Sunday, August 8, 2010

Christians Persecuted!!! Oh The Horror!!

With the recent Proposition 8 ruling we are seeing the normal virulent reactions from the far right, as I pointed out yesterday in my post on Focus On The Family. But that being said, I find the next reaction to the ruling very very amusing, taken from Charisma Magazine

"It's a chilling moment," said TheCall founder Lou Engle, who organized a prayer rally in support of Proposition 8 in September 2008. "Democracy is crumbling, and I believe, again, we're going to see the persecution of the church. ... Across the board, religious freedom now is being trumped by gender freedom."
Garlow said in several areas where gay marriage has been legalized, Christians have lost personal and religious liberties. He points to Swedish pastor Ake Green, who was jailed after preaching that homosexuality is a sin, and to a Christian camp in Ocean Grove, N.J., that lost a discrimination lawsuit filed after it refused to allow a lesbian couple to hold a commitment ceremony at its facility.
"If we lose on this one, we lose the capacity to be able to proclaim the gospel as we know it," Garlow said.
Yes I know that I just posted on "religious freedom" and how that is important, but this is fundamentally different than that in two distinct ways.

1.  Christians are supposed to be happy when they are "persecuted" and are supposed to rejoice when they are "reviled", not complain and demand to fight back.
Matthew 10:22-23 - "All men will hate you because of me, but he who stands firm to the end will be saved. When you are persecuted in one place flee to another. I tell you the truth, you will not finish going through the cities of Israel before the Son of Man comes."
Matthew 5:11-12 -  "Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you." 
2. That phrase that Garlow says, "proclaim the gospel as we know it." does not really apply to the gay marriage debate. In my understanding of the gospel, you only have to accept Jesus as your personal savior. Nowhere is there a passage saying that "in order to be a Christian you must not be gay married."

In my opinion, Christianity has become a religion of pansy's in this country. Even if all of their fanciful notions that they are going to be persecuted religiously comes to pass, they should be happy about it!! Because only by doing so are they truly showing the world what a "Christian" is supposed to be. But instead, they want to stay comfortable and live their life of ease and leisure...not something that I think Jesus would be to happy about.

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