It is virtually impossible to turn on the television, read the newspaper, or peruse the internet these days without seeing or hearing something about some kind of racism or discrimination. Sometimes it’s born out of fear, like the rampant discrimination towards anyone of middles eastern descent following 9/11 has shown. Sometimes, discrimination stems from ignorance, as is the case in the majority of our racial problems today. Whatever the cause, humans sadly find ways to feel hate or disgust towards others who are not like them.
I believe there’s a new kind of discrimination prevalent in our society and it’s no less impactful than other kinds, even though it receives far less attention. It doesn’t take much time to look around and notice that the bulk of society, upper education, and the media as a whole have become much more liberal leaning than ever before. They would argue it’s a result of more wisdom or an ability to think constructively for themselves or a lack of any need for religious thoughts and ideas. I would counter that our society has just evolved to openly discriminate against an entirely new group of people, and that is the conservative Christian.
Exemplifying Christian values today is causing people to say we’re uneducated bigots. And apparently this kind of discrimination has gone unchecked for long enough to be standard thought amongst many unbelievers. The media has done nothing to stem the tide of this kind of hatred either. In fact, they have openly encouraged it. Only progressive, liberal ideas are being taught in our nation’s universities, and very few have spoken out against it while we continue to send our children to these so-called places of higher learning. There’s no doubt that worldly wisdom and fallible human philosophies are trying to quiet the Christian viewpoint.
All this should come as no surprise. In fact, Jesus himself promised it would happen. He told us, “If the world hates you, know that it has hated me before it hated you. If you were of the world, the world would love you as its own; but because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you. Remember the word that I said to you: ‘A servant is not greater than his master.’ If they persecuted me, they will also persecute you. If they kept my word, they will also keep yours. But all these things they will do to you on account of my name, because they do not know him who sent me” (John 15:18-21). Also, Colossians 2:8 reminds us, “ See to it that no one takes you captive by philosophy and empty deceit, according to human tradition, according to the elemental spirits of the world, and not according to Christ.”
We must be in prayer, asking God to continue to bless us with peaceful opportunities to follow him, all the while realizing that there may come a day when we will have to boldly take a stand for Christ even in the face of harsh criticism. Finally, we must keep our eyes focused on the prize (Philippians 3:13-14) and remain faithful until death so we can one day receive our promised crown of life (Revelation 2:10).