According to a recent poll released in Britain by Premier Christian Media, Britain Christians are feeling as if they are being pushed out of public life. The organization has done several polls over the last few years and polls done by other organizations seem to reflect the same thing.
In 2009 a poll showed that 66% of Christians felt they were being targeted by discrimination more than people of other faiths. In May 2010, 38% felt this discrimination was increasing while 43% of the general population expected discrimination against Christians to increase over the next five years. But in another poll done, only 12% of Christians said they had actually experienced discrimination.
Premier Christian Media noted the Equality and Human Rights Commission in Britain recently stated that this discrimination was actually happening but they took back that statement after a gay rights activist complained about the statement. Premier said the perception was that Muslims and gay rights groups were favored over Christians. The organization also stated these feelings could be the result of rising secularism and negative images of Christians in the media as being complainers, bigots, and extremists.
Christian Britains are feeling what is true all over the world which is that Christians will always be persecuted in some fashion or another because this is the goal of those in power. Because we are fighting “against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places,” Ephesians 6:12. These forces are behind governments around the world because Satan knows his time is short so he is getting his forces together against those who stand in the way of his goal of a one world government run by his Antichrist.
Whenever he wants to marginalize Christians in our postmodern society, he uses the media, including the internet, radio, and tv. Unbelievers love their sin so when Christians stand on God’s word, they will eventually be targeted as bigoted, homophobic, islamophobic, haters, and other choice terms when in fact it is unbelievers who hate Christians. Extremist unbelievers “think it strange that ye run not with them to the same excess of riot, speaking evil of you,” 1 Peter 4:3. Therefore, we as Christians should “think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you: But rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ’s sufferings,” 1 Peter 4:12-13.
Source: Christians still feel marginalised – report. ChristianToday.com. Thursday, November 10, 2011.
posted by Harry A. Gaylord