It breaks my heart to see and hear about Christians and words of Christ being attacked. The latest news I heard was a family who lost an infant; friends and family put a memorial bench in the park of their hometown. We have memorials all over the nation, even simple ones placed at the side of the road where a loved one may have died in a car accident. The city council told them it had to be removed because they claim they didn’t ask permission. That is a valid reason. They also said that the scripture verse didn’t reflect the ideas of the city. So now lawyers will be fighting this out for months. Once permission is granted about the bench being placed in the park, there should be no further dispute. It is an act of beautification and doesn’t threaten anyone’s rights not to sit on it.
Let’s get to the heart of the matter. What is threatening about a bible verse? It’s a quote from history. We have historic markers planted all over this country giving us facts and details about our heritage. This is no different. What’s threatening about sharing love, joy, peace and forgiveness of Jesus? We share about those we love, even write it on the side of bridges for the world to see illegally. What is threatening to folks today is the same threat throughout history. God defines in His Word that is which right and wrong. Folks don’t want to be told they are doing wrong when they want to do something. I understand that. We all have an independent, self-reliant, stubborn streak to do what we feel is best for our lives. And everyone does have their own right to do what they want, but it’s getting out of hand. Instead of just doing what you want that is wrong, you want to create an environment where you are not reminded of being wrong. Certain folks want to get rid of “In God We Trust”, “God’s Country”, “Christmas”, “prayers” and “bible verses”. All these things stab guilt at the heart of sinners and reminds them that God loves them and first of all – HE is REAL!
Instead of fighting against sin and evil things, we have come to the day of fighting against God and godly things. “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full” (John 10:10). This battle is not new to God, it has happened several times in the past. King David (Psalm 2:1-2) asked, “Why do the nations rage and the peoples plot in vain? The kings of the earth take their stand and the rulers gather together against the Lord and against his Anointed One” (Acts 4:25-26). “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world” (Jesus speaking in John 16:33).