Some people will argue whether or not the United States was “founded” as a Christian nation. I don’t want to make that argument today, but I don’t know how anyone can argue that for about 200 years the United States has primarily been a Christian nation, whether it was founded as one or not. The American society has pretty much aligned with and tried to follow the teachings of Jesus from the Bible, even though it was often far from perfect in doing so. Fifty years ago, nobody would have dreamed of calling a Christmas Tree a “Holiday Tree”. When stores put up “Happy Holidays” signs, it meant Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. Now when stores have their employees say “Happy Holidays” it is to be all encompassing and won’t be offensive to anyone. Fifty years ago, there was Christian prayer in schools and Christian prayer to open nearly every town council meeting across the country.
Today, if prayer is held at all, everyone must have equal access to begin a meeting with prayer. Jewish prayers, Muslim prayers, Wiccan Witch prayers, Buddhist prayers, you name it and you can sue to open a council meeting with that prayer. Federal prisons have to have chaplains that minister to dozens of ‘religions’. The US military and hospital chaplains can’t mention Jesus – and the list goes on. In the last week, even the National Cathedral in Washington, DC held a Muslim prayer service in it. Anyone who would speak out against it is seen as hateful and narrow minded. Yet the same politically correct people who criticize Christians for thinking it’s not right to allow Islamic worship in the Christian church remain silent about Muslim practices.
This is from the Daily Caller web site: Under current Islamic law, Christians are not allowed to pray in mosques, and are not allowed to set up visible churches in Saudi Arabia and other Muslim-dominated countries. In nearly all Muslim countries, Christians are not allowed to proselytize, and conversion to Islam is a capital crime in many Muslim communities. In Israel, because of Muslim opposition, Jews are not allowed to pray on the Temple mount, which was once occupied by a Jewish synagogue, then by a Christian church, and now by an Islamic mosque.
Our society and Christianity are parting ways. And the church will have to decide if it is going to go with Jesus or with the world. Some who call themselves the church will go with the world. Some already have. It will be easier to go with the world – I believe that’s the wide way that Jesus talked about. The problem is that He said that path leads to destruction.
(Think I’m being dramatic? Some of you are even hesitant to ‘like’ today’s post. I almost know who will and who won’t click like on Facebook for today’s blog.)
There is a way that appears to be right, but in the end it leads to death. ~ Proverbs 14:12
If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own. As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world. That is why the world hates you.
~ John 15:19