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Persecution is Alive and Well, even if it’s only Twitter

I’ve lived a fairly sheltered life.

No one has ever really given me a hard time about my faith. Or my beliefs.

But I realized something tonight.

Persecution of Christians is alive and well my friends.  And I let it into my home tonight.

Photo Credit: Flickr, user Lawrence OP

Tonight I joined a Twitter party (if you’re not sure what that is, read this). During the party, hosted by Christian publishers, the Creation Museum, and Homeschooling Moms, the attendees were to discuss and answer questions about the book The Creation Story for Children in order to win prizes. The prizes were the book itself, other Creation-themed books, and the grand prize of four tickets to The Creation Museum in Kentucky. The hashtag for the party was #TeachtheTruth (feel free to click on the link to see the entire feed – top posts will be displayed first; you’ll have to click the option at the bottom to see the entire feed).

However, a few minutes after the party started, evolution proponents and atheists began flooding the twitter stream. Few had anything informative and enlightening to say. Most of it was pointed at making fun, showing disgust, and outright harassment of those attending the party.

While I don’t like repeating their hate, I also feel it’s necessary that we – who believe evolution to be false, who believe that Intelligent Design (a.k.a. Creation) is truth, who are people of faith – know what lies behind the computer screen.

It’s important to know what our opposition says about us. Should it deter us from truth? Of course not! However, I believe a day is coming when these people will no longer feel the need to hide behind their twitter accounts (most of them did not have actual pictures of themselves). Tonight, it was an assault of cowards, under the veil called anonymity of Twitter, hurling false accusations and slanderous words at a group of people who were meeting peaceably. Tomorrow, they may come out of their homes with stones in their hands, demanding that we denounce our faith or die a martyr’s death.

This is what they think of us. This is what they say:

“if i was that crazy i wouldn’t broadcast about what a child abuser i was all over twitter-where is social svcs?”

“are you a Catholic that believes in Creationism?that’s not church doctrine.”

“Your children deserve that you #teachthetruth so do NOT deceive them by presenting creation mythology as truth. Educate with education.”

“Evil = this willingness to shamelessly impair your child’s ability to comprehend the world on their own, without your bias. ”

“Some top shelf creationist nutbaggery on #teachthetruth hashtag – balanced out by awesome #atheist dissent. Viva la logic!”

“bible is inspiration 2 every child molestor & blueprint 4 infanticide. only deeply disturbed individual teaches that 2 kids”

“Bible stories for children are dumbed down versions of a hateful god.”

They are calling us ignorant. They say we abuse our children. They scream that our God doesn’t exist and that our Bible false. They say that we are evil.

Don’t be deceived. The comfortable life I’ve lived (that many of you also live) may cease to exist. True believers are becoming a minority. People like those who crashed the twitter party seem harmless enough. Most just blocked or ignored their comments. But should a day may come when they’re knocking down my door (or when they send social services to my door because I’m “abusing” my children with religious dogma), will I find them so harmless?

We can not turn a blind eye or deaf ear to what these people say. Anonymous verbal (tweeted) persecution may soon grow into real, personal, outright physical persecution. We may hear some of those tweeted accusations at our own trials someday.

Am I ready for that? Are you? All I can do is pray for the strength to stand firm when I am hated for the sake of Christ.

Be encouraged, though, friends. They may hurl insults, slander our reputations, hate us. But our savior says, “Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.” (Matt. 5:11-12, NIV)

15 responses to “Persecution is Alive and Well, even if it’s only Twitter

  1. Erin Smith Sappington July 20, 2011 at 12:44 am

    Wow. You’re right. In some ways we are very fortunate to live in our little bubbles. On the other hand, we may not stay as sharp as we ought to. Thanks for the reminder.

  2. Larri @ Seams Inspired July 20, 2011 at 9:10 am

    I’ve been living in my bubble for a long time. I had no idea THAT would happen last evening. I’m still astounded, yet feel tremendous blessing in finding others who believe as I do. I will continue to pray. We will need to stand firm. Apathy in Christianity is definitely our downfall. Excellent post new bloggy friend! Happy Wednesday! ☺

  3. Rebecca @ A Daily Dose of Grace July 20, 2011 at 9:50 am

    Amen! It was certainly appropriate that we were trying to encourage one another to teach the truth to our children and we were being bombarded with the same persecution Jesus promises us in John 15.

    I was encouraged that most of the responses were bathed in love. I pray that when these crowds join us at the next one (with probably more strength in their numbers) we will be ready with more Love and the Truth.

    Jesus was not afraid of ugly words. We should not be either.

    And, hey, we met each other through it! 🙂

    • Mama Bear Ping July 20, 2011 at 10:32 am

      It did seem that most of the responses were not confrontational (though it’s hard to know everything that was tweeted back to the crashers). I’ll continue to pray.
      In other news, it really got me thinking about putting together a response notebook for situations like that. That way, the facts floating in my head don’t get clouded with emotion.

  4. Heidi July 20, 2011 at 10:05 am

    Told my 10yo about the social services comment. She said, “If social services came to our house they’d find the happiest family they’ve ever visited.” (Clearly not an abused child!)

    I was surprised last night… and still reeling today. But I was also SO encouraged by the patience and love shown by my sisters in Christ. The Gospel message IS a stumbling block… but people notice the difference in attitude shown by Christians. (Even persecuted Christians.)

    • Mama Bear Ping July 20, 2011 at 10:13 am

      What an insightful 10yo you have! I just kept reading the drivel to my husband as it was happening. He’s well-versed in evolutionist arguments. He’s also well-versed in disputing those arguments. I had to go for a jog afterward because I was reeling so much from the whole ordeal.
      Thanks for stopping by. It was great to meet you last night!

  5. Moms Mustard Seeds July 20, 2011 at 12:48 pm

    Yes, it seems more comments are made at each party. We just need to continue to pray and bless others…the battle is not against flesh….and the war is already won….I just pray for those who turn their backs and have hardened hearts…. Great post!

  6. Stephanie @ The Brunette Foodie July 20, 2011 at 1:14 pm

    Wonderful post. I found it via Moms Mustard Seeds’ twitter.

    I’m the Catholic that they called out, and they were incorrect. The Catholic Church does not disagree or agree with Creationism. Instead, She takes the stance that science and faith can coexist in a respectful world. {That’s the short version. You can read the Catechism for the complete stance. I believe it is paragraph 300ish.}

    Anyway. I was appalled. That was my first religious tweet chat ever {I’m a food blogger, so yeah…}. My husband was sitting next to me while I was participating, and he was shocked at the hurtful words from the others as well. Like I said last night I think it speaks volumes that the Christian participants were nothing but kind the entire time.

    • Mama Bear Ping July 20, 2011 at 1:24 pm

      I will admit that I don’t know much about what the Catholic church believes about Creationism. However, I also did not believe that those who were calling you out were that well-versed either. They probably read some article from CNN and deemed themself and expert on the Catholic faith.
      Thanks for stopping by. Look forward to getting to know you better via twitterverse. 🙂

  7. Erin Smith Sappington July 21, 2011 at 1:24 am

    I am left wondering, why on earth were they even participating in that twitter party? I don’t tweet, so I’m pretty out of the loop in that realm, but it seems to me that if there were a party discussing…I don’t know…car mechanics, dental filling techniques, or Germany (random, I know!), then I probably wouldn’t participate, because it has nothing to do with me. Very curious.

  8. MamaS July 21, 2011 at 1:50 am

    Wow…I’m shocked at some of the things they said. Hatred is never ok in my book. But good for you to post this and stand up for what you believe in.

    And thank you to Stephanie above for clarifying the Catholic church’s position.

    • Mama Bear Ping July 21, 2011 at 10:51 am

      It was quite shocking. An entirely unexpected. However, it really opened my eyes to a presence I didn’t know was out there. Now I do and will research their beliefs more.

      Thanks so much for reading!

  9. Alicia The Snowflake July 28, 2011 at 9:54 am

    Very well said.

    I did not participate in the Twitter party and I missed the attacks. But lately the Lord has opened my eyes on other sites where people are saying those sorts of things. And I have had the same thoughts.

    We need to be aware of what people are saying. One day those arguments may turn into legal arguments. And we may find ourselves in a real battle.

    Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Ephesians 6:13

    May we be able to stand when the time comes.

    Blessings to you!

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