Even though the Bible says “everyone who wants to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted, while evil men go from bad to worse” (2 Timothy 3:12), in America we still believe the law should protect us.
However, infringements upon Christianity are becoming much more common. For example, Aaron and Melissa Klein, Christian owners of a bakery in Portland, Ore., have been found guilty of violating the civil rights of a lesbian couple after refusing to bake a cake for their wedding.
The Kleins refused on the basis of their Christian faith, and now may face fines. The mom-and-pop bakery has moved from the former location into their home after pro-lesbian and homosexual groups targeted their bakery with threats and intimidation. Also, their children have received death threats at school.
One U.S. church leader, concerned about the constant eroding of Christian rights, commented, “We are foolishly abandoning what made us an exceptional nation.”
Intimidation of pupils in public school is now common in some areas. Late in December, a California first-grader named Isaiah Martinez handed out candy canes to his classmates with a short note attached which mentioned Jesus.
The teacher took the candy canes, pulled the notes from them, threw the notes in the trash, and then gave the candy back to the child. One can imagine the embarrassment and frustration of little Isaiah Martinez. The crude action of the teacher loudly said, “Jesus is not allowed in our school.”
What can we do about infringements upon Christian liberty? We can remain firm for biblical truths, as have the firms of Hobby Lobby and Chick-fil-A.
We all cheered when leadership of Chick-fil-A refused to bow to the forces attacking them. Throughout the country many of us stood in long lines to buy their food and to show our complete support of their rights.
What can we do? We can implore our congressmen to hold fast to the laws that give us the liberty to live and worship as we desire — unencumbered within restrictions that deny those freedoms.
There is a bill before the U.S. Senate now, introduced by Sen. Mike Lee of Utah, which would prevent the Internal Revenue Service from removing the tax-exempt status of churches and other religious nonprofit organizations that oppose some mandates of the forces of gay marriage.
What can we do? We must remember that “the weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have the divine power to demolish strongholds” (2 Corinthians 10:4).