War On Christianity

Written by Christianity and the Confusion on May 19th, 2006

Author: Marty Martorella

 

   For most of my Christian life I have heard people talk about being persecuted. Christians here in America have an unique concept of persecution which can often border on that of a willful intransigent state of mind like that of a spoiled child. For many just hearing the word “No” to how they want to run something is enough to scream “Persecution!” When we look at the real persecution around the world and throughout history one must wonder what American Christians are complaining about.

Topping the list of countries which have mounted a campaign against Christians are China and Sudan followed by Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Turkey, Burma, Greece, Ethiopia, and Vietnam. (Washington Watch, May 1998). Increasing persecution is also found in Cuba, Laos, and North Korea.

Many Islamic-dominated nations have adopted a fanatical, militant doctrine of persecution against all “infidels.”

The militant Islamic Government of Sudan, for example, is waging a self-described religious war against Christian, non-Muslim, and moderate Muslim persons by using torture, starvation, enslavement, and murder. In Pakistan, the government has declared those that who “insult” Mohammed will be put to death. In Communist Laos more than 250 pastors and Christian workers have been arrested; more than 60 churches and Christian institutions have been shut down; and the government has forced many thousands of believers to sign documents to “renounce” their faith and belief in Christianity. Link

   In the video clip we see an Afghanistan man on trial for becoming a Christian (with his life on the line.) Thankfully, the man was allowed to leave the country. In China it is not only Christians that are under persecution, but all faiths.

In this report, Human Rights Watch/Asia focuses on the persistent crackdown against religious expression of Catholics and Protestants. We note, however, that repression in China is directed against all religions, the five that are officially recognized (Buddhism, Daoism, Islam. Catholicism, and Protestantism) and all allegedly aberrant and superstitious sects. In Tibet, for example, the Chinese government has violated international standards of religious freedom by insisting on its own choice for the new Panchen Lama, the second most important religious authority for Tibetan Buddhists. Link

The report was released by a division of Freedom House and based on official Chinese documents. It claims that in underground Christian churches alone, 129 people have been killed and nearly 24,000 arrested in crackdowns since 1983. Link

   When we see such sites as NewsMax.com saying that, “All across America, Christianity is under attack” we must ask how many Christians have died for their faith in the Lord in America? How many have been arrested for just being Christians? I do not mean to imply that we are free of anti-Christian forces; as that is not the case. There are those who hate anything that looks like it is godly, but it is not equivalent to persecution.

   What many Christians miss is that there are those who will try to manipulate them for nefarious reasons. They will use hot button issues to detract from their own crimes. As Tom DeLay faces the trial of his life for his involvement in the culture of corruption he is trying to claim that he is a victim of such Christian persecution. DeLay said that our society “often treats Christianity like some second-rate superstition. Seen from this perspective of course there is a war on Christianity.” Link. Where many Christians are being mislead by such rhetoric those out side of the Church are recognizing the goals of those who claim that there is a war on Christianity.

A “war” on Christianity is simply a rhetorical slight-of-hand used by the Christian Right to avoid admitting that what they are really fighting is the loss of privilege and status that was once according Christianity in America. Link

   Atheists do have a skewed view of Christianity and of those who fallow Christ, but they are right about this war on Christianity being rhetoric, at least in America. I summit to all that we do not want to see a true war on Christianity we need to project in our lives the true vision of Jesus. Too many who call themselves Christians preach another gospel than the one of Jesus. The Apostle Paul wrote;

But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed. As we said before, so say I now again, If any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed. Galatians 1:8-9

    We might not be able to stop those who would muddy the message of Christ, but we can refrain from aiding them. 1 John 4:1 says, “Beloved, believe not every spirit, but prove the spirits, whether they are of God; because many false prophets are gone out into the world.” We would do well to heed these words.    With that said I do not want to imply that Christianity is free of it's attackers. From jokes to movies like 'The Da Vinci Code' our faith is under assault, but that is not like being fed to the lions. Movies like 'The Da Vinci Code' or ‘The Last Temptation of Christ’ misrepresent the message of Christ, but then so does the Church. Jesus said, “If I be lifted up…I will draw all men to me.” Jn. 12: 32 In the another article we looked at the most radical forms of Islam and the question came to mind how could that religion ever have come into existence? The answer is quite simple, Christianity had just become another powerful world religion with little emphases on Jesus. Today we see the same problem, the Church grows stronger while the saving message of Christ grows weaker. If we are preaching the true whole message of Christ (thus lifting Him up to the world) all men will be drawn to Him. If the Church leaves out to nice political distractions that we often like to add movies, jokes and false stories about our Lord will fade away. Some will ask if that means we are not suppose to be political or talk politics? The answer is when we preach about Jesus or are representing Him from the pulpit we should not talk about lesser things. We can save all those other wonderful subjects for other times, for we must not muddie the gospel of Christ.

