Christian Persecution: It is Time for Christians to Stand Together

Do you read the stories?

Christians burnt alive, beheaded, stabbed, crucified, shot, gunned down. Christians tortured, imprisoned, raped, sold into slavery. Christians unable to work, forbidden to worship, forbidden to train new priests. Bibles, crucifixes, religious medals banned.

Have you lived the discrimination?

Christians mocked, ridiculed, belittled, slandered. Christians constantly forced to defend their faith in the face of aggressive jerks who feel an entitlement to force their way into private conversations, push themselves onto web sites and chat rooms to denounce the faith and belittle anyone who has the temerity to refer to Christ in public.

Have you seen the bigotry?

Christianity and Christ Himself, belittled, slandered, mocked, reviled and constantly lied about in a repetitive way by people who evidently feel an entitlement to leapfrog into any discussion or situation and unburden themselves of their verbal offal.

Have you seen this? Are you aware of it? Do you understand what it means?

We are at a fulcrum. If we do not stand for Christ now, here, in America, there is a tsunami of persecution out there under the water, waiting for all Christians, everywhere, including here.

It is time, it is past time, for us to stop sniping at one another over our narcissistic God ownership issues.

I am a Public Catholic. People who hate Jesus, or people who hate the Catholic Church, often seem to view me as the receptacle for their hatred and spleen. I think I may have heard every repetitive, factually inaccurate bit of pamphleteering claptrap anybody ever used to attack Christianity, Jesus, or the Catholic Church. I’ve heard it all. Several times a week. For years.

I do not reply in kind. I try to answer what are unreasonable attacks with reason. I use facts against lies. I do my best to answer gently and to keep on answering, even if it means I have to say the same things over and over again.

I never, ever, ever try to poke holes in other Christian’s beliefs. I do not feel called to deliver long-winded analyses as to why their particular denomination is wrong. I don’t do it because I think this kind of behavior is both nonsensical and destructive.

I am going to say this as clearly as I can:

There is only one Jesus.

We are all brothers and sisters in Christ.

I’ve said before on this blog that I think that if we had the power to judge, no one would ever go to heaven. We’d all condemn one another to hell. I believe that’s the truth of it.

We are fallen people, living in a fallen world. These attacks on one another at a time when we need to unite and stand together are a symptom of the burden of original sin that we all carry. They are, to be blunt, the devil’s work, his weapon against us that we use on one another. If we are arguing over these silly things with one another, we are also wasting time, energy and intellect that we could be using to speak for Christ.

Almost all the attacks on the Catholic Church which I have to deal with are based on claims that are factually untrue. The same goes for the many attacks that I hear against Christianity as a whole and Jesus in particular.

I believe that in both instances — the attacks on the Church, and the attacks on Christianity — the people who do it are really acting out their own narcissism. If they were even slightly interested in the truth they would have checked these things out themselves.

Christianity is aggressively attacked all over the world, including here in America. It is ignoble that we are arguing over whose church is the best while Christians are dying for Jesus in Africa, the Middle East, Indonesia, and parts of Asia.

Millions of Christians will go to sleep tonight under the blood moon of Persecution. Christians in America allow Jesus to be mocked reviled and slandered and duck their heads in shameful silence. The courts push every mention of Christianity to the corners of life. The HHS Mandate puts the government itself in the business of forcing the church to abandon its teachings or face crippling government fines.

What does it take to get our attention?

If we don’t stop bickering among ourselves and stand for Christ as one redeemed Christian people, we may well be the generation that lets freedom of religion pass from the face of the earth.

It is time, it is past time, for us to grow beyond our narcissistic claims of God ownership on behalf of our various denominations. It is time for Christians to stand together.

  • http://biblisvox.wordpress.com Biblis Vox

    I’ve always been struck by the fact that Christ’s prayer before He went to the cross was for unity within His Church. At that critical point, that was what He identified as key. As someone who works with the persecuted church around the world, I’ve also noticed again and again that deep division is a characteristic, sadly, of the church in regions where persecution is strong. This is not in any way a criticism of those who are persecuted (sowing division and suspicion is often a specific policy of the persecutors) but it is something that should be taken into account. The enemy knows and understands where we are susceptible, wants to keep us weak and understands, better than many of us, the power of a united Church.

