Is religious persecution alive in America?

Peter preached a great sermon. Many people were psychologically, emotionally and spiritually shaken. They were stirred to the utmost depths of their being. They repented and turned to the Lord. This was apparently the first New Testament evangelistic crusade. It was only one sermon long. About 3,000 repented, were baptized in the name of Jesus Christ and received the Holy Spirit (Acts 2:38-41). Then to top it off, Peter healed someone by the power of the same name.

In chapter four, we read that Peter and John were arrested, put in jail and persecuted for their faith. They did not back down or deny their Lord. There have been many stories and even books written about persecution. Millions have been martyrs for our Lord. They would rather die than give up their faith.

Many of the earlier settlers came to American for the purpose of being able to worship in any way that they wished. They simply left some very restrictive requirements to have more freedom of religion. Our motto, historically, has been that we may disagree with one another but will defend each other's right to express our views.

During recent years, this has changed. People are now persecuted for expressing their beliefs. This is happening at the same time as the persecutors are preaching tolerance. They are showing their true colors. Everyone is to be shown tolerance except those who disagree with them. They should be persecuted and silenced. Recently a high school senior girl was denied her diploma because she expressed her belief. She was the top student in her class. Like Peter and John she was persecuted for believing in Jesus Christ. She did not back down. She was from Georgia and her father was on Bill O'Reilly's talk show.

Thank God for the constitutionally accurate defense legal organizations that are going to court on behalf of religious believers. They are now winning most of their cases. God-haters and their five-star intolerant organizations are no match for truth. Every victory sets the stage for bigger victories.

These legal defense organizations could speed the process if they could sue the intolerant superintendents and school districts for big bucks and win. If even one school district or university had to pay a five or ten million dollar fine the persecutors would become scarce and perhaps non existent. Yes religious persecution is alive and well in America. In will not go away unless if we stand up for our religious freedom.

For the '06 Club, Aug. 20 takes us to Psalms 118 and I Corinthians 2.

Have a great week as we stand together for religious freedom.

Comment Here