The finale of this season’s American Idol featured the band Paramore, whose lead singer sported a crop top with the command to “Be nice or go away!”
I’ve noticed an increase in that sentiment being directed at one particular group of people, those who hold tightly to their biblical beliefs. Christians around the world are being told to renounce their faith or “Go Away!”
Many Americans were outraged last year when A&E removed a patriarch from his family show for voicing Scripture negative to the homosexual lifestyle. Recently HGTV cancelled a new series after discovering that its twin-brother-hosts believed in marriage between one man and one woman. Mainstream America may have a growing intolerance towards Christianity, but so far, it has not been ruled to be illegal!
While both Korea and China jail Christians for their religious beliefs, Middle Eastern countries summarily kill any Muslim who has the courage to proclaim a love for Jesus Christ. In most Islamic countries conversion is against the law!
Currently in the North African nation of Sudan there is a 27 year old Christian doctor being charged with a death penalty crime. Meriam Yahya Ibrahim refused to deny her Savior, even when arrested and threatened with death. This wife, and mother of a two year old son, currently living in prison with her, just gave birth to a daughter. Though she is shackled and being denied medical care, her husband declared of his brave wife, “She will never recant!”
If “being nice” means staying silent on the promises of Christ my King, then I am unable to comply. My beliefs won’t likely cost me my life or my freedom, as I live in America, where my First Amendment rights are still secure.
I am deeply respectful of those Christians who pay such heavy costs to follow our Savior. I’m sure they know that even if they are forced to ultimately “go away”…the compensation will be worth it.
“But even if you should suffer for righteousness’ sake, you will be blessed. Have no fear of them, nor be troubled…” (I Peter 3:14/ESV)
The purpose of this blog is to encourage Christ-followers to see God’s Big Picture and be a part of it.