Why So Much Hatred Against Christians in America Today?

The hostility against us is reaching a crescendo. Things could get even uglier in the days ahead.

Kenneth and Irene Hernandez pay their respects as they visit a makeshift memorial with crosses placed near the scene of a shooting at the First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs, Monday, Nov. 6, 2017, in Sutherland Springs, Texas. A man opened fire inside the church in the small South Texas community on Sunday, killing and wounding many.

By Michael Brown Published on November 7, 2017

On Sunday, the day of the church massacre, cultural commentator David French tweeted, “The amount of anti-Christian hate on Twitter the same day Christians were massacred is stunning and chilling.”

If ever there was a time when we might have expected sympathy for Christians, or at least restraint in attacking them, it’s at a time like this. But the opposite proved true far too many times. Why?

On Fox News, Laura Ingraham noted that some of the reactions to the shooting pointed to “elite hostility to people of faith.” She stated that “hostility to faith infects the popular culture.” She also spoke of a rising “militant secularism,” drawing attention to comments which mocked the prayers of believers on behalf of those affected by Sunday’s church massacre.

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This is more than heartless and tactless. It’s intentional and focused: Faith in God is to be mocked, in particular Christian faith. And when Christians are slaughtered during a church service? That’s the perfect time to pile on.

To paraphrase: “Where was your God, you stupid Christians? A lot of good your praying did! Go ahead and stick your head in the sand some more and keep praying to your imaginary deity. You deserve each other!”

Four Reasons for the Hostility to Christians

On Sunday, someone posted a picture on my Twitter account of three lions holding up signs that looked like those held up by cows on popular Chick-Fil-A ads. Except these signs were not saying, “Eat Mor Chikin.” The signs read, “Eat Mor Cristins,” with a caption adding: “America. Yeah. It’s getting that way.”

Eat More Christians

At this point, these sentiments should not surprise us at all, as despicable and ugly as they may be. There is an increasing, palpable hostility toward the gospel in some quarters in America. It’s easy to explain.

First, it’s a natural fruit of the harsh and condescending “new atheism.” This continues to poison many hearts and minds with its venom. God is not simply to be rejected; He is to mocked and ridiculed, as are His followers.

Second, the hatred is a result of the culture wars. Conservative Christians are targeted because of their opposition to LGBT activism and abortion. Bible-believing Christians are commonly compared to ISIS. They are accused of wanting to establish a Taliban-type theocracy, and called bigots, haters and Nazis. (Just search for any of these key words at AskDrBrown.org for a plethora of relevant articles. You’ll even find examples of gay activists calling for us to be thrown to the lions.)

When tragedy strikes conservative Christians, it brings the hatred against us to the surface, especially when we respond with faith in God.

I regularly receive death-wishes (in perverse and graphic terms). On occasion, I receive death threats. And this is quite common for those of us on the front lines.

Others, whose voices may not be as prominent, receive ugly, personal attacks on social media. Those attacks are filled with malice and bile.

Consequently, when tragedy strikes conservative Christians, it brings the hatred against us to the surface, especially when we respond with faith in God.

Third, evangelical Christians in particular are lumped together with President Trump. It’s as if we are responsible for (or in support of) every statement he makes and every stand he takes. To the extent that he is divisive, we are blamed for his shortcomings. Just as many on the right despised President Obama, many on the left despise President Trump. And as they despise him, they also despise us.

Fourth, the darkness hates the light. This is an age-old battle that will continue until Jesus returns. To the extent we stand for sexual purity and biblical morality, and to the extent we preach Jesus as the only true way to God, we will be mocked and scorned.

Jesus Warned Us About This — And Gives Us Hope

That’s the way it has always been. That’s the way it will always be. And that’s why we must not deceive ourselves in terms of the cultural climate in America. The hostility against us is reaching a crescendo. Things could get even uglier in the days ahead.

That’s why we should remember the words that Peter wrote almost 2,000 years ago:

Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery trial when it comes upon you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you. But rejoice insofar as you share Christ’s sufferings, that you may also rejoice and be glad when his glory is revealed. If you are insulted for the name of Christ, you are blessed, because the Spirit of glory and of God rests upon you. But let none of you suffer as a murderer or a thief or an evildoer or as a meddler. Yet if anyone suffers as a Christian, let him not be ashamed, but let him glorify God in that name. (1 Peter 4:12-16)

And that’s why we should also remember the words of Jesus, who called us to pray for those who persecute us (Matthew 5:44), as well as the words of Paul, who called us to overcome evil with good (Romans 12:21).

