Prepare Your Children NOW for Life in Post-Christian America
Post-Christian America is nearly upon us, so what are you doing to prepare your kids to live in an overtly anti-Christian culture? I don't mean an America where Christians are thrown into internment camps and tortured for our faith—though Jesus warned us to be prepared for persecution, so I'm certainly not ruling anything out. I'm talking about an America where Christians are a marginalized minority. Where we can't speak the truth openly and freely and where we may have to choose between our faith and our jobs.
Raising children in this new kind of America is going to have to be different than the way most of us were raised. We grew up believing there wasn't anything we couldn't do. The sky was the limit, we were told! You can be anything you want to be when you grow up! But in case you haven't noticed (and I'm sorry to break this to you if you haven't), all that's changed in the last few years. Oh, most of the changes have been subtle, to be sure, though some have been screaming-in-your face changes like the insistence that we all deny science and recognize an ever-growing number of genders. But to date, only a few people have lost their jobs or their businesses as a result of conflicts between their faith and the strict new American moral code, so it's easy to feel like "it can't happen to me" — or to my kids.
But Rod Dreher, a columnist at The American Conservative, warns in The Benedict Option (an excellent book that has been unfairly maligned) that American Christians now have targets on their backs.
The temptation to sell out the faith for the sake of self-protection is by no means an abstract threat. We may not (yet) be at the point where Christians are forbidden to buy and sell in general without state approval, but we are on the brink of entire areas of commercial and professional life being off-limits to believers whose consciences will not allow them to burn incense to the gods of our age.
While Christians may not be persecuted for their faith per se, they are already being targeted when they stand for what their faith entails, especially in matters of sexuality. As the LGBT agenda advances, broad interpretations of anitdiscrimination laws are going to push traditional Christians increasingly out of the marketplace, and the corporate world will become hostile toward Christian bigots, considering them a danger to the working environment.
A biblical view of sexuality (among other things) is increasingly viewed by the culture the same way racism is viewed. It is considered regressive, something to be shunned and exorcized from all corners of society. Dreher goes on to describe individuals in a variety of professions who say they are facing increased pressure in the workplace to declare themselves "allies" of their LGBTQ co-workers.