I know where real Christian faith is on display.
Mashad, Iran, December 16th '09, Iranian security officials forcibly entered the home of Hamideh Najafi. They seized her personal belongings, hand painted pictures of Christ, then she was arrested. She ordered to give up her faith and return to Islam. When she resisted, they arrested her husband, and beat him until he signed a statement that his wife was mentally ill. She is now under house arrest. And oh gee, I almost forgot, the couple's young child was taken from them because of the mothers' mental illness.
Tizi-Ouzou, Algeria, December 26th '09, Fifty Muslims blocked a congregation from holding Christmas service. The protestors barred the Christians from entering their church shouting, "This is the land of Islam! Go pray somewhere else!" The protestors stayed at the church, breaking in and destroying property for two days.
In Karol Village, Pakistan, December 23rd '09, Parash Masih was gunned down by three of his Muslim childhood friends in his own home. Parash's father, Gulzar said: "My son bravely refused to recant Christianity and clung to Christ". According to Compass Direct, the local police have issued a murder warrant, but the killers remain at large.
Jaithikey, Pakistan, September 11th '09, a mob of Muslims burned down a church building after a Christian man allegedly blasphemed the Qur'an. At their local mosque Muslims were encouraged the "give a lesson to the Christians". A 20yr old Christian man, Fanish, was arrested for "provoking a young Muslim woman" (Fanish told her about Christ). Fanish was tortured and found hanging in his jail cell on September 23rd. Ruled a suicide by authorities, Fanish managed to beat himself severely before this suicide, and he hung himself so thoroughly that he almost decapitated himself,
Karaj, Iran, December 17th '09, Iranian security forces attacked a Christmas gathering of seventy Christians. Per the Farsi Christian News, authorities photographed and videotaped the Christians, confiscated Bibles, Christians books, and the groups computer. They left after arresting two leaders of the service, Kambiz Saghaee and Ali Keshvar. These two have remain incarcerated in secret location, and friends and family have not heard from the two.
Kasgar, China, November 7th '09, Christian church leader Alimujiang Yimiti, 36, was sentenced to 15 years in prison. Prior to this, Yimiti had been held for two years. The charges were changed against him several times, first, "suspicions of harming national security", later changed to "instigating separatism and providing national secrets or intelligence overseas."
Yimiti's real crime of course was forming home Christian churches in China. These homes churches lack allot of what we have in the USA. There are no fancy buildings, no trimmed lawns, no sound system or magnificently dressed choirs. They are lucky to even have a Bible. Often what they have is a scrap of paper with a few words uttered by Christ, scrawled upon it.
You folks did not hear about any of these incidents? Katie Couric didn't tell you?
What is your point Sam??!!!
Don't worry there believers here in the USA. You won't be arrested for being a Christian, maybe your Grand kids will, but you will be safe.
After all, when the progressives kicked God out of the schools, we Christians did nothing, so they started teaching lies to the kiddies, we Christians did nothing, then they said we can kill babies, and we Christians did nothing.
You see, the libs/progressives will encourage you to build fancy churches, and have all the meetings, and pot lucks, and Wednesday Bible studies, and softball teams, and bingo, and special music that you want to have. Hell, they might even come and join you....just as long as you remember your place. Don't actually try and put your faith to work!
I know many of you think that I am too harsh. Well, examine yourself. Can you point to a single occurrence in your life when you were actually persecuted for Christ? One time?
I am not talking about you going out and starting a major insurrection, how about just a principled stand?
I wonder how Christ will Judge American Christians? You think He is proud of us? How do you think Christ "feels" (there is a good liberal word) about the fifty million dead kids? About schools that refuse to even mention His name and treat His name as a curse word?
The founders of this country knew that they had to put it all on the line to accomplish something great. Remember, "we pledge our lives, our fortunes, our sacred honor"?
There are many things, that each one of us can do to make a stand for what is right. Do something today to stand for Christ. Unless you are like the progressives. They think the world will be a better place with a severely diminished USA, and impotent Christians.
When were you persecuted? Persecution is a measuring stick, where you can gauge just how much you are standing for Christ, or for what is right. If you are not under any persecution, then ask yourself why.