The great American turn from religious freedom
The US Supreme Court this week announced that it would not take up an appellate court decision banning praying in the name of Jesus in North Carolina. That means that only secular prayers will be given and the mentions of any deity are limited. There are a multitude of cases in the US where religious freedom is under fire--praying in the name of Jesus at the Veterans Cemetery in Houston, no mention of Jesus at graduation services at Medina Valley High School, the attempt to prevent Christmas displays in Athens--these in just one state. But there is a deeper trend to those who would discern--Christian American lives being lost in far away countries to uphold freedom, when those nations are killing off the Church.
Christian Americans have been witnessing the deterioration of religious freedom in the homeland for over a generation now. The federal government, beholden for some reason to secular humanists, has become isolationist in its views regarding religion to the point that it discriminates against anything Christian, while turns a blind eye or even supports non-Christian religious minorities such as Islam in the name of tolerance. Never before in the history of this nation have so many Islamists been heralded as government appointees. If Christians wore their religion on their sleeves like these, the government would have been prevented from hiring them by anti-American, anti-religious groups filing lawsuits.
It is difficult to imagine that an American government policy would shift away from religious freedom in the name of religious freedom, but that is what is happening. In Afghanistan and Iraq, where Christian American men and women have put their lives on the line everyday ostensibly for freedom (which includes religious freedom), attacks against Christians have caused the Christian church to go so far underground that the US State Department can't find them--saying that Christian churches in those nations are a thing of the past. So much for ten years of taxpayer funded crusades against the Islamic attacker. At the risk of being sarcastic, it is a fair question to this and the previous White House: What gives?
In Egypt, Coptic Christians are being killed by the dozens, their homes and churches being burned, and Coptics were even prevented from voting according to news reports. Everywhere there was a change due to the US-supported Arab Spring, Sharia law, complete with harsh discrimination against Christians, was established. If you look at actions over words, it appears that the American government policy--both domestically and internationally--is undeniably anti-Christian. Worse, American Christians seem complacent about it. Jesus said in Matthew 10:33, "But whosoever shall deny me before men, him will I also deny before my Father which is in heaven." We need to get right with God, otherwise we may lose our nation.
Have a Blessed and Powerful Day!