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That (in the title, up there) is one of the favorite phrases used by liberals to silence Christians.  

They say we should keep our faith out of the public square, behind our church doors and in the pews.  It should be “private.”  They tell us that Jesus and God wouldn’t approve of our engagement in the general discourse.

Were it not so dangerous, these kinds of comments and demands would be funny.  Let’s use an example.

Let us go back in time and recall the Civil War again.  Ulysses S. Grant attacked Robert E. Lee in 1864, he pushed the Confederate army back to Richmond and Petersburg.  Unable to abandon the capital, Lee dug in to prepare for Grant.  However, the Union did not attack, as the positions were well fortified, and instead besieged the cities.

Lee’s forces began to dwindle.  He had dug into a strong position, but lost the ability to maneuver or resupply effectively.  The Confederate army grew weaker as the winter wore on, spelling doom for Johnny Reb the following spring.

Now, why do I bring this up?

Because, according to liberals, that’s what we, as believers in Christ, should do.  We should dig into our churches and stay there, never moving.  Instead of going out into the world to preach the gospel, we should remain where we are with our “private” faith.  This idea appeals to some; it’s not easy to leave our comfort zones.  Of course, what would happen to our churches if we were to do that?

Much like Lee’s army, they would wither on the vine, unable to grow, and ultimately die, like so many houses of worship in Europe.

We are commanded to spread the gospel all across the Earth.  How can we do that simply sitting in our church pews?  If we sit idle in our houses of worship, how do we spread the message of Christ’s love and redemption?  Obviously, we can’t.  The faith cannot spread without evangelists going out into the world to bring people to Christ.

We are to be movers and shakers, transforming hearts and minds that are broken or mired in sin. We are to come to them so that they may be healed in Christ’s love.  We can’t wait for them to come to us.  Some may be so stubborn, they’ll never be moved to approach a church, even at their lowest point.

We must go to where they are, no matter where they are, so we may minister to them.

Because Christ transforms.  Transforms our hearts, minds, opinions, and the very way we think.  However, to bring the message to others we must leave our pews and represent Christ in all we do.  And all we do includes politics and the culture at large.  It would be two-faced to behave one way in private and another entirely in public.

Simply put, Christianity is the antithesis of a “private” religion.

Whether they realize it or not, the leftists advocate for the slow destruction of Bible-based churches with their claims that faith should be kept in the pews on Sunday morning.  Instead of seeking robust debate about our faith or our values, they desire to silence us.  Whether we do it voluntarily, allowing ourselves to be shamed into staying in church, or involuntarily through the legal system does not matter.

This silencing of our faith is something we should all be wary of.

 

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  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Stephen-Johnson/100000824645514 Stephen Johnson

    It’s amazing how many liberals don’t have a problem with islam; you know, the “religion of peace.”

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1640001074 Greg Miller

    I did a sermon years ago (no I’m not a pastor, just a layman) about the lions of the Ngorongoro Crater in Africa. The lions had become isolated and because of this the interbred. In the early 1970s a plague of flies hit the crater and almost wiped out the existing prides. Scientists brought new lions into the caldera and now the lion population is healthy again.

    It’s the same with the church. We either preach outside the walls or we die by focusing inward. We are to go into all the world and expand the Kingdom of God.

  • https://twitter.com/Webnetcity webnetcity

    According to the LEFT…
    If the church opposes the liberal agenda they need to be silenced…

    that is of course until the next election cycle rolls around…

    then that’s when Hillary Clinton “Don’t feel no ways tired”

    and Joe Biden feels “They gon’ put cha’ll back in chains”

    Hypocrisy thy name is Democrat

  • http://www.facebook.com/lsaffold Lee Saffold

    Preaching Christ is the only hope for a dying world and Christians know it. We will not be silent in or out of the public square and there is simply nothing the left wing can do to stop us. If Christians preached Christ when they were being killed for doing so do not think that we will be hindered by even a multitude of whining liberals that cannot bear to hear the truth. THere is no such thing as seperation of Church and state n our constitution. But their are definite limits placed upon congress to prevent them from interfering with religion in any way either to establish a religion or to prohibit the free exercise of it, and this includes the public square. So, no we are not intimidated by those who do not understand that salvation is in Christ Jesus and there is no hope for humanity without turning to him and we will not be silent about it.

    • Carlos Santiago

      You are right, the only hope is Jesus.

  • Lawrence Ekdahl

    There are many well meaning patriots who advocate armed resistance abainst the government. I sympathize with them but they are going down the wrong path of resistance. We should indeed be actively protesting injustice along with preaching the gospel by word and deed, but without violence. I don’t mean we should not defend ourselves against criminals. Preach righteousness but keep your powder dry and defend your home and family

    • http://www.facebook.com/marilynn.reeves Marilynn Linda Reeves

      Sometime a house must be cleaned by any means

      • T. Edward Price

        In this case, the house cleaning must be accomplished only by RIGHTEOUS means. Christians should be well armed, and trained, in order to defend self, family, community, and country. But this should ALWAYS be done within Biblical parameters. When the cause, and the time, are right(eous), we will not need a majority, only a remnant.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Joe-Ruyle/100001085161358 Joe Ruyle

    Since liberalism (and all the other “ism’s”) constitute the “religion” of the left can we not, therefore, call for their silence? Who’d care to wager “Oh… that’s different!” when applied to them?

