Let’s face it—Biblical Christianity is under massive attack. This shouldn’t be surprising. Spirit-led, sincere Christianity has been the target of political, demonic and religious opposition since Peter and the other apostles first took their stand on the Day of Pentecost.
But the troubling factor is that the Western world, whose civilizations were indisputably shaped by Christianity, has turned its back upon the Bible and spit upon those who dare to stand up for “the faith once delivered to the saints (Jude 3).
Here’s what’s happening:
In growing numbers we see a deceptive move among organized Christian churches to “reinterpret” the Bible so it suits modern tastes, particularly in the domain of homosexuality and gender identity. Christian authors are encouraged to remove the word Christ, and explicitly Christian themes, in effort to appeal to the secular world and thereby increase sales. Christian music is saturated with the rhythms and themes that were once condemned.
But more dangerous still is the fact that Christians have become accepting of the onslaught that targets their faith.
Much like those, who under the reign of Adolph Hitler, became accepting of the social alienation and ultimate destruction of their neighbors, as well as the values that had previously united German society, many Christians in the United States and Europe have become increasingly tolerant of the blatant political and social attacks against their faith.
While they may wince at the various liberties taken by social media companies and the scathing comments of politicians, by far and large, Christians have passively refused to make their loyalty to Christ known. In so doing, they empower the enemy of their souls who works relentlessly through the political and social arenas to create a “Christ-less” Christianity, or a pseudo-Christianity that is non-offensive, socially acceptable, and completely powerless.
Do not mistake religion and church attendance for Christianity. At the risk of sounding “judgmental,” let me simply point out that the word Christian was first used as a pejorative term by those who opposed Christianity, but could see from the lives and miracles of the early church that they were clearly followers of Jesus Christ (Acts 11:26).
Christ was not a sideline item; He was the central theme of their lives. Because they “loved not their lives unto death” (Revelations 12:11), the critics around them took their professions of faith seriously.
If we, as Christians, water down our testimony to gain political influence or a social following, what differentiates us from Judas Iscariot who sold Christ for 30 pieces of silver?
Regardless of your religious affiliation, regardless of your social standing, heedless of your position in the ministry or in the laity, it is imperative that the world see Christ as the central theme of your life.
Only when we refuse to accept a Christ-less religion and society, only when we burn with a holy fire, and see our place in the Word of God, only then can we truly be counted worthy to sit with those believers before us who were not ashamed to be called a Christian.