Some Americans will take a new perspective on cultural issues now and in the years to come. One such issue was the advancement of more anti-Christian sentiment in the United States. More and more anti-Christian groups have attempted to find ways to silence Christians from promoting their religious beliefs outside the four walls of their churches. Some more prominent groups are those who support atheism, humanism, and the homosexual agenda. However, now the Christian persecution that has been propagated behind closed doors for so many years has finally come out into the open. Therefore, Christians of every denomination must prepare themselves for the brewing pot of Christian persecution that might just boil over into mainstream America soon.
Why are these anti-Christian groups determined to silence Christians in America? The answer lies in the teachings of Jesus Christ. Over two thousand years ago, Jesus Christ saw the beginning of Christian persecution then and foretold the rationale for its ugly resurgence in the latter days, too. As stated by Jesus Christ in John 3:20-21, “For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved. But he that doeth truth cometh to the light that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God.” Also, in John 7:7, Jesus said, “The world cannot hate you; but me it hateth, because I testify of it, that the works thereof are evil.” Basically, Jesus was stating that the witness of Christians, the light of Jesus Christ, would cause many nonbelievers to feel uncomfortable. As a result, some nonbelievers who do not want to conform to Christ’s standards would ultimately use persecution as a method to hopefully silence the Christian voice in America.
However, Christians should expect some form of persecution now and in the future, just because there are so many people that do not want to surrender their will to God the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. As written in II Corinthians 4:8-9, Paul the Apostle said, “We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; Persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed.” If Jesus, Paul, Peter, and many other of Jesus’ followers were persecuted, true Christians today must face the reality that persecution will continually pop up its ugly head until Jesus comes back to take His children home to live eternally with Him in Heaven. Finally, in John 15:18-21, Jesus said, “If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you. If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you. Remember the word that I said unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord. If they have persecuted me, they will also persecute you; if they have kept my saying, they will keep yours, also. But all these things will they do unto you for my name's sake, because they know not him that sent me.” As inferred by these scriptures, post-modern day Christians will at some point in time be persecuted. Unfortunately, that point in time is now.