A Christian college (College of the Ozarks) is forced to allow men to live in women’s dormitories.
Legislation to preserve and protect innocent pre-born life in Texas is vehemently opposed and demonized.
Christian hospitals are forced to compel their doctors to perform surgeries and procedures that violate their religious beliefs.
Adoption agencies are compelled or pressured to place children with same-sex couples.
Bakers, florists and photographers are sued for declining to use their artistic talents to help celebrate same-sex marriage, which conflicts with their deeply held theological convictions.
A football coach is fired for praying silently on the fifty-yard line after a high school football game.
The Boys Scouts are bullied into admitting girls and change their iconic magazine, Boy’s Life, to Scout Life.
Welcome to modern America, where liberals pretty much want to try to ruin everything for America. It’s not enough for them to get a seat at the table – they want to take the chairs of conservatives and ban them from the house, too.
Ideological differences of opinion go back to the beginning of time, of course. It’s part and parcel of the human condition. From Scripture alone we see Adam and Eve sparring with the serpent in the Garden of Eden, the deadly dispute between Cain and Abel, arguments between the Pharisees and Sadducees, the Jews and Gentiles and even the apostles Paul and Barnabas – there is a long history of people struggling to get along.
Of late, though, there is a renewed aggression and desire on the left to topple long held and cherished traditions of our culture. Iconoclasts have always been among us, but a string of court and electoral victories have seemed to embolden them.
And if they don’t just want to win – they want to make conservative pay in the form of misery and attorney fees.
The tragic irony of this clash is that nearly everything they’re trying to tear down has been an historic net good for America.
For hundreds of years, Christian colleges have helped prepare, equip and launch future leaders. Laws to protect the most innocent have saved countless lives. Faith-based adoption agencies have helped find ideal homes for millions of children. Religious freedom has served as a foundational pillar of American life. It’s one of the main reasons our country was settled and prospered.
How must we respond to these relentless attacks?
“For the Lord God is a sun and shield: the Lord will give grace and glory,” wrote the Psalmist. “No good thing will He withhold from thoise that walk uprightly” (Psalm 84:11).
We may feel outnumbered. We may feel outgunned. We may even feel mocked and maligned.
But the Scriptures make clear we have what we need to stand up to those who want to tear us down.
As fall turns to winter, the days are getting shorter and the sun sets earlier and earlier. But seasons don’t last forever. The cold eventually turns warm.
We remain grateful for the strong and able-minded stalwarts of Alliance Defending Freedom and Liberty Counsel, to name just a few organizations committed to helping protect our constitutional and religious freedoms. We must pray for these groups and attorneys, who often resemble David going up against Goliath.
In the end, we must carry on until they carry us out.
“Do not grow weary in doing good,” wrote the apostle Paul (2 Thessalonians 3:13).
That was good advice then – and now.
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