The persecution of Christians in the U.K. and the United States is heating up like never before. Street preachers are being told it is against the law to hand out tracts and read the Bible in public, school officials are threatened with prison for praying over a meal and prison officials even cut Bible verses out of the mail sent to prisoners.
Yes, all of those examples are true.
We will deal with them one at a time.
Firstly, let’s examine the story of 29 year old Miguel Hayworth and his father. Hayworth has been a street preacher in the city of Manchester area for five years and he is often accompanied by his father when he does his street preaching.
Recently they were preaching at St. Ann’s Square in Manchester when they were approached by several police officers who accused them of inciting hatred by making homophobic and racial comments.
According to the Telegraph, one plain-clothed police officer made this statement to them:
It is against the law to preach and hand out tracts: preaching causes offence and handing out tracts is harassment and could result in an arrest.
So what Bible passages were they reading. Well, according to reports, one of the passages they were reading from was Romans 1:27 which says this : “And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly…”
But apparently reading the Bible in public is no longer acceptable in the U.K.
In fact, it can get you arrested.
Not that the United States is any better.
A principal and an athletic director down in Florida are likely headed to prison for saying a lunch-time prayer.
Yes, this is actually happening in the United States of America.
You see, the ACLU filed a lawsuit against Pace High School in Santa Rosa County, Florida last year accusing them of allowing teachers to endorse religion. The school quickly agreed to a settlement whereby all school employees were banned from engaging in prayer or religious activities before, during, or after school hours.
Of course the settlement was blatantly unconstitutional, but very few people in the United States seem to care about the Constitution anymore.
Now a principal and an athletic director face the prospect of going to prison for offering meal-time prayers at an appreciation dinner for adults who had helped with a school field house project.
With all of the other massive problems that America is facing, why does the ACLU have to go after meal-time prayers like a rabid dog?
It is because they hate God.
Now even prisons are censoring Christian material.
One prison in Virginia is actually cutting Bible verses out of the letters that inmates receive from their relatives.
What in the world have we become?
Anna Williams, whose son was held in that prison for several months says that prison officials cut out entire sections of several letters that she sent to her son.
The section that they cut out contained Bible verses or other Christian material.
When she asked the prison about this, they said that they were following prohibitions on religious material sent from home.
What in the world is going on?
The truth is that the U.K. and the United States have rejected God.
We have removed Him from our schools, our courthouses, our government buildings and just about every other public place. We have pushed Him and His followers deep into the corners and we have made it very clearly that we don’t want anything to do with Him.
So why in the world should God protect us and bless our nations?
The truth is that when nations willingly reject God, then God will reject them.
The judgment of God is coming, and when it does come, nobody should be surprised.