I’ve had some people tell me they are atheists but they don’t hate God or anyone who believes in Him as long as no one forces their beliefs on them. I guess it depends on the definition of “forced”. There are religions that will forcibly push their beliefs, but Christianity is not one of them. Being Christian means we love Jesus, accept His laws and honor His word. It means we love ourselves and treat others with respect even in the face of disagreement. It’s about a personal fellowship with God and bringing Him glory. God wants unbelievers to come to Him willingly. Otherwise one cannot truly live in the glory of God. When I think of being forced to accept another’s belief I think more in line of being expected, regardless of your core belief, to go along with whatever their law is. There is a lot of intolerance for Christians, and I’d say more today but the cold facts are that intolerance has been a building issue since the 1960’s. Yes, the facts are that intolerance for Christians has become more and more part of life today as we know it. There is a lot of intolerance for expressing one’s beliefs openly. It has cost some their jobs, and businesses. In the case of the bakers, they were asked to bake cakes which went against their core beliefs and in declining it was not the bakers that got angry and nasty it was the group which decided to further their own agenda. So we are forced to provide services we disagree with. In the case of a child that brings a bible to school or says a prayer and is told he can’t because it’s against policy. In the case of a woman who lost her child in an accident and wanted to put a cross in the place her child died for her personal comfort was told it was offensive and forced to remove it. We live in a society that Christians are backed further and further into corners and can not openly or publicly express their beliefs without being ridiculed or threatened. Any sign of Christianity is offensive to those people and so all expressions of faith are eliminated from public view. We live in a society that expects everyone regardless of faith to live by secular law. We see in some cases exceptions being made for some religious groups like Muslims, but there is no exceptions made for Christians. While I disagreed with Kim Davis in her methods I fully support her standing for her faith. While secular law says we must accept homosexual laws we are also Christians who are called to obey God’s law over secular law, and as Christians provisions should be made to accommodate our faith.
I would never try to force someone to believe as I do, faith has to come to a person who is willing to accept God. We find as Christians we are accused of forcing our beliefs onto others simply by expressing our beliefs openly and publically. Any attempt by a Christian to insert God into our daily life is viewed as offensive and pushy. How is that? How can one simply live by their own moral code and cause others an issue? We have become a world of intolerance, being overly politically correct, and shut everyone out that disagrees with us. Christians don’t want to shut anyone out, we want to engage others so we can have discussions about our faith. The world today has stopped communicating about the important things in life. Family, faith and living.
Companies are so afraid of offending anyone that they have tried to enforce employees to refrain from saying Merry Christmas but rather to simply say Happy Holidays. Well, let’s examine this for a moment. It is Christmas so what is wrong with saying the word Christmas? Those same stores are ok with selling Christmas items. Atheist and anti-theists are all happy to celebrate Christmas as well as Thanksgiving. Many people don’t know that Thanksgiving is a big religious Christian holiday. It was the day that the settlers gave thanks to God for bringing the rain that helped to produce the harvest. Presidents have all written Thanksgiving Proclamations giving credit and thanks to God. So if atheist and anti-theists are offended then should they participate in the very holidays that they claim they don’t believe in? By simply saying God Bless you to someone can be considered an act of hostility by some. Now saying Merry Christmas to someone is simply spreading good cheer and in some cases makes a sad person smile. I love hearing it, it makes me feel warm inside but those who oppose it renews my feelings of what I think is the biggest problem today, that there is a lot of intolerance for anyone who does not accept the rule of secular law, and that is wrong. Christians are not shoving their beliefs at anyone, on the contrary it’s because of the intolerance for the Christian faith that groups decide to make examples of Christians who hold to their faith and force Christians into a defensive posture. Tolerance is only for those who oppose Christianity and intolerance is for the Christians and any display of Christianity. This world would be better off if people stop trying to impose their beliefs, or lack of, on everyone. Christians have every right to express their faith. If you don’t agree with it, then you don’t agree with it. But don’t forcible try to stop someone from expressing themselves. If everyone learned how to get along we would all be in a better place.