Being Christian in America increasingly means something very different from what it has meant previously in our nation’s history.
As the culture and its values change, so too does the position once held by the teachings of traditional, Bible-based Christianity.
Simply put, the Christian values once applauded by this society are increasingly being attacked by this society, and that growing antagonism extends not just to the values, but to the people who ascribe to them.
Bible-based Christians should be aware of that attitudinal shift, and of the adversity and persecution which will accompany it.
American society and traditional Christianity have a long and partnered history. The nation was initially settled by people whose Christian faith defined their lives and, indeed, brought them to these shores. And though their denominations varied, the core of their beliefs – and their respect for adherents to those beliefs – did not.
Christian virtues were admired even by those who didn’t practice them. Piety and faithfulness were seen as good traits across the society. That general respect was endorsing of and supporting of those beliefs and the people who practiced them.
It was good to be a practicing Christian, and Christian virtues were seen as a respected standard for all.
But the society has changed.
A rising amorality has defined those who preach morality as intolerant bigots. As the unchanging light of true Christianity has cast unflattering shadows on a darkening American heart, that heart has turned against that light. As the American popular culture has veered ever further from the strait and narrow path of Biblical Christianity, the culture has not been shamed, it has been angered.
And Christians are increasingly the target of that anger.
For centuries, Christianity has been a respected faith in America. In this day, however, it is becoming a reviled faith in America.
The haven this society has provided Christianity is potentially no more. And Christians will have to adapt to that, and perhaps recognize that this respite from persecution has been an exception to the historical rule.
Part of the antagonism will be a fight over who gets to define what “Christian” means. People with pretty vestments and fancy titles and contemporary views will continue to pollute the pulpit and cloud the issue. They will preach strange doctrines and consecrate ancient blasphemies, but their authority will come from man, not from the Bible or its Author.
Their partners in the attack on traditional Christianity will come from the newly self-appointed arbiters of right and wrong – the pronouncers of political correctness. Activists and politicians and celebrities, ordained by web hits and reality television, will conduct a modern Inquisition, chasing down any deviation from their godless views.
And that puts Christians in the crosshairs.
The ones who believe what their great-grandparents believed 100 years ago, and what their Savior taught 2,000 years ago.