Has anyone else noticed how popular Christian bashing has become? Now I’m not talking about non-religious people physically attacking cross wearing individuals as they make their way to and from their vehicles. But I am talking about a growing trend for general negative comments portraying Christians as uneducated, anti-science, and brainwashed cult members. In fact, if I looked around the Internet long enough, I am sure I could cut and paste that exact definition from someone’s Christian bashing website.
I’ve just spent a few hours looking at websites exposing Christian bashing and websites that actively promote anti-Christian propaganda. Whether it is Ted Turner, the Founder of CNN, saying “Christianity is a religion for losers” or whether it is a teenage pagan spending hours building a website trying to convince visitors to his site that Jesus is not the only way to salvation, there seems to be a growing number of people determined to openly criticize the Christian faith with a vitriolic attitude.
I have a theory about the rise in attacks on the Christian faith. It is two-fold; Satan is throwing his influence behind individuals and resources that can best be used to usurp the gains that have been made by Christians since technological advances in media have allowed the gospel to be preached 24/7. And people who have rejected the Christian message are determined to justify their own decisions by ridiculing, debunking, and assaulting the possibility of a narrow path paved by an omnipotent Creator, concerned with the souls of mankind.
Psalms 10:2-5 (NIV) states: “In his arrogance the wicked man hunts down the weak, who are caught in the schemes he devises. He boasts of the cravings of his heart; he blesses the greedy and reviles the Lord. In his pride the wicked does not seek him; in all his thoughts there is no room for God. His ways are always prosperous; he is haughty and your laws are far from him; he sneers at his enemies.”
This psalm accurately describes the arrogance at which some attack the Christian faith. They have no room for God in their thoughts because they are full of themselves and their worldly achievements.
It should be obvious to men and women who do not seek God that they won’t find him. Even in this physical world things do not usually jump into our lives. Most people have to seek out the education they want, the wife they want, the house they want, or the career they want. Yes, God puts each of those things in our life, but they don’t drop out of the sky, do they?
Seeking God has always been the beginning of true wisdom. It inspired Albert Einstein to study the universe and the physical properties of the world which God made. He himself said, “I want to know God's thoughts…the rest are details…” Guess he should have studied the Bible a little more – God’s thoughts are in there.
I was physically and emotionally drained after seeing some of the websites that openly attacked my faith and my Savior, but I was in no way discouraged or derailed from my firm commitment to follow Paul’s words in Philippians 1:6 (NIV): “being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.”
Regardless of this rise in Christian bashing, we are called to carry on about our duties to Christ until His return. So Ted Turner and those like him will have to except the apologies of the Christian army as we gracefully decline to be discouraged or turned away from our belief that the road is indeed narrow but well mapped.