   Maybe this is why persecution in the United States is so for less than in any other part of the world – we might just not be a threat to the powers of darkness. For me I will try to have the courage of men like the one in the video clip who was on trail for his faith. The question is what believes would you be willing to die for? We all believe in something, but to what degree?




 

9 Comments so far ↓

  1. Anonymous says:

    I agree that it is worse in many other parts of the world, but that doesn't mean that there isn't an anti Christian attitude in America. All you have to do is look at how prayer in school is forbidden. Also look at how you cannot display the Ten Commandments on any government property. The country has forgotten it’s roots as a nation founded on Christianity. I would say that most Americans still believe in God but the few who do not are making Him politically incorrect. Sure we're not in danger of being thrown to the lions, but who’s to say that won’t be our future. I just think that it’s a mistake to turn a blind eye to this anti Christian threat.

  2. Anonymous says:

    I'm watching “Anderson Cooper 360” right now and they are talking about a man who is suing the Church because he says that Jesus never lived and he says that the Church is portraying a hoax. The court is going to hear the case and that's not persecution? They don't have to feed us to the lions to be persecuting us. I don't see how anyone else can't see this!

  3. Anonymous says:

       It is true that some individual’s level of sensitivity is quite high and can feel persecuted at the slightest thing. Words like “Jesus freak” or “holy roller” are enough to put some off of their faith. Jesus once told a parable of seeds that were scatter on three different types of ground; rocky ground, hard ground and fertile ground. That which fell on the rocky ground never grew. On the hard ground it grew until a minor annoyance cause it to wither and die. Those who are overcome by the most trivial of persecution are like that, lacking enough internal strength to weather the storms of life. Those who are to last till the end are planted in the fertile ground which is fully open to the cultivating of the Lord and are able to stand the harshest trials.

       The man in Afghanistan was able to stand for his faith even if it was to cost him his life because of this firm foundation in Jesus. No one is arguing that America is a heaven on earth or that we are hassle free. There most definitely is persecution in the United States, but it pales in comparison to the rest of the world. Sadly I must say that most American Christians have their roots in the hard ground. For them the Church is little more that a tool for what ever goals that they have in mind. If people like Tom DeLay or William Jefferson had been living saintly lives then one could conclude that they were being wrongly persecuted. I know that there will be those who will refuse to look at the facts and be swept away by the spin. As a Christian it is my belief that is we do not stop yielding to trivial and focus on what really matters we will find ourselves in for worse persecution. I will end by quoting Jesus;

    These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.” Jn. 16: 33

  4. Anonymous says:

    This was emailed to me, I don't know what the source is but it makes your point. America is better than most places for Christians than other parts of the world.

    Pastor Beaten by Radicals While Police Watch

    Brought to you by The Voice of Martyrs

    Pastor M. Aharon

    Pastor M. Aharon

    While distributing Christian literature, Pastor M. Aharon, was mercilessly assaulted by a group of militant Hindus. He was assaulted for converting Hindus and Muslims to Christianity. His face was covered with blood from heavy blows to his mouth and nose. He survived the brutal attack at the hands of Hindu radicals in the town of Nizamabad, Andhra Pradesh, located about 300 miles east of Bombay in central India.

    During this violent incident, a mob of over 100 Hindu radicals cheered and yelled in support of the attack on Pastor Aharon, inciting the rest of the crowd to turn against him. Police stood by as the extensive attack was being carried out, and the constables even prevented the pastor from escaping. Only after Aharon could barely hold himself up did police begin to escort him from the tumultuous scene. They carried out their attack plan as a secret mission to keep other pastors from spreading the gospel in India.

