Oh, no, don’t get me wrong. I absolutely despise the attempted stifling of Christianity in the U.S., to include the removal of the Ten Commandments, manger scenes, the oppression of the kids not being allowed to pray or wear their t-shirts, etc. I despise the anti-Christian sentiment in the public, the government, the schools, the media, the entertainment industry, etc. I do feel this sentiment could lead to a greater degree of persecution and we should not be silent in standing up for ourselves and others. However, I do feel it is persecution lite compared to a harsher degree of persecution suffered by Christians in foreign countries, primarily the Middle East, which often goes ignored. I feel what we face in this country is paid attention to, and rightfully so, but I also feel not enough attention is paid to our Christian brothers and sisters in other lands who suffer far more than we do.
Some of what we face has been successfully stood up against by calling Christian civil rights attorney groups, signing petitions, voicing concerns, or a parent going to the school and confronting a teacher and/or principle. I don’t see any of these somewhat simple solutions working in the Middle East, as someone who does so may end up getting their head chopped off, their home being burned or their family being raped and killed. Whether being persecuted here or overseas, though, Christians can rejoice in knowing it is for the name of the Lord who said these things will happen, pray for those who persecute us, and we will be rewarded. God will have His vengeance and He will repay.