    • http://publiccatholic.wordpress.com Rebecca Hamilton

      “The enemy knows and understands where we are susceptible, wants to keep us weak and understands, better than many of us, the power of a united Church.”

      I believe that’s it precisely.

  • http://greenlightlady.wordpress.com greenlightlady

    Amen sister! Count me as a Protestant who loves and respects all believers in Jesus! One God and one body of believers. Bless you! ~ Wendy

    • http://publiccatholic.wordpress.com Rebecca Hamilton

      Thank you Wendy!

  • http://jessicahof.wordpress.com JessicaHof

    There’s far too much of this about. I blogged on it today, and mentioned your experiences as someone who stands up for her Faith in the public forum.
    We need all Christians of good will to rally on this – and the times that are upon us will try our faith and many will be found wanting. I pray for the courage to do my duty as a Christian, and for the strength to bear whatever must be borne. May God bless and save us all.

  • http://publiccatholic.wordpress.com Rebecca Hamilton

    ” I pray for the courage to do my duty as a Christian, and for the strength to bear whatever must be borne. May God bless and save us all.”

    I do the same Jessica.

  • http://ackans.wordpress.com Mr. V.

    Amen.

    • http://publiccatholic.wordpress.com Rebecca Hamilton

      Thank you.

  • http://apocalypseicons.wordpress.com apocalypseicons

    Unification good – separation bad. What gets in the way of unification? Ego. What brings about unification? God’s love. We need to enter into the heart of God. I admire you for standing up and speaking the truth.

    • http://publiccatholic.wordpress.com Rebecca Hamilton

      “What gets in the way of unification? Ego. What brings about unification? God’s love”

      True.

  • http://menofoneaccord.wordpress.com Men of One Accord

    I have been talking and praying about unity in the church of America for over ten years and just within the last four years I have now seen more of our freedoms disappear. The first step I believe is that we all begin to pray in One Accord and repent of our sins. Then we can get to work and restore America. Rebecca may our Lord Bless you and keep you as we make this stand for Christ. AMEN!

    • http://publiccatholic.wordpress.com Rebecca Hamilton

      Thank you. Your prayer ministry is a wonderful thing. Prayer is our Christian power house.

  • http://juancastillojr.wordpress.com jcgator1

    I kept hitting the like button but alas it only allows me to do it once :( LOL Loved it! SO true.

    • http://publiccatholic.wordpress.com Rebecca Hamilton

      :-) Thank you!

  • http://scpeanutgallery.com abcinsc

    Reblogged this on The Peanut Gallery and commented:
    “We are at a fulcrum. If we do not stand for Christ now, here, in America, there is a tsunami of persecution out there under the water, waiting for all Christians, everywhere, including here.”

    • http://publiccatholic.wordpress.com Rebecca Hamilton

      Thanks for the re-blog Art!

  • http://catholibertariandotcom.wordpress.com Teresa Rice

    Amen! God Bless.

    • http://publiccatholic.wordpress.com Rebecca Hamilton

      Thank you Teresa.

  • http://scpeanutgallery.com abcinsc

    I’ve also posted a comment with a suggestion – “Hang Together… or hang alone.” Here’s the link –
    http://scpeanutgallery.com/2012/07/27/hang-together-or-hang-alone-comment-on-public-catholic-us-on-path-to-anti-christian-violence/

  • http://christiancopingwithsuicide.wordpress.com Christian Coping

    Rebecca – Thank you for saying the truth to us. We are so often caught up in narrow issues that the magnificence of the church established by Christ passes us by. So often our church leaders seem to miss the big issues in narrow sectarian byways. We need to unite and stand together for Christ.

