Some days I read the stories on the Internet and wonder if I’ve somehow been transported to another time or planet. Can this really be the same world I grew up in? Has technology allowed us the luxury of instant communication but somehow robbed us of common sense and decency? Or perhaps technology has deprived us of the bliss of ignorance. Maybe the world wasn’t really as nice and noble as I once envisioned it. Perhaps this problem was present in the past but flew under my radar. Or perhaps I had things pegged correctly and now a spirit of the age has descended upon us. Or maybe both.
The latest in a series of horror stories involving curtailment of the rights of Christians takes place in a cemetery in Colorado. You can read the story here.
What kind of an excuse is that? The name of Jesus on a tombstone might offend someone? Really? First of all, who goes around reading gravestones? Cemeteries are not exactly competing with Christian Science or public libraries. The only people who frequent a graveyard seem to be vandals and surviving family who visit specific grave sites. That name of Jesus inscribed on a tombstone might have gone unseen by anyone except members of the grieving family. The only explanation that makes sense to me is that the name was offensive to the person making the decision that the name of Jesus had no right on a gravestone in a cemetery belonging to the city. People of this mentality seem to be emboldened by similar activity around the country and perceived support from the legal environment, encouraging more closet Jesus haters to stand up and do what they can to suppress the name above all names.
Fortunately, the outcry from the public has caused this decision to be reversed. Christians are not powerless in this battle to keep from being reduced to second class citizens. We must love and pray for those who persecute us. But that doesn’t mean that we have to lie down and allow this to happen. We need to be like watchmen on the wall and firemen who put out small blazes before they become wildfires. If we don’t put up resistance to the movement to squelch God, and specifically his only begotten Son, from our society, we will become enablers, allowing the mockers to usher in that brave new world that John Lennon imagined.
Speaking of being offended, here’s an article that expresses the outrage of a man who is offended by people getting offended. I can feel his pain.