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I Never Thought I’d See the Day – Christian Persecution in America

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Last week I attended a conference in Portland where I got to hang out with a bunch of farmers. Met many who are third generation farmers. They take great pride in their farms and in their work. 

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Through those farms, gritty sweat, and raw labor, we are able to eat. Seems to me we collectively take farmers for granted and underestimate the extent of their sacrifices. In reality, many of these sweet people endure extreme financial hardship.

Agritourism

As a result, some farmers have been supplementing their income through agritourism.  With agritourism they combine farming with tourism to bring in much-needed revenue so they can pay their bills and support their families.

At this conference, I got to listen to their stories. As a Christ-follower, some of what I heard was very disturbing.

Anti-Christian

In a conversation with a Minnesota farmer, my husband shared how we live out our faith in business. This man asked, “How do you get away with that?”

When asked what he meant, the farmer told my husband there are lots of Muslims in his community – as well as others who are anti-God. He said that if he let his Christian faith show on his farm, people would stop coming. So this man hides his faith in fear.

Honestly, I never thought I’d see the day when being a Christian would actually hurt your business.

Loss of Religious Freedom

Another family operates a farm in Washington state. Not long ago, they started doing weddings on their property. Weddings are a substantial boost to a farmer’s income.

Washington recently passed a law approving same-sex marriage. This family is now required to allow same-sex marriages on their property.

As Christ followers, this family studies the Bible and enjoys an intimate relationship with Jesus. It is very important to them to follow his teachings and his example. Because of their beliefs, they cannot allow same-sex marriages to occur on their property. Doing so would be equivalent to betraying the God they love . . . breaking His heart.

So they have stopped doing weddings altogether – one of their most lucrative sources of income. They put God above money. Other farmers have told them they’re crazy.

I never thought I’d see the day when a Christian business owner’s religious rights would be denied . . . where he would be forced by law to go against his beliefs . . . where he would not be allowed to run his business based on his private religious principles.

Loyal to God = Christian Persecution in America

When same-sex marriage was approved in a state on the east coast, another Christian farm family decided to continue doing weddings, but refused to allow same-sex marriages on their property. They are now being sued for discrimination.

They call it discrimination, but it has nothing to do with that. These families don’t hate homosexuals. Their choice has everything to do with their relationship with God and their loyalty to Him. They’re just trying to live out their lives according to their Christian principles. Since when is that wrong?

I never thought I’d see the day when a Christian business owner is persecuted and sued for his Christian principles and beliefs. 

I’ve heard stories of Christian persecution back in the archives of Church history. It’s in the pages of secular history books. It’s on missionary fields around the world.  But never did I think I’d see Christian persecution in America in this day and age.

These stories are a reflection of what’s happening in our nation across the board. There was once a day when we could live our lives freely and stand by our Christian principles without government interference – and without hostility from other American citizens. Makes my heart sad.

Where have those days gone? What can we do about it today?

  • One thing you can do is create awareness by sharing this post with people you know.
  • You could also support the work of Liberty Institute – a legal organization who’s dedicated solely to defending and restoring religious freedom in America. They provide legal assistance pro bono to help individuals, churches, and organizations across our nation.
  • You can also contact your representatives in Congress. Here’s a link to find out who your representatives are: Congressional Directory

In closing, I thought I’d share this video with you – in tribute to farmers and all they stand for . . .

Loving Him with all I am . . .

Lisa~

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2 Comments

  1. Connie says:

    Thank you for this blog. I’m very concerned about the direction our country has taken. I pastor spoke briefly on this subject Sunday.

  2. LMB says:

    I’m concerned too. But hope is not lost. God is still in control. We can certainly change the direction by how we live our lives and how we raise our families. We can also begin to raise our voices. Thanks for your comment.

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