This morning’s reading contained more than the usual smattering of articles about the legal assault under which Christian expression currently finds itself. Some were sober, good reporting and analysis, but many were hyperbolic, even fear mongering. (I will not link to those.) I will not deny that religious expression is currently under serious attack. I will not deny that the current circumstances are unique in American history. I will not deny that it is better to fight the current trends than simply succumb to them. But the tone, and in some cases language, of some of what I saw this morning needs some perspective.
The state does not fine us or tax us if we do not practice the state sponsored faith, as is true in some European states. Are we, now, in the US, being opposed? Yes, but it’s not that bad yet. In sub-Saharan Africa, Boko Haram routinely burns churches and executes Christians. Compared to that, we’re fine. Historically the Roman Empire used round up Christians and throw them, defenseless, in front of hungry lions for the amusement of the masses. The opposition we currently face is insignificant by contrast. Perspective matters.
But there is more than geopolitical and historical perspective needed. There is spiritual perspective. Continue Reading