When Rugby Australia sacked Israel Folau for expressing his Faith, it was a harsh reminder to many Christians that our freedom of speech is under threat. Their confidential settlement was a happy ending to his story, but Bill Meuhlenberg of CultureWatch knows of others who are losing their jobs, and don’t have publicity or expensive lawyers to back them up.
Though Meuhlenberg is neither a prophet, nor the son of a prophet, he sees his role as that of a watchman on the walls, as described in Ezekiel 3 and 33.
Talking to Neil Johnson on Vision’s 20Twenty program, he said he’d warned us about the dangers of enabling the “radical homosexual agenda”.
“We warned, we pleaded, we begged with people, be careful. Do not go down this path. It’s going to be very dangerous indeed if you do.”
“And now things are ratcheting up big time. We have the whole trans thing. We have one person after another losing their jobs simply for saying things like marriage is between a man and a woman, or children deserve a mother and a father. So I hate to say it, we told you so.”
“And now I’m in the same mode. I’m warning people, tougher times will come. Persecution is around the corner, sure, not as bad as what people in China right now are going through, but I can guarantee, it will get worse before it gets better.”
And those tougher times are going to present us with a real challenge to our faith. “None of us have really been put to the test,” Meuhlenberg said. “We’ve had it easy. We’ve got a secure income, good jobs, cushy lifestyle, nice homes, nice cars, nice everything.”
“So we can sing every Sunday about trusting God, having faith in God, but have we ever really done it on a serious level, where our entire lives and livelihood has depended on trust in him alone, because there was simply no human hope for making it. That’s the place we’re quickly moving to.”
Paul says “but if anyone does not provide for his own, and especially for those of his household, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever”. (1 Timothy 5:8 NKJV) So it’s clear that God wants us to take care of our families. “But at what point does this conflict with standing for Christ, not denying our faith, being willing to share Truth in public, even if it does mean we will lose our job?”
And if we do face the music, get fired, and maybe even become unhireable for the foreseeable future, what then? “Do we head for the hills, and make our own little garden plot? Do we form little small communities where we can share goods with each other as we start losing jobs and homes? Serious questions, but we live in serious times.”
Meuhlenberg also points out that those of us who remain secure may soon be called to offer practical assistance to God’s people, maybe even taking families into our homes as they lose their own. “That’s the real Christian love,” he said. “It’s not going to be enough to just say ‘I’ll pray’. It’s like the Book of James. ‘Be warm and filled brother’, without doing anything to meet his needs.”
It’s a confronting challenge for confronting times. For more of Bill Muehlenberg’s thoughts on the militant efforts to remove Christianity from society, including a new attack on Christmas, listen to the audio of his conversation with Neil Johnson below.
Or check out his recent piece in CultureWatch, where he offers a more in-depth look at what it means to trust God to provide for us.
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