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"All men will hate you because of me, but he who stands firm too the end will be saved."
March 10, 2004
A Commentary by
Max R. Tyner, Pastor
Good Shepherd Evangelical Church
What would you do if you came to church some Sunday morning and the doors were padlocked? What if there were a sign on the door saying that it was no longer permissible to hold worship services there by order of the government? You've never thought about it? It's impossible you say? Friends, that day could be much closer than you think!
If someone had told you 30 or 40 years ago that nativity scenes would no longer be allowed on public property and that prayer and Bible reading would not be permitted in our schools, you would have laughed in their face. If someone had told you just a few years ago that it would be unconstitutional to say "One nation under God" in the pledge of allegiance, you would have told them they were crazy. What if someone had told you that in only a short time it would be illegal to display the 10 Commandments in an American courthouse?
Did you ever imagine that there would be major efforts to ban the phrase " In God we trust" from public places and from our currency? Yet, all of these things have come about in a few short years and we are hearing daily of renewed attacks on Christianity and Christian beliefs. We are living in a nation where millions of unborn infants are killed each and every year and no one really seems to care. Have you ever noticed the protests that PETA makes about killing animals and yet never says one word against the killing of innocent babies.
This is America today. This is the America that is admired around the world for the freedoms it offers. And while there seem to be more and more freedoms for those wishing to espouse obscenities and sexual permissiveness, the screws are slowly being tightened on those who hold Judeo-Christian beliefs and express a desire for adherence to Biblical standards and personal morality. With recent laws in some countries making the quoting of Bible verses or statements against homosexuality "hate crimes" one cannot help but wonder when such restrictions might be placed on churches in this country.
In an unbelievable act, the California Supreme Court ruled that a Roman Catholic charity must offer birth control coverage to its employees, even though doing so would contradict the teachings of the church. Will we soon see the time that Christian ministries will be required to employ people whose lifestyles or beliefs go against those of the church?
While it is difficult to believe that the attacks against Christianity can get any stronger, who believed a few years ago that we would see marriage licenses issued to homosexuals and mainline denomination ministers performing the ceremonies!
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