• Americans Would Be Wise to Not Take Any Part of the First Amendment for Granted

    Surge Summary: Christians around the world are denied religious freedom –wise Americans would not assume that situation could never come to their nation. 

    Conservatives in the United States fight aggressively to preserve their Second Amendment – the right to “keep and bear arms” is openly under attack, so it draws a lot of attention and energy.

    Freedom of speech, lately, has also attracted its share of focus. The speech of constitutionalists, traditionalists, patriots and lovers of liberty seems to be in the cross-hairs. Appropriately, those who cherish these values are taking to the barricades to preserve them.

    Religious liberty? Here in America, that part of the First Amendment does garner its share of defenders, but as a rule freedom of worship – particularly of the private, behind-closed-doors type — is taken for granted.

    History, and current events, chide us: it shouldn’t be.

    Decision magazine (June/2019) relays:  Four Christians, two men and two women, including a U.S. citizen, were arrested by Nepal police this past spring for alleged participation in conversion in the city of Ghorahi.  Nepali media reported they were detained for being involved in “preaching Christianity and for conversions through allurement in Ghorahi.” It’s also claimed they were also distributing Bibles and money. One of the women insists the charges are “completely false” – no Scriptures and money were distributed.

    Which, of course, prompts the question: So what if they were?

    Well … evidently, in August 2018 Section 158 went into effect throughout the majority-Hindu country, making illegal acts of proselytizing and conversion.

    The American woman is to be deported and barred from returning to Nepal; the others will be prosecuted.

    Meantime, out of India reports are currently filtering of Christians being targeted by hostile practitioners of tribal religions and radical Hindus. The persecution has included believers’ being murdered, robbed and driven from their homes and communities, their property being destroyed, ostracism, denial of income (villagers forbidden from doing any kind of buying or selling with Christians), Christ-following farmers denied water for their fields, and believers even being forced to partake of “conversion” ceremonies back to pagan religions.

    Complaints are that police and government officials have turned a blind eye to the atrocities.

    Here’s the conclusion: in locations all across the globe in 2019, freedom to worship and serve God according to one’s conscience can’t be assumed. In many places it is under frank assault.

    Antagonism toward the Christian faith in the United States is plainly on the rise. (See: regular objections to, even legal actions taken against, any public expression of biblical ideals or piety.)

    That aside, the U.S. obviously hasn’t reached Nepalese, or Indian – or North Korean, or Cuban, or Afghani, etc. – levels of anti-Christian persecution. But the nation could ultimately slink down that route if American Christians – or constitutionalists, for all that – don’t remain vigilant.

    And prayerful.

    Speaking of prayer: keep lifting up disciples of Jesus Christ abroad.

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