We should all know by now that verbal abuse and thus EMOTIONAL abuse of anyone is akin to a batterer who physically abuses and persecutes his victims. Verbally abusing another is emotional battery and unfortunately, this kind of persecution is now occurring to the religious all over the internet on a variety of social sites where people congregate. This is not okay! This kind of abuse must not be minimized. Why?
It is imperative that when a society is being set up to accept horrific actions and behaviors, (think Hitler/Nazism/Jewish), that the society is first de-sensitized to the horrors that are coming. Almost all physical battering begins with verbal or emotional abuse. It’s not a giant leap to go from this verbal persecution to the attempt to harm others physically.
I believe that society is being prepared to accept the abuse of the religious, or those who believe in Jesus Christ, who follow Him as their Lord and Savior, who believe in the bible as the word of God. These biblical believers who are outspoken are being persecuted right here in America in front of our very eyes.
I’ve already provided the most recent example of this in my posting, “Evil Incarnate,” where I link to proof of this verbal abuse that actually threatened the Christian with bodily harm, along with the profanity and hate speech meant to beat down anyone who believes. Fortunately, due to my speaking out about it, that persecutory piece of writing has now been deleted by the site moderator where the abuse was taking place. This is no great victory, however, because for every abusive bit of rhetoric we expose, another quickly takes it place.
As Christians, if we don’t speak up and speak out about verbally abusive behavior aimed our or someone else’s way, we encourage it with our silence. We put our very stamp of approval on it! In our silent complicity, we join the world in potentially bringing in real physical persecution for those who believe in the bible and what the bible symbolizes.
If you see someone being persecuted verbally because they have faith, you must come out of your silent, protective place in Jesus Christ and stand up for your brother or sister being harmed by speaking out. You should expose the abuse that is occurring. If you just sit silent and allow it continue, you will be complicit in the desensitization of the populace to the abuse of the religious.
The bible already tells us what is coming; though we cannot change what has been foretold, we can do our part to protect one another and dissuade the world from engaging in atrocities and abuse of one kind or another. It starts with each one of us and demands bravery, activism, and strength of character. Look around you. Expose abuse when you see it happening. Don’t just ignore it or celebrate persecution as something you are due. The persecution of the religious is not okay! It’s not something we have to just lay down and endure. I am discussing this topic in more depth at Conversation Corner if you care to join me.
Thank you, and may God keep all of us close and supportive of one another in Jesus Christ our Lord.