Christians in America are awakening to the horrific reality of what it is to be persecuted even from within the country founded by their faith. The persecution does not originate only from America's secular society, either. Even the simple act of stating the obvious draws accusations and scorn from those who call themselves brothers and sisters from within the Christian faith.
Consider those who take a stand for their Christian belief regarding homosexuality and related issues that stem from the homosexual movement. When a Christian states his or her belief that homosexuality is a sin, the effort is not to condemn individuals who are guilty of the sin of homosexuality. That is between them and God. The statement is largely a mere public declaration of faith on an issue that is prevalent in American culture. If the statement has a target audience at all, it would be largely directed at those who profess Christianity as their faith, yet compromise the Word of God, either accepting or endorsing homosexuality and denying that it is, in fact, a sin.
If one were to stand in the public square and announce that stealing is a sin, or that murder is a sin, the most likely response would be something akin to, "Duh... really? Tell us something we don't know..." Yet someone who states publicly that they agree with God and the Bible, that homosexuality is a sin, draws fire from all sides - even from those who claim to be fellow believers.
It just shows the level of deception within American culture, that even those who may regularly open and read the Word of God on a regular basis can be so mystified by such a simple fact of the faith they profess. The result? The moral foundation of America is crumbling.
The easiest and quickest way to tear apart any society is to destroy the concept of family. That is exactly what this tacit acceptance and approval of the deception regarding homosexual behavior is doing to this nation.
As with all sin, it does not stop with the mere act. Homosexuality affects others in the periphery. It distorts how we see ourselves and our value. It destroys our understanding and function within our society as men and women, husbands and wives, fathers and mothers. Our society is seeing divorce, children born out of wedlock, single-parent homes, crime, dropouts and delinquency all skyrocket.
The very people who endorse homosexuality as acceptable and normal see these things happen and wonder why. Is it all because of homosexuals? No. But it is because of God's people, who should be the moral foundation and backbone of the nation, yet choose instead to agree with the world instead of agreeing with God, for fear of being labeled as a judgmental radical.
Is it more important to be right with God, or right with the world?
In addition, if the wages of sin are indeed death, as the Bible states, then how is it an act of love to tell those who are caught in the web of sin that what they are doing is acceptable, even acceptable to God? Even worse, what about Christians who express their approval of sinful behavior? If God says something is sin, by what authority do these “Christians” approve of that which God detests?
“Love the sinner; hate the sin...” Loving the sinner actually involves a willingness to tell them the truth. Tell them in love, but tell the truth. Many Christians choose to compromise the truth so that they will be liked. Sure, the sinner feels better about themselves, but the reality is that, in so doing, the ones who should be saving souls are actually ushering them to the gates of hell, and holding the door open for them to walk right in.
Not only is that not loving the sinner, but if the words of Jesus are to be believed, it is something for which Christians will have to answer on the day of reckoning...
From the New Testament:
At that time the disciples came to Jesus and said, “Who is greatest in the kingdom of heaven?”
Then He called a child to Him and had him stand among them.
“I assure you,” He said, “unless you are converted and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Therefore, whoever humbles himself like this child—this one is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. And whoever welcomes one child like this in My name welcomes Me. But whoever causes the downfall of one of these little ones who believe in Me—it would be better for him if a heavy millstone were hung around his neck and he were drowned in the depths of the sea!
Woe to the world because of offenses. For offenses must come, but woe to that man by whom the offense comes.”