Benjamin L. Corey

Benjamin L. Corey

BLC is an author, speaker, scholar, and global traveler, who holds graduate degrees in Theology & Intercultural Studies from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, and received his doctorate in Intercultural Studies from Fuller. He is the author of Undiluted: Rediscovering the Radical Message of Jesus, and Unafraid: Moving Beyond Fear-Based Faith.

The Texan Assault on Christianity: Where’s The Persecution Crowd Now?

 

As you know, over the course of time I’ve written at length on the issue of anti-Christian persecution in America. Namely, that 9 times out of 10 such cries of “persecution” amount to nothing more than no longer being allowed to discriminate. Yet, American Christianity has held onto its persecution complex, finding reason to cry persecution at every turn.

Today however, there is finally a case of legitimate, actual persecution of Christians in America, and it comes to us from the state of Texas.

You see, Texas is one of the states that has surrendered to ISIS and now serving their interests. One of the key things ISIS wants is for Muslim refugees around the world to be shut out, so that they have no choice but to return to an area controlled by ISIS– that’s their plan to build their numbers. Such a plan only works if we cooperate with it by rejecting and persecuting refugees to the point where they feel safer there than they do here. So far, plenty of states in America have surrendered and begun serving ISIS– including the state of Texas.

But today, Texas took it up a notch. No longer content to persecute Muslims, the Governor of Texas has added Christians to the list of folks on the persecuted list.

As you know, Texas is one of the states who have barred Syrian refugees from settling within its borders. Regardless of how one feels about this, the people of Jesus have a different responsibility: we have the responsibility to help the sojourner among us. We welcome the stranger, clothe the naked, and give food to the hungry– that’s an essential, core identity to being Christian. In fact, Jesus said it was a heaven or hell issue if you want to use some conservative lingo to make the point.

And here’s how the Texas decision has now turned into a real-deal case of anti-Christian persecution: instead of saying the state of Texas won’t accept refugees but allowing citizens of Texas to freely practice their religion in spite of the government decision, Governor Greg Abbott has ordered Christian ministries to immediately cease and desist giving aid to refugees.

According to KHOU in Houston, Gov Abbott sent a letter out to local organizations such as Catholic Charities, ordering them to stop serving Syrian refugees, else their programs would be at risk. Some charities have already complied with the demand, worried that their funding would be harmed if they were to continue practicing Christianity.

Here’s the deal folks: I’ve outright mocked some of the anti-Christian persecution claims over the years, because 99% of the time, they are absurd. But this case? The Governor of a state strong-arming Christian charities, demanding they stop doing the very things Jesus ordered them to do? This is a real-deal case of anti-Christian persecution. This is a clear case of the government ordering a set of people to stop practicing the tenets of their religion– in this case, helping refugees.

The government can do whatever the government wants to do. If the government wants to abstain from helping refugees? That’s their right. However, the government has absolutely positively no right to tell the Church of Jesus Christ who they can, or cannot help. It certainly has no authority to tell the Church to stop helping. (What’s even worse, is that Abbott claims to be a Christian. I’m guessing he hasn’t read Matthew 25 though– cause Jesus calls such a one “cursed.”)

So, let the record reflect that we finally have an absolutely legitimate case of the US Government telling Christians to stop being Christians– it just so happens that it occurred in the Bible Belt, by a “Christian” governor.

Also let the record reflect that when a legitimate case of anti-Christian persecution came, the persecution crowd was silent.

You know, the folks who cry persecution when they find out they’re not getting tax rebates because they discriminate, or that they can’t discriminate against LGBTQ people when working as a government contractor? Yeah– those folks don’t seem to think it’s persecution when the state of Texas tells Christian charities to stop feeding the hungry and clothing the naked.

So there you go folks. Persecution came to America and it turned out to be a Christian doing it, and the rest of the crowd didn’t even notice.

 

Benjamin L. Corey

Benjamin L. Corey

BLC is an author, speaker, scholar, and global traveler, who holds graduate degrees in Theology & Intercultural Studies from Gordon-Conwell, and earned his doctorate in Intercultural Studies from Fuller.

He is the author of Unafraid: Moving Beyond Fear-Based Faith, and Undiluted: Rediscovering the Radical Message of Jesus.

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  1. Churches need to be careful who they help. There is a woman in this part of North Texas who goes around to different churches, telling them she needs gas money for her car. She says she is destitute because of a divorce situation. When the church doesn’t give her money, or doesn’t return her phone calls, she gets mad. Very mad. I do not know all the specifics on this, but you need to be careful about people like her. Not everyone who asks is truly needy, and some of them are grudge holders.

  2. All people are asking for is better vetting of refugees from war zones which is entirely reasonable in light of current security failure by the Obama administration, as is the concept of protecting refugees and resettling them in their own country or region.

    My church in Texas works with and helps refugees from all over the world.
    Texas is one of the largest resettlement hub so your attack on Texas is naive.

    1. I would like churches to consider helping Europeans who have been kicked out of their homes to make free housing for migrants. Many of these are old age pensioners in Germany, France, who are living on the street now, because their government funded housing was ended so the migrants could live there. The winter is coming up and winters in Europe are very long, and very cold. This is a very neglected issue. Most people just think its the migrants who need help. Many Europeans are going without now. To put it bluntly, they are less likely to get help if they are Caucasian of European descent.

  3. I have to agree with Texas. It is a matter of self-preservation. There are 2200 mosques in the US, and, according to an ex FBI agent who studied the situation, the majority of them preach institution of Sharia Law and the overthrow of the US Constitution. We need to deal with the looming problem we currently have and good intentions lead to massacres. Sorry.

  4. Not that Texans are typically well studied, but. The Middle East is more complicated than you consider. It is with a heavy heart that I read reports that many Syrian Christians are backing the Assad regime…due to the violence they face from Islamic extremists. Not that Syrian Christians should be denied asylum, but it should be done with eyes wide open and with a readiness to preach.

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