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A Culture War or a War Against Christ?
Townhall.com ^ | January 6, 2013 | Michael Youssef

Posted on 01/06/2013 8:53:51 AM PST by Kaslin

Some in the media have popularized the term “culture war,” giving the impression that the war being waged against Christianity is the same thing as a war against everything that is traditional.

But in 2013, let’s change the term. Let’s call it what it is: “A war against Christ.”

Certainly there are many American traditions rooted in Christian teaching and history. But mixing some traditions with what is purely Christ-honoring—although it may recruit support from non-Christian traditionalists or conservatives—dilutes the Christian dye.

Take for example the ACLU’s war against Christians praying in public schools while obliging Muslims the ability make their noon prayers in a school. Or Vanderbilt University’s discrimination against Christians—forbidding them from meeting on campus if they adhere to their religious principles. Or dozens of other cases that are clearly a war against Christ and His followers—pure and simple.

So let’s call it what it is.

Christians know why the world hates us. The One we worship warned us two thousand years ago. Jesus said that the reason they hate us is because they hated Him. Just look what they did to Him!

Christians should seek to understand that type of hatred. But by “understand,” I don’t mean we should wave the white flag of surrender. On the contrary, we should be worried if the secular culture were to embrace us with open arms. We ought to be wary, for example, if Piers Morgan were to one night praise the sacrificial services that Christians practice as an indication of our love for Christ and one another. Or we should be concerned if MSNBC were to run a documentary on how so many the things that civilized the world —from our educational system to the hospital movement—were ALL inspired by the teaching of Jesus Christ.

The norm is for Piers Morgan and his ilk to praise Angelina Jolie for donating a goat to an African village or applauding Brad Pitt for giving a few crumbs from his bulging table to the South African poor through the U.N.

But true Christians do not seek to give of themselves—healing the sick, feeding the hungry—so they can be recognized by the likes of CNN. In fact, if we seek the praise of those who control this world’s system—even if some of them call themselves Christian—then we have lost our reward in Heaven.

I know the desire to have the world recognize their service lures in some Christian leaders. But what they actually get sucked into is a diabolical scheme to equate their obedience to Christ to the “charitable work” of non-Christian groups.

Let them, and us, be forewarned that to crave the world’s praise is to lose something far more important: our eternal reward.

Our attitude should be to let them hate us all they want, while we will still love our enemies and bless those who persecute us.

Let them malign us all they want. We will not return evil for evil. We will let our “good” defeat their “anti-Christ” schemes.

Let them denigrate our love for our Lord, and for others, all they want. They can never defeat our caring spirits. “Greater is He that is in you, than he that is in the world.”

We are not in a public relations war. We are in a spiritual war. Therefore, don’t wave the white flag. Don’t be tempted to cave in to their pressure.

Keep on serving. Keep on loving. Let them war against us to their hearts’ content. For we read the last chapter, and it says, “The Lord wins!”

Have a power-filled 2013!

(If you would like to read more on issues like this please order a copy of When The Crosses Are Gone)


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Editorial
KEYWORDS: antichristian; charity; christianity; culturewar; faithandfamily; hollywood; jesus; lamestreammedia; piersmorgan

1 posted on 01/06/2013 8:53:55 AM PST by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin

The war is about the nation’s founding.


2 posted on 01/06/2013 8:55:24 AM PST by onedoug
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To: Kaslin

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3 posted on 01/06/2013 9:00:50 AM PST by KeyLargo
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To: onedoug

A war on Christianity begins the war on our America
and our Constitution and our Bill of Rights. Obamas goals
are now clear and consistent. He is here to destroy. Resist in every way!


4 posted on 01/06/2013 9:03:40 AM PST by Rapscallion (Politicians need to wear guns. Most robbers already do.)
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To: Kaslin
We are not in a public relations war. We are in a spiritual war.

When the 10 Commandments were removed from the public square, their opposites - the doctrine of demons, i.e., rules of political corerecrtness - moved in to fill the void.

That's why the nation, and therefore the world, is in a constant state of chaos. The God of order, the God of nature and natures laws, has gotten in the way of those who believe THEY should sit upon the throne of the most high.

5 posted on 01/06/2013 9:05:47 AM PST by concerned about politics ("Get thee behind me, Liberal")
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To: Kaslin
It's all explained, very well, right here.
6 posted on 01/06/2013 9:07:31 AM PST by Jane Long (Philippians 2:11)
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To: Kaslin
There's a war against all that is quintessential 'American', Christain values and morals, belief in the American exceptionalism, the foresight and wisdom of our founding Fathers, the consitution and so forth, to which I say!

