Much of the international hate towards the US (especially in Middle Eastern countries) is because of the US support for Israel. I believe much of the hate domestically towards the current administration is because of their support of the Christian community and its beliefs.
As a young adult I had no use for Christians and Christianity. Everything I believed flew in the face of what they believed. I dismissed its teachings because it contradicted with things I wanted to do in my life. My limited experience with church convinced me that nothing about it was fun or profitable. I’ve lived enough years to be able to say I’ve watched as Christianity was expunged from our culture, which would have been fine with me back then. I was in elementary school when prayer was banned from the classroom. I sat through high school science, English, and history classes where the instructors specifically challenged Christianity and its relevance. And that was no problem, because I didn’t want to be challenged in my worldview and my desires for the things I wanted to do in the world. I mocked and dismissed Christians, and delved into studies in Eastern religion. I didn’t realize I was among those “People weighed down with iniquity, offspring of evildoers, sons who act corruptly, [Who] have abandoned the LORD, [who] have despised the Holy One of Israel, [and] have turned away from Him,” as Isaiah says.
Some of those same Christians I had mocked, however, had determined to pray for me.
Elsewhere, on my blog, you can read about the circumstances that brought me to the end of my self and to a recognition of my need for Christ. I became part of the religious system I had despised.
It took a while, however for the worldviews that I’d followed to be supplanted by Biblically based truth. At the same time much of culture was fighting against Biblical values, I was adopting them, as I saw their significance in the Bible.
When I was born, our country followed to a great degree what is called the Judeo-Christian ethic. (That term, incidentally, was coined by George Orwell in 1939.) The centuries-long hatred of the Jewish people came to a head in World War II. Even in the US, Anti-semitism by the US government and its refusal to allow Jewish refugees in our country resulted in the deaths of hundreds of Jews, if not thousands.
Jeffrey Salkin writes that the polytheistic nations of the world hated the Jews because they rejected “The establishment of an inescapable divine conscience, of an uncompromising demand for moral elevation, for unconditional love and for total altruism.”
The Law, which is the heart and soul of the Jewish faith, is centered on absolute truth and unconditional love. And the opposing nations despised that truth.
It seems that the psalmist spoke directly to this when he wrote, “Why are the nations in an uproar And the peoples devising a vain thing? The kings of the earth take their stand and the rulers take counsel together against the LORD and against His Anointed, saying, ‘Let us tear their fetters apart And cast away their cords from us!’”
In my relatively short lifetime, I’ve seen the remnants of a Judeo-Christian ethic nearly disappear and the opposition to Christianity and Biblical morality reach new heights.
Our culture has established pornography as a expression of the freedom of speech, but universities and colleges ban non-acceptable speech (Judeo-Christian) through banning the speakers or inciting violence towards them.
The Orwellian Thoughtpolice of our educational institutions and the media define non-approved thought as a crime. Much of our government does so also, at the state and local levels. Free speech is fine, as long as it’s liberal or leftist free speech. You can promote science, as long as the science is approved by the fact checkers at Facebook and Google.
“Christianity” is fine with the intelligencia as long as it exerts no moral effect in the practice of life. You’re more than welcome to call yourself a Christian as long as you do not believe or do Christian things. We are just a few steps away from being considered criminals if we believe and state that marriage is between a man and a woman, and that the Ten Commandments hold relevance to culture today regarding sexuality or ethics. Few public libraries would allow Christians to teach a preschool class with Christian principles, but dozens are more than willing to allow drag queens to fondle those same preschool children and read them secular books. We are not far from having our churches shut down for not acknowledging and supporting gay marriage, as has already happened to some churches in Europe that stand by Biblical truth in these areas.
The Black Lives Matter movement unconditionally rejects Biblical models of marriage and sexuality, law & order, and property ownership, but has no problem assaulting people who refuse to salute and declare their mottos.
Likewise, Antifa rejects those same Judeo-Christian ethics and is basically unrestrained anarchism, burning down our large cities block by block.
Both of these movements have overwhelming support among much of our country’s population and the Democratic party.
Contemporary Evangelical Christianity is quite tolerant of people with different viewpoints and convictions, but that tolerance doesn’t go both ways.
So in this “Brave New World” you can keep the label “Christian” for now, as long as it’s just a label, and not a Biblical lifestyle.
As Isaiah says, ”Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil; who substitute darkness for light and light for darkness; who substitute bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter!”
So who is the head of this conspiracy against the Judeo-Christian ethic? I could go into how existentialism began to pervade into American thought from European sources, and how formerly Christian universities became secularized and became a hotbed of humanist philosophy. We, however, need to keep in mind who the Enemy is, and his devices.
The Schemes of the Enemy:
He hates children, and he has a track record of trying to abuse them and kill them. Moses and Jesus are two notable examples. Examples of human sacrifice of children promoted by the Enemy abounded in the polytheistic religions of the countries surrounding Israel, and Israel finally adopted their practices, which ended in their dispersion. Today we have abortion on demand, even up to birth; nearly unlimited bloodshed, a delight to our Enemy.
The Enemy hates marriage. He actively worked to destroy the first marital union, and he despises the fact that the offspring of Eve is his downfall. Today we have the promotion of every kind of gender confusion except for traditional marriage.
He hates Israel, and he hates the Church, because both have a covenantal relationship with God, his enemy, who cast him out. Today anti-Semitism and oppression of the Church is increasing daily.
The Enemy hates freedom, both on the personal and governmental level. Whether it’s control through addiction, or control through government edict, he wants his subjects in bondage. We have record levels of addiction, and unprecedented restrictions on personal liberties.
Our struggle in this battle is primarily against our Enemy, who controls and directs all these attacks upon God’s people and his Church. And while prayer is key in our battles, speaking forth boldly is incredibly important also. The second passage below is often quoted for the purpose of encouraging prayer and worship, which is applicable, but the primary emphasis the apostle Paul had was that of speaking boldly the truth and taking prisoners with it.
“Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might. Put on the full armor of God, so that you will be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places.”
“For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh, for the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh, but divinely powerful for the destruction of fortresses. We are destroying speculations and every lofty thing raised up against the knowledge of God, and we are taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ, and we are ready to punish all disobedience, whenever your obedience is complete.”
Again, I believe much of the international hate towards the US (especially in Middle Eastern countries) is because of the US support for Israel. I believe much of the hate towards the current administration is because of their support of the Christian community and its beliefs. The Trump administration has placed people of both faiths in prominent positions, and has the most favorable record in supporting both Israel and the Church in recent history. I believe that is why the Enemy is throwing everything he has at this country, in this time.
We certainly need to pray (and fast) as we never have before for our country and the church, but we also need to say what needs to be said, speaking the truth in the Love of Christ.