Back when Christians were Called Atheists
by Ryan Leasure
With every passing moment, the West is becoming increasingly secular. And with that transition comes a rising disdain for historic Christianity and its long-held values. We see examples of this derision rising up in all pockets of society.
Just recently, the San Antonio airport banned Chick-Fil-A — a Christian operated organization — for its traditional Christian values. City councilman Roberto Travino stated, “San Antonio is a city full of compassion, and we do not have room in our public facilities for a business with a legacy of anti-LGBTQ behavior.”
What was the cause of concern? Only that Chick-Fil-A donated over a million dollars to the Salvation Army and Fellowship of Christian Athletes — organizations that have a long history of doing good for society but have recently found themselves on the LGBTQ naughty list for not being sexually inclusive.
This example is only one in thousands where society scorns Christians for their religious convictions. What we’re finding is that the West wants to rid society of any vestige of Christianity in the name of progress. That is to say, the culture sees Christianity as a real threat to human flourishing.
Interestingly, there’s a long history of cultures viewing Christianity as a hurdle for human progress. This perception dates all the way back to the movement’s origins. The difference is that the culture today wants to rid society of religion altogether in order to become more secular. In the first two centuries of Christianity, however, the culture scorned Christians for their lack of religion. So much so, they thought Christians were atheists! Allow me to explain…