Many of those who ridicule us viciously today will be preaching our message tomorrow. Some of the finest gospel ministers in the world were once profane gospel mockers. So, we can expect more abuse in the coming days. We can also expect some of our abusers to have a change of heart as they encounter the God whom they mock.

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  • Linda

    Thank you. It is loving our enemies that changes heart, and God’s kindness that leads to repentance. Not finger-pointing at the unsaved and holding them accountable to live like Christians before they have become one.

    • Hmmm…

      Thanks for sharing your struggle.

    • Patmos

      Sorry, but you’re wrong. To know grace you must begin with repentance, or else how would you receive grace? What would you be getting grace for if not some knowledge of your sin?

      • Patmos

        Scripture to back it up, Matthew 4:17:

        “From that time Jesus began to preach, and to say, Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.”

        Jesus was hated a lot of places he went, because he exposed people’s sins. If he went around omitting the initial call to repent, and only preached grace, not only would that not make any sense but people would not have hated him like they did.

    • davidrev17

      Linda:

      Dear sister, please tell me just what on earth, does the term “Christian standards” entail, or represent,
      when the concept of “Christian” itself -here in “post-Christian America” – has long-since DEvolved into religious, syncretistic moral relativism; or some sort of “big-tent” religiously inclined New Age umbrella – under which anyone-and-everyone is welcome to boldly bring their sinful lives before this non-existent imaginary god, with absolutely NO conviction as to their moral bankruptcy before the “only true and living God,” aka “YHWH,” the “Holy One of Israel??

      Whatever happened to “biblical standards,” about which our brother “Patmos” is accentuating just below? I realize we’re to “speak the truth in love” (Eph. 4:15); however, when you’re presenting the highly-offensive gospel to an unregenerate, “fallen” sinful human being, of whom is literally “dead in their trespasses and sins,” do you tell them just how wonderful they are in their current spiritual condition – before a three-times “frighteningly Holy” God???

      “…The world cannot hate you, but it hates me because I testify about it that its works are evil…” (John 7:7).

      And please notice, that in this specific context, the Lord Yeshua is addressing his (then) unsaved earthly family members; which is why he stated that “the world cannot hate you…” Please recall too, that His earthly brothers Jacob & Judah, who’d no doubt personally heard these words from Yeshu had – subsequent to Jesus’ physical/bodily resurrection and glorification – finally realized what he must’ve meant; as they also endured great persecution and affliction “for the name,” and died martyr’s death’s.

      How else do we comprehend the context of Yeshua’s prophesied Messianic portfolio, seen in this classic Isaiah 53 text; as surely the Lord Jesus didn’t walk around giving those Anthony Robbins-like I, ME, MY (how wonderful WE are) pep-talks, did he?? Our job, as disciples of Jesus, can be a very gut-wrenching experience at times, when we follow him in outright obedience. Anything less is compromise with the “world”!

      ☆ ☆ ☆

      “Who has believed what he has heard from us? And to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed? For he grew up before him like a young plant, and like a root out of dry ground; he had no form or majesty that we should look at him, and no beauty that we should desire him. He was despised and rejected by men, a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief; and as one from whom men hide their faces he was despised, and we esteemed him not. Surely he has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows; yet we esteemed him stricken, smitten by God, and afflicted. But he was pierced for our transgressions; he was crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and with his wounds we are healed.

      “All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned—every one—to his own way; and the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all. He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth; like a lamb that is led to the slaughter, and like a sheep that before its shearers is silent, so he opened not his mouth. By oppression and judgment he was taken away; and as for his generation, who considered that he was cut off out of the land of the living, stricken for the transgression of my people?And they made his grave with the wicked and with a rich man in his death, although he had done no violence, and there was no deceit in his mouth.

      “Yet it was the will of the Lord to crush him; he has put him to grief; when his soul makes an offering for guilt, he shall see his offspring; he shall prolong his days; the will of the Lord shall prosper in his hand. Out of the anguish of his soul he shall see and be satisfied; by his knowledge shall the righteous one, my servant, make many to be accounted righteous, and he shall bear their iniquities. Therefore I will divide him a portion with the many, and he shall divide the spoil with the strong, because he poured out his soul to death and was numbered with the transgressors; yet he bore the sin of many, and makes intercession for the transgressors” (Isaiah 53:1-12/ESV).

