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Is Christianity Obsolete?

“…the time is coming when anyone who kills you will think they are offering a service to God” (John 16:2).
It would appear by the eradication of Christians in Iraq, Syria, and various parts of the Middle East and Africa that Christianity is not only under attack but the very neck of the Christian faith is under the guillotine – attempting to separate the head from the Body of Christ.
The Catholic World Report informs us that on “July 17 the self-proclaimed Islamic Caliphate declared to the remaining Christian community of Mosul that they either needed openly convert to Islam, pay an unspecified jizya tax in exchange for their safety while observing certain conditions, leave their homes with only their clothes and nothing more or face death” (http://www.catholicworldreport.com/NewsBriefs/Default.aspx?rssGuid=christians-a-fundamental-part-of-iraq-ambassador-observes-43473%2F).
The Islamic community is not the only group to confront Christianity with absolute opposition. David Limbaugh’s 2004 book entitled “Persecution: How Liberals Are Waging War Against Christianity” details a case-by-case account of various political strategies at work to quash the rise of Christ’s church in the world.
Various news sources have reported that the plight of Christians in these war-torn regions aimed at persecutions based on faith has become the banner of liberals according to the motto of Barack Obama “The message to Iraqi Christians, who have explicitly asked for military invention to save their lives, was much the same message the Obama administration has sent to others around the world, namely, ‘You’re on your own’” (http://dailycaller.com/2014/07/28/obama-to-iraqi-christians-u-s-allies-youre-on-your-own/).
What is it about Christianity that causes secularists, political tyrants and Islamic extremists to work for its extinction?
In John 15:18, Jesus himself reminds us that "If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated me first.” If Christ and his followers preached of peace and brotherly love why is there such a movement to abolish this faith by means of violence, brutality, rhetorical propaganda, and hateful indifference? Has the spiritual effort to bring about the Kingdom of Heaven on earth met with an opposing force that has gained powerful momentum in our millennium? Is it time to admit that Christianity has no place in modern culture?
Islamic extremists may believe that they are indeed offering a service to God by killing Christians. The secularists may be convinced that Christianity is outdated and deserves to take a back seat to modern ideas. Political leaders that support anti-Christian communities by rejecting aid may feel strongly that the predicament of persecuted Christians is their own problem. However, such groups would do well to remember the words of Gamaliel in Acts 5 when speaking of the persecuted Christians of the day, “but if it is of God, you will not be able to overthrow them; or else you may even be found fighting against God.”
Is the need for peace and brotherly love an obsolete notion? It would seem that the teachings of Christ are needed more now than ever. Is Christianity, therefore, outdated? It would appear that Christ’s followers are necessary to bring about the kind of brotherly love that others clearly may not understand. Is this the first time in history that Christians have been persecuted? We know for a fact that the very originator, Jesus Christ himself, was brutally persecuted and crucified in the face of Jewish extremists, political moguls, and those that joined the band wagon. It was at the moment of the Resurrection and the coming of the Holy Spirit that Christianity gained impetus. If the history of the Church teaches us any lesson at all it is that the moments of great torment often give rise to the Church’s greatest triumphs.