    Pastor Aharon, who has led 700 Hindus and Muslims to Christ and has established 12 churches in this community, has outraged radical Hindus and Muslims. When a VOM contact asked Pastor Aharon what was going through his mind during the attack, he said, “I remembered Christ and many others persecuted for their faith in the last twenty centuries.”

    Please take this opportunity to request your free subscription to The Voice of the Martyrs monthly newsletter. You will read some of the most courageous stories and find practical ways you can get involved.

  5. Anonymous says:

    Time and the AGE of THE POURING OUT OF THE HOLY SPIRIT ON ALL FLESH . YOUR SONS and YOUR DAUGHTERS is again being accomplished world wide again. WE Have at least two lost generations or at least ONE .. BUT the YOUNGER is and has been SEEING THE TRUTH, THE LIGHT OF THE WORLD, and HAS been HEARING what THE LORD HAS HAD WRITTEN IN HIS BOOK OF REMEMBERANCE.. WE CALL the HOLY BIBLE and YES THE JEWISH PEOPLE DO READ the OLD TESTAMENT AND LAWS OF THE PROPHETS, and what HAS BEEN GIVEN BY MOSES. YET AFTER THE MESSIAH CAME,
    Neh 13:1 On that day they read in the book of Moses in the audience of the people; and therein was found written, that the Ammonite and the Moabite should not come into the congregation of God for ever;
    Mar 12:26 And as touching the dead, that they rise: have ye not read in the book of Moses, how in the bush God spake unto him, saying, I am the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob?
    Act 15:21 For Moses of old time hath in every city them that preach him, being read in the synagogues every sabbath day.
    2Cr 3:15 But even unto this day, when Moses is read, the vail is upon their heart.
    2Cr 3:16 Nevertheless when it shall turn to the Lord, the vail shall be taken away.
    2Cr 3:17 Now the Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.
    2Cr 3:18 But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord.
    TO deny what the LORD HAS had written MALACHI 3;16:
    IS to DENY GENESIS, JOHN, AND REVELATION, THE FATHER GOD and HIS ONLY BEGOTTEN SON CHRIST JESUS. IS TO have no faith in HIM and NONE CAN please the LORD if they have no faith IN HIS BEING…