      • stan schmunk

        I don’t think you understood Linda’s comment and I know you didn’t answer it.

        • Kelly B

          I think he just needed a good place to paste that text…

  • Matthew Wade

    As a human being, it is easy to scoff at the non-believers and atheists of the world, to write them off to their own devices and to not care a bit about what will happen to them when they die. There is a natural inclination to say; they will get what they deserve. But that attitude is an opening to pride. Matthew 5:44 instructs us differently. For us to actually kneel and pray for those that persecute us, we must change our natural inclination to God’s inclination; which is to care about those people even as they spit upon us. It’s far easier (and admittedly in the short term, gratifying) to turn our backs and say, let them “burn in hell”. But Christ gave us the model behavior (as always)….for even as He hung upon the cross He said, “forgive them, for they know not what they do”.

    • Dant e

      I imagine that just as His disciple Stephen stated the same thing as he was stoned to death all the other disciples did as well as they also were put to cruel and horrifically painful deaths. All of us were evil and turned away from God yet He loved us unimaginably beyond our comprehension that He was willing to lower Himself to dust from His state of almighty God, suffer temptations and weaknesses of the flesh(yet never sinning), suffering unimaginable pain both physically and mentally(to the extent of excreting blood from His skin through stress and fear)before and during His torture and then finally suffering death and seperation from the Father all so even the worst evil men, even His own murderers, could be saved. Like you stated, because our ways are evil our natural reaction is at best indifference about those who hate us, our judgement is entirely tainted by sin so that we are utterly blind, only with the Lord is the only correct and good response possible.

  • Eric Siebert

    Thank you for such a clear, concise view of the situation we face today. I will pray for the persecutors to become preachers, as you noted. It happened to me, it can happen for them.

  • Brian Christensen

    I’m reminded of this quote…but I also think some of the hatred is toward those that masquerade as Christ followers (I once met an member of the Aryan church that claimed to be one)

    The work of an unknown author, written in about 130, describes Christians to the Romans as follows: “They dwell in their own countries simply as sojourners…. They are in the flesh, but they do not live after the flesh. They pass their days on earth, but they are citizens of heaven. They obey the prescribed laws, and at the same time, they surpass the laws by their lives. They love all men but are persecuted by all. They are unknown and condemned. They are put to death, but [will be] restored to life. They are poor, yet they make many rich. They possess few things; yet, they abound in all. They are dishonored, but in their very dishonor are glorified…. And those who hate them are unable to give any reason for their hatred.”

    • Liberals in other words.

      • Patmos

        The majority of liberals live by the flesh. I guess you missed that whole perverted marriage thing.

      • Ken Abbott

        Classical liberals, perhaps. Progressives, definitely not.

      • GPS Daddy

        Hmmm, are you talking about Hillary?

      • Vince

        Liberals’ compassion is totally fake.

  • Concerned Christian

    There’s a song that I love called “But God” by Bebe Winans. Some of the lyrics go:

    ===============================================================
    See some of you were liars, (But God, But God)
    And some of you were haters, (But God, But God)
    See some of you were deceivers, (But God, But God)
    Oh my

    If there’s a road of bondage and sin that you’ve tried
    Well now
    Don’t give up, so did I, but God

    Now some of you were backbiters, (But God, But God)
    And some of you were murderers, (But God, But God)
    Hey some of you were streetwalkers, (But God), yes you were (But God)
    ===============================================================

    We could be acting just like the world if not for the love and compassion of God. Knowing this makes it easy for me to understand when Jesus said “Father, forgive them; for they do not know what they are doing.”

    I also remember that it’s the Whole Armour of God that I can use to defend myself so that I don’t have to walk in any kind of fear.

  • GeeJay

    Praying for an amazing move of the Holy Spirit greater even than the Jesus movement of the 70s

    • Ken Abbott

      That’s what it will take–another great awakening. God has done it before; he can certainly do it again. But no one knows which way (or where) the wind will blow.

  • cestusdei

    It will only get worse. There is no sign they are reappraising their hatred. If anything it is increasing.

