How Should Christians Respond to a Growing Hostility?

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The U.S. Supreme Court rulings on gay marriage raised a crucial question: How should the Church respond to a culture that seems increasingly hostile toward Christianity and Christian principles?

The age-old argument that our country was founded by godly men who implemented biblical principles is true, but it doesn't seem to carry weight today.

CBN News Anchor Lee Webb said, "with good reason, we are concerned about our culture [but] we may need to refrain from placing all of our energy on that argument."

In a recent Facebook post, Webb quoted the late Chuck Colson, author of The God of Stones and Spiders.

He noted that Colson calls Christians to resist the notion to circle the wagons and seek special treatment as a persecuted minority, much like other minorities have, including gays.

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He asked this key question: "Where does today's hostility toward Christians leave us?"

Webb's answer: "Basically where the Church has always been at odds with the world, but that doesn't mean retreat."

Webb said that Colson believed that Christians should stop being surprised when they're persecuted -- Jesus told us we would be.

In response, a Facebook follower wrote, "Chuck is telling Christians to go sleep and let the devil have his way...just stand there and let them make you yield to their rights to sin?"

Webb disagreed with that notion.

"Colson was not telling Christians to go to sleep. He's telling us to engage the culture in a different way," he said. "Our authority and power as Christians is not derived by any government institution -- it's from Almighty God."

"Therefore, we don't need to act like defenseless children who need the government to protect us from the 'bullies on the playground,'" he said. "It's in our weakness that he is made strong. That is the power of the Gospel."

Webb noted that Colson also wrote, "We must defend the truth lovingly, winsomely, letting others see in all we do the excellence of him who has called us from darkness into light."

Webb spoke with CBN News reporter Mark Martin about his perspective. He gave an example of one pastor who led his two gay neighbors to faith in Christ. Watch the full interview.

 

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Lee Webb serves as news anchor for The 700 Club, the flagship program of The Christian Broadcasting Network. He also anchors Newswatch, CBN News' 30-minute daily news program. As a 31-year veteran in the television news business, Lee brings a wealth of expertise and credibility to CBN News.  Follow Lee on Twitter @LeeVWeb and "like" him at Facebook.com/LeeWebbCBN.