment–for those in uniform to share their faith…This regulation would severely limit expressions of faith in the military, even on a one-to-one basis between close friends. It could also effectively abolish the position of chaplain in the military, as it would not allow chaplains (or any service members, for that matter), to say anything about their faith that others say led them to think they were being encouraged to make faith part of their life.”
I wrote several days ago that the Pentagon had consulted anti-Christian activist Mikey Weinstein in regard to the development of military tolerance policy. I said that if the Pentagon was consulting Weinstein, they must be moving in a dangerous direction. Now, days later, we have evidence. The government will now actively prosecute those in the military who decide to share their faith. This is huge.
If the United States government can prosecute those in the military for sharing their faith, what could be the next step? Being that the military is a government run agency, could faith soon be excluded from every government agency? We are on the precipice of the slippery slope. Under the purview of Barack Obama, are we to expect further discrimination? I think the answer is a resounding yes.
The idea behind the policy is allegedly to protect secular service members from feeling intimidated or threatened by religious proselytizing. To that end, I have several questions:
1. Is a friendly conversation about faith and religion so threatening that we must prosecute? Is it so scary to have someone honestly speak about their faith in God that they must be legally punished for it?
2. If so, what exactly is the threat? Clearly, it is not a physical threat, but supposedly a mental one; comparable–according to Weinstein–to rape. If this threat is mental; where does it end? Where is the line drawn? It looks like it will be up to Mikey Weinstein to decide.
3. Does this ban include all faiths, or only Judeo-Christian based faiths? Because, it seems, in the eyes of Mikey Weinstein, that Christianity is the most dangerous. If he has a large part in crafting this policy–and it seems as though he does–Christianity will be targeted above all other faiths.
4. Finally, does this ban effect all talk of faith, or simply proselytizing? Can God be mentioned even in passing? Again, where is the line in the sand?–oops, sorry; that’s a biblical reference.
All persecution begins in small places. First, a targeted group is mocked by the entertainment industry, and the media. Second, they are prosecuted legally. Third, they are ostracized and publicly shamed. Finally, they are executed.
This may seem extreme, especially in a country like the United States; but the growth of persecution is a slow one, taking years, and decades to evolve. The picture I painted used broad strokes. There are many small, subtle steps in between. However, with this new military policy, we are deeper in the mud than we have ever been. How long it will take us to reach the end point is unclear; but we will get there in time.
Many people will go about their lives unaware of this policy because the media is complicit in the Secularist agenda. Just like Conrad Black said: “Perhaps the gravest under-publicized atrocity in the world is the persecution of Christians.”
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