7 posted on 01/06/2013 9:36:52 AM PST by Kartographer ("We mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor.")
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To: Kaslin

It is the war we thought was over in 1991....

http://www.uhuh.com/nwo/communism/comgoals.htm

27. Infiltrate the churches and replace revealed religion with “social” religion. Discredit the Bible and emphasize the need for intellectual maturity which does not need a “religious crutch.”

28. Eliminate prayer or any phase of religious expression in the schools on the ground that it violates the principle of “separation of church and state.”


8 posted on 01/06/2013 10:05:14 AM PST by GenXteacher (You have chosen dishonor to avoid war; you shall have war also.)
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To: Kaslin

It has always been a war against God, the socialists want humanity to put their faith in the state rather than God. The reason Democrats conspire with Muslims is that they are united in their hatred of Christianity. The Democrats want gays to marry so that people stop getting married, it has nothing to do with gay marriage, it’s all about making a mockery of the institution, so people lose faith in it.

Democrats want to destroy the family, they already have, when you have single parent households they will rely on the government completely. Christians are at war with those who want to place their faith in the laws of men rather than the laws of God. It is a war between good and evil, we are all on the battlefield, evil no longer hides their aims to enslave humanity with the chains of tyranny. The Democrats, socialists, and Muslims are Antichrist, the Democrats denied God three times at their convention, they aim to replace God with humanist elites, they will not stop ‘till they have made slaves of us all, they hate the one true God: Jesus Christ.


9 posted on 01/06/2013 10:42:10 AM PST by IslamE (epiphany)
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12 posted on 01/06/2013 10:50:55 AM PST by narses
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To: Kaslin
There has been a “war against Christ” for 2013 years. Christianity has always been counter-cultural. The mistake is making the assumption that Christ and culture were friends. I know that I sound like a broken record, but Nietzche observed this false relationship between Christianity and the secular culture, which led him to make the statement that God is dead. People professed to believe in God but they lived their lives without regard to Christ and his teachings. They were “cultural Christians.” I don’t which is worse. Saying you are a Christian and living as if God were dead, or just saying God is dead and living like he is dead.
13 posted on 01/06/2013 11:49:09 AM PST by Nemoque
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But true Christians do not seek to give of themselves—healing the sick, feeding the hungry—so they can be recognized by the likes of CNN. In fact, if we seek the praise of those who control this world’s system—even if some of them call themselves Christian—then we have lost our reward in Heaven.

We give, out of love for Christ!

Has anyone else noticed the growing number of government programs that mimic the charitable work christians have performed for decades.

14 posted on 01/06/2013 2:04:59 PM PST by NYer ("Before I formed you in the womb I knew you." --Jeremiah 1:5)
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I'm a lifelong teetotaler. But if my stepmother were Babs Streisand, I might swig Jack Daniels straight from the bottle, too.

15 posted on 01/06/2013 3:06:25 PM PST by Albion Wilde ("If you're going through hell, keep on going."--Winston Churchill)
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To: GenXteacher

This could be reversed if we were one voice Orthodoxy which has been with us since 33ad the Priest just can not get up there and speak in his sermons the faith has been handed down through the yyears plus we have our greetings to one another that is our tradition Christ is born christ is risen etc this alone would drive them nuts


16 posted on 01/06/2013 5:12:38 PM PST by peter the great
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To: Rapscallion
This has been the plan for the last 4 years, Just think this is just the bringing of america’s downfall,This will be more like real persecution on believers.
17 posted on 01/06/2013 8:46:17 PM PST by primrose (PRIMROSE)
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To: Rapscallion
This has been the plan for the last 4 years, Just think this is just the bringing of america’s downfall,This will be more like real persecution on believers.
18 posted on 01/06/2013 8:46:17 PM PST by primrose (PRIMROSE)
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bump for later


19 posted on 01/07/2013 5:02:12 AM PST by foreverfree
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To: Kaslin

The Christ I know would want us to stand together and be strong and most of all to BELIEVE in Him.


20 posted on 01/10/2013 1:03:31 PM PST by Rapscallion (Obama is America's first tyrant....president in name only - PINO)
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To: primrose
Just think this is just the bringing of america’s downfall,This will be more like real persecution on believers.

Have faith. God gave us our republic and the rights to life and liberty. We should be willing to stand up for our God and our republic as many have done with their lives in our 200 year history. BE STRONG!.

21 posted on 01/10/2013 1:07:40 PM PST by Rapscallion (Obama is America's first tyrant....president in name only - PINO)
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To: primrose
Just think this is just the bringing of america’s downfall,This will be more like real persecution on believers.

Have faith. God gave us our republic and the rights to life and liberty. We should be willing to stand up for our God and our republic as many have done with their lives in our 200 year history. BE STRONG!.

22 posted on 01/10/2013 1:08:11 PM PST by Rapscallion (Obama is America's first tyrant....president in name only - PINO)
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