    • Lynn

      Kind of reminds me of the of the “ites” in the Bible. They worshiped other gods and look what happened to many of them.

  • ellis_alan69

    Faith isn’t just reserved for God, it is used in the dollar, the government, etc. If we had no faith in our system, our constitution, etc., things would be a lot worse.

    • http://www.facebook.com/marilynn.reeves Marilynn Linda Reeves

      Haven’t you noticed—THEY ARE by the day

  • http://www.facebook.com/marilynn.reeves Marilynn Linda Reeves

    When all this mess started 30+ years ago we as Christians should have roared like lions instead of being like scared sheep. Until all Christians start speaking out BOLDLY as did Paul and our preachers start preaching it from the pulpit nothing is going to change. Each Christian should be networking to get their family and friends back in Church and back in G-d’s will.

    • http://christianusa.us/gideonproject Roger Mitchell

      This mess, as you say, didn’t start 30+ years ago. It has been going on, actively growing, for hundreds of years. Unfortunately many Christians didn’t notice what was happening until things began turning against them. The fact is that there are still many today who don’t have a clue as to what is going on.

      When preachers start talking from the pulpit about Christians abandoning their faith in the State and putting it in Jesus Christ, no matter what happens, then we will see some change. Far too many Christians, however, don’t want to admit that they have been bought by the system as we know it and aren’t willing to give it up.

    • Barbara

      Why do you leave the ‘o’ out of God’s name? It seems so PC.

  • http://www.bibleversusconstitution.org/ Ted R. Weiland

    “Christianity is the antithesis of a “private” religion.”

    I beg to differ. What used to be CHRISTENDOM (Christians dominionizing in the name of Christ as in early 1600 Colonial America) is the antithesis of a private religion. Tragically Christendom has evolved in to modern Christianity, salt that’s lost its savor, good for nothing but to be trampled under the foot of man (Matthew 5:13). But there’s good news even in this (everything goes wrong just right) in that a good foot stomping tends to bring back some of the saltiness.

  • http://christianusa.us/gideonproject Roger Mitchell

    Jesus said that he would “build my Church and the gates of Hell will not prevail against it.” Too many Christians have the idea that Jesus is building His Church and Hell will not prevail against its gates. Completely different ideas.

    The Church is not sequestered into its “fortress” with Hell’s hordes surrounding it, trying to beat down its gates. Instead, it is our privilege, honor, and responsibility to lay siege to Hell, which is desperately trying to keep us from smashing its gates open, rushing in, and rescuing its hostages and prisoners. This is a vision of a conquering Church, which is capable of vanquishing ALL its enemies. It is not some nightmare to which we must resign ourselves to because some minion of Satan said that we should.

    Ah, no! When someone tells us to be quiet, we should be like the blind man who wanted Jesus to heal him–he only shouted the louder. We need to raise our voices as representatives of our King and in His Name.

    • T. Edward Price

      Roger, that is, perhaps, the BEST description of Christendom I have ever seen. Christian dominion (Christendom) does indeed lay siege to hell, fervently pushing on its gates, until the day it is obliterated. Mere Christianity, on the other hand, is hunkered down within its walled prison, fruitlessly praying for a redeemer to fortify the gates. It’s a good thing for Christendom that we already have a redeemer.

    • http://www.bibleversusconstitution.org/ Ted R. Weiland

      I love your application, especially, the contrast in the first paragraph. I had never thought of that before. This becomes even more powerful when one considers the Greek word ekklesia (poorly translated church), which to the Greeks was a political assembly. It’s an all encompassing term that begins with surrendering and worshiping Yahweh in Christ and extends then to every facet of life and level of society (2 Corinthians 10:4-6)

  • Ethan Ellingson

    Mat 28:18 And Jesus came up and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth.”

    Many seem to ignore the import of the word “all” in Christ’s announcement.

    Many seem to ignore the import of the words “on earth” in Christ’s announcement.

    • T. Edward Price

      Ethan, that is a great distinction. It reminds me of the saying concerning those waiting anxiously for the “rapture” that will never come: “They are so heavenly minded, that they are no earthly good!”

      • ddo2013

        the rapture is coming, so says the Bible. The NT speaks volumes on our blessed hope, which is the rapture-the appearance of our KIng. That of course doesn’t give anyone the right to quit the great commission. We are still to occupy until the rapture, but I hope you will change your position on the rapture, or when He comes to take us away will you refuse to go?

  • ddo2013

    in contrast to what the liberals say, God and Jesus would be extremely disappointed if we left out faith in the pew. We are told several things in the NT; first, we are to go and share the gospel, secondly, we are ambassadors for Christ, and we are to put our faith into practice in public. The Bible is pretty clear as to what we should do in the public arena. Simply, the left would silence us so as to not have to confront the faith, the righteousness and holiness of God. Not many have time for God anymore, too busy seeking private and personal gain.