You could not turn on social media or read the news this June without being bombarded with the Rainbow Jihad flag and their anti-Christian crusading. Under the moniker of “Pride Month”, homosexual insignias have been everywhere to the point of being nauseating, punctuated with demands to “Bake the cake, bigot!”
In between my vomiting over the last 30 days, I have wondered, “As Bible-believing Christians, why don’t we have our own pride month as well?” Almost every other group (minority or not) seems to have a month of their own now to celebrate themselves. Even people who define themselves by their sexual deviancy. So, why not us too?
Have too many Christians forgotten what it means to be proud of the Faith? Do we lack pride in our salvation and thus stay silent?
Make no mistake about it — Bible-believing Christians are a minority in this world and in America now too. That is actually not a surprise, since Christ Himself said the way is narrow. But even so, we are being abused more and more every year. We are mocked in the media, marginalized in academia, and threatened in the world of commerce. The abuse is intended to silence us. And it seems to be working to a certain degree.
We are destined to suffer for the Lord, since we are not of this world. But we should still have pride in our Heavenly citizenship.
Remember how Jesus said if you are ashamed of Him, He’ll be ashamed of you before the Heavenly Father. So it is our obligation to be proud of the Gospel. But are we truly proud anymore? Or are many of us hiding?
Whoever is ashamed of me and my words, the Son of Man will be ashamed of them when he comes in his glory and in the glory of the Father and of the holy angels. (Luke 9:26)
Or to put another way, as my dad once told me, “Never be ashamed of your faith!”
The teachers of lawlessness expect us to “get on the right side of history” and “change our backward thinking.” These incredible bigots think I should just change my very nature. As a Christian, I was born again this way. I had no say in the matter. I was predestined for this lifestyle by the grace of Jesus Christ. We are new creations through the Holy Spirit.
And since we are citizens of Heaven and not of this world, the self-righteous promotors of “equality” and “migrant rights” should support and defend us as aliens in a foreign land. But instead, they use their majority status to hunt down and abuse innocent bakers and florists, who just want to be left alone.
The wicked demand “equality” (read: preferential treatment) for their sinful actions but turn around and target the righteous with vicious bias.
This persecution is certainly nothing new or even close to the worst anti-Christian bigotry throughout history. Folks in Muslim countries today are being beheaded for converting to Christ, and North Korea loves torturing Christians for fun.
In the early Church, converts were taught to expect and prepare for death as a likely outcome of their faith. Many were martyred by Roman executioners. But those martyrs had pride in their faith. They were bold and faced brutal death with courage.
Meanwhile, how many people claiming to be followers of Christ in America today admit their faith around their friends or coworkers? Would the guys at the office or school know you are a servant of Jesus if asked? I’m not even talking about you proselytizing to them. I mean, would they be shocked to find out you read the Bible and believe it? Have you hidden your Christian identity so well that no one outside your family and church know?
Plenty of folks go overseas on short-term mission trips. But how many risk “soiling their beds” by allowing their faith to be known closer to home?
Are we proud to wear the title of “Christian” in public, even if it means losing friends or financial opportunities? Are we more afraid of disappointing acquaintances or disappointing God?
I hear people brag that they would happily die for Christ. But if placed in the position of the martyrs, I question how many would actually stay faithful to the end. Anyone afraid of losing a job promotion or Facebook friends would never surrender their life.
So, too many stay quiet rather than share the good news of Jesus, and thus souls are lost. Too many refuse to say evil is evil, so evil continues to march unhindered.
But, why should we care what our enemies think?
Make no mistake about it — if we are children of God, then those who teach people to sin are enemies of our Heavenly Father and us too. They are not the cool kids. They are the bad guys, leading the lost and confused away from salvation.
You adulterous people, don’t you know that friendship with the world means enmity against God? Therefore, anyone who chooses to be a friend of the world becomes an enemy of God. (James 4:4)
The wicked take great pride in their sin, leading to their everlasting destruction. How much more should we take pride in our membership in the body of Christ, leading to eternal life?
When one Christian stands firm, others are emboldened by that example to renew their witness, and thus the Church strengthens. It is our duty to love each other, defend each other, and support each other as family.
[Jesus] replied to him, “Who is my mother, and who are my brothers?” Pointing to his disciples, he said, “Here are my mother and my brothers. For whoever does the will of my Father in heaven is my brother and sister and mother.” (Matthew 12:48-50)
Be proud of your faith. Be proud of your Heavenly family throughout the Church. And most of all, be proud of the hope you have through Jesus Christ’s death and resurrection.
Do not fear when people respond to your faith with anger. Even if you are not popular, you will still be respected for your courage. And you may be surprised to find that you become a beacon for the lost. When lives fall apart and flawed worldviews fail, they will turn to you as the city on a hill that shines with the answers they seek IF you stood proudly and faithfully for Christ … even when they told you to sit down and shut up.
May I never boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, through which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world. (Galatians 6:14)