In the wake of the ungodly election cycle we just went through, a series of stunning lawsuits against churches and Christian organizations started to take shape within the legal system. This may be the first time in the history of the United States that a systematic approach has been undertaken to attack organizations of the Christian faith thru the courts.
One of the groups leading this coordinated charge is the Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF), an organization of 19,000 self-proclaimed non-theists (atheists and agnostics) who want to remove religious (but mainly Christian) influence from society. Their main underlying argument in most of these cases is separation of church and state, as if the United States is a theocracy where the church is in charge of government. Anytime a Christian symbol appears in public, they cry a reactionary “this is a violation of the separation of church and state!”
The FFRF has just sued Billy Graham Evangelistic Association for taking out full-page ads in the weeks leading up to election urging people to vote for pro-life candidates. They are vehemently suing a number of Catholic bishops and parishes who instructed their members to vote based on religious principles involving issues like abortion and contraception mandates.
The October 7, 2012 event “Freedom Pulpit Sunday” where nearly 1,600 pastors decided to openly endorse life, biblical and family values and candidates from the pulpit seemed to have been the pivotal point that started this rage.
But wait… their bold tactic does not end there. They have just demanded in the letter to the president that the words “so help me God” as well as the placing of the hand on the Bible be removed from the presidential inauguration… again, based on the delusion that the church and state are one entity in the US!
The main goal of these attacks is to remove the non-profit status of churches and Christian organizations. That is the goal… for now. But I am predicting that we will quickly move to the phase of anti-bullying and hate speech legislation against pastors and churches who proclaim biblical truth. And then Christians will face more than just monetary penalties. They may face criminal charges and potentially prison for preaching against sin.
Christians in America need to wake up and pray for this nation and its leaders, so that God will not allow this nation to get to that point. Persecution is coming to America and we need to anticipate it and get spiritually ready for it.