By Tom Quiner
“Have you ever been assaulted for being Christian?”
The Quiner’s Diner reader posing this question suggests that Christian persecution is nothing compared to transgender persecution.
She is transgendered and has experience physical persecution.
As a Christian, I loathe persecution of all types, whether it is violent in nature, such as what she experienced by being shoved in front of a car; or whether it is a gay man thrown off the roof of a parking garage by Muslims; or whether it is non-violent, such as the owner of a bakery who loses her business because her religion views marriage as being between one man and one woman.
The suggestion, though, that Christian persecution is “nothing” displays an amazing ignorance on the international scope of persecution of those who proclaim Jesus as their Lord.
In Iraq, the Christian population has shrunk from 1.5 million down to 300,000 as ISIS massacres Christians.
In Syria, more than half of the Christians there have become refugees.
In Iran, Christianity is illegal. Forty people have been imprisoned for “apostasy.”
In Nigeria, hundreds of thousands of Christians face massacre at the hands of Boko Haram.
In China, the government has either removed crosses or destroyed some 1500 Christian churches there, and imprisoned a lawyer who attempted to defend the churches in their legal system.
Professed Christians in North Korea are subject to arrest, torture, imprisonment, labor camps, and execution.
According to Vatican spokesman, Archbishop Silvano Maria Tomasi:
“Credible research has reached the shocking conclusion that every year an estimate of more than 100,000 Christians are killed because of some relation to their faith.”
Sadly, I could go on.
Christianity is a dangerous religion.
In the United States, Christians face economic martyrdom if they don’t embrace the sacraments of the Secular Humanism and Neo Paganism religions which now dominates American politics. These sacraments include human abortion, contraception, and so-called same-sex marriage.
Christians have lost their jobs, their businesses, been fined, and even been sent to jail for their religious beliefs.
A prominent Democratic governor and mayor even said Christian businesses that reject their sacraments are not welcome in their cities and states.
Christians are under assault on a daily basis at home and abroad. So here is the question:
Why in the world do they stand by this guy, Jesus, when they could save their lives, their livelihood, and their reputations by simply denying Him? Why?
Because He’s worth it.
He is everything.
He has given us the gift of salvation, if we simply say … yes.