Scholar warns: Persecution of Christians is here

persecution-of-christiansA celebrated professor at Princeton University is sounding the warning that persecution of Christians is a now a reality in the United States. But it’s not the lukewarm Christians who are being and will be persecuted, but faithful orthodox Christians who are pro-life and uphold the traditional family and marriage between a man and a woman.

He is Dr. Robert P. George, and he comes with impressive credentials, appointed to the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom in 2012, and hailed by even the New York Times as America’s “most influential conservative Christian thinker.”

Professor Robert P. George

Professor Robert P. George

John-Henry Westen reports for Life Site News, May 16, 2014, that Dr. George’s startling wake-up call to Christian America, delivered at the prestigious National Catholic Prayer Breakfast (NCPB), is sending shock waves through the ranks of social conservatives.

Then-President George W. Bush had attended and spoken at the NCPB. This year’s star-studded NCPB was opened with prayer by Washington, D.C., Cardinal Donald Wuerl. Archbishop Carlo Vigano, Papal nuncio to the United States, gave the benediction. Boston Cardinal Sean O’Malley, the only American on Pope Francis’ advisory council of eight cardinals, also gave an address.

The days of socially acceptable Christianity are over, the days of comfortable Catholicism are past,” began Prof. George. “It is no longer easy to be a faithful Christian, a good Catholic, an authentic witness to the truths of the Gospel. A price is demanded and must be paid.”

But Dr. George said it is specifically those who stand for sexual morality and the sanctity of life who are targeted, rather than those who merely profess Christianity, and warns of the severe consequences awaiting those who will not yield to the pressure. 

Here are excerpts from his powerful speech:

“Powerful forces and currents in our society press us to be ashamed of the Gospel—ashamed of the good, ashamed of our faith’s teachings on the sanctity of human life in all stages and conditions, ashamed of our faith’s teachings on marriage as the conjugal union of husband and wife. These forces insist that the Church’s teachings are out of date, retrograde, insensitive, uncompassionate, illiberal, bigoted, even hateful.

Of course, one can still safely identify oneself as a ‘Catholic,’ and even be seen going to Mass. That is because the guardians of those norms of cultural orthodoxy that we have come to call ‘political correctness’ do not assume that identifying as ‘Catholic’ or going to Mass necessarily means that one actually believes what the Church teaches on issues such as marriage and sexual morality and the sanctity of human life.

[But to] be a witness to the Gospel today is to make oneself a marked man or woman. It is to expose oneself to scorn and reproach. To unashamedly proclaim the Gospel in its fullness is to place in jeopardy one’s security, one’s personal aspirations and ambitions, the peace and tranquility one enjoys, one’s standing in polite society. One may in consequence of one’s public witness be discriminated against and denied educational opportunities and the prestigious credentials they may offer; one may lose valuable opportunities for employment and professional advancement; one may be excluded from worldly recognition and honors of various sorts; one’s witness may even cost one treasured friendships. It may produce familial discord and even alienation from family members.

Am I prepared to pay the price that will be demanded if I refuse to be ashamed, if, in other words, I am prepared to give public witness to the massively politically incorrect truths of the Gospel.”

While warning faithful Christians that Calvary is here, Dr. George also reminds us of what follows Calvary:

“Yes, for us Catholics and all who seek to be faithful, it’s Good Friday. We are no longer acceptable. We can no longer be comfortable. It is for us a time of trial, a time of testing by adversity. But lest we fail the test, as perhaps many will do, let us remember that Easter is coming. Jesus will vanquish sin and death. We will experience fear, just as the apostles did—that is inevitable. Like Jesus himself in Gethsemane, we would prefer not to drink this cup. We would much rather be acceptable Christians, comfortable Catholics. But our trust in him, our hope in his resurrection, our faith in the sovereignty of his heavenly Father can conquer fear. By the grace of Almighty God, Easter is indeed coming. Do not be ashamed of the Gospel. Never be ashamed of the Gospel.”

Robert George’s full address at the National Prayer Breakfast is available here.

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God the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, I love you with my whole heart, my whole soul, my whole mind, and with all my strength.

Jesus, I trust in You.

In His peace and love,

Eowyn

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  1. Amen! We do have peace and love in our Savior. And we are free from fear in that we know that we have eternal life in Christ when we pass from this life.

     
  2. Remember something about the Romans doing that, throwing them to the lions, now that was persecution.

     
    • True, but look at rome now, nothing but a tourist spot composed of ruins of it’s vainity, a stark reminder of the wages of sin. Their empire was slain by the sin it sought to protect.

       
  3. I noticed the fist on the Obama sign…. seemed appropriate for the day and age we are in.

     
  4. “ashamed of our faith’s teachings on the sanctity of human life in all stages and conditions”

    These are big picture words and will they be interpreted broadly, or within a narrow, confined agenda?

    In the bigger picture, it suggests the Church should not stop once a baby is born, but with the same zeal and determination, work to eliminate world hunger, provide health care for all, and ultimately, beat the swords into plow shares and the spears into pruning hooks so the Nations would no longer learn war anymore.

    The Church, taking on that challenge Christ puts before us, would come into conflict with the powers that be as the 1st believers who loved not their own lives unto death, but gave all up following the example of Christ Jesus.

    Part of the Gospel is the regime change to come in this world with Christ as described in James 5.

    It is important to understand, at the end of it all, when God will Judge every soul at the separation of the sheep from the goats, neither the sheep, nor the goats, recognized the Spirit of Christ travelling incognito in this world.

    The message transcends Judaism, Christianity, Islam and Atheism.
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    • Nope. His sheep hear His voice. We may not always have the courage to heed it when we’re called, but He will grant us the needed bravery when we seek Him for it. And we’re all going to need His gifts of courage for the remainder of our lives.

       
  5. My comment was nearly complete when I somehow lost it, and now haven’t the time to re-create it. It was based on my viewing the 3 hr 45 min restored movie of Ben-Hur, made in 1959, the year before I graduated HS, a version which I feel shows an historically accurate depiction of the era.
    I concluded by cautioning that as Christians we must avoid sectarianism, or our enemies will use the ‘divide and conquer’ tactics so loved by those who wish to rule over others. As Ben Franklin is said to have remarked at the signing of the Declaration of Independence, “We must all hang together, or assuredly we shall all hang separately.”

     
    • If it helps Joseph, you could open a blank notepad file first, type your reply there, then copy/paste it over that way if the page glitches you’ll still have your response. As far as all this goes, haven’t Christians been being persecuted in the U.S. since the 60’s-70’s?

       
  6. So, the PC Christian is safe from the onslaught of social persecutions and discrimination? The PC Christian, who poses no threat to the advancement of evil is no threat to the decay of our society and decay of our moral fortitude?There is no such thing as a PC Christian…they are CINO…Christians In Name Only. A true Christian stands and fights for what is right and openly professes the gospel to any that will hear. This is all a tactic of divide and conquer:
    Mark 3:24-30 KJV
    “And if a kingdom be divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand.
    And if a house be divided against itself, that house cannot stand.
    And if Satan rise up against himself, and be divided, he cannot stand, but hath an end.
    No man can enter into a strong man’s house, and spoil his goods, except he will first bind the strong man; and then he will spoil his house.
    Verily I say unto you, All sins shall be forgiven unto the sons of men, and blasphemies wherewith soever they shall blaspheme:
    But he that shall blaspheme against the Holy Ghost hath never forgiveness, but is in danger of eternal damnation.
    Because they said, He hath an unclean spirit.”
    By placing homosexuals at odds with Christians and empowering homosexuals in the process, society (MSM, bankers, et al) has condemned the greatest Christian nation in the world to fall to its knees and all other Christian nations will follow. Seems to me to be by design; satan is very patient. One thing I can say is that during these times of trials and tribulations, one can clearly see the character of a man who professes to be a Christian and is true to his heart vs one who professes to be Christian and is doing so to be PC. I have more respect for a Christian who is willing to stand by their faith in Jesus Christ rather than bow to political correctness or pressure; such as, Meriam Ibrahim of Sudan who is 8 months pregnant and in jail with her 20 month old toddler and facing death for “apostasy”. She is being persecuted but refuses to convert to Islam because her faith in Christ is stronger than her captors threats on her life.
    Homosexuals can repent and ask Jesus for forgiveness…but they don’t see they are being used in the destruction of their own country. Once the US Christian moral standing has been demolished, there will be no beacon for Christianity on this planet. The “strong man” who is bound is the Christian man. This is all one big propaganda and the only way to save this country is to go back to the roots which made it great in the first place. And in so doing, we will save the world.

     
  7. Thank you Dr. Eowyn for one of the most wonderful and important posts you have ever written.

    What happens, though, when you are persecuted, which I have experienced most literally, is that you are filled with the Peace of Our Lord Jesus Christ which no one else can give you.

    I will always stand up for and live my Catholic Faith, asking help from Our Lord, His Blessed Mother, Mary, the saints and the angels. My love and hope to all of us faced with this suffering. Remember that Jesus told us, “Take up your cross and follow Me.”

     
  8. The government impinging on religious freedom is already a reality. In 2010, Cardinal Francis George of Chicago outlined the degree he believed religious freedoms in the US and western societies were endangered. He said, “I expect to die in bed, my successor will die in prison and his successor will die a martyr in the public square.” He also went on to say that, “the laws that used to protect us are being used to weaken and destroy us and quite deliberately.”

     
  9. Today Pennsylvania repealed the ban on same-sex marriage. While that in itself made my heart heavy, what’s worse is reading the comments made on the media articles on this subject. It is safe to say that over 90% of the comments are in favor of same-sex marriage…and most of them bash Christians in the process. If Christians said the things that were being said about them, it would be called hate speech. But because the other side is saying it, they get away with it. There is no respect for other opinions, no tolerance, and a judgmental attitude–the very things they accuse Christians of being. These people, who probably never step inside a church except for a wedding, funeral, or at Christmas or Easter, throw Bible verses around and talk about God as if they know what they’re talking about. I had to stop reading the comments because I was at work and close to tears. I can’t shake the feeling that things are only going to get worse. The envelope was pushed to get abortion legalized, then gay marriage…what’s next? I don’t even want to hazard a guess!

     
    • Oregon has also repealed that ban, granted I should have expected as much from such a “progressive” (read: regressive) state, they don’t understand the evil they are doing, I suspect. (As for whats next, legalized pedophilia, they’ve already kept “hebephilia” and other re-brands of more specific pedophilia out of the D.S.M. 5, which indicates the medical profession no longer considers it a mental illness, they did this on the sly and with little mention back in ’13 in feb.)

       
    • What most people don’t realize about same sex marriage is that it is nothing more than legal fiction. There is no complementarity among same sex couples, denying the natural parent/child bond. The roots of same sex marriage run no deeper than punitive law. It lacks thousands of years of tradition to back it up. The judges overturning gay marriage bans argue that gay couples are protected by the US Constitution, but gay marriage did not exist at the time the Constitution was framed. The only way it can come into existence is by the so-called supreme power of the government, which is redefining marriage for all the rest of us. Gay marriage is a creation of the state.

       
    • elldee626, people in favor of same sex marriages have no rational argument to support their views. No precedents exist for the legalization of gay marriages, therefore, they become angry and resort to bashing Christians and others who believe marriage is only between a man and a woman.

       
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