I am getting more and more concerned about how the "atmosphere" in America has changed quite suddenly to one of persecution of Evangelical Christians in America. In fact, it's quite similar to how the German government propagandized the German non-Jewish citizens against the Jews before World War II. The only difference is the German government was doing the persecution, while in America it's the media. There are several recent examples of this, but two appeared just this week. First, Susan Jacoby's new book, Age of American Unreason is out. Although I haven't read the book, as it just came out, the New York Times Book reviewer stated that Jacoby blames the evangelicals for "pseudoscience" and a leap backwards in thinking. Of course the real facts are that Christians are actually advancing in their college and grad level institutions. Also, there are more educated and middle to upper-middle class evangelicals. If you look at how the national TV news networks (especially PBS and Bill Moyers) portray us, we all live in places like South Carolina, have lost some teeth and dropped out of 8th grade. Therefore, we don't talk too good.
Also this week (Feb. 11-16), Charles Barkley, the basketball player, says conservatives make him sick and implicates evangelical Christians especially. Never before in my lifetime (I am almost 64) have I see this venom and absolute nonsense directed at evangelical Christians. I fear this is only the start. I don't worry about the atheistic books out right now by people like Richard Dawkins. But I do fear respected people who are bringing forth this other stuff. It will take Christian intellectuals IMO to counter this. So far, they seem to be rather silent. Although some have put out books, they have been largely confined to the evangelical community and mostly to the academic parts of that community. Perhaps they need to get on programs like Larry King and not look stupid.
And if it isn't bad enough that we are undergoing these type of assaults from without, we have our own within lobbying the same type of charges. These people have discovered that if they call evangelicals "fundamentalists," they get more play. Get it? Religious fundamentalists is the term used today by both unbelievers AND the anti-evangelical so-called "believers. The term not only covers Muslim extremists, but nowadays it also covers evangelicals. Do you see the problem here? The sad thing is most Christians don't even know what's happening.
The Jews went through all of this in Germany in the 1930's after Hitler rose to power. I've studied the Holocaust for decades now so I'm familiar with its history. In that instance it was the government attacking them and it was mostly personal and character attacks. For instance, they portrayed the average Jew as dirty and lecherous. That was silly of course as Jews as a group are probably the cleanest people in the world because of their religious rituals. Even non-religious Jews inherit this. And there was absolutely no creedance that Jewish men were more lecherous than any other racial or ethnic group in Germany at that time. Do you see the similarity? Satan does nothing new. Now, the evangelicals are portrayed as stupid and rigid and are a danger to the nation and the general population. They believe in silly myths like creation and worship some guy who died on a cross. This actually is happening NOW here in the Untied States. It doesn't help that some of our "own" (if they truly are) are lobbing the same darts at us. The emergents and others (like Rick Warren) are constantly disparaging the "fundamentalists." They aren't talking about the old fundamentalists, they're talking about us because we have the audacity to disagree with their theology (they either downplay or deny the cross and Jesus' mediatorial work there).
Anyone have any answers or ways to pray about this?