Like most Christians, I don’t like Beto O'Rourke’s threat to take any religious institution’s tax-exempt status if they oppose same-sex marriage. Unlike some Christians, I’m not afraid of his rhetoric. At this point, I hesitate to call this “persecution.” On the global scale and at its worst, it’s mildly discomforting. Don’t get me wrong, I agree that if his idea for legislation was followed through, it would lead to opening the door for persecuting Christians. But why should Christians be unafraid of any political leader who threatens them? It’s simple. Because Jesus wins.
For many, Beto’s remarks add to their cries for Jesus to come and help us escape this evil age. We should not be focusing on getting raptured out of this earth so that we can evade the challenges that are presented before us. I don’t think we should store up months of can-goods, gas and water while we buckle down for a door-to-door hunt for Christians. Nor should we retreat from political engaged all together, seeing it as a lost cause. Far from it. The Kingdom of God is inseparably tied to the path of the cross Christ walked, and that Christians must also walk (Matthew 16:24-26). Scripture is clear, Christ will reign until all his enemies are under his feet, the last enemy being death (1 Corinthians 15:25-26). Why would this current threat be any different than the other enemies that Christ will defeat through this expanding Kingdom? It’s not.
Let’s examine the trajectory of this unbelieving worldview. There is no future for any generation that kills its own children’s and forms “marriages” that cannot carry out the creation mandate to be fruitful and multiply (Genesis 1:28). How could there be? What children will they gather as arrows in their quiver and release? (Psalm 127:4-5) Not any children of their own womb. It is only through indoctrination of their own worldview that the non-Christian, namely, the LGBTQ and pro-choice advocates can add to their number. As more and more children are killed through abortion each year, who will remain for them to gather? The challenge that the LGBTQ community currently threatens is, in part, a self-correcting one. They will reap no harvest, nor build any legacy. They will lose. Like a foolish man sitting on a branch and sawing away. At some point, there will be nothing left to cut and nothing left to sit upon.
Christians need not retreat from a winnable battle. We make take a hit for a decade, maybe two, maybe even a whole generation. So long as Christians act as Christians and fulfill the creation mandate, preach the gospel and remain steadfast, Christ’s Kingdom will continue to expand through the work of His church. When Christians rescue the unborn from slaughter, increasingly adopt, their numbers will grow exponentially. Who can keep pace with a generation that rescues? Not the one that slaughters. This, of course, assumes that Christians will act as Christians. They will train their children in the nurture and admonition of the Lord, evangelize the lost, disciple the save, and carry out the work of the church.
Who’s flinching? Not me. The mandate remains the same. The mission is forward. The battle belongs to the Lord.