  6. Anonymous says:

    Dear Marty; May all glory be to God!! I have been coming into this forum for how many years? just about as long as blondie I think. although all here of the olers ones were here before me . I have notieced that anytime the WORD of God is posted and it is a TRUTH OF HIM and what HE HAS said and done. IT SEEMS TO SHUT the mouths of any discenters.
    THis being because when the TRUTH OF GOD IS spoken and LEAVING NO ROOM for debating that SWORD WILL stop DEBATES> unless someone is FOOLISH ENOUGHT TO DENY the WORD THAT HE HAS HAD SAID and SPOKEN.
    I do not believe there is anyone that does not believe in GOD ALMIGHTY OUR LORD AND SAVIOR> AND yes ALICE THERE IS ONLY ONE LORD GOD!!!!!!.AND because HE IS A SPIRIT!!!! we must worship HIM IN SPIRIT and TRUTH.
    MARTY YOU ARE ABSOLUTEY right HE SHALL, DOES and always WILL DRAW ALL!!!!!! NOT JUST SOME, BUT ALL PEOPLES TO HIMSELF. IF HE SAID IT Then THAT IS EXACTLY what HE WILL DO!!! IN My 66 years I have found that GOD HS NOT LIED> YET IT is MEN THAT LIE AND DO NOT REPENT. YET OUR LORD GOD HAS MADE the WAY THAT WE MAY BE FREE andNOT WORRY about where we shall be tomorrow. FOR IF we should DIE before tomorrow comes and a new day has it's dawning?? well then WE WILL HAVE ALSO OVERCOME the world for HE HAS ALREADY FINISHED the WORK HE WAS sent to do and that was to SUFFER DIE BE BURIED THREE DAYS IN THE TOMB AND HAVING GONE TO THE DEPTHS OF HELL HE GOT the KEYS!!!!!!! TO HADES< AND HEAVEN!!! GIVING the keys to heaven to PETER, and KEEPING THE KEYS TO HADES AND DEATH FOR HIMSELF!!! EBVEN PETER HAD TO eventually UNDERSTAND and admit that EVEN THE GENTILES AND NOT JUST THEY AND ALL THAT FOLLOWED THEIR WAY > COULD HAVE THE SAME BABTISM THEY HAD BEEN GIVEN of that BORN AGAIN of the SPIRIT????? but even those that GOD HAS CALLED CLEAN!!!!!!!! must be recieved rememeber the SHEET GOD let down??? NOW unless we want to deny that THE SON was with the FATHER RIGHT from the foundations of the earth. we must also believe in ISAIAHS prophecy , THE WORD being manifested in the FLESH, and also that what IS AND HAS been REVEALED and written IN REV> the TESTIMONY OF JESUS CHRIST, IS the Spirit of PROPHECY! FOR THE OLD TESTAMENT, the NEW TESTAMENT , and REVELATION ARE ALL A TESTIMONY to HIS TRUTH. HIS REALU ITY< and CANNOT BE DENIED> IF BY FAAITH WE HAVE believed and do believe that GOD IS!!!!!!!!! AND THAT THAT GOD was in the beginning just as the FIRST SENTANCE THAT HAS been PRINTED AND WRITTEN AND RECORDED BY whom?????????? HAVING THE BOOK OF REMEMBERAANCE already the LORD HAAD IT WRITTEN OF HIM ABOUT HIM AND ALSO HOW HE DID IT ALL INCLUDING WE whom are HIS ALSO> FOR IT IS GOD THAT HAS CREATED US!!!!!!! NOT THE OTHER WAY AROUND!!!!!! THERE COULD never have been any EARTH. HEAVENS NOR THE BEAST NOR MANKIND IF GOD HAD NOT BEEN THE FIRST RIGHT FROM THE BEGINNING OF TIME >>>> for with GOD!!!!!!! a THOUSAND YEARS is as a DAY and a day as a thousand years. AND GOD DID give us a way of TELLING AND KNOWING HIS TIMEING> AND NO it is not OUR TIME> BUT to understand HIS HELPS >>
    HIS OF course never will end or run out . ONLY OURS DOES!!!!!!!!! and then we die just as all have in the SCRIPTURTES EXCEPT for THE ONE THAT SHED HIS BLOOD ONCE FOR ALL THAT we MIGHT BE SET FREE . WE CAN BE SET FREE OF OUR CAPTIVITY of SIN AND DEATH of we BUT HAVE EARS Y TO HEAR FAITH IN HIM AND ARE ABLE TO HEAR the HOLY SPIRIT when HE speaks . whether is be to OUR VERY G HEARTS THROUGH what HE HAS SAID and done OR BY ANY ONE OF THOSE HE HAS GIVEN HIS TRUTH AND UNDERSTANDING TO!!!!!!!!
    I am 66 years old and I have always believed in GOD ALWAY. ever since I heard a word .. after many years of on again off again reading the SCRIPTURES and listening to many talk about this WORD OF GOD THAT ALSO IS WAS AND WILL ALWAYS BE THE CREATOR of all that has been made or will ever be made I CANNOT DENY what GOD HAS done for me in me and through me and has fulfilled all HE SAID HE would do and HE is still doing it this day. NOT JUST THROUGH ME!!!!!! NO HE DESERVES ALL THE GLORY AND HE IS WORTHY TO BE PRAISED> BY ALL HIS HOSTS> NOT JUST THAT HAVE BELIEVED BY FAITH IN HIS ONLY BEGOTTEN SON HE HAS GIVEN THAT WE MIGHT BE FREE and ALSO when this life HE HAS given is done and we are no longer here . we shall just as PAUL SAID FOR HIS TESTIMONY WAS ALSO A TRUTH WE MAY BELIEVE IN> “T BE SEPERATE FROM THIS BODY F FLESH!!! is to be with the LORD!!! WE NEED EACH OTHER > TO SPEAK TO EACH OTHER THAT WE MIGHT UNDERSTAND AND KNOW THAT HE IS RISEN AND ALIVE. FOR OUR LORD AND HIS SPIRIT S within OUR HEARTS MINDS and WE HAVE NO EXCUSE for OUR UNBELIEF!!!!!!!!!!!! NOT AFTER WE HAVE KNOWN and HAD A TASE OF HIS TRUTH HIS MANIFESTATION AND HIS REALITY being MANID FESTED IN OUR OWN PERSONAL LIVES!!!!!
