Throughout the ages the Church has either been directly tied with government or government has tried to eliminate the church. We see this dramatically presented to us with the history of the church after Jesus Christ’s ascension.
Immediately, the local government killed the apostles, persecuted them so that they left Jerusalem, and then used Christians for sport in the early Roman Colosseum. And then the government and religion got along, until both were corrupted and they split their ways.
Christianity was never meant to be an established governmental religion until the King of Kings returns. I know, that sounds funny coming from a guy that talks about America being a Christian nation, but I believe that the founding of our nation based on Christian principles is different than having a pope as the supreme ruler of our nation. Therein lies my difference.
In any case, there is one reason that government (when not wholly “owned” by a religion) wants to eliminate Christians. They are a threat to the government’s power. You see, when a group of people believe in the fact that this life is not the end, that they are ultimately responsible to a Higher Power, and that they serve ultimately someone the government can’t control, then government wants these people out of the way.
You see, because of the axiom “Power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely” we can see in our leaders and government the desire to continue to regulate more things every day in absurd ways just because they can. They can tell us what materials can be in our socks, how good our meat is, and when we can remove a tag from our mattresses. They do this all in the name of protecting the people. However, should you disagree with these powers that be, they will do what they can to make you obey.
So, we’re all fine as long as you don’t cross into sin– but once you do, you have problems. That’s why I can say last week that The Church is Good for Society and this week say that it’s bad. It’s bad because it will not bend on those things that it holds dear– the true church will not embrace homosexuality, abortion, or proclaim other sin is right. It is willing to go to jail and be killed for it (either in the concentration camp or burned at the stake).
When Christianity is persecuted is when it is at its most powerful. It is then that it spreads uncontrollably. No one has ever been successful at oppressing it. No one will be.