  • Hmmm…

    The reaction shows they are impacted. If it were just those odd Christians, etc., they would just ignore it like they do a lot of things. The spiritual background is evinced by how virulent is the response. Like, who’s bothering them? That’s an issue … we should be. We should be in their face confronting them with their sins and the Gospel, so what about it? Give them something to protest. Then just keep coming. We just keep inching into a smaller space. Why should they crowd us at all? Kick it up; kick it back; raise them big. After all, the stakes are beyond enormous .,,

    • Micha_Elyi

      The hangers-on of pop atheism have discovered that they can get away with bullying Christians. In their crowd they even get social approval for bullying and harassing Christians.

      • Hmmm…

        Can you imagine the Apostle Paul or Peter being subject to that sort of thing? I can’t. It’s not humble. The righteous are bold as a lion. Remember Jerry Falwell, Sr.? Not perfect, got into some squabbles with some other Christians, but he stood up and spoke out. He used to go toe-to-toe with Larry Flynt of Hustler magazine. Where is a voice like that today? or voices? He spoke to the culture. People knew what was right and wrong, had it spelled out. There’s a generation now who have been “sanitized” against the Gospel message. Who is to take back that ground that has been ceded?

  • Dhaniele

    As far as I can see, the closest you came to the real underlying cause of what we are seeing is that “darkness hates the light.” For some reason you left out the Prince of Darkness. It is true that atheists would mock any attribution of their hatred to Satan, but St. Paul clearly sees that we are either servants of God or slaves of Satan. Any belief that there is some sort of neutral ground is pure fantasy. Looking at contributing factors as you did is certainly useful, but they are not the root cause.

    • Hmmm…

      Eph 6:12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.

      • Concerned Christian

        respectfully, you stated the problem but you didn’t state the answer:

        Ephesians 6:13-18

        13 Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. 14 Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness, 15 and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; 16 above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one. 17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God; 18 praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints—

        • Hmmm…

          I responded to the previous poster with my thought, and now that you have added yours, we have a fuller picture.

  • Agree with 2 and 3. Calls by Christian pastors and even legislators for GLBT people to be exterminated don’t help, though now some are calling for capital punishment for atheists too. Please, no “No True Scotsman” nonsense, they couldn’t get into office without your support. You own them.

    As for Trump, 81% of evangelicals voted for him, and most still laud him as God’s Annointed.

    It’s almost as though Evangelicals are so committed to being hated in Jesus’ name they’re being as obnoxious and spiteful as possible.

    Unfortunately, this is working. That’s not a problem from an Evangelical Zealot viewpoint, but it’s a huge problem for others, who should be too busy concentrating on their own errors and failings rather than condemning yours. Otherwise they are no better than you are.

    • Hmmm…

      Speaking of nonsense … you make some very irresponsible and fallacious statements here.

      • Patmos

        She pops up every now and then, to spew nonsense. I think it makes her feel good.

        • Hmmm…

          I guess it might be kind of fun to lay out a spiel full of outrageous assertions ever so often. Chuckle, chuckle. It’s the after affect that hits one. Twisted sister,

        • stan schmunk

          But she’s right.

          • Chip Crawford

            Your endorsement solidifies the initial impression. Two of you wrongs don’t make a right.

          • stan schmunk

            But she’s right. Argue her points.

          • Chip Crawford

            No, she’s left … no point

          • stan schmunk

            Are you afraid? Is making pithy comments how you respond to someone’s sincere argument?

          • Chip Crawford

            No. Thank you.

      • stan schmunk

        Name them. I say she’s right.

  • Patmos

    Could be that the devil knows his time is short. Prophecy has been one of the more compelling aspects that brought to faith, because when you see things careening at an exponential rate with scripture to back it up, how can you still be in denial?

  • davidrev17

    “Blessed are those who have been persecuted for the sake of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. “Blessed are you when people insult you and persecute you, and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of Me. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward in heaven is great; for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you” (Matthew 5:10-12/NASB).

    “If the world hates you, you know that it has hated Me before it hated you. If you were of the world, the world would love its own; but because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, because of this the world hates you. Remember the word that I said to you, ‘A slave is not greater than his master.’ If they persecuted Me, they will also persecute you; if they kept My word, they will keep yours also.