    NOW this then is what WE AS CHRISTIANS CAANNOT MAKE ANYONE believe that DO NOT RECEIVE HIM BY FAITH!! for it is after all BY FAITH HE THEN CAN WORK THROUGH US and MANIFEST HIMSELF to ANY AND ALL THAT ARE willing and able to BELEIVE IN THE GOSPEL AS THE LORD HAS HAD IT WRITTEN BY MEN THAT KNEW ALSO> and HAVE TO THIS DAY WE STILL HAVE HIS BOOK OF BOOKS THAT WITHOUT THE FINDINGS OF ANTCIENT. WRITING FOUND IN THE CAVES IN THE MIDDLE EAST WHERE IT ALL BEGAN we would not have THE HOLY BIBLE > AND THERE WOULD bne NO TRUTH OF THE WORD THAT WAS IS AND WILL ALWAYS be GOD OUR LORD THAT YES HAS AND ALREADY DID COME TO SET the CAPTIVES FREE AND when JESUS READ OF HIMSELF IN THE TEMPLE HOW DO YOU SUPPOSE HE READ OF HIMSELF!! IF HE was NOT with the LORD FATHER GOD ALMIGHTY right from the FOUNDATIONS of the EARTH and THE WORLD HE HAS CREATED and MADE>G FOR ALL HE HAS MADE and CREATED!!!!!!! FOR HIS GOOD PLEASURE!!!!!! GOD GETS ALL THE GLORY!!!!!!!!!!!! NOT MEN NOR WOMAN .. BUT GOD !!!!!!!!!!!!! without HIM NONE OF US would have this life to live. THINK ABOUT IT> LIFE is afterall JUST AS HE HAS HAD WRITTEN SAID IN THE BLOOD!!!!!!!!! YOU CAN TALK ABOUT The WATER OF THE WORD TILL the WATER RUNS OUT AND IS NO MORE TO BE SPOKENM BY ANY OF MEN OR WOMAN> BUT IT IS ALL ABOUT THE FIRST SHED BLOOD!!!!!!!!!!!!!! AND GOD SHED IT FOR TO SAVE THE WORLD NOT TO CONDEMN IT OR DESTROY ALL HE HAS MADE AND CREATED>
    LOOK UP AT THE DESIGNERS HEAVEN AND TRY SAYING that HE DID NOT CREATE ALL THAT IS THERE >>>>>>>>> whenTHIS VERY EARTH IS ALSO WHAT HE HAS CREATED THAT LIFE could be SUSTAINED FROM ONE GENERATION TO THE NEXT!!!! ….. THE KINGDOM OF GOD IS within YOU THUS SAAYETH THE LORD .
    IF THEY SAY ” GO HERE!” OR “GO THERE!” DO NOT GO . IF THEY SAY “HE IS in the DESERT!” Or “He is in the INNER ROOMS!” DO NOT BELIEVE IT.. FOR as the lightening flashes from the East to the West. so also will the coming of the SON of Man be. FOR whever the carcass is that is where the EAGLES will be gathered together. Matthew 24; 24:-28:,,, Luke 17;20:-37:! IThess. 4; IIThess. 3;, JUDE REV. 14;13:, 20;6: Matthew 27; 51:-54: Rev. 20;12:-15: Rev. 22:To the end of the BOOK of LIVING WATER.
    CAN AANY DENY That if one reads this BOOK OF WHT THE LORD GOD HS HAD WRITTEN FOR US> is not a BOOK OF LIFE> and WORD THAT HE HAS GIVEN for us to LIVE ON THIS EARTH HE HAS CREATED for MANKIND!! TO LIVE ABUNDENTLY ON BY FAITH!!!!!!! THAAT HE IS OUR LORD , AND SAVIOR > and we ARE REDEEMED SAVED BY HIS GRACE < TRUTH < AND THAT VERY LIGHT THAT THAT HAS COME TO THE WORLD THAT WAS IN the THRONGS OF DEATH LONG before ANY OF US WERE HERE > YET HE LIVES AND HAS been given all authority IN HEAVEN AND ON EARTH BECAUSE OF the FULFILLMENT AND PROMISES AND PROPHECY BEING TESTIFIED TO AND WE SEE before OUR EYES IN THE WORLD TODAY!!!!!!!!! . OUR PRESIDENT BUSH WAS RIGHT!!!!!! we are FIGHTING A WAR AGAINST AN ENEMY THAT HAS BEEN WORKING TO DESTROY US ALL FOR GENERATIONS> AND WE DO NOT FIUGHT AGAINST FLESH and BLOOD BUT WE FIGHT AGAINST the PRINCIPALITIES AND POWERS OF THAT DARKNESS THAT HAS NO LIGHT OF GODS REALITY AND TRUTH WITHIN THEIR HEARTS!> for ALL THEY DO HAVE IS A HATRED FOR THEIR BROTHERS> AND THOSE BROTHERS ARE whom????????????? WHO HAS BEEN HATED BY ANY AND JUST ABOUT ALL THAT DO NOT HAVE THE LOVE OF GOD ALMIGHTY AND HIS TRUTH AND HIS WORD OF TRUTH IN THEM> DOES NOT HAVE THE GOSPEL OF JESUS CHRIST IN THEIR HEARTS DO NOT UNDERSTAND THEIR HERITAGE> BUT HATE THEIR BROTHER CALLED ISRAEL!!!!!!!!! WHOM WAS CALLED JACOB!!!!!! THAT WAS ONE OF TWO PEOPLES IN THEIR MOTHERS WOMB?? JACOB AND ESAU.. YET RIGHT BACK IN GENESIS THE ORDER WAS SET> THE OLDER WOULD BE RULED BY THE YOUNGER> AND SO THE OLDER IS NOT WANTING TO BE RULED BY THE YOUNGER>> THIS DAY > AND THE OLDER WAS CAIN> THAT SLEW ABEL THE YOUNGER> THEN IT WAS ISAAC THE YOUNGER THAT WAS OVER BY GODS WORD ISHAMEL> AND THEN CAME THE TWINS TWO NATIONS TWO PEOPLES JACOB AND ESAU JACOB BEING THE YOUNGER AND ESAU SOLD HIS BIRTHRIGHT!!!!!! GOD THEN HAS SAID HE HAS HATED ESAU!! THE EDOMITE LAND OF EDOM!!! THEN WHEN ISRAEL BLESSED HIS CHILDREN HE BLESSED JOSEPHS TWO D SONS > EPHRAIM AND MANASSEH> WITH AGAIN THE OLDER BEING UNDER THE YOUNGER SON> Ephraim being GREATER then the OLDER Manasseh. GENESIS 48; 14:-22: Hebrews 9; 11; 12; & 13;