  • http://thresholdofheaven.wordpress.com Peter Wiebe

    I, also, would have clicked the like button a good 10 times if allowed. Why do we allow so many things to divide us, so many misunderstandings–all in the name of truth.

    We have been misunderstood and severelycriticized recently in our own Christian cirlces because people have not understood our intense grief. May God have mercy on us all.

    • http://publiccatholic.wordpress.com Rebecca Hamilton

      Thank you Peter. It’s especially hard when people we look to for support become critical when we need them the most. I’ve been there. What I learned is that Jesus is the only one I can always count on, and He never fails.

  • http://www.durablefaith.com Durable

    Reblogged this on Durable Faith and commented:
    ‘We may well be the generqtion that lets freedom of religion pass from the face of the earth’ public catholic

    ‘Work while it is day, the night is coming, when noone can work..’ jesus

    • http://publiccatholic.wordpress.com Rebecca Hamilton

      Thank you for the re-blog!

  • http://catholicnomad.wordpress.com The Catholic Nomad: Reclaiming the Sacred

    Well said.

    The sad thing is that Christians will not stand together for the reasons that you mentioned – narcissistic claims on God. People want to interpret religion / God / faith, etc. the way they want to, and refuse to accept any authority other than their own.

    The problem with this “I am my own authority” leads to just what you mentioned – little narcissistic groups of “my opinion is my leader.” Divided and conquered is the result.

    Unfortunately, the Catholic Church has given in to this “whim of the people” over the last 50 years to a certain degree, and are now reaping the results. As a result, we now have pews filled with people who think they can “pick and choose” what they believe, and leaders who are afraid to stand up and be leaders. In the end, it will sadly effect the ballots.

    If the Church stands up and starts being Catholic again, and starts calling other Catholics to the fullness of their faith (no more silly “games”) then we would have true unity again. The type of unity that defined Christendom for centuries.

    People want something to be loyal to, some great cause to believe in, but they will never find it to that degree in wish-washy, “I can think whatever I want” worlds. They need leaders who can fearlessly stand for truth, but then they will only find those when they can stop making themselves their own leaders.

    God bless you in your work.

    • http://publiccatholic.wordpress.com Rebecca Hamilton

      Wow! Yourself!

      Well said my friend.

      • http://catholicnomad.wordpress.com The Catholic Nomad: Reclaiming the Sacred

        Thank you. :)

  • http://tinadmitchell.com tdmitchell

    Amen! I stand with you. Christians unite!

    • http://publiccatholic.wordpress.com Rebecca Hamilton

      Thank you!

  • http://evansword.wordpress.com Steve Evans

    Amen, Rebecca,
    As a brother in Christ who serves as a pastor in anon-denominational church body that would be described as swimming in the evangelical stream, I am honored and encouraged to engage in the work that our Lord has called His people to along side sisters and brothers of all affiliations and descriptions. Christ calls upon us to be catholic, united in His Spirit, as we are all saved by grace and live under His cross. Our world, with its whirling winds of chaos, is attempting to confuse and to distract us from our commonality so that we will turn our attention and our energy away from the valid fight that is for the souls of people and to instead have us fight to the death with our true, Spirit-bound family.

    What a shame! Yet, Christ will prevail, and we can do something to change this sad commentary. We can speak up, act out, and join together as God’s people in refusing to accept division as normative and unrighteousness as inevitable.

    May the Lord bless and protect you.

    • Rebecca Hamilton

      Thank you Steve for this beautiful comment. You are where we all must learn to be. Blessings.

  • http://www.bohemianprose.wordpress.com Nathan

    Hi Rebecca, Well said. I liked your point about if we were judge, how true. If by our standards who indeed would get into heaven. We don’t know what it means to suffer for our faith, not, at least in the sense as other believers around the World. The Word is the word, follow this.

