I have repeatedly said that Christians only play defense these days, trying to protect themselves against an enemy that continues to take away the freedom to practice our religion. Recently I heard Michele Bachman say the same thing. When will Christians stop being victims of a society that puts us down, and forces our faith out of the public square? When will we stop being forced to lose our businesses because our Christian conviction says it won't bake wedding cakes for gay couples? Why don't we play more offense, and tell our society we aren't going to be stepped on any more? Muslims don't put up with our society's pressures, they get what they want in public schools with prayer rooms, and Islamic sensitivity training in corporate work places. How about a little respect for Christianity, since Christianity has played a major part in making America great.
- The Church is the largest single provider of health care and education in the world, working especially in some of the poorest countries where there is no other care available.
- In 1948 the UN put forward the declaration of human rights. These rights were so clearly based on Christian principles that some Muslim states objected and refused to sign on that basis because it conflicted with Sharia law.
- The greatest scientist who ever lived - Sir Isaac Newton
- Its almost universally accepted that Sir Isaac Newton was the greatest scientist who ever lived. This amazing polymath who contributed so much to many areas of science was a devout Christian who expressed that his faith played a major role in his work.
- The Church pioneered modern Social Work. Jane Addams was the first American woman to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. Also co-founded the first settlement house in the US. The Settlement Movement sought to bridge the gap between rich and poor in society:
- London Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children. After campaigning in the Church, UK’s first ever law to protect children from abuse and neglect came into being.
- Clara Barton - founder and first president of the American Red Cross
- She was a pioneer American teacher, patent clerk, nurse, and Christian. One of her greatest accomplishments was founding the American Red Cross. This organization helps victims of war and disasters.
- Churches were the first orphanages. In the High Middle Ages, abandoning unwanted children finally eclipsed infanticide. Unwanted children were left at the door of church or abbey, and the clergy was assumed to take care of their upbringing. This practice also saw the birth of the first orphanages.
- Early Church Fathers advocated against polygamy, abortion, infanticide, child abuse...
- Church teaching heavily influenced the legal concept of marriage. During the Gregorian Reform, the Church developed and codified a view of marriage as a sacrament.
- Campaign for the protection of children from abuse. Passionate Christian Josephine Butler campaigned for the age of consent to be set and was a key figure in other social reforms.
- Care for the elderly and disabled in society. Christians birthed Almshouse institutions as early as the 10th century. They were the forerunner of nursing homes and hospitals. They sought to provide care for those who were no longer able to work.
- Impact on civil liberties. Rev.Martin Luther King Jr. a man of great courage and faith who was at the center of the civil rights movement. His father and grandfather were both ordained ministers.
- Prison reform. The Quakers pioneered prison reform during the Victorian age. Suggested basic human rights for prisoners and teaching prisoners a trade.
- Today, Prison Fellowship International (amongst other Christian ministries) works around the globe in prisons to help reform and rehabilitate prisoners:
- Habitat for Humanity, one of the largest charities in the US which internationally provides housing for the poor. Founder Millard Fuller
- Salvation Army,- disaster relief, homeless missions, charity shops, caring for poor and downtrodden in many different countries. Dr. Carl Becker - Missionary Doctor and Leprosy expert
- Sight to the blind. Dr. Victor C Rambo was a passionate Christian who could have made a lot of money as a doctor in the US. Instead he lived in India where he “worked from dawn ‘til dusk” operating on cataracts where little or no other help was available.
- World Vision, 1950 – child sponsorship, one of largest relief and development agencies in the US. Founded by Dr. Robert Pierce
- Samaritans Purse. A Humanitarian organisation reaching those suffering in war, poverty, famine, disease and disaster.
- Royal Society for the prevention of cruelty to Animals founded by Christians (William Wilberforce). It is the oldest and largest animal welfare organisation in the world and is one of the largest charities in the UK.
- Frank Laubach, a committed Christian and pioneer of world lliteracy. Known as the “Apostle to the Illiterates” the programs he developed have been used to teach about 60 million people to read their own language. He was deeply concerned about poverty, injustice and literacy, and considered them barriers to peace in the world.
There, that is what I mean by playing offense, and I could go on and on with the contributions Christians have made to society as a whole. So, when someone begins to tell you about the separation of church and state, just remind them of what the Christians have done for the state, and begin to take the offense in defending your faith.
Jews, are the only other religious group that has made the kind of contributions that Christians have to improve our world. When you contrast Jewish and Christian accomplishments against what the barbarian Islamic terrorists have accomplished, you get a better picture of whose religion best defines God. I believe the greatest contributions to the human race have been made by the Judeo-Christian heritage, and I am tired of being told my faith isn't worth anything. I for one will no longer play defense, it's offense time.
Proverbs 11:18-1918 The wicked earns deceptive wages,
but one who sows righteousness gets a sure reward.
19Whoever is steadfast in righteousness will live,
but he who pursues evil will die.
Keeping it hones and truthful....K