  7. Anonymous says:

    sigh!

  8. Anonymous says:

    I thought JesusFreak was a self proclamation and not an insult.
    I thought in the 70's it was worn with pride, at least in Kansas it was, my sister loved her shirt, it was tie-dyed.
    Can anyone explain to me what coveting someone wife has to do with our current laws? Or coveting our neighbors goods? We would all be in jail for just thinking! Also, why these two silly commandments and nothing about child abuse or slavery? Could it be that the ancient tribe of Israel thought these things were okay, so they didn't make it into the 10?
    You think Christians are persecuted, try telling people in this country you are atheist or agnostic!!!!

  9. Anonymous says:

    That which fell on the rocky ground never grew. On the hard ground it grew until a minor annoyance cause it to wither and die. Those who are overcome by the most trivial of persecution are like that, lacking enough internal strength to weather the storms of life. Those who are to last till the end are planted in the fertile ground which 642-373 exam is fully open to the cultivating of the Lord and are able to stand the harshest trials. The man in Afghanistan was able to stand for his faith even if it was to cost him his life because of this firm foundation in Jesus. No one is arguing that America is a heaven on earth or that we 640-816 exam are hassle free. There most definitely is persecution in the United States, but it pales in comparison to the rest of the world. Sadly I must say that most American Christians have their roots in the hard ground. For them the Church is little more that a tool for what ever goals 220-602 exam that they have in mind. If people like Tom DeLay or William Jefferson had been living saintly lives then one could conclude that they were being wrongly persecuted. I know that there will be those who will refuse to look at the facts and be swept away by the spin. As a Christian it is my belief that is we do not stop yielding to trivial and focus on what really matters we will find ourselves in for worse persecution. I will end by quoting Jesus.

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