  • http://myyearlongjourney.com Marisa

    Wow!! What a wake up call post… Thank-you, Rebecca! Until we let go of our EGOs (Edging God Out) and embrace the greatest command… the command Upon which all othe scripture hinges- LOVE… We will continue to bicker and figt amongst ourselves and forget there is a dying and oppressed world out there. The first step is to acknowledge we are poor in spirit and realize our nothingness without God and pray for the ability to tap into His unconditional love. I posted a video on my blog of Wayne Dyer and the thrust of the message is that we cannot give what we do not have. He used the analogy of an orange. He said that if squeezed, the only thing the orange can give is orange juice because that’s what’s inside. We must analyze what’s inside of ourselves and let go of that which serves to prevent the fulfillment of the will of God in our lives (all the bitterness, rage, jealousy, apathy…) and replace those with unconditional love. If we want to do the most damage to hate and evil… Love, for they cower in its midst.

  • http://DaylightTune.wordpress.com Yoshiko

    Yes, I agree with you. We, Christians, need to be united.

  • http://jtelusma.wordpress.com Jtelusma

    We must all jin hands together, Blessings to you.

  • Arkenaten

    A small excerpt from a lengthy piece I wrote about religion some time ago. It should explain quite nicely why Christianity has been nable to find unity since it conception.

    “Doctrinal problems have plagued the Christian church more than any other
    religion and have caused more breakaways or schisms than any other religion.
    The first (official) being in 1054, when the Patriarch of Constantinople, Michael
    Cerulariaus (Eastern Church) and Cardinal Humbert (Western or Roman Catholic
    church) excommunicated each other over church policy. This particular rift wasn’t
    healed until December 7 1965. ”

    And how many are there now? Literally thousands.

    • http://ackans.com Mr. V.

      But what’s the reason for the lack of unity, in your opinion? All you do is point out that there was a schism. Your excerpt does not explain at all, nicely or not, why there are so many different churches.

      Pointing at an event and saying “hey, look, there was a breakaway” is not the same thing as explaining the plethora of churches today.

      • Arkenaten

        True, but this was supposed to be merely a comment as to the basic reason why you lot can’t agree, doctrine, as is stated, and the interpretation of it.
        Like why the Catholics do not berieve Jesus had siblings for instance?
        They argued for centuries about an offical canon. Even you must know what some of the fights were about, right?
        They even argued about celibacy for crying out loud!
        I presumed (wrongly it seems) that as Chrisitians you would at least know what SOME of these issues were about?
        Maybe it’s just you, Mr.V? Anyhow, I can quite easily illustrate them, schism by schism if you like (it will take a little time to list them all, of course) or direct you to links if you are unable to operate the click button on your mouse?

        • http://ackans.com Mr. V.

          I know about the various schisms, and the reasons thereof. I was addressing the fact you made a blanket statement about your comment, which claimed to have the reason for disunity. But you don’t even offer a single sentence that explains your thoughts as to the reason why there are so many different churches today.

          I don’t need a schism by schism rehash as to the arguments and disagreements thereof. Even that would not be an answer to my question.

          What I am asking you is, why do you think there’s disunity, or so many different churches? Answering me by saying there’s been schisms is not answering what I asking you. I am asking for a deeper answer than that. Perhaps I should rephrase my question. Why do you feel all these disagreements and schisms happened? Surely you can answer that without resorting to belittlement, or stating the obvious over and over again.

          Otherwise, what you are saying is that ‘Christians had disagreements because they had disagreements,’ to paraphrase you. The subject of those disagreements is but a detail, and not the cause of the disagreements.

          • Arkenaten

            “I should rephrase my question. Why do you feel all these disagreements and schisms happened?”

            It is easier to pick an example. Le’ts use a big one. Arianism.
            This split the church and caused an almost irreperable Schism over the nature/esence of Jesus.
            It was eventually solved by making Arianism a heresy.
            This did not mean that Arianism was wrong, of course not, but basically the side with the bigger stick won.
            And every split has been over an individual’s/group’s interpretation of what they believe is the ‘right’ form of Christianity. Be it Catholicism, Lutheranism, Calvinism or whatever branch you care to mention. They all believe they are ‘right’.
            And extreme fundamentalists don’t even believe Catholics are Christians for goodness’ sake!

