Editor’s note: On April 7th, 2014, at 3:17 PM Mario Murillo would see his life change forever. It was a blog that would slam the doors of churches shut to him. It was a blog that accused Christian leaders of refusing to face the destruction of American freedom. Read it again in the light of what is happening right now.
What would you do if they expelled your young daughter from school for being a Christian? What if it had nothing to do with bad behavior? She was expelled for her beliefs…pure and simple. What would you do? You would storm down to the principal’s office and demand your rights.
You could also understand your neighbor doing the same thing if this happened to one of their children. One thing you would not do is accuse your neighbor of being judgmental, political or “not walking in love.”
Many Christians think that speaking out against Obama, Eric Holder, the IRS, and the NSA is “different” than parents protecting their children against coercive schools. Oh really? How is it different? The only thing I can see that is different is that it hasn’t hit home yet. So far we have seen executives fired for defending traditional marriage; the IRS attacking Billy Graham; healthcare hijacked and all of our phone calls monitored. If they do all of this today what will they do tomorrow?
You say, “If my child is banished for being Christian I would act!” The problem is that by that time it is too late. The local school is usually the final stop for tyranny. Before there can be a blatant attempt to ban Christianity at school a lot of other bad things must first take place, and they are.
The public must be reprogrammed to accept the loss of freedom. Tyranny trickles down through several layers like acid eating its way down to the hull of a ship.
But Romans 13 tells Christians not to speak out against rulers right? Verse 2 says, “Therefore whoever resists the authority resists the ordinance of God, and those who resist will bring judgment on themselves.”
The ruling authority of the United States is the Constitution, something the White House swore to uphold and protect. Instead, it has been this administration’s unswerving passion to undermine the first 4 amendments to the Constitution; setting aside everything from freedom of speech to the right to privacy.
In my opinion, they are the ones that Romans 13 says is resisting authority. This administration has crossed a dangerous threshold!
There are tens of millions of Americans who would take it one step further and say that they even question the validity of the last election.
This is not the first time that Christian leaders have had to reach a painful point of opposition that was not popular. In the 20th century Christian heroes opposed tyranny:
Pastor Richard Wurmbrand stood alone among more than 1,000 leaders to denounce the control of Romanian communism.
Dietrich Bonhoeffer was a German theologian famous for his stand against Adolf Hitler and the Nazi party. His beliefs and convictions ultimately cost him his life in a Nazi concentration camp.
Corrie Ten Boom violated German law by hiding Jews in her home.
Watchman Nee was persecuted and imprisoned for his faith by Chairman Mao and spent the last twenty years of his life in prison.
Each one of these heroes had that moment of denial that said, “This can’t be happening!” Each one came to that point of clarity in their conscience. Each one said, “This is the right thing to do.” Each one faced rejection for trying to convince others of impending coming tyranny.
It is ironic that each is honored as a hero but if they were alive today most Christians would reject them for their open opposition to political leadership.
Today there is a greater danger because when Hitler, Mao and Stalin raised their evil empires there was a free America that could intervene. Where will you or anyone else go for freedom if America itself is overtaken by tyranny?
For a growing number of Christian leaders and me it is time to speak out. The silence we see today is not because of politics but because of fear. It is time to quit hiding behind that excuse.
It is not my place to order any leader to speak out. I can only tell you what I believe passionately; I believe that the leadership of the American Church should unite to stop this administration and hold them legally accountable for the damage they have done to our freedoms.
Tomorrow I want to talk to you why my stance is not going to hinder my ability to win youth to Christ and why it is not too late for effective action.