Is Persecution Right Around the Corner?

by | Jan 11, 2013 | Best of!

Deutsch: Gottfried Feder und Adolf Hitler 1919
In 1936 Germany was in the midst of economic ruin and social upheaval, facing an uncertain future.  A charismatic leader by the name of Adolph Hitler was rising to power and he pointed Germans to a new direction that would bring the nation and its people back to greatness—if they only trusted him.
He consolidated power, bypassing the German legislative houses and started imposing his own laws, ignoring the due process of the German government.  One of his first edicts was to control guns within society to “bring about peace”.  Then he turned his attention to fundamental religion which he saw as an enemy to the state and aspirations of his Nazi regime.  He successfully silenced the churches by convincing them he shared their values—but they would have to cooperate with him and his agenda to return Germany to greatness.
The church rolled over like a dog begging for scraps and within one year every bible and cross was removed from Christian churches and only Third Reich government employees were allowed to preach in church services.  The rest, as they say, is history.  Six million Jews were slaughtered and the world was brought into world war as Hitler rose to power in a time of uncertainty and fear.
But that could never happen in the United States of America—we’re the land of the free and the home of the brave.  And besides the Christian Church in America would never allow this kind of oppression and tyranny to occur!  Well, think again…
When you look at the rise of power within our federal government since the 9/11 attacks, we must concede that we might be on the cusp of a government bent on imposing its will and values upon all Americans.  Through the Patriot Act every American citizen is spied upon every day and privacy is a thing of the past.  Our government has now mandated that employers and health plans financially support abortion; the Supreme Court may soon rule homosexual marriage as a constitutionally protected right; and now many in Washington are hell bent on taking guns away from law abiding citizens who want to protect themselves and their families.
And if you carefully watch events at the U.N., where fundamental religion is considered the greatest threat to the survival of mankind, it doesn’t take a lot of imagination to think that Christianity has a target on its chest as the next freedom that will be attacked.
Now Christians can make the argument that we should not worry about things of this world and only concentrate on Jesus Christ and spreading the gospel.  But to argue that without thinking of the consequences of non-engagement is foolishness.  If we are unwilling to fight the spread of tyranny and government censorship, then we better be prepared to reap the results of our inactions.  We best be prepared to eventually be driven under ground as the price we pay for not standing up and fighting for our religious values and freedoms.
Think it could never happen in America—well you better think again, and more importantly you better start reading your bible.  Because it will happen and it is starting to happen right before our eyes.
In Luke 21 Jesus is discussing the end of the age—the time just before His glorious return.  “Nation will rise against nation…but before all this they will lay hands on you and persecute you.  They will deliver you to synagogues and prisons, and you will be brought before kings and governors, and all on account of my name…All men will hate you because of me.”
So stand up and peacefully fight the coming tyranny, or if you choose to, sit back passively.  But know what is coming and prepare your hearts for a time when all men will hate us for Jesus’ sake.  These times will come and they are starting to unfold right before our eyes.  Are we preparing our hearts?  Or are we one of the virgins sitting idly with no oil in our lamp?  The choice is yours.