Interesting but as usual, a somewhat biased article.
Are evangelical Christians rapidly becoming one of the most hated minorities in America? Once upon a time such a notion would have been unthinkable, but these days things are changing dramatically. All over the United States, evangelical Christians are being called “extremists” and evangelical Christian organizations are being labeled as “hate groups”. In fact, as I will detail later on in this article, a U.S. Army Reserve training presentation recently specifically identified evangelical Christians as “religious extremists”. This should be extremely chilling for all evangelical Christians out there, because as history has shown us over and over again, when you want to persecute a particular group of people the first step is always to demonize them. And that is exactly what is being done to evangelical Christians today.
My reason for stating this is ‘somewhat biased’ is the author, through-out his article, appears to be believe the terms Evangelical and Christian are synonymous, when in fact they are not. At least they are not one and the same in today’s America.
Anyway, reading through the article and the comments left by readers, a couple scriptures come to mind.
“Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me“ – Matthew 5: 11
“But and if ye suffer for righteousness’ sake, happy are ye: and be not afraid of their terror, neither be troubled; But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear: Having a good conscience; that, whereas they speak evil of you, as of evildoers, they may be ashamed that falsely accuse your good conversation in Christ. For it is better, if the will of God be so, that ye suffer for well doing, than for evil doing“ – 1 Peter 3: 14-17
Just musing here but I think it’s a good idea when we start screaming, persecution! persecution!, that the persecution is coming for the right BIBLICAL reasons…don’t you? And, “if” America’s Evangelicals are being labeled as extremists or as a hate group, it also might be worth-while to take a moment to ask “why”.
Is it for Jesus Christ….is it because Evangelicals respond with meekness and humility when asked for the reason for the hope they possess,…is it because of their loving, “good” conversations concerning the Gospel and Christ?
Or are these labels being now attached to America’s Evangelicals for some other reason, entirely?