Underlying the recent decision by the Wisconsin federal judge ruling the National Day of Prayer unconstitutional and the Pentagon’s decision to throw Franklin Graham (one of the great Christian humanitarians of our day) under the politically correct bus is an ominous reality.
Religious pluralism has poisoned, weakened and undermined the Judeo-Christian framework of our culture and laws to a crisis point.
Our major institutions of media, education and government have become intolerant of orthodox Christianity because we have for too long been tolerant of false teaching, false religions, sin, injustice and evil. We have submitted the church to the state inappropriately and allowed pulpits to be muzzled through ignorance, fear, seminary training, historical ignorance and fundamental biblical bankruptcy.
Contrast Graham, founder and president of Samaritan’s Purse, which has provided disaster relief, food, water, shelter and much more to millions in impoverished nations – mostly Muslim, by the way – to Mickey Weinstein. Weinstein is founder of Military Religious Freedom Foundation and the driving force behind Graham’s ejection.
While Weinstein has a military background, served in the Reagan administration and has two sons who are also graduates of the Air Force Academy, his jihad against the “evangelical, fundamentalist religious right” is anything but tolerant.
Chaplain Gordon Klingenschmitt of the Pray in Jesus Name Project provides some graphic examples of Weinstein’s benevolence:
The biggest crime I accuse the religious right of, and it’s a blood libel, a crime against humanity, is torturing that concept by bludgeoning it and assaulting it, so that what it comes out as “tolerance for diversity” equals “intolerance for us in the majority.” My response is: F— you. F— you. How dare you?
Our Pentagon has been turned into a Pentecostalgon, and our Department of Defense has been turned into an imperious, fascistic contagion of unconstitutional triumphalism by people that want to kill us, or have their version of Jesus kill us, if we don’t accept their biblical worldview.
Added to the plans to force sexual diversity into our military system through the removal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell and the addition of “perceived gender identity” and “gender expression” to federal protections, this malicious hatred of Christianity is now exploding in our face in our own government.
I believe it is important that we are mindful of two important truths given to us by the Founder of Christianity:
If the world hates you, you know that it has hated Me before it hated you. If you were of the world, the world would love its own; but because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, because of this the world hates you (John 15:18, 19 NASB).
You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt has become tasteless, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled under foot by men (Matthew 5:13, NASB).
In my opinion, the anti-Christian hatemongering flowing from the aforementioned institutions contains ingredients from both of these principles from Scripture. Dark has never loved light, evil has never embraced good, and liars hate truth because it reveals the lie. Although Christianity when practiced in its pure form has produced more good and blessing for more people in more places than all other religions combined, it has a “fatal” flaw.
Our Lord Jesus Christ said that He is the ONLY way to the Father, the only irrevocable, noncancelable ticket to heaven. If that is true, as I believe it is, because of God’s love for us, then all the other “ways” lead somewhere else.
Furthermore, the fruit of Christianity is the very tolerance that birthed freedom for all, which is now being used to silence that which produced it. Historian and author William Federer quotes Ronald Reagan as he nailed the issue: “The frustrating thing is that those who are attacking religion claim they are doing it in the name of tolerance. … Question: Isn’t the real truth that they are intolerant of religion?” (“Backfired: A nation born for religious tolerance no longer tolerates religion,” Federer.)
I would warn the enemies of Christianity to be careful what they wish for, because the very freedoms they are abusing in an attempt to destroy the Christian influence in our nation are dependent upon not only its existence but its renewed impact. As the U.S. Supreme Court quoted after reviewing volumes of historical data:
The people of this State, in common with the people of this country, profess the general doctrines of Christianity, as the rule of their faith and practice. … We are a Christian people, and the morality of the country is deeply engrafted upon Christianity, and not upon the doctrines or worship of those impostors. (Church of the Holy Trinity v. United States, 1892.)