Friday, December 21, 2012

Bible believing people becoming minorities


While the world hasn't ended on December 21, 2012,  the world dominated by Christian thought has come to an end. Christians must now see themselves as a dwindling minority, whose conservative views are now in conflict with mainstream culture. As John S. Dickerson, the senior pastor of Cornerstone Church and author of the forthcoming book “The Great Evangelical Recession: Six Factors That Will Crash the American Church ... and How to Prepare.” states:
"We evangelicals must accept that our beliefs are now in conflict with the mainstream culture. We cannot change ancient doctrines to adapt to the currents of the day. But we can, and must, adapt the way we hold our beliefs — with grace and humility instead of superior hostility" (Dickerson, 2012)
Not only are Christians in trouble, but also the people of Israel. Even Israel is likely to be in great trouble for the future as evangelical Christianity declines in America and as global secular humanist take control of political power. Already, we see such movement in US, with Obama's likely Secretary of Defense coming from a person who has in the past likened Israel to apartheid South Africa (Schwartz, 2012). In addition, at the United Nations, Palestine has been given recognition with growing global support


Together, the two witnesses of God: the Bible believing people of the Jews and Christians are losing their privileged positions in the global order and are now becoming minorities. This is both good and bad. 


Even the Pope is losing influence in molding Europe to global humanistic secularism. Benedict acknowledges the premise of global humanistic secularism as being that of creating their own destinies denying a creator. 
He states:

"When freedom to be creative becomes the freedom to create oneself, then necessarily the Maker himself is denied and ultimately man too is stripped of his dignity as a creature of God," ("Gay marriage")
As the Pope rightly puts it, today, the world is throwing away the books and stories that have had a hand in guiding societal and human destiny for centuries, and are instead writing their own new stories and books. However, in doing so, they are also fulfilling the books, especially the prophecy by Jesus in Matthew 24:

“Then you will be handed over to be persecuted and put to death, and you will be hated by all nations because of me. 10 At that time many will turn away from the faith and will betray and hate each other, 11 and many false prophets will appear and deceive many people. 

Today, I listen to the stories of gay persons and read them with the realization that in the future, Christians will have to closet their beliefs and be afraid to "come out" because of the persecution and abuse that will be given to them. I however note that we as Jews and Christians are also being purified as we ourselves at some time or the other have been persecutors of minorities. However, it is amazing that on entering high school, I recognised that Christians were respected and honoured, but today, they are increasingly being labelled as bigots and are disrespected. What a change within a few decades!



References:

Dickerson, John S. (2012, December 15).The decline of Evangelical America. New York Times. Retrieved from http://www.nytimes.com/2012/12/16/opinion/sunday/the-decline-of-evangelical-america.html?pagewanted=all&_r=3&


Gay marriage a threat to world peace, says Pope. (2012, December 21). Associated Press/Jamaican Observer. Retrieved from 

Schwartz, Sharona. (2012, December 17). Did you know about the surprising views on Israel of Obama’s likely pick for secretary of defense. The Blaze. Retrieved from http://www.theblaze.com/stories/did-you-know-about-the-surprising-views-on-israel-of-obamas-likely-pick-for-secretary-of-defense/


2 comments:

Mark-Shane Scale said...

One of those relevant stories to contemplate in relation to this post is the article by Dan Pallotta entitled: 'Never Lie About Who You Really Are' posted December 18, 2012 on the HBR blog:

http://blogs.hbr.org/pallotta/2012/12/never-lie-about-who-you-really-are.html?utm_source=Socialflow&utm_medium=Tweet&utm_campaign=Socialflow

Mark-Shane Scale said...

Another article that also discusses the decline of Christianity in the U.S. From the Christian Monitor:

http://www.csmonitor.com/Commentary/Opinion/2009/0310/p09s01-coop.html