Posing a Question

Here is something I have been thinking about.

When I was a little kid, I was one of the first from a divorced family.

It was looked at as something that “had” to be accepted.

Then when I got older babies out of wedlock became common and “had” to be accepted.

People did not seem to get married anymore, they just played at it.  Tried it out but never tried the commitment part of it. Still “had” to accept that lifestyle.

Homosexual lifestyle has become something that “has” to be accepted.

It is more prevalent on television than heterosexual couples it seems like.

It’s like the new accessory or something.

Everyone has to have their “gay friend”.

I have seen people try and ‘one up’ each other with same sex partners even though they have a relationship with someone of a different sex (isn’t that called cheating!!!)

and now its moving up to partners who are pan sexual?

Talk about Sodom and Gomorrah!

Now please understand I am not condemning anyone in any of these situations. These are all apart of my life in some way shape and form. People I love live by these standards. I do not have to approve of any of these choices to love others just as they do not have to approve of mine.

What I am having a problem with is, I now am seeing that the new “has to be accepted” seems to be the slamming of Christians.

So this is my question.

Why is this?

Because some people choose to follow the Word of God from a book that has only proven to be true for thousands of years and to believe that Jesus Christ died on the cross for our sins so that we could be forgiven and saved, because of this it is okay to persecute us?

It is okay to come to a country that was founded on the belief in one true God and now yell and scream and stomp your feet, to have that basis for this country put away shamefully?

America was begun as a place of refuge for those who believed in Jesus as our Savior.

Do your research before coming to a country that believes God is above all things if it bothers you so much.

Do not come here and change my country with your baby antics, acting like a toddler having a tantrum about your rights being infringed upon! Having the audacity to complain that people here who worship God through the Christian faith bother you and you should not have to hear them honor and praise their Lord. Then go back to what ever rock you crawled out from that was so much better than being here in America! This is a Christian country and I am tired of the Christians having to give up everything for those who have a different faith or a so called lack of faith. I do not ask you to disrespect your faith because it is different than mine. Nor do I try to change laws so that your faith or lack of it would be unwelcomed any where.  If I could not stand speaking English anymore I could move to another country where they spoke a different language. Why would I stay here and just complain about the language? Run around condemning everyone who spoke English around me?? Starting big campaigns to have English taken out of our schools and such.  How ridiculous would I look? That is how I see what is going on right now.

Does anyone else?

Again I ask “why is this behavior and treatment of Christians okay?”

I will refer to the Bible on this:

10Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

11Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. 12Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.

Matthew 5:10-12

I think the book of Luke chapter 21 has some great words on this as well.  Here is the most appropriate.

12 “But before all this, they will seize you and persecute you. They will hand you over to synagogues and put you in prison, and you will be brought before kings and governors, and all on account of my name. 13 And so you will bear testimony to me. 14 But make up your mind not to worry beforehand how you will defend yourselves. 15 For I will give you words and wisdom that none of your adversaries will be able to resist or contradict. 16 You will be betrayed even by parents, brothers and sisters, relatives and friends, and they will put some of you to death. 17 Everyone will hate you because of me. 18 But not a hair of your head will perish. 19 Stand firm, and you will win life.

Luke 21:12-19

I am posting because of this verse:

“And He ordered us to preach to the people, and solemnly to testify that this is the One who has been appointed by God as Judge of the living and the dead.”

Acts 10:42

So I am testifying that even if it is the new “thing” to persecute Christians for their belief in the Lord Jesus Christ, I am and always will be a Christian. I believe that Jesus died on the cross not only for me but for all who will accept Him. I believe that the Bible is inspired by God in its entirety, and is without error in the original autographs, a complete and final written revelation from God. I believe that there is only one God, who is eternal and immutable, and manifests Himself in three distinct Persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. I believe that Jesus of Nazareth is the promised Messiah , born of a virgin, totally without sin , God in human flesh  the One Who died on the cross for our sins , was buried , rose again from the dead on the third day , and ascended to the right hand of the Father in heaven, where He now intercedes for us who believe in Him. I believe that Jesus Christ is going to return in the clouds for His church before the tribulation that is coming upon the whole earth , and that He will return with His saints and all His holy angels to the earth at the end of the tribulation, and set up His kingdom on earth, ruling and reigning forever and ever. I believe in a real/literal devil, called Satan, who, along with all his fallen angels, demons, and evil spirits, are destined to spend eternity in hell, and now seek to deceive the world, defeat the believers, and destroy the work of God, but can be resisted by believers, who are protected by God, the Holy Spirit and the intercession of Jesus Christ our Lord. I believe that all humanity is lost and born with a sinful nature, and can only be saved by a personal faith in the death and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ, and not by any human merit or performance. I believe that heaven is a real place where the saved will dwell forever, and that hell is a literal place of torment where unbelievers will suffer forever. I believe that genuine believers are born again by the Holy Spirit of God, and are indwelt, baptized into the body of Christ, the true church, and sealed by the Holy Spirit, and thus, unable to be separated from the love of Jesus Christ. I believe in the spiritual unity of all genuine believers in the Lord Jesus Christ which is manifested by the spiritual gifts and fruit of the Holy Spirit’s presence through His love. I believe that all believers need to be filled and empowered by the Holy Spirit to live a godly life and to be bold in our witness for the Lord. I believe that the nation of Israel has a special place in God’s plan, and that all of the promises of God to Israel will be fulfilled both now and in the Second Coming of Jesus Christ in His millennium!!

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(Parts taken from Calvary Chapel Chino Hills statement of faith)

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