The US seems to be ablaze with anti-Christian rage from the Left, but one recent headline sends a particularly profound warning. It’s because of what it reveals about a possible strategic threat to Christianity in America today. Here it is. Lady Gaga calls herself a Christian and then tries to convince the rest of the world that Vice President Mike Pence is not a good representation of what Christianity actually is. Why? Because he believes in traditional marriage between one man and one woman. Gaga’s comment came after people on the Left became outraged to learn that Karen Pence is going to teach at a Christian school that follows biblical teaching about sexuality.
That led to attacks against Christian schools in general, revealing they have become the next big target for the anti-Christian Left. On the one hand, you might think, nothing new to see here. Just another liberal from the entertainment industry mouthing off. Just another blatant attack on Christian beliefs. We’re supposed to expect that as Christians, right? Jesus promised it would happen. What makes this different is that Gaga is calling herself a Christian and trying to define what Christianity actually is. That is revealing. It exposes the end game of an unseen spiritual force in this no-holds-barred age of fury, to defeat the cultural impact of the Christian faith by redefining it.
The good news is not every Christian institution is willing to agree to redefine what God has clearly defined in His Word. The bad news is the Left will continue to work on efforts to marginalize or muzzle those churches, Christian schools, Christian college groups, and other institutions. The more they succeed in that effort, the more it decreases the visibility of a viable truth-based gospel through which all sinners can find forgiveness and salvation through Jesus Christ. Some critics of the Church think cultural battles over issues like marriage are about mistreating or discriminating against people. But defending truth is actually a loving thing to do, from an eternal perspective.
That’s why prayer is essential in our daily efforts to stand for Christianity. We are fighting a spiritual battle, we must use spiritual weapons. If we fight verbal battles against other humans, even those who consider us enemies, we are fighting against flesh and blood and disobeying God. So we must not only pray for righteousness and truth to prevail, we must also pray that God would give us the grace to love our enemies. It may just be that love is the greatest spiritual weapon we’ve been given as Christians. Consider this. God IS love. Therefore, whenever we love, we’re introducing God into a situation. Hell is the absence of God, so hell is the absence of love.
Whenever we give in to the impulse to fight back, to engage in verbal shouting matches on social media, to get defensive and scream that we’re right, we’re only creating more division and opening the door for hell on earth. When we stand up with grace and truth, we have a chance to show love. That’s when heaven invades earth. When we love in Jesus’ name. Do you want to be a real “representation” of Christianity? Do you want to see God’s Kingdom come and His will done on earth as in heaven? Then love your enemies. Efforts to compromise the truth of the Bible must be confronted, but truth guided by love should define the future of Christianity, not Lady Gaga.
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