I’M a “Hostile Extremist”?

Christianity“I see the face of evil every time there is a news report from the Middle East, showing Christians being forced to flee from their homes to escape imprisonment, torture, or death because of their beliefs.

In the United States, I see Christians mocked, made fun of, and called names by media and private citizens alike. I see Christians boycotted and banned from exercising their 1st amendment rights.  I see prayers, crosses, Nativity scenes, and Bible studies prohibited from our schools. I see any mention of God in the DNC platform almost leading to a floor fight.

I see people afraid to speak the truth because of the fear of being labeled ‘politically incorrect’.”

When I wrote those lines just a few months ago, never in my wildest imagination would I have dreamed that I would now be considered a hostile extremist because I am a:

* Christian

*Southern Baptist

*Conservative

But, evidently I–and millions of other Christians–are now considered a high-risk threat against our country because of these labels.

As reported by AFA:

“The United States Army has blocked the website of the Southern Baptist Convention from government computers, saying the Christian site contains ‘hostile content.’  An Army officer assigned to a U.S. base said he tried to access SBC.net from his government computer, but instead, he got a message that said the site was being blocked by ‘Team CONUS’: Team CONUS protects the computer network of the Department of Defense.

“The site you have requested has been blocked by Team CONUS (C-TNOSC/RECERT-CONUS) due to hostile content.”

This is just the latest outrage against people of faith. There are numerous accounts of discrimination and actions taken by the military and organizations (think Southern Poverty Law Center) against those that wish to practice their religious beliefs in peace. I could provide you with links and sources to verify the domestic attacks coming from all directions against Christians in this country, but I’m not.

I am going to speak from my heart and speak my truth to those who believe that I must be an extremist.

Yes, I believe in moral Biblical absolutes. I believe in the Ten Commandments. I believe in the covenant of marriage. I believe in the sanctity of life. Does that mean that I spew hatred toward those that disagree with me? Absolutely not! When I accepted Jesus into my heart, He changed my heart with His love for me.

Sadly, there is one more label that should be added to my name. Sinner. I am a sinner saved by grace through the precious blood shed by my Lord and Savior. I sin…a lot. I struggle with living a life that Christ would find pleasing. My faith teaches me to “love my neighbor as myself”.  My faith teaches me to “remove the log from my eye before trying to remove the speck from yours”.  I try to practice the “Great Commission” and I fail miserably on all accounts.  However, I know that I cannot hate anyone, any group, any other religion, or any other ethnicity because they disagree with my beliefs or I disagree with their beliefs. Why? Because of Jesus’ love, example, and teachings.  Jesus went to the tax collector’s house to dine even though it was “politically incorrect” to do so.  He ministered to the adulterous woman at the well when everyone, even her own people, had shunned her.  His response to her lifestyle?  “Go and sin no more.”  Jesus loved the unlovable and accepted the unacceptable, including me.

I have spoken to various groups and I have always emphasized one point that must be understood by all Christians. When a Christian holds themselves to a higher standard, others will take great delight in tearing that person down to their level to justify and make themselves feel better about their own life choices-whether through mockery, intimidation, or threats.  Christians are going to be called upon to be stronger, more courageous, and more out-spoken than ever before in defending our faith. Be prepared and remember the words of our Savior:  “All men will hate you because of Me, but he who stands firm to the end will be saved.” Matthew 10:22

LydiaSusanne

Lydia Susanne has conducted exclusive interviews with Israeli author Lela Gilbert, activist and lead singer of KANSAS John Elefonte, Todd Daniels of International Christian Concern, and Bob Fu of China Aid, among other notable subjects for PolitiChicks.com.

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