I’ve got to agree with Michel Brown and his article “Gay Rights Activists can’t put the Church in the Closet” in Charisma Magazine, speaking briefly about the double standards which the gay lobby use when they oppose the right of Christians to follow their faith.
I fear that the “equal rights for everyone” push which we are seeing in the west right now, will be the catalyst for the beginning of severe persecution of Christians.
In fact, I think here in Australia it will lead to unprecedented persecution of Christians.
Gays, Atheists, and a largely Agnostic Australian populace, have trouble understanding that when you follow the Christian faith, it involves your whole being and all of your time. You can’t be a Christian only in Church on Sundays and in your own home.
Jesus Christ admonishes the Pharisees of his day:“Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You are like whitewashed tombs, which look beautiful on the outside but on the inside are full of dead men’s bones and everything unclean. In the same way, on the outside you appear to people as righteous but on the inside you are full of hypocrisy and wickedness.”
Christians cannot be Christians on the outside only. We can’t believe what we believe only in the privacy of our homes. We need to live out our faith from the moment we wake up all throughout each day until the moment we go to sleep. This includes in our workplaces, our sports, our clubs, our private lives and our public lives.
Speaking out against the double standards of Gay rights activists, Atheists and the sentiment of the post-Christian world, when it denounces freedom of religion, is just a small part of our adhering to the principles of our faith.
I’ll end this post with a quote from Bill Muehlenberg in Christianity Today:Not long ago Western Christians used to read about the horrible persecution of the church in Communist countries such as the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe. We read about the great exploits and sufferings of Richard Wurmbrand (Tortured for Christ), Haralan Popov (Tortured for his Faith), Brother Andrew (God’s Smuggler) and others who ministered amidst great hardship and opposition in Communist lands.I read these books with fascination and horror when I was a young believer in the 1970s. Little did I realise that within a few short decades some of these Communist nations would no longer be under the jackboot of atheistic Communism, but that the “free” West would quickly begin to take their place.
Sure, the US does not yet have its own Gulag, and Australia has not yet set up concentration camps for those troublesome Christians. But the way things are heading, it may not be all that far off. Increasingly it is becoming very risky indeed to publically proclaim your Christian faith in the secular post-Christian West.