            If the doctrine of Christianity were ‘cut and dried’ , inspired, as you believe, by your god then you would have unity in a heartbeat. But as the more likely explanation is that the doctrine was initially created by ordinary, simple fallible men , and then expounded upon by similar ordinary fallible men, therefore this is why I believe Christianity will never achieve total unity under one church/doctrine.

            • Rebecca Hamilton

              Douglas I think all these things happened because we are fallen people living in a fallen world.

              • Arkenaten

                Well, this a point of view, certainly. But to explore the nature/truth of this belief goes right back to the main point of my comment – biblical exegesis, “Wanna an apple?, and of course there will never be concensus on this point either. Not from me of course, but I am immaterial to the post as such an assertion should be directed at your fellow Christians, and we know what will follow, do we not?

                “Ladies and Gentlemen, in the blue corner weighing in at a mere 6 verses of Genesis and an original manuscript of Mark, all the way from Oklahoma, the undisputed pro life champ and number one defender of the faith….Reeeeebecca Hamilton!!!”
                (Try to imagine the crowd going wild at this point, Rebecca, okay?) :)

                “Änd the challenger, in the red corner, armed with 95 Lutheran theses,all the way from Sheoul, oops, te he he, I mean Wittenberg, sorry,29,0000 non-Catholic – oh they SAY they’re Christian – Heathens” ‘
                (Lots of booing and throwing of toilet rolls etc)

                At this point Charles Laughton (Quasimodo) holds up a cardboard sign that says Round 1. He screams, “Sanctuary!” and legs it.

                I am kidding, of course.

  • http://aholylife.wordpress.com Amanda

    I totally get what you are saying here. and I am inclined to agree. But there is one thing that I can never shake in these types of discussions… Jesus promised us persecution. And he set us an example of what to do under persecution. Turn the other cheek. Love our enemies. Bless those who curse us. I look at this ridiculous drama happening with that southern restaurant chain and I see people who are fired up to stand up for what is “right”. Meanwhile, battle lines are forming against the very people Jesus came to love. I guess what I am saying is that if we stand together for hatred, then what is the point of standing together? Didn’t Jesus say that they should know we are Christians by our love? Our LOVE should define and unite us. Love for God and love for people. Once we get that, then we will become more concerned with reaching out to brothers and sisters in need. :)

    • Rebecca Hamilton

      Amanda, I think you and I see the Chick-Fil-A controversy differently. First, I think they had the right to donate money to the cause of their choosing. Second, I think that when government officials threaten reprisals against a business because one of its officers made an honest statement, giving his opinion about a controversial legal issue, they and not he are stepping over the line. Freedom of speech is BASED on the idea that we can say what we want without government reprisal. That is what the First Amendment is about. Third, I think that people can have honest disagreement about controversial public issues without engaging in “hate.” The way this word is being used in the current debate concerning same-sex marriage is just a political labeling ploy.

      Now, how does this affect Christians standing against social hazing, hate speech that is directed against them, increasing legal discrimination and in some countries, over physical violence that, in some areas, rises to the level of genocide?

      Are you seriously saying that because many Christians engaged in a positive, entirely voluntary, act of civil support by buying a chicken sandwich that that somehow equates to hatred? Are you also saying that this means that Christians should not speak up and speak out against persecution against Christians?

      As to Jesus admonition to love our enemies, how does that in any way mean that Christians should not speak out against injustice when it is directed at them? Christian persecution is just as evil as discrimination and persecution of any other group. Are we to go silent in the face of evil, just because it is directed at us?

      I certainly agree that we should love other people and reach out to them. Christians have done this for 2,000 years. Look at the many hospitals, schools, and charities that have been founded and run by Christians for the benefit of whole communities, in particular disadvantaged communities all over the world and throughout the past 2,000 years. However, that does not mean that we are wrong to speak out and stand together to work for our freedoms. Martin Luther King demonstrated that quite well in recent history.

      Thank you for your comment Amanda. Even though I don’t agree with all you said, I enjoyed discussing these things with you.

