Persecution…Alive and Well…
“Yea, and ALL that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution” (II Timothy 3:12 KJV)
For those of us who are professing Christians; especially for those of us living in the southeastern region of the United States, it has been a rather alarming week. Atlanta-based company, and Christian-family owned, Chic-Fil-A, (a fast food restaurant chain specializing in well-prepared and delicious tasting southern-fried chicken sandwiches) has come under extensive media and political attack as a result of its president, Dan Cathy, openly expressing his “personal” support for the Biblical definition of family.
Even though Christians have been martyred for centuries for their beliefs, it appears that modern-day Christians are becoming quite accustomed to being “persecuted,” “made-fun-of,” and “bullied” by the news media and political interest groups for our Biblical beliefs and stand, as well. It seems that there is now a massive, nation-wide; if not global-wide, rally to silence any public statement, testimony, or comments that Christians may make in regard to, and support of, our Christian values and Biblical beliefs.
Actually, being “persecuted” is not anything “new” to a born-again believer in Christ Jesus….Let us not forget the burnings of Rome and the mass killings of early day believers…And, let us never forget our founder and leader himself, Jesus Christ, at Calvary… Yet; the Bible does teach us: Evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving and being deceived…(II Timothy 3:13 KJV). Lord, Have Mercy…
Fellow-Christian and UFL football player, Tim Tebow, received and withstood an unprecedented amount of ridicule from the news press and media, including talk-shows hosts such as Jay Leno and David Letterman, for his public display of Faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. It appears that in our modern-day society that if anyone openly ”testifies” of their faith in Jesus Christ, and the teachings of the Bible, that you are now considered the “punching bag” of society and its extreme ills.
What I find especially appalling to the response of Mr. Cathy’s personal remarks is the negative statement from Boston’s Massachusetts (one of America’s oldest cities) Mayor, Thomas Menino. According to the Boston Herald, Menino stated that he, ”promises to block Chick-fil-A from opening a restaurant in Boston because of the anti-gay marriage comments that Dan Cathy, the company’s president, made in an interview.”
First of all, Dan Cathy, did NOT make any anti-gay marriage comments or remarks. He simply stated that he, personally, supports the Biblical definition for “family.” After all, Dan Cathy, like thousands of other Bible-believing Christians support the Genesis account of creation and the Genesis account of the family. Therefore, why should it be a surprise to the left-winged (or right-winged) public when a Christian believes the Bible!!!! And, why should it be a surprise to a Christian when the left-winged (or right-winged) public announces boycott measures against a Christian-based company!!!
But, my question and concern is this….If “Chic-Fil-A” is not welcomed in Boston because of its owner and president’s personal beliefs in the Bible, does this mean that I, being a Christian, am NOT welcomed in Boston, as well? If this is the case, maybe we, as Christians, should ”vow” to boycott Boston!! I am quite certain that the city of Boston would suffer substantial financial loss should ALL Christians across our land ”vow” to not visit Mr. Menino’s city!!
Even though I have faith that God will fight all of my spiritual battles for me, I also feel that as a citizen of the USA, I should be able to openly express my beliefs and values without being “bullied.” If other personal interest groups and political figures such as our own current President can “boldly” express opinions against God’s Word and God’s teachings, then as a citizen of the same country (living “currently” in a free society) I should be able to openly express my opinion to honor, uphold, believe, and live according to God’ Word and God’s teachings. To me, it should be just as illegal for Mr. Menino, as Mayor of Boston, to openly ”discriminate” against Chic-Fil-A as it is for any company, business, or organization to discriminate against its customers, clients, or patrons. I, personally believe that Mr. Menino owes Chic-Fil-A and EVERY Christian in the USA an apology!!! Mr. Menino, I’m waiting…. (But, I won’t hold my breath! I will just pray for you as the Bible teaches. (Pray for those who persecute you..Matthew 5:44.)
“But, continue thou in the things which thou hast learned and hast been assured of, knowing of whom thou hast learned them….For ALL scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: that the man of God may be perfect (mature), throughly furnished unto all good works.” (II Timothy 3:14-17 KJV).
Note to Mr. Dan Cathy, I salute you and I thank you for your personal stand on the Word of God…May God continue to bless you and your family and keep His hand upon all you do. Amen…
Lin T Rollins, Author
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