    “But all these things they will do to you for My name’s sake, because they do not know the One who sent Me. If I had not come and spoken to them, they would not have sin, but now they have no excuse for their sin. He who hates Me hates My Father also. If I had not done among them the works which no one else did, they would not have sin; but now they have both seen and hated Me and My Father as well. But they have done this to fulfill the word that is written in their Law, ‘They hated Me without a cause'” (John 15:18-25/NASB).

    • stan schmunk

      But that’s not what’s going on here. Our commitment to Trump as God’s anointed one in spite of his character is shocking to unbelievers because they generally know what we stand for. It’s one thing to vote for Trump but it’s another to lie about him and rhapsodize about him. Evangelicals cried out for a strongman and God sent them ‘Saul’. I actually saw Huckabee praise Melanie for having a God-given beautiful body and showing it off by posing in the nude.

  • James

    That one year ago, Christians backed a man who embodies all seven deadly sins in the name of political power MIGHT have something to do with it.

    • Ken Abbott

      Unless one voted third-party, the alternative was Hillary Clinton, not exactly attractive to a social and/or fiscal conservative.

      • stan schmunk

        The problem started in the primaries when I think evangelicals preferred Cruz.

        • Ken Abbott

          Certainly this evangelical/confessional Protestant did (prefer Ted Cruz, that is). I was looking for someone dedicated to Constitutional principles and the rule of law, federalism, fiscal responsibility, and conservative social policy. Trump was never that candidate. In the general election, I did not vote for him, but I live in such a deep blue state that it was a foregone conclusion where our electoral ballots were going, so I was free to vote my conscience (as I should always do anyway).

          • stan schmunk

            Same here in a sense but by the time the primaries got to CA everything was decided. I wrote in Kasich in the presidential. Cruz was too extreme for me and way too inexperienced.

    • Chip Crawford

      Since we have a hater right here, let’s ask him: why so much hatred toward Christians? Got another obvious one: How are you qualified to assign practiced and heart sins to any other persons, especially with the enormous beam in your own eye?

      • James

        Are you saying that Trump’s past and present doesn’t show numerous incidents of unrepented pride, wrath, lust, gluttony, sloth, envy, and greed?

        American Christians behave like the Pharisees, piling on demands of others, yet making excuses for themselves and their friends. They twist the Bible to fit what they want, proof texting their beliefs with carefully selected verses, while ignoring major themes. THAT’s why people don’t like them.

        • Chip Crawford

          Understood; you cannot answer the questions, mainly the last one. You are doing exactly what you are criticizing, btw. It would be refreshing to get clear of that, and you can by repenting before the Lord and be washed of it. I walk free because I do forgive you your sins against Christians and me specifically in this instance, the judging and unforgiveness. God is able to make you stand. However, Jesus never just went along with anyone, so don’t expect that.

          • James

            I am not interested in giving myself a “get out of jail free” card.

          • Chip Crawford

            The choice to just work just with yourself is yours so far – and a bad one. Hopefully, you will repair that as well.

          • James

            The only person who can change you is you. The only person you can change is yourself.

          • Chip Crawford

            True for you, not for me. My Father takes care of me. He does what I cannot do and holds me and my future dear. Besides he has power, a small part of which I have experienced in various ways. Of course, I give him permission to work in my life and change me. Because he is truly love, it is more than safe, but precious. No, correction is not fun, but it brings me into a larger place. I can’t imagine it out there in the cold after so many years of connection and belonging.

          • GPS Daddy

            Our culture buys into the idea that there are good people and bad people. Everyone thinks they are good so they rationalize their bad away. If you reject the “get out of jail free card” then you are left with justifying yourself. In order to feel good about yourself you must rationalize that the bad you do is out paced by the good you do. Your a good person because you do not _____________________.

            The gospel merges the two views. Yes, your bad BUT your also valuable beyond understand. You cannot take care of the bad that you do so it is taken care of for you. But you have to be a willing participant in it. Every true Christian has come to the opposite conclusion about themselves that you conclude about you.

          • James

            You make a lot of assumptions, most of them wrong.

            I am responsible for my actions. My actions are either justified or they are not. Whether I think of myself as “good” or “bad” is irrelevant to whether what I have done is good or bad. (For the sake of argument, we will assume that good and bad are universally agreed on. Defining good and bad is another discussion.) I have no need to justify (or condemn) myself, and it would be dangerous for me to do so.