      • http://aholylife.wordpress.com Amanda

        I am not at all saying that we should not speak out against injustice. I live my life fighting injustice. (serving an anti-trafficking org. in Thailand). There are things that are simply unacceptable in this world and we do have a responsibility to face them.

        I was simply using the Chick-Fil-A controversy as an example of how we can choose to stand together against something, but it can backfire in terms of furthering Kingdom on earth. (using “hate” was the wrong word…i apologize) I am not saying that this man had no right to say what he said. It is a very American right that he has to speak his mind. I am, however, questioning his motive in terms of Kingdom. Why did he need to speak that out? (i know that he was responding to a question, but still….) He had to know that people would get upset. And that is the thing I’m talking about. Why do we need to clarify where we stand about things? Why can’t we just love people? I’m not talking about condoning sin or pretending that injustice doesn’t happen, but I’m talking about fighting those things like Jesus fought them…with love. When I look at the situation from the perspective of a homosexual person, I do not see a group of people whose main agenda is love. I see a group of people with a need to be right. I do not see a welcoming and accepting group who will love me for who I am, I see a group that has decided who I am and where I am headed by the sin I carry. And I would reckon their God to be the same. That is what makes me sad. I am making the point that we can win the battle but lose the war.

        To be completely honest, I don’t have all the answers and I don’t have it figured out. Yes, it is important to speak up for what is right, and to speak out against injustice. Jesus himself got angry and spoke up about stuff. And when I think about horrendous human rights abuses happening all around this world, I tend to get pretty animated and all my opinions come tumbling out. I think there is something to be said for being the voice for those with no voice. I think I just believe we need to be careful to represent Christ in these matters. What if we could do both? What if we could speak up against injustice against ALL people, but do it in a way that leads to Christ?

        As for Christians facing prosecution….we know that prayer is the most powerful weapon that we have. We don’t like to see prosecution of the Church in our country or other countries. But how much of our time is spent in honest intercession for these people? We are powerless and imperfect people. Our only real power comes from surrendering to God within us. We are not saviors and we were never meant to save anybody. Jesus saves. If we honestly want to see change, we need to get our faces on the floor, and bombard the gates of Heaven with our prayers. The problem with getting in that space is that God might speak something to our hearts that ignites us to action. If we want to see something change, then sacrifice is needed.

        And here is a cool side-effect – I work with Christians from all different denominations and it can get hairy sometimes, but when we pray and worship together, unity just comes. Doing things in the Spirit together, brings the unity we desire. It requires a dying to self and an acceptance of others as they are and a willingness to press in to the things of God, but unity is normally the result :)

        I have one more point about the persecuted Church. We cannot know or understand God’s ways of doing things. I read “Heavenly Man” by Brother Yun and it blew my mind. His story is about the growth of the underground church in Communist China. And he says that he was THANKFUL for the persecution and abuse he received because without it, the church wouldn’t have grown. I think the fastest growing churches in the world right now are in China and North Korea. It is just proof to me that God can and will use anything for his glory. Don’t get me wrong, I am not for one second, condoning the persecution of the church. I am saying that we should live with the knowledge that God is bigger and really can turn all things around for the good of those who love him and who are called according to his purpose. This is why I say that the best way to help the persecuted church is to pray and to seek God on behalf of those people.

        This is an amazing discussion. Thank you so much for your thoughtful response to my comment. I hope this clarifies things a little. I think we will find that we are both still on different sides, but I just didn’t want you to think that I don’t care about the injustices of the world or that using the “turn the other cheek” method to avoid boldly standing up for what is right. :) And I actually think that MLK Jr was an excellent example of fighting injustice and furthering Kingdom on earth. He spoke against hatred, but in doing so, he encouraged love to prevail.

        • http://aholylife.wordpress.com Amanda

          well, i should say that prayer is the best way to START. God can and will lead it from there. And he can lead it far better than we could :)

          • Rebecca Hamilton

            Absolutely Amanda. Without prayer, we’re just trying to do it on your own and that’s what got us here in the first place.

