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Christian Music gets Counselor suspended

For a few weeks now, I’ve been reading stories about a Christian persecution taking place overseas.  I’m not talking about remote countries where tribes are fighting daily, or a radical Muslim group, this persecution has been taking place in Great Britain.  Let me just provide you with a brief overview of the latest two:

February 12, 2009 – U.K. A school secretary’s 5 year old daughter who mentioned the name of Jesus was scolded by her teacher for doing so.  Because her daughter became so upset over the matter, the mother emailed a prayer request about the situation to some of her friends at church.  The school found out about the “prayer email” and now the secretary faces disciplinary action for professional misconduct because of both her and her daughter’s profession of faith. WND

February 2, 2009 – U.K. A Christian nurse was suspended for failing to display “personal and professional commitment to equality and diversity.”  Her crime?  The community nurse visited an elderly woman and asked the patient if she could pray for her, to which the patient said no.  When she returned home that day, she found a message on her answering machine stating that she had been suspended without pay and would be forced to attend a disciplinary meeting.  She has since been reinstated. WND

I don’t recall hearing either of these in the mainstream media, as they were likely dismissed as trivial, but there are patterns of this behavior that are beginning to take shape.  Which is why I wasn’t surprised when I heard the latest story of Christian persecution.  Except this time it happened in the United States, specifically in California.  The story broke in 2006, also not covered in the mainstream media, but a lawsuit was filed just last week on behalf of a veteran youth counselor, for abused/abandoned children, who was suspended 6 weeks without pay.  Her crime, “exposing children to unapproved religious activities.”  You might be thinking, “Who is she to be preaching to kids about her faith?  Those children could have different beliefs and she shouldn’t try to influence them.”  Maybe, only she wasn’t preaching or sharing her own faith.  The counselor had taken four teenage girls on an approved field trip to the Anaheim 5k run and then to the beach.  While there, the group watched a surfing contest from the pier and overheard a few minutes of Christian music.  Let me repeat that, the group overheard a few minutes of Christian music.  This resulted in the suspension of the youth counselor. The counselor has since filed suit on February 13, 2009, for religious discrimination. ChristianPost

I know these are just three incidents and there are a lot more, many of which are happening in countries of our closest allies, but many also are happening here in the U.S.  This isn’t a pattern that is short-lived or isolated.  I believe this is what is coming.  I don’t say that to strike fear in the heart of anyone, but for it to serve as a wake-up call to Christians everywhere.  Now is the time to strengthen your faith, return to church, begin reading your Bible and praying. 

Matthew 5:10-12 “Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me.  Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.”

New Poll shows shift in Worldviews

There was a new poll out yesterday asking American’s who they admire most.  The 2,634 respondents were not given a list of names, but instead offered names spontaneously.  The majority of those polled responded with “President Obama” as their #1 choice, followed by Jesus Christ and Martin Luther King #3.  When asked to explain their choices the top responses were:

Doing what’s right regardless of personal consequences: 89%

Not giving up until the goal is accomplished: 83%

Doing more than what other people expect of them: 82%

Overcoming adversity: 81%

Staying level-headed in crisis: 81%

What does this say about our society and the direction it’s heading?  Mr. Obama has barely been on the job a month and has made some less than popular decisions already.  Even the most successful presidents have failed policies.  Jesus has been on the job for over 2000 years and His policies in the Bible have never failed.  Let’s make some things very clear: only Jesus died on the cross for our sins.  These were the sins of those that crucified him, those that mocked and ridiculed him, and those of us who weren’t even born yet.  His personal consequence was death, yet he did not give up.  No one on earth expected Him to die on the cross, yet He did because that was the only way.  Only Jesus rose again on the 3rd day.   How could there ever be more adversity than that to overcome?  Only Jesus is the King of Kings. Psalm 46:10 says, “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.”

This same poll was conducted in 2001 and the #1 answer was Jesus Christ.    I talked about this shift of worldview from the cross to man in the Are we living in the time of Samuel post and I think this poll is yet another indicator that a shift is definitely underway.  I want to reiterate the quote I used in that post, “Unless the people can return to their roots and mission, they will crumble from within.”

Isaiah 40:28-31 “Have you not known? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He does not faint or grow weary; his understanding is unsearchable. He gives power to the faint, and to him who has no might he increases strength. Even youths shall faint and be weary, and young men shall fall exhausted; but they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.”

Atheist Bus ads – The Saga continues…

I promised to keep everyone up to speed on the atheist bus ad saga going on in the U.K.  You can get caught up on the story here: Thrown Under the Busand here: Atheist Bus Ads Follow Up Well, here’s the latest, offices of a conservative Christian political organization were vandalized after the launch of their rebuttal campaign that there is a God.  There slogan reads, “There definitely is a God.  So join the Christian Party and enjoy your life.”  Additional bus ads are scheduled to begin in Scotland.

 

http://christianpost.com/Intl/Overseas/2009/02/christian-party-offices-vandalized-after-launch-of-bus-ads-16/index.html

 

Some of you might have been following this story and wondering what does it have to do with me?  Well here’s what I what to impress upon you.  This is happening in the United Kingdom.  We’re not that far removed from them as a country.  They too operate as a capitalist democracy, albeit with their own governmental intricacies.  There is a Christian persecution under way in the U.K. and it’s on a much grander scale than bus ads.  In upcoming posts, I’ll begin updating you on what’s happening there.  Again, this isn’t taking place in Darfur, it’s not a radical Muslim state, it’s Great Britain; our closest ally.  If Christian persecution can take place there, are we to believe it can’t happen here also?

 

Matthew 5:11-12 “Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me.  Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.”

 

I Peter 4:12-14 “Dear friends, do not be surprised at the painful trial you are suffering, as though something strange were happening to you.  But rejoice that you participate in the sufferings of Christ, so that you may be overjoyed when his glory is revealed.  If you are insulted because of the name of Christ, you are blessed, for the Spirit of glory and of God rests on you.”

 

Romans 12:14 “Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse.”