Where Have All The Christian Soldiers Gone?

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I’m often castigated for being unlike a normal Christian, and I think that is a good thing.

Churchianity in America and the West have crafted a pacifistic approach to how God and Jesus view this world we live in, and how we as Christians should withdraw and seal ourselves away from all who are unlike ourselves, handing our culture and liberties over to the Secular Left.

They have not stood against sin. They do not encourage anyone to overcome it. They refuse to call sin what it is for fear of offense.

They have not stood against encroachments on our liberties.

They have not even stood for God’s Commandments or principles from being abolished.

What do today’s Christians stand for?

Tolerance?

Pot Lucks?

Big emotional concert events with no life-changing discipleship?

I never thought I’d see a time when Christians in America and the West would be so confused about their faith, and refuse to stand up against evil – even when it confronted them face-to-face.

Where have all the Christian Soldiers gone?

Will we find the courage enough to arm ourselves and be ready for the battles that have already long come to our doorsteps?

Or will Christianity in the West go quietly into the night with nary a whimper?

An older essay worth the read.

The Modern Crusade (Registration required to read link)

Defenders of the faith need to arm themselves with facts if Christianity is to thrive in the 21st century

Ted Byfield

It was kind of Maclean’s magazine to run a cover story late last month wholly affirming my last column, which described a mounting attack against Christianity, both in Canada and throughout much of what was once known as the Christian world.

Maclean’s focused on the more blatant attackers: militant atheists like Richard Dawkins (author of The God Delusion); columnist Christopher Hitchens (author of God Is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything); and pop philosopher Sam Harris (who declares, “raising of children to believe themselves members of a religious group is a ludicrous obscenity”). All three are receiving wide publicity for their contention that the world can no longer afford belief in God. It’s too likely to start wars.

I had centred on the subtler assaults: Christian “fundamentalists” portrayed as terrorist bombers in mock school exercises; the endless perpetuation of the fallacy that since Muslims are bent on mass terrorism, Christians must be too (although there’s no evidence for it); and in Canada the leprous influence of media outlets like The Globe and Mail , which determinedly (and almost always mendaciously) undermine the intellectual credibility of Christianity.

So we all agree that there’s a war going on. In the view of the Dawkins-Hitchens-Harris coalition, however, it is not a war between Muslims and Christians, nor even between East and West, but between reason and superstition. And right there is one of the points I think we should notice. Reason is quietly being conscripted as the ally of the non-believer. Christians allegedly opt for “faith,” their opponents for “reason”–this is always the assumption. Never mentioned is the fact that reason, more often than not, is the ally of faith, not its opponent.

The atheist coalition and their quieter cohorts also avoid mention of many other things. I repeatedly read, for instance, how “modern scholars” (the favoured media term for “skeptical scholars”) increasingly doubt the historical authenticity of the New Testament. Strangely absent, however, is any reference to the fact that all the many textual discoveries of the late 19th and 20th centuries have served to substantiate, rather than repudiate, the traditional dates assigned to the New Testament books, and that we have far better historical grounds for believing them than our great-grandparents did. Only once can I recall it being pointed out that just as many “modern scholars,” if not more, are believers as are doubters.

It has been customary to claim that the Christians created the African slave trade (which of course is nonsense; slavery existed throughout the ancient world long before there were Christians). But not until very recently has anyone taken note that it was the Christians, and they alone, who brought about the abolition of the slave trade.

Then, too, we see constant reference to “the Crusades,” always presented as a vicious assault by avaricious Christians on the tranquilly irenic Muslim communities of the Middle East. Never is it mentioned that those lands which the Crusaders invaded were in fact Christian countries which had been seized at sword-point by the Muslims four centuries earlier. Nor is it ever noted that those intervening centuries had seen continuing Muslim attacks on Europe; that Sicily, southern Italy and southern France had been seized and held by Muslims for 100 years; that they had cut off the Alpine passes in an attempt to separate Rome from northern Europe; that Rome itself had suffered three Muslim attacks; or that the first Crusaders took up arms in response to a plea from Christian Constantinople, which was under immediate threat from the Muslim Turks.

Why are the forces of atheism able to mask such facts? Because of Christian ignorance and delusion, that’s why. We’re in a cultural war all right, and you don’t win wars without fighting–not in this instance with bombs and firearms, but with words, thoughts, ideas, well-grounded grounded factual knowledge, and a readiness to use them all. Prayer, too, of course, but God gave us brains and expects us to use them. And what the average Christian will need to know to practise his faith in the 21st century will vastly exceed what he needed to know in the 20th.

The long holiday is over.

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