In fact, BarbWire contributor and pastor Scott Lively is actually on trial right here in the good old USA – home of the “free” and land of the brave – for speaking on foreign soil, and sharing with the love of Christ, the biblical truth about homosexual sin. The charge? You guessed it: “Crimes against humanity.”
The trial is a bizarre cross between an Orwellian star chamber and a clownish kangaroo court. The “case” was brought by a George Soros-funded “civil rights” group and is built on a convoluted misapplication of the Alien Tort Statute (ATS). This is a tactic the left has employed in the past in a growing effort to get around the First Amendment and silence dissent. The Supreme Court has already put a halt to these pseudo-legal shenanigans in Kiobel v. Royal Dutch Petroleum.
Obviously, the case is a joke. It will eventually be tossed, but in the meantime, the damage is done. Lively is smeared internationally and made to fight it out in court. It’s highly possible that I – along with other high-profile and outspoken Christ followers – will soon find ourselves suffering a same or similar fate.
So be it.
Jesus tells us: “If the world hates you, you know that it hated Me before it hated you. If you were of the world, the world would love its own. Yet because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you. Remember the word that I said to you, ‘A servant is not greater than his master.’ If they persecuted Me, they will also persecute you. …” (John 15:18-20)
For Christians, those times when the right people call us the wrong things are among those times we should “rejoice in our sufferings.” Believers – who are unashamed of the gospel and bold enough to speak biblical truth to a world that loves darkness – should expect such persecution. It’s Heaven’s price of admission.
For the time being, at least, it will be our policy at BarbWire to allow the lost – angry leftists who visit the site – to spew their vile hate (barring outright profanity). Nothing demonstrates “progressive” hate and anger like letting them demonstrate it themselves. It’s a fantastic educational tool and is quite instructive.
For me, it’s also rather entertaining.
A friendly BarbWire commenter figured this out while wading through the stench of vile hate, abject lies and childish insults posted in the comments section of Scott Lively’s first BarbWire column. Commenter “partiZancratic” wrote, “I see what Matt is doing. Letting these lowlifes ