When the American “Christian Persecution Complex” Gets in the Way


“I need to share some hard news,” Jim, a senior vice president, begins, as the staff stares back with dread.

At a normal workplace, “hard news” from an executive at a staff meeting almost surely means layoffs. At a global ministry, the news can sometimes be much worse.

Jim’s ever-present jovial smile fades, and he tells us that multiple families were killed the night before, butchered for no other reason than their faith in Christ.

On more than one occasion, I’ve met an international co-worker who serves in a dangerous region only to be left with the sinking feeling that the new friend I just made could do 30 years in prison without a trial or have their head cut off with a machete in the public square.

My first week on the job, I met a photographer who had been held arrested for evangelizing in Cuba. The only reason he’s free today is because U.S. citizenship comes with a lot of perks, including a nation that can flex massive military and financial muscle to secure the release of a person held in a hostile country. In my line of work, persecution isn’t something we read about in a news story.

That’s why I was baffled by a new study by the Public Religion Research Institute from last month that white evangelicals in America believe they endure more discrimination than Muslims. In June 2016, the same research institute found that “almost half of Americans say discrimination against Christians is as big of a problem as discrimination against other groups, including blacks and minorities. Three-quarters of Republicans and Trump supporters said this, and so did nearly eight out of 10 white evangelical Protestants.”

I’ll show my hand here. I’m a white Republican evangelical who hunts, holds a concealed handgun permit, listens to country music and watches cage fighting. The group of Christians who believe they’re being persecuted are “my people,” ethnically, theologically, culturally.

Which is why I’m in a unique position to call out attitudes and behaviors, rooted in a false persecution complex, that damages Christianity both in the U.S. and abroad.

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SOURCE: Relevant
Seth Hurd

2 thoughts on “When the American “Christian Persecution Complex” Gets in the Way

  1. if you have not experience any persecution for your faith or observed any persecution, this may be a reflection of you being out of touch.
    “he who has the smile of the ungodly must look for the frown of God”
    Persecuted Christians in other parts of the world describe American Christian persecution as a cancer. It may not be overt or perceived, but it is still killing the host. When Christians in American are sent to jail; having possessions, family members or livelihood removed; terminated from employment; fined in the tens or hundreds of thousands of dollars, all because of their allegiance to Jesus, obviously persecution in American exists.

    1. Hey, @NWaff:disqus , if you recall your history correctly, then you will remember that, despite the USA being at war with Japan in World War II, Emperor Hirohito himself essentially said that he would most certainly lose if he entered into this country, for behind every blade of grass, there was a person that was armed with a gun. You, and the persecuted Christians and Jews might be mad at the Christians and Jews in the USA, but you all honestly DO NOT have the right to be mad at them simply because you all act like pseudo-Christian pacifists and sell out to every worldly and/or Pharisee doctrine of the left, right, middle, and fringe parts of the political spectrum. What was it that was said in the Holy Scriptures? Were not the Christians, as well as their allies in the Messianic Jews, supposed to be unique and separate from the world? Also, what about many verses in the Holy Scriptures, as in not only the Old Testament, but also within the New Testament AND the Apocrypha and other sacred, as well as controversial, writings, that say that armed self-defense is right and, at times, expected of true followers of YAHWEH EL ELOHIM and all of His Forms and Functions, including the Form and Function of His Only Born Son in YAHASHUA HA’MASHIACH. You all want to be mad at something, how about your many false beliefs, your misinterpretations of the Holy Scriptures, your worship of numerous forms of idolatry, witchcraft, and sorcery, your lack of repentance over such things, your following of evil doctrines, such as pacifism, Socialism, Communism, Anarchism, and other forms of wickedness, and selling out to the world? You want to quit the persecution, you got to repent of all of those things in your lives, you got to lower your ego, and for goodness sake, you got to learn to fight with brutal efficiency like the Israelites of old, except that you must be always righteous instead of righteous and then becoming complacent and evil as they did during various periods of their history. You want to not be persecuted, you got to live right and you got to also take the fight to the enemy, for Lucifer has many false belief structures that will take out Christianity and Judaism if you continue on this godless path towards false martyrdom (which is actually rebellion against YAHWEH EL ELOHIM and His Holy Word, ironically enough) in your lives.

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