Just read "FAITH", a journal on History, Mystery and Challenges Revealed. It gives a wonderfully illustrated, yet brief, history of Christianity. The title for the journal is "What's Next for the Christian Church." One section is titled, "Under Fire". Here is the thought provoking introduction:
"As secularism becomes more and more mainstream, Christianity is faced with a moment of great importance.
Obstacles in the form of dwindling congregations and an increasing
antagonism against conservative ideals have created unique trials and
challenges for Christian churches in America. As we continue to base our
lives and decisions off the teachings of Jesus, Christians are forced
to choose a path, as we have done so many times in the past. Do we
change course or weather the storm?"
We are not the first Christian
generation to face persecution for our belief or doctrine, and we will
certainly not be the last. So any kind of mocking we experience should
not surprise us. In fact, in a strange way, we should welcome it.
The antagonism Christians experience through media and political
correctness should make us dig deeper into scripture, and by virtue of
the digging make us theologians.
Defending our faith is very different than being defensive. Boldness is not arrogance.
Final thought from 1 Peter 3:15, "But in your hearts set apart Christ
as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you
to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with
gentleness and respect.”
Going back to the journal's question. I
will choose to weather the storm in theology, belief, values and
doctrine. However, in my attempt to lead others to Jesus, I'll do
whatever it takes - well, almost.