        • Rebecca Hamilton

          Thank YOU Amanda for your great comments! I agree with you that Christians can wound people and drive them away from Christ be being too focused on the person’s sins or even just on personal differences that aren’t sinful. Homosexuals have a legitimate complaint about the way they have been talked about in the past and by some people in the present. However, my experience (and this is highly specific and personal, based on things that have been said to me) is that at least some homosexuals have gone to the extreme now of deliberately claiming that every disagreement with anything that they want to do is “hate” or “homophobia.” That becomes a kind of blackmail rather than any sort of claim of legitimate discrimination.

          You’re right when you say that the president of Chick-Fil-A was answering a question. I’ve had to answer a lot of questions from the press and public down through the years, and there have been times when I walked away feeling icked out at myself by my answer. Believe me, you can make yourself miserable, thinking I shoulda said, I wished I hadn’t said, and oh my heavens how are they going to twist that? It can be very difficult to answer any question or even speak at all when you know that there are a lot of people out there who are going to mine your comments to use them to harm you.

          I finally decided to apply two criteria to the things I say: (1) Do I believe it? and (2) Is it true? If the answer to both those is yes, then I forget it. If someone twists it and then uses it in a way to damage legislation or something I may call a press conference and say that these things are inaccurate. The only time I’ve had to do that was when I was authoring a bill to stop doctors from paying women to harvest their bodies for eggs. The doctors who do this were lying (expected) and the press was deliberately lying also. (not expected) I called a press conference to go through the facts with the press and tell them that they were not telling the truth about objective, verifiable facts.

          As for the president of Chick-Fil-A, I think what he said is both true and what he believes. He doesn’t owe anyone anymore than that. In fact, he doesn’t have to answer questions from the press at all if he so chooses. Neither, for that matter, do I. But so long as what he said is true I don’t feel like criticizing the way he says it. I think the people who took his comment and started this controversy by demonizing him over it were operating with an agenda and it backfired. Now, they’re saying their feelings are hurt. Maybe they’ll learn better manners. Not everyone who disagrees with you over a political issue is de facto satan incarnate.

          I think you are absolutely right that when we pray and worship together Christians find that their differences fall away. I also think that a lot of these differences are encouraged by clergy who have what I call “God ownership issues.” It’s easy for any of us to fall into that trap.

          I think you are right here: “I think there is something to be said for being the voice for those with no voice. I think I just believe we need to be careful to represent Christ in these matters. What if we could do both? What if we could speak up against injustice against ALL people, but do it in a way that leads to Christ?”

          Thank you for this great discussion. I am going to go silent for the rest of Sunday. But I’ll read any replies you make and answer them tomorrow. Blessings Amanda.

  • http://cornerstonefaith.wordpress.com Barb Arndt

    I appreciate your article so much. I agree that a great wave of horrors is coming to our shores – we need to be ready by being united. May you remain focused and strong. Blesslings

    • Rebecca Hamilton

      Thank you Barb.

  • http://tljax.wordpress.com tl

    Love this! Thanks, Rebecca.
    Your loving protestant (I hate that word!) brother,
    TL

    • Rebecca Hamilton

      Thank you, my brother in Christ.

  • http://gregoryccochran.com/ Greg

    Again, thank you, Rebecca, for your clear expression of the urgency of unity in Christ (as the Lord Himself prayed in John 17). Honestly, I have a bit of a disagreement with you on the theological concerns which we are charged to defend; however, as I hope my own ministry makes clear, I am 100% with you on the concern of persecution and the body of Christ remaining one.

    • Rebecca Hamilton

      Thank you Greg. If we all stand together, we will be able to do anything!

  • http://nil Varghese Abraham

    Dear all,

    My heart pains, when I hear my brothers/sisters suffer for their faith. How can we together help them?
    Don’t we have a World Authentic Body to take up these issues? Anyway, I stand by my brothers/sisters for their right; and I wish to know how can we together start the ball rolling for them?


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