            The idea that you cannot take care of the bad you have done sounds like the ultimate cop-out. It is “cheap grace”. If I do wrong, I must accept the consequences and do what I can to right it. If I cannot right it, then I have to live with it.

        • GPS Daddy

          James, really? Yea there are likely some out there that do that. But your painting with a huge brush.

          Arn’t you an atheist? How about I say all atheists long to imprison all people of faith? Would I be right in saying that?

          • James

            No, not all Christians, but it certainly describes many who are the public face of American Christianity.

          • Chip Crawford

            I personally do not credit unreliable channels of information such as yourself, ones I know to be operating in the dark. Light is available. But, yes, you are free to keep stumbling along bumping into things, being confused and missing a lot.

          • GPS Daddy

            Many as in a few. A handful. That is way less than the brush you painted with.

          • James

            A prominent handful, then.

          • stan schmunk

            No, most of our so-called ‘leaders’.

          • GPS Daddy

            stan, you think “most” of our “leaders” are gun toting with huge piles of ammo stashed in their homes? Really? Is that how California’s see the rest of the nation?

          • stan schmunk

            Or Christian ‘leaders’ are doing what James said.

    • GPS Daddy

      It was either Trump who to some degree supported traditional values OR Hillary who we now KNOW violated the espionage act, sold 20% of the US uranium deposits to Russia, and its looking like she was deeply involved in that dossier. Which, if true, is the really collusion with Russia story.

      Trump has proven true to supporting traditional values.

  • Andy

    I was stunned when a co-worker brought up the shooting at the church in TX with the intent of mocking the Christian faith. All those innocent people killed, and it was only the unkindness in his heart that was brought out. I will continue to pray for my co-workers Salvation, Jesus is his only hope.

    • Chip Crawford

      They mock because they see us as saying a lot, but being as helpless as they in the face of a crisis like this. Perhaps the rallying together may be noticed by some, but usually not. Of course, you are active with your witness and sharing the word, right? Wherever we are strategically located, God wants to use us; we are very much part of being their hope. The scripture doesn’t say it’s all up to God, but how he uses men and women. How will they know without a preacher? You are the laborer in their path …

  • GPS Daddy

    As I have thought about how certain elements in our society has responded to Christians praying I think that we need to consider the stress that we are now under as a culture. These shootings have become extremely bad. A whole church is either killed or injured. I head one ex-FBI agent (I think) say that the US is one big soft target. Yet, with a gun in every hand things can get ugly very quick.

    So lets look at this from the skeptics side. Kids are shot up in a school. A holiday event is shot up in California. A church is slaughtered. And what do conservatives (a.k.a – Christians) do? They go and pray AND defend their right to have a gun. (Now those of faith who feel criticized please note that I am trying to take the skeptics view.) The shootings continue and the prayers continue and the gun rights are defended. The stress and fear is really mounting.

    So taking a pot shot at prayer is showing the frustration of not being able to find a solution. If God existed then why does He not answer prayer? I think the average atheist in our modern world really wants to see and touch God. So much so that they are angry at God for the way this life is. Now things have gotten ugly they are being ugly at those who profess faith.

    How should Christians respond in this? Where is our security? I speak to myself as well. Is our security in guns or God? What would happen if we totally trust God and gave up the right to keep and bear arms? Not because that is wrong. But because of where we find ourselves.

    • James

      The frustration is that other countries, including countries with a lot of freedom and high levels of gun ownership, like Canada and Germany, HAVE been able to find a solution.

      We know exactly what the solution is, people just don’t like it.

      Furthermore, didn’t Jesus say “Those who use the sword will die by the sword.”? Yet Christians are the most strident in defending a God-given right to bear arms. Did they miss this verse, or do they just not like it?

      • Chip Crawford

        No, you are the one that missed that verse. It does not apply the way you are using it. Having a gun and using it for self defense is not what that verse – those clear words – are saying. In fact, it applies to the aggressor being rightfully stopped by the defender with the gun – a Christian even.

      • GPS Daddy

        Canada and Germany have about 1/3 the levels of gun ownership that the US has. But the root of the problem in the US is not guns. We have a very different problem here than Canada or Germany. Aside from mass shootings gun violence is mostly isolated to a few big cities like Chicago and LA. The breakdown of the traditional family plays big into this issue. No matter what we do with guns unless we restore traditional family we will see other kinds of problems.

        • James

          You don’t think Canada has many of the same problems the US does?

  • Chip Crawford

    There is so much hatred against Christians because we are allowing it. We are not performing our function as salt and light adequately, practically leaving the lost in our nation to their own devices. We are also not taking our spiritual authority over the source of the evil. That needs to be revealed to those who have not been taught from the word, which has not changed.

  • bbb

    Absolutely, you are correct. Christians in America are persecuted, their faith denounced and removed from the public eye as much as possible and actual laws in DC against Christians abounded for decades after LBJ’s executive order to muzzle what could be said in the pulpit.
    And you hit the mark when you point out it IS very deliberate AND focused.
    Under Obama all Christian, but not Muslim, bakers, and florists, and photographers and charities, et. were sued and put out of business. That is the truth. Anyone who denies it serves the Father of Lies.
    Newspapers and mainstream propaganda broadcast global media highlighted every cross that the ACLU removed, every crèche that could not be displayed even on the church’s own property, every Christmas decoration that had to be stripped from post offices, classrooms, government building, etc. And that is a fact, the truth. Anyone who denies it serves the Father of Lies and until they accept the truth they are in big trouble because the afterlife elevator goes up or down.
    Christians should bear the persecution with strong hearts, accept the persecution as part of the Last Days and become ten times as strong in their belief as before.
    The Bible tells us that trials bring strength of character.
    So, WEAR those crosses to work. If a boss or colleague says you need to put it away let them know you are not ashamed of it, but if it offends them personally you will pray for them. If they still want you to put it away, then do and pray silently for them.
    And SAY ‘Merry Christmas.’ We can do so legally now.
    And SAY ‘God bless you,’ when someone sneezes. That is legal now, too.
    Prayer does work and we know it. That is why Satan has drummed up entire armies of lost souls to claim it does not.
    But Democrats have accepted the tenets of communism officially and anyone who votes for a party that demands the worship of government over God is surely not living God’s word.
    Ironically voting for Trump restored legally much of the 1st Amendment on prayers.
    Our votes do count. That is one way we stand against persecution. Vote AGAINST Democrats as long as they uphold the vile anti-Christian views that were translated into law during their occupation of the WH.

    • stan schmunk

      Except for the cake baking episode we are NOT being persecuted. That’s fake news drummed up by our ‘leaders’ to get our money. My mom’s cousins survived Lenin, Trotsky and Stalin with their faith totally intact. I’m sure Jesus wants to puke when he hears this ‘poor me’ whining.

  • “Things could get even uglier in the days ahead.“
    Absolutely! as the days of our Lords soon return draws ever closer, we can in fact see exactly what the coming days are going to be like, by simply reading the book of Revelation, with true expectation.

  • “Why So Much Hatred Against Christians in America Today?”

    Seriously? You can’t think of any reasons?

    For starters, you can help reduce the problem by uncoupling Christianity from conservative politics.

    • Chip Crawford

      Nope, it’s the DEVIL !!! Watch out! Hang around here and he’ll come after you too … only without the protection we enjoy. Seriously, he stirs up the trouble. P.S. We don’t care what you think. PPS: Don’t disturb us; we wouldn’t trade with you … PPPS: Your opinions are losers, but God loves you. We’ll try our best … lol

    • 0pus

      Yeah, sure. If we were “real” Christians, we would have voted for Hillary, right?

      FAIL.

      • Well, I guess that bit of advice fell on deaf ears.

        • 0pus

          Buzz off, you senile nerd. You atheists got no emotional life at all except hating Christians. What a flock of losers.

          • Ah, yet more compelling evidence for God’s existence plus a good dose of Christian love! Thanks for that.

          • Chip Crawford

            Actually, Jesus kicked butt where needed. Careful … He’s the same yesterday, today and forever.

          • stan schmunk

            Especially the ‘bottoms’ of the conservative pharisees. Bob is right.

          • Chip Crawford

            Right being a Pharisee? Huh …

          • stan schmunk

            So, Jesus didn’t kick the bums of the conservative pharisees?

          • Chip Crawford

            Pin the tail on yourself …

          • stan schmunk

            Excuse me? Matthew 23

          • Chip Crawford

            Is there a verse that excuses you?

          • stan schmunk

            I know who I am. Why don’t you respond to what Jesus said? Can’t you even agree that Jesus excoriated the pharisees?

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