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Nashville Shooting: Christians MUST Defend Themselves

The Nashville shooting this week is part of an ongoing pattern.

Gone are the days when deranged leftists merely hit or kicked people who wore MAGA hats.

The Steve Scalise shooting was only the beginning of a far-worse trend.

If you’re conservative and Christian then the popular culture is increasingly antagonistic toward you and, as demonstrated this week, this violence now endangers the lives of your children.

Prepare to defend not only your beliefs and your reputations but also your lives against this wickedness.

As recently as 10 to 15 years ago it wasn’t like this. People of influence, whether in the media, the entertainment industry, or elsewhere, respected Christians as noble, even if those influential people weren’t necessarily devout or couldn’t measure up to Christian ideals.

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When it comes to an increasingly secular and, quite frankly, twisted world Christianity will not bow to its demands. And now Christians are a target. The Nashville shooting was only one example.

In 2017, the Sutherland Springs Church shooter in Texas was not motivated by an anti-Christian bigotry. Nevertheless, an armed guard eliminated the threat before the shooter could murder additional churchgoers.

Flash forward six years later, and the need for armed guards at all churches and schools — public or private — is a no-brainer.

With every passing year leftists get more and more brazen in their behavior.

The Washington, D.C.-based Family Research Council (FRC) recorded at least 420 acts of hostility against churches in the United States between January 2018 to September 2022. Typical acts included vandalism, arson, gun-related incidents, and bomb threats.

“Americans appear increasingly comfortable lashing out against church buildings, pointing to a larger societal problem of marginalizing core Christian beliefs, including those that touch on hot- button political issues related to human dignity and sexuality,” according to an FRC report.

“The Federal Bureau of Investigation keeps records of hate crimes in the United States, including those motivated by an anti-religious bias. In 2021, the most recent year with available data, the FBI reported 240 anti-Christian ‘hate crimes’ (the FBI uses the following categories for Christianity: Catholics, Protestants, Eastern Orthodox, and ‘other Christians’). This was up from 213 anti-Christian incidents in 2020. There seems to be a general upward trend over the past few years: the FBI reported 217 anti- Christian incidents in 2019 and 172 in 2018.”

Additionally, when the U.S. Supreme Court’s draft decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization was leaked last May, churches saw a spike in graffiti incidents with pro-abortion messages and protests that interrupted church services.

“This trend has continued since the Dobbs decision was officially handed down and Roe v. Wade was overturned on June 24, 2022,” the report said.

“At least 57 incidents from January 2022 to September 2022 were directly tied to pro-abortion protests or contained pro-abortion messages. By contrast, only five incidents between 2019 and 2021 were abortion related.”

ABC’s Terry Moran despicably tried to tie this week’s transgender Nashville shooting attack on a Presbyterian school to, of all things, Tennessee Republicans.

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Former president John Adams wrote that “Our constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.”

Many Christians wish not to live in a country where our influence has diminished. We are literally in a spiritual war against people who are lost and cannot cope with life’s many challenges because they do not know Christ.

We can try to lead the lost away from their spiritual sickness. That is our calling.

We can pray and do all the heavy lifting that we can to win this battle and trust that God will do what we cannot.

Many American Christians have it easy compared to Christians in other parts of the world. And the Bible said our faith does not guarantee us an easy life — quite the opposite.

But we surely hate to see the political left put America in this state of decay.

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