Quite a World

I never thought I'd see the day when Americans would call the Bible a "serious threat" and banish it from public view; but that day is here, dear faithful family of Christ; and by 'here', I mean 'right here' in Southern California.

I'm talking about the Harvest billboard that, for years, has been displayed at Fashion Island, among dozens of other places, right here in Costa Mesa. The billboard presents just a simple invitation to the SoCal Harvest event to be held at the Angel Stadium on August 17-19. This billboard had not the slightest reference to Christ, Christianity, or the Gospel; just "SoCal Harvest", the dates, and a listing of the singing groups that would be participating this year. There was no Christian message presented at all. 

But there was that black book in the hand of Greg Laurie. The book didn't even say 'Bible' on it. But that was offensive enough to cause some angry, intolerant atheists to complain; some of them calling it a "serious threat". 

The Irvine Co, who had been hired to do the advertising for Harvest, caved into the pressure. They ordered a revision of the billboard; removing the "dangerous" black book. But that, of course, was not enough. After Harvest America provided a more sanitized version, the protests still continued. It wasn't, after all, just the Bible that these people hate: they all know what the Harvest event is! Finally, the Irvine Co. just refunded the advertising fee, stating that they no longer wished to advertise the event at all.1 

Wow! This is America—can you believe it?—now hating the very Gospel that brought us to this land! People in love with their own perversions are now running the land, in spite of their minority, and all the rest of the population is just following along behind them. 

It is frightful to see how far we have fallen. 

Just last week, the New York Times published an editorial by one of its regulars—Frank Bruni—entitled "Holy Terror". The purpose for the piece was  to warn Americans about the "dangers" of—are you ready for this?—Mike Pence of all people! Bruni paints him as "more dangerous" than President Trump; a "holy terror" just "waiting in the wings" to take over when Trump steps down. 

Mike Pence's great "crime" according to Bruni, is his Christian faith, pure and simple. It makes him "self-infatuated, a bigot, a liar and cruel." 2  Bruni goes on to cite a number of heinous offenses as proof: his belief that abortion is wrong; his support of traditional marriage; his failure to parrot the climate change creeds; and (horror of horrors!) his walking out of a football game with his wife, when team members dishonored the National Anthem!

Think of it, dear ones! Normal Christian values and beliefs—the very beliefs that built this nation and that still underpin our civilization—are now being listed as 'horrors' and 'terrors'! 

It's shocking. 

It's not just here in Americ of course, it's happening all over the western world. Just last month Franklin Graham's Festival of Hope campaign came under fierce opposition over in England. Graham is scheduled to preach in England this September. But angry residents of the city of Blackpool began protesting the posters that were appearing on buses and benches, advertising the event. Just like the Harvest billboard, Graham's advertising was very understated: "Time for Hope" is all that it said, along with the dates and Franklin Graham's name. 

A number of angry residents took to the internet to proclaim that Graham was "coming to preach hate and homophobia". 

Blackpool Transport Co, which oversees the advertising on buses and benches, ordered the posters removed explaining that "the ads were resulting in heightened tensions". 

Members of British Parliament have even tried, but failed, to prohibit Graham's September visit; and all for one reason: Graham is a Christian. And a Christian message is now "a threat", a "terror", a "horror" and a "phobia". 

It's quite a world we live in these days, is it not? 

But should we be surprised? The Bible has been warning us, for centuries now, that a day like this would come: "Woe unto those who call evil good, and good evil; who present darkness as light and light as darkness." Is 5:20

"For the time is coming," we are told in the Scriptures, "when men will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their own itching ears want to hear. They will turn their ears away from the Truth and turn aside to myths." 2 Tim 4: 3-5 

And, if things get worse, dear faithful OT, and persecution really comes, as some are beginning to predict, well just remember this precious word: 

"Blessed are you," He said, "when people insult you and persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of Me. Rejoice and be exceedingly glad, because great is your reward in Heaven, for in the same way, they persecuted the prophets before you." Mt 5: 11-12

See you Sunday, dear faithful OT, where no one is able to silence us!                             RAS

1. Christian Broadcasting Network: Charlene Aaron: Growing Intolerance Toward God and Christianity 8-7-18 www1.cbn.com.

2. New York Times, July 28, 2018, Frank Bruni "Mike Pence: Holy Terror". www.nytimes.com

3. Premier Christian Media network, Marcus Jones, "Blackpool Transport Bans Franklin Graham Event Ads  7-11-18  www.premier.org.uk

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