Recently, Comedy Central started censoring episodes of South Park after the network and the producers of the series received a large number of violent threats from radical Muslims. In fact, in one recent episode every instance of the words "Prophet Muhammad" was bleeped out by the network, and whenever the character of Muhammad appeared in the episode it was covered by a large block labeled "censored". The producers of South Park were upset about this censorship, but apparently Comedy Central is taking no chances when it comes to dealing with Islamic extremists. However, apparently making fun of Jesus is still fair game on Comedy Central. In fact, Comedy Central is developing an entire animated series that mocks Jesus Christ.
Yes, that is right.
An entire animated series that does nothing but mock and degrade and make fun of Jesus Christ.
The working name of the show is "JC", and it is scheduled to be a half-hour show about Jesus wanting to escape the shadow of his "powerful but apathetic father" and live a "normal" life in New York City.
What in the world?
It is being reported that the show will depict God as being preoccupied with playing video games while Jesus tries to adjust to life in the big city.
How disgusting is that?
How dare they openly mock the God of the universe?
But that is exactly what they plan to do.
They are scared to death to make fun of Muhammed, but Comedy Central's head of original programming Kent Alterman considers making fun of Christianity to be "comedy in purist form"....
"In general, comedy in purist form always makes some people uncomfortable."
Yes, I am uncomfortable with someone mocking my God.
But this is not new for Comedy Central.
Jesus has been openly mocked on South Park and on other Comedy Central shows for years and years.
But still millions of Christians have no problem watching that filth.
But we should expect that the mocking of Christianity will get even worse.
In Matthew 24, Jesus told us that in the last days "you will be hated by all nations because of me" and that "the love of most will grow cold", so we should not be surprised when these things happen.
By the time all of this is over, Christians and Christianity are going to be greatly hated around the world.
If you watch carefully, you can see the persecution starting to grow around the world. You can see hearts growing cold from the hardness of sin.
God is being pushed out of all aspects of public life in the United States, just like He is in most other nations around the globe.
In fact, Franklin Graham recently said that he believes that Christians in America may lose the right to preach the gospel outside of the walls of a church during his lifetime....
"I think its coming to this country where we (will) have the freedom to preach inside a church wall, but we will lose the freedom to do it outside. That day will probably come – maybe in my lifetime."
The truth is that things are going to get a whole lot worse than even Franklin Graham is imagining. Those who follow Jesus Christ and stand up for righteousness are now commonly depicted as "evil" or "deluded" or "morally wrong" on television, in movies, in our popular music and all over the Internet. Standing up against abortion and homosexuality and sex before marriage will now get you labeled as being part of a "hate" group.
The sad thing is that Christians have participated in constructing this godless society, and now we are so amazed when our children grow up completely godless.
But we should not be surprised that record numbers of young people are turning away from the Christian faith. We recently examined how young people are dramatically leaving Christianity and are rapidly being secularized on our sister site....
Our public schools teach our children day after day after day that they evolved from monkeys, that abortion, sex before marriage and homosexuality are perfectly moral and that anyone who disagrees is a bigot. Then they go home and they are surrounded by entertainment for the rest of the day (television, radio, video games, Internet, movies) and the overwhelming message regarding the Christian faith in these forms of entertainment is that either Christianity is irrelevant, not true or should be openly mocked.
The tide of public opinion is radically shifting against the Christian faith. Those who still hold to Biblical Christianity should expect that persecution will only get a lot worse as time rolls forward.
It is time that we started learning from the great martyrs of the past in order to start preparing ourselves for what is coming. One great book that we recommend is Extreme Devotion by The Voice Of The Martyrs. That book contains a ton of amazing testimonies from persecuted Christians that have gone before us. There is a lot that we can learn from them.
Since the first century, millions upon millions of Christians have been slaughtered for their faith, and Christians all over the world are being killed for their faith today.
While persecution in the United States is not that bad yet, the truth is that the Scriptures promise us that the persecution of Christians will be absolutely horrific in the last days. Now is the time for all of us to start preparing ourselves mentally to be able to endure whatever persecution we are to face while we are still on this earth.