We are now in the Christmas season. Despite the world moving on, getting ready for a new year, declaring Christmas over on December 25, we Christians know that Advent prepared us for our current joyous Christmas season, a distinct period that extends into the coming year.
Despite our cause for joy because Jesus was born to set us free and to save us, we in the West have failed to protect our Christian heritage and in the non-Western world Christians are under physical attack because they do believe.
On Christmas day the latest blatant attack on our brethren took place in Iraq. Christians were killed while they were worshipping our God. This is a common but underreported occurrence. We Americans don’t know and don’t care about our fellow Christians. We are united to our fellow countrymen but we have lost the bond that cemented Christendom for centuries.
Our identity as American Christians has also been diluted. We are Christians but we don’t act like it, at least not publicly. Many of us go to church and even pray but we don’t proclaim our Christian faith to the world. We are embarrassed; we want to be normal like everyone else. And the person next door has been brainwashed into keeping his faith hidden. We live fully secular lives, only allowing our faith out of the closet on Sundays.
It has been a disaster for us personally and as a society. From the banning of prayer in the public schools in the 1960s to the atheist attempts to ban celebration of Christmas in the public square today, our society has shrugged off its public embrace of our Christian roots. The results? Can we honestly say our society is any better than it was half a century ago? In fact, we are markedly worse. Our culture is coarse, rude, vulgar and a frightful place to raise a child.
In term of the personal, one cannot turn on a TV or walk down the street in a place like New York without seeing images that undercut our moral values and which further undermines our ability to live out our Christian faith. From the administration to the media to Hollywood, the elite has made it clear that our beliefs regarding abortion, birth control and gay marriage are less important than alleged women’s and homosexuals’ rights.
We are being silenced. We have been silent so long in letting our faith take a backseat to being ordinary, mass-media-influenced Americans that we have allowed our faith, our very identity as Christians, to become marginalized. We now are losing our ability to practice our faith and silence is being forced on us. What we don’t protect, we lose. What was a poor choice is now becoming mandated.
When photographers and bakers are ordered to violate their consciences and provide services for same-sex weddings, we know our failure to proudly live our faith has now threatened our very rights under the First Amendment. The same is true with Christians being forced to provide artificial contraception and sterilization under Obamacare, which is being challenged in the courts. Our silence is destroying us. Threats of being called bigots have frightened us into complacency and denial of what our beliefs truly are.
Thankfully, men like Phil Robertson of Duck Dynasty fame express their faith and are unafraid (even if his expression was a little rough around the edges). The liberal elites tried to silence him but he and other Christians spoke up. This may be a turning point if all Christians start acting like Christians advocating for our beliefs and for our brothers and sisters abroad. We may lose our culture but other Christians are at risk of losing their very lives. The time to speak is now. Let’s embrace our First Amendment rights of religion and speech before they are suppressed or even just further compromised.