From the title alone, you may be thinking this post is a bit drastic. As the author, I’d have to say that I agree. Not only is the title drastic, the entire topic is pretty drastic in itself. That isn’t going to stop me from addressing it, however.
Now, before we move forward… It’s important that you first understand the definition of extinction.
According to Webster, there are two ways to describe extinction:
-No longer existing
-No longer active
Now, we need to understand the definition of a Christian. This is a term used widely by various people, but what does it really mean? A Christian is one who professes their belief in the teachings of Jesus Christ.
Seems simple enough, right? Especially if you’re an American. We live in a country based around free speech and freedom of religion, where we are open to follow whichever religious belief we wish so long as they aren’t hurting others right?
Or do we?
I recently got the chance to review a book called God Less America by Todd Starnes. While I wasn’t required to share this review with my readers here on the blog, I felt this was a topic that needs to be openly discussed. Particularly in a time where freedom of speech is exercised more than ever. Where social media has given even the most common and shy of people, a public platform to stand on.
Why, then, do I find myself fearful and filtered. Often monitoring my post about religion, faith, and my traditional household structure. Why are people like Caitlyn Jenner being honored, but I feel scared to honor my Husband for being the Christian man he is and striving to lead our household as our religion believes he should out of fear for offending someone else.
Quite frankly, I’m tired of being silenced.
I’m a Christian.
I believe in traditional marriage.
I don’t believe in abortion.
I don’t believe that one should change the gender that God has created them as.
I also believe that it isn’t my place to judge anyone, and that I sin each and every day… despite my religion. I literally thank God that I am saved by grace, and not by my acts here on earth or else I’d be having a one way ticket straight to hell!
One other thing I don’t believe in… shaming or disgracing ANYONE because their views are different than mine. If someone would like to talk to me about my beliefs, views, or about God… I’d LOVE to talk! If not, that’s okay too. That’s their right. I don’t love them any less because they believe differently than I do, or sin differently than I do. I was once 21 and unmarried with a child of my own.
Who am I to judge anyone on morals and ethics?
What bothers me, however, is that I have to hide in the shadows of my beliefs to avoid offending anyone or being thought of as discriminating them… simply because I choose to believe in the Bible.
Sure, everyone that labels themselves a Christian isn’t this same way. Some are mean, judgmental, and completely ridiculous. But guess what? Some atheists, lesbians, transgenders, buddhist, wiccans, etc. etc. are this same way.
I see things I don’t agree with in my timelines and social media networks daily. I simply scroll past and continue on with my day. If I find something to be extremely offensive, I may hide post from that individual, so as not to have to see things like that in the future.
When it comes to Christianity, on the other hand, it seems to have become an open season for criticism and often times even hate.
After reading the book by Todd Starnes, I was shocked to realize the depth of discrimination that happening against Christians on a daily bases. Things like not being allowed to pray in public or read their Bibles, while other religions are allowed to openly demonstrate their faith without interruption. Things like all Christians being labeled as radicals, whether or not they are acting in such a manner. Even things like Christian organizations being targeted by the IRS and denied grants and such to give food to the needy by the USDA, if they have any references to Christ or the Bible in plain site… regardless of the good they are doing for the community in feeding these hungry and otherwise starving individuals.
Another story that touched my heart was off a Chick-Fil-A worker, and how she treated a man who was protesting the restaurant due to the owners beliefs. While the man berated her for her employer’s belief even once stating that once that it “always taste better with a side of hate”. The worker only responded to his antagonizing with statements like “It’s my pleasure to serve you, always” with a smile on her face.
How is this okay?
These stories are disheartening.
In short answer to the title “Are Christians In Danger of Extinction”…. no, we aren’t. We aren’t going anywhere, anytime soon. Perhaps I should have asked, however, “Are Christians In Danger Of Persecution, even in the United States?”. To that, I’d offer a resounding yes.
It’s already happening.
I know this post won’t sit well with everyone, and that’s okay.