People say that politics and religion don’t mix, but we are experiencing a classic case in America where politics may dictate religious freedom. Liberals, especially the radical ones, are generally against expression of religious freedom because it gets in the way of their brand of “science,” or even deeper, their worldview that they know better than God’s position against sin and certain sinful groups. This is why history informs how despotic regimes (dictators, communists, socialists) shut down religion. Their lips speak that religion is for the closed-minded and weak, and they waste no time in persecuting Christians and Jews for their freedom of thought—which that freedom is the very threat to despotism.
In China, Christians and Muslims are persecuted without restraint. There is documentation that their houses are bulldozed, they are beaten and imprisoned. Those are the fortunate ones. Others are put into slave camps. Still others are held on organ farms until such time as they are executed and their organs are sold for profit. As written by human rights activist Anastasia Lin in a June 23, 2019 article in the New York Post: “Hundreds of thousands of people have been murdered and had their organs harvested since the practice was industrialized in 2000. The victims were Chinese citizens who wanted nothing more than to practice their beliefs in peace. Instead, they were killed by their government on an industrial scale.”
In Nigeria, Muslim terrorist groups such as the Boko Haram and their henchmen in the Fulani tribe frequently burn Christian villages, while raping, maiming and torturing those who they capture. In Islamic countries, it is common practice to persecute Christians and Jews to the point of extinction, if possible. Open Doors, an activist organization fighting Christian persecution reports that in “just the last year” over 260 MILLION Christians experience high levels of persecution; 2,983 Christians have been killed for their faith; 9,488 churches and other Christian buildings were attacked; and 3,711 believers were detained without trial, arrested or imprisoned for their faith. These are all examples of what could happen in America.
Here in America, we are fortunate to have rights guaranteed by our Constitution of freedom of religion and speech. Notwithstanding, those who hate God, hate Christians and, as Jesus said in Matthew 7:16, “You will know them by their fruits.” They put anti-Christian planks in their platform. While being the first ones to put up a sign in their yard saying “Hate doesn’t live here,” they are also the first ones to spew hate against those of faith. They call names, label with hateful labels, and attack in the media and, lately, physically. Persecution is coming because of the content of people’s hearts and the politics that empowers that dreadful content. Let us forever stand in the gap against the tyranny of Satan, and his Marxist tools.