The clearest answer comes from a statement reputedly made by President Harry Truman during his 1948 Presidential election campaign.
One of his supporters yelled out to him, “Give ‘em Hell, Harry!” Truman responded, “I don’t give them Hell. I just tell the truth about them and they think it’s Hell.”
That is precisely the reason why there is a war on Christians waged by members of the secular media.
Christians speak the truth about God’s best for humanity as it applies to morality, laws and governing principles, but the secular media views these truths as Hell. Truth always feels like Hell to those who reject, deny, or hate the truth.
When Bible-believing Christians share that there is only one true God who is lovingly inviting people to believe in Him and receive His redemption, or face His coming judgment, that is Hell to those who view themselves as their own gods — masters of their own fates. Many of these self-made gods control our media.
As gods, they want no competition. They reject the truth that God is God alone and that He will hold them accountable for mocking Him and His followers. Thus, the truth is Hell to them, even before they get there. They express their hatred for God’s truth by heaping venom on anyone who declares God’s truth.
Bible-believing Christians proclaim the truth about the biblical principles that guided this nation’s founders. But those who are rewriting American history to fit their desire for self-worship want to silence them. Thus, whenever a Christian lovingly and thoughtfully points them to the truth of history, they hound them down, accusing them of “racism,” “hate speech,” and “bigotry.” Why?
Because truth to them is Hell, so they want to muzzle Christians and their message.
When Bible-believing Christians declare that there are moral absolutes that all men must live by, and that when these moral absolutes are tampered with curses and not blessings will follow…it really angers them. It sets their teeth on edge.
To them these truths are Hell, so they respond by likening Christians to the Taliban and the Jihadis…can you imagine?
The Christians who founded the hospital movement.
The Christians who founded the library movement.
The Christians who founded the orphanage movement.
The Christians who founded education.
The Christians who have and continue to feed the hungry, clothe the naked, and care for the needy.
The Christians who sacrificed and continue to sacrifice in following the role model of their Savior who gave His all on a cross to save them. How can they say that Christians are likened to the Taliban?
The Taliban who shoot women in the head at close range in soccer stadiums.
The Taliban who bury people alive for their sins and misdemeanors.
The Taliban who stone women to death for mere accusations.
If I were a rich man, I would offer these self-worshipping gods of the secular media a six-month trip to Afghanistan or Iran. If they ever returned from such a trip, they would be changed men and women
My concern is that the very truth that can set them free is the truth they attack. I know why they attack it — because it feels like Hell to them. It is condemning. However, my heart is not to condemn them, but to pray to God to open their blind eyes, just like He opened mine, so that they may see the truth before it is too late for them.
Michael Youssef, PhD is an Egyptian-born American and founding rector of The Church of The Apostles. His messages are broadcast 3,800 times a week into 200 countries through Leading The Way Ministries. He holds a PhD from Emory University in Social Anthropology. His blog: www.michaelyoussef.com. Follow on Twitter: @MichaelAYoussef. This column is printed with permission.
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