PERSECUTED CHURCH: Our lives as Christians under the microscope.

We are on watch, we are targeted – by our own government. The Supreme Court is weighing in on so-called ‘gay marriage’ which can force churches, ministries, and Christian organizations protected by their 501(c)(3) status.

Should we be concerned? YES. Because Christians are persecuted outloud with hideous beheadings, and sometimes so quiet that it’s almost undetectable, or so the government hopes. In China, the hope of Jesus Christ is so abhorred and feared by their government, they are calling it “a restriction on the public space for Christianity” toppling them one at a time: “Compared to the Communist Party’s previous militant-style campaigns aiming at wiping out the religion, the latest crackdown is milder and its primary target is a symbol rather than the belief itself“, read the rest here.

A restriction on the public space for Christianity? Sounds familiar? It should, Bible studies, prayer meetings and church services in private homes in America have been targeted:

“A California couple has been fined by the city of San Juan Capistrano for holding Bible studies and religious gatherings in their home.” Read the rest here.
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“A Phoenix man has been sentenced to 60 days in jail after he refused to stop hosting Bible studies in the privacy of his home – in violation of the city’s building code laws.” Read the rest here.

Is this what’s coming to American churches as the LGBT community continues to target and persecute Christianity? Look to Annise Parker, Mayor of Houston. She took her LGBT agenda and manifested it as law to placate her own sin to make it appear normal; ‘City of Houston’ demanded “sermons dealing with homosexuality, gender identity or Annise Parker. Pastors and churches and ministries said a resounding NO, claiming rightfully that their Constitutional rights cannot be taken away by anyone.

“This new draft law is just another attempt by the government to legitimize its existing illegal violent campaign of destruction and removal of the cross,” said Bob Fu of U.S.-based China Aid, which has documented that 448 churches have had crosses removed or buildings destroyed…..To continue to forcefully remove and ban the cross on the rooftop of the church buildings demonstrates the Chinese regime’s determination to contain the rapid growth of Christianity in China,” he said in an email.” Read the rest here.

Many smaller churches here in America are decidedly not tax exempt so that  they can continue to use their rights to Freedom of Speech, religion, and religious liberty. These rights are Constitutional and is supposed to protect individual American citizens, but are they protected under a 501(c)(3)? Many people would disagree with what protects us by something manufactured by the IRS and Federal Government.

In China, an article depicted Christian church crosses being torn down and in some cases, the entire church:

“The battle started when a government-hired crew tore down the metal cross atop the one-room church in this village surrounded by rice paddies last month…The next day, a church member used his own welding torch to put it back. He was promptly detained and questioned for 10 hours on the charge of operating a welding business without a license.” Read the rest here.

Tear down the Cross? Not one person can tear down what God has provided: “For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God,” [1Cor 1:18].

Doing nothing gains nothing. Jesus is knocking on the door trying to get back into the Church, we should let Him in and keep the government OUT.

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30 DAY PARENTING PRAYER CHALLENGE: DAY 7

My youngest and I took a ride in the car and I asked him, about five different ways, what are you going to do when you grow up? Crickets….but he did say that he will get a job. A job, I said…but school? College? A family someday? The long pause told me a resounding NO. He really has no plans at all. I can’t tell you how that hurts me as a his chosen mother.

I’ve been 16 before. I remember thinking that life is about to get ‘legal’ for me. Becoming 18 someday scared me to death because I lived in a house where the mindset was ‘getting by’ rather than planning a future. How I HATE seeing this has not changed even though I have begged all of my sons to think at least ONE step ahead rather than none.

While in prayer today, I remembered what God told the Prophet Jeremiah in the first chapter of his book; it spoke of how God CHOSE Jeremiah since before the very foundations of the world had shape:

“Before I formed you in the womb, I knew you; before you were born I sanctified you; I ordained you a prophet to the nations.” Jeremiah 1:5

Each and every child – born, unborn, yet to be born – are known by God with a specific purpose and path chosen by Him. If every one of us just heeded that one line of scripture, I believe we would all stand taller and bolder and PROSPER in Him regardless of the past! We are not an afterthought regardless of HOW we were born. The potential of our children is IMMEASURABLE.

BUT: I can’t make that horse drink. My sons, like most of the people in the world, are scraping by holding out for a miracle. But lately I don’t see even that anymore. People are so forlorn and without hope.

Have we become a society totally without hope? Seeing through the eyes of my youngest son, YES; get a job, live, then die…..next!

WITHOUT God we cannot fathom how important we are and the path He chose for us is in His ultimate plan! We are His workmanship:

v13 For You formed my inward parts;
You covered me in my mother’s womb.
v14 I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
Marvelous are Your works,
And that my soul knows very well.
v15 My frame was not hidden from You,
When I was made in secret,
And skillfully wrought in the lowest parts of the earth.
v16 Your eyes saw my substance, being yet unformed.
And in Your book they all were written,
The days fashioned for me,
When as yet there were none of them.” Psalm 139

Pray today that your children, adult or not, understand their importance in His plan. God has never made an imperfect person, ever.