“If the world hates you, know that it has hated me before it hated you. If you were of the world, the world would love you as its own; but because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you. Remember the word that I said to you: ‘A servant is not greater than his master.’ If they persecuted me, they will also persecute you” (John: 15:18-20). We often thank our soldiers, especially those who have given their lives, for the freedoms we enjoy, of which religious freedom is counted as one of the most important. Generally, we are considered a Christian country. There is a common belief around the world that “everyone” goes to church. And why would they not? Most towns have an abundance of churches, and we are often portrayed that way in movies and television programs.
This is the same as all Americans thinking that the entire Jewish population of Israel is practicing Jews. Unless you specifically travel to a country and investigate, you could easily be misled by popular belief. When it comes to America being an entirely or even predominantly Christian nation, all is not as it seems. Over many decades, Satan has systematically attacked the church in the halls of government and society, and he has even infiltrated our churches to attack them from within. Paul warned us about that last point in Acts 20:29-30, “I know that after my departure fierce wolves will come in among you, not sparing the flock; and from among your own selves will arise men speaking twisted things, to draw away the disciples after them.” A huge scandal was recently revealed when a Charismatic healer admitted his ministry, which incidentally made him a fortune, was a scam. Satan has been, is, and always will be as consistently evil as God is good. Just as Jesus is “…the same yesterday and today and forever. (Heb. 11:8)”, so is the devil. Let’s look at his persistent attack on Christianity in recent years by what has happened in schools.
In 1962, the first case against prayer in school was won with the Engel vs. Vitale case, with a ruling that it was unconstitutional, even if it was voluntary, to prayer in school. In 1963, the famous Madaline O Hare (Murray vs. Curlett) case managed to get Bible reading completely removed from all schools. Strangely, her son, William O Hare, would later become a preacher and an avid advocate for reintroducing prayer into schools. In 1968 (Epperson vs. Arkansas), the banning of teaching evolution in schools was declared unconstitutional, although the banning of creationism has never been deemed the same. In 1980, The Supreme Court ruled that posting the Ten Commandments in a school classroom violated the constitution. In 1985, a moment of silence in schools was judged unconstitutional if the time was meant to encourage prayer. Further, all nativity scenes in government buildings were declared unconstitutional. In 1992, the Supreme Court ruled that having a clergy member recite a prayer at elementary and secondary schools was unconstitutional.
In 2001, a federal district court ruled that a teacher could be removed from a class because they were creationists and could not adequately teach evolution. The evil one’s effective diluting of or removal of anything Christian diminishes its importance. Over time, the loss is felt in society, with more and more people becoming apathetic toward religion. Not introducing Jesus to the young may be a barrier to their belief later on. We need to be cognizant that the church is under attack every day. Our freedom to preach Biblical truth, share our faith with others, and pray in public, to name but a few, might not be a privilege for too long. We need to pray that the devil does not win.