A Woman's Perspective On The Times We Live In


June 4, 2013

Will You Pay the Price?

     It is quite apparent that the culture and the values of this nation (and arguably, the world) have changed dramatically.  More people live a life of "entitlement" than ever before; the latest available data from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) shows that a record number 23 million households in the United States are now on food stamps.  Our educational system is going down the tubes, our incomes are declining, and quality health care will soon be a privilege enjoyed only by the Elite.  What's more, if you stand by time-honored Christian tenets, you are labeled a bigot, racist, homophobic, islamophobic, or worse; usually involving four-letter words.
     But just take a look at some of the headlines I ran across today .... Transgender Teen Voted Prom Queen .... Man Who Named Son After Adolph Hitler Shows Up at Custody Hearing in Nazi Uniform .... Atheists Launch Hotline for Christians Wanting To Flee Their Faith .... Anti-Muslim Speech Could Be a Civil Rights Violation ....  These would have been unthinkable when I was a child.
    But today, our children live far different lives in this modern culture.  For starters, they no longer run and play in the sunshine.  Instead, they are mesmerized by a tiny computer screen that is perpetually attached to their thumbs; the movement of which is the only exercise some of them get!  They do everything based on a computer and the internet; communicate with each other, get information about the world, play games, and receive their self-esteem by how many friends they have on Facebook.
      Parents compete with the entertainment world in influencing their children.  Anything goes ... from singers who promote satanic worship, to actors who tell your children how to vote, to movies and books that espouse the virtues of vampires, families with two daddies, and multiple sex partners outside your marriage.
     So just how do you respond when confronted with something that offends your faith or your principles?  How do you prepare your children to wade through the moral dilemmas that they will definitely face in their future, if they haven't already?
     If you're like the Boy Scouts, you bow to the pressure and sacrifice long-held standards for the sake of financial survival.  You somehow convince yourself that it is OK to bend the rules and that God will understand.  You surrender and you give in.
     If you are Aaron and Melissa Klein, owners of Sweet Cakes by Melissa, an Oregon-based bakery, you pay the price after refusing to make a wedding cake for a lesbian couple’s ceremony.  They didn't make a big deal out of it; they just politely refused, citing their Christian faith.  But apparently, faith no longer trumps culture.
     For nearly four months now, the Kleins have been harassed with threatening emails and phone calls.  Some have even gone as far as stating that Aaron should be shot; and they received an apparent threat that he be raped.  Other remarks included a wish for the couple’s five children to be stricken with illness.  If you want a feel for just how sick the emails have been, read these:

“You stupid bible thumping, hypocritical b**ch.  I hope your kids get really, really, sick and you go out of business,” reads one e-mail.

“Here’s hoping you go out of business, you bigot. Enjoy hell,” reads another.

     It saddens me that maintaining one's faith should result in such hateful discourse.  I'm pretty sure if they were standing by any other faith but Christianity, there would have been more tolerance from the public.  And what makes me even sadder is that fellow Christians have even failed to stand behind them.  Initially, the faithful supported their decision and rallied around them.  But when they, themselves -- or their businesses -- were threatened, that support began to disappear.  Vendors have even been compromised, as they are harrassed for doing business with the Kleins.
     And to let you know how virulent the hate is against these Christian business-owners, the cultural opposition has tried to entrap them into baking for other events that would go against their Christian principles, such as parties for divorces, unmarried parents, or pagan solstice parties.  The Kleins have stood steadfast in their faith.  Aaron Klein has been quoted as saying that he and his wife will stick by their convictions and that their religious freedom is protected under both Oregon and federal constitutions.  “I can say I don’t want to take part in something that violates my religious beliefs. If they want to shut me down because of it, then they could shut me down.”  And that is a very real possibility, as the Kleins have suffered economically, and closing the doors may become a reality.
     So my question to you is this ..... how far are you willing to go to stand up for your beliefs?  Because I think this is just the tip of the iceberg.  Today it is how you operate your business; tomorrow it could be how you choose to raise or educate your children (as in the case of the German home-schooling family).  But make no mistake.  The Bible tells that we will suffer for our faith in the End Times.  The Enemy is going to do everything in his power to trip us up; make it difficult to support our families; cause us to compromise our safety, our livelihood, our very lives and those of our loved ones.
     Will you throw in the towel like the Boy Scouts .... or will you stand firm like Aaron and Melissa Klein?  Don't fool yourself into thinking it doesn't matter; that it won't happen to you; or that it's OK to do anything to survive.  If you are a Christian, then you know those thoughts are lies.  Strengthen yourself now; your mind, your heart and your soul.  Because we may not know exactly what is coming, but God has told us that difficult and dark days are ahead of us -- and He is watching how we respond.

James 1:12    "Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love him."

9 comments:

  1. I don't mind being called a bigot because when you think about it God is the ultimate Bigot as he is no respecter of person and is intolerant of view other than His own...when I am called a bigot I am in good company...

    Our country is headed down the path to destruction. I don't know what your view of end times is but I believe the USA is not mentioned in the book of Revelation...for that to happen the country needs to be made irrelevant. Since at this time we would not allow Israel to stand alone. We are moving in that direction more every day.

    Just discovered your blog and I like what I have read so far.

    Thanks

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    1. Welcome to our little group of faithful Patriots! I am also encouraged that my readership includes Believers from all over the world ... China, India, Australia, Brazil, Portugal, even Russia! As far as End Times opinions, I believe we are on the verge, and I wouldn't be surprised to know that the great whore of Babylon is this country! I do not profess to know who is who in eschatology; I only know that there will be many who will be deceived and lovers of their flesh. I am really trying hard to live with my focus on Jesus, while preparing for whatever is coming.

      Glad you've found the blog and feel free to comment. I love it when we get a dialogue going!

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  2. Beautiful post.

    A vocal minority again attempts to silence others. Members of our society have become little more than amoebas. They do or say whatever makes them feel good at the moment.

    Mores no longer exist, and the Christian values upon which this country was founded are vilified. It is true that any suggestion that one embrace Christianity, or even respect another's choice to do so, results in rabid anger.

    Listen carefully: I am a Catholic gentleman. I WILL NOT embrace the abandonment of morals preached by Hollywood and the media. I WILL NOT be silenced by the hate and vitriol of others.

    I stand with GOD!

    P.S. I hope this posts, I'm not very good with computers...

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    1. You did great with your comment! And I stand side by side with you! If we don't speak out, do we really think things will get better? This is our Lord that is being mocked and we must never compromise our morals, our faith, or His commandments.

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    2. You expect people to respect your religious beliefs when you do not respect theirs. Hipocrites.

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    3. There is nothing in my post or in the article about the bakery that says the Kleins disrespected the people who came in to their shop. They simply stated that their faith would not allow them to do a wedding cake for a same-sex couple. They had no objection to this couple having a wedding cake done by another bakery. "Hypocrite" is a word that gets tossed around a lot. So you know, a hypocrite is someone who professes a moral standard but does not abide by it. It doesn't mean that you have to agree with another's opinion. The Kleins stood by their commitment to their faith and I applaud them.

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  3. Excellent article and yes.... get ready.

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    1. I just wish more people were aware of what is coming! I fear that many Christians will give in fear and intimidation.

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  4. It is sad really. I don't have belief or a desire to. What I do believe is this. Any one has the right to go about their lives doing what works for them mentally/physically. This can be done so long as it doesn't effect another in a bad way.

    Yes this can been seen as going to both sides of the issue.

    This lesbian couple went to purchase a cake. The baker stated her position. They should have understand and walked away to find another baker. No harm done.

    It is really sad that people cant comprehend a simple way of interacting with others.

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