Twenty-first century persecution in the U.S. is multi-faceted and is largely ideological. Its manifestations are seen in the advancement of moral decay, the dissemination of secularism, the reconstruction of Christianity’s role in American history, and the demonizing of Christian values.
Consequently, if you morally object to homosexuality, society labels you as a “homophobe” and a bigot. If you advocate creationism, you are castigated as a back-woods, superstitious individual, who likely was abused at church camp. If you allude to the divine references in the Declaration of Independence, you are characterized as ignorant of the original intent. The abortion of unborn children is labeled choice not murder and those who are pro-life are called anti-abortion.
Just as Paul dealt with persecution in different ways, so the twenty-first century Christian needs to evaluate each situation and respond with wisdom and prayer.
First, we need to recognize the reality of it. We have not tried to prove that the public schools, media, government, etc., often behave with hostility towards Christianity. If one is not convinced of that fact, he is blatantly uninformed or extremely naive.
Second, we may “appeal to Caesar.” Like Paul, Christians may utilize the government for their own protection and spiritual interests when possible. We are not obligated to serve ourself up on the altar of persecution just because of a societal expectation.
Third, parents, teachers, administrators, and citizens need to let their voices be heard. Silencing Christians is one goal of persecution. Exercise your right of free speech, and speak the truth.
Fourth, Christians need to withhold support from institutions that are plainly anti-Christian: like the NEA, ACLU, Planned Parenthood and other organizations that support the moral decay of this nation, through advocating homosexuality, abortion and anti-Christian causes. Claiming to be champions of diversity, they oppress Christians, religiously honoring the so-called separation of church and state.