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Rand Paul on the Global Slaughter of Christians

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“From Boston to Zanzibar, there is a worldwide war on Christianity,” declared Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky). He made the comments in a speech discussing the slaughter of Christians at the 2013 Values Voter Summit on October 11. The Kentucky Senator added,

Across the globe, Christians are under attack, almost as if we lived in the Middle Ages or if we lived under early Pagan Roman rule. . . It’s almost as if that is happening again throughout the Middle East.

Last month I noted that “We are living through a repaganizing of the West that was transformed and lifted up by Christendom.” Paul calls out the president and media for ignoring the slaughter, but in reality most people in the West are not paying any attention to the vicious attacks against Christians around the world. While this is in part due to the larger media blackout, the truth of the matter is that because of secularization, there is little spiritual discernment or clarity to recognize great evil. Perhaps the entertainment culture that fuels many American churches, driven by the perceived need to compete with the culture, exacerbates the ignorance on this issue too. Recently, Kirsten Powers and Mollie Hemingway offered important articles highlighting the current plight of Christians around the world.

Watch Paul’s entire 19 minute speech below:

Ray Nothstine is opinion editor of the the North State Journal in Raleigh, North Carolina. Previously, he was managing editor of Acton Institute's Religion & Liberty quarterly. In 2005 Ray graduated with a Master of Divinity (M.Div) degree from Asbury Theological Seminary in Wilmore, Ky. He also holds a B.A. in Political Science from The University of Mississippi in Oxford.


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  • church of hill

    Where’s the church? It has become the silence of the Lambs. “Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his saints.” (Psalms 116:15) We need to remember our brethren in our prayers!
    Martyrdom has always been common with God’s people. Those who truly have a right relationship with God in Christ are persecuted by those who are religious, pagan or the rebellious God haters. We can trace this back to when it first began, when Cain who slew his brother Abel, because God accepted his brothers sacrifice and rejected his. Joseph was sold into slavery from his brothers because he shared his dream from God that he was to be exalted above his brothers. Many of these stories are typology of what happened to Jesus. Jesus warned that they hated him they will also hate us who follow him.
    Jesus said we are to be witnesses of him to the ends of the earth. We are to take up the cross and follow him. To take up ones cross not only meant suffering, but could very well have meant death to the average believer. It did then and it still does today. When Jesus said “But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” (Acts 1:8)

    We are to be salt and light in a corrupting world. We are to be an influence on the world not the world influencing us. Today in America and other prosperous countries we are left hardly knowing the truth despite all the “Christian programming” on TV. We are to stand against and hold back the corrupting influence of sin and sinners who want to influence others, especially the young. We are in the world but separated for service to Christ. When we stand up for righteousness that is found in Christ and God’s word we should expect people to be against us. But it is not us they are really against, but God-his standard and principles.

    Broken on the anvil were they but like the anvil they stayed the same. No matter how many times a blacksmith would beat an anvil, it stayed an anvil. No matter how many times they beat these Christians, they remained a Christian. To the persecuted church, Stand firm and immovable as an anvil when it is beaten upon. The Christian anvil has broken many hammers. When the French monarch proposed the persecution of Christians in his dominion, an old statesman and warrior said to him, ‘Sire, the church of God is an anvil that has worn out many hammers.’ So the hammers of infidels have been pecking away at this book for ages, but the hammers are worn out, and the anvil still endures. If this book (BIBLE) had not been the book of God, men would have destroyed it long ago. Emperors and popes, kings and priests, princes and rulers have all tried their hand at it; they die and the book still lives. Stay strong my brothers! Maranatha!

  • heavydrinker

    There is a war on Christianity in Boston? I better postpone shopping for that Christmas tree.

  • Richard White

    I have noticed a “War on Christianity” – the attacks on the mainstream Christian churches (Roman Catholic, Episcopalian, Methodist, Lutheran, etc.) by Evangelical Fundamentalist Protestants over the years. I have not noticed a “War on Christianity” by local, state or the U.S. government. Rather, I have seen actions by local, state & the U.S. government to protect Christians and other religious Americans (Jewish, Moslem, Buddhist, etc.) from Evangelical Fundamentalist Protestants who wish to establish a Evangelical Fundamentalist Protestant theocracy. Dominionists/”Christian Reconstructionists” (our American Taliban) are a bigger danger to Christians and other religious Americans than the various levels of our government.

    • Patrick Sullivan

      I think you’ve missed the harm caused by Obama’s administration… constantly & consistently obstructing what was considered decent support for our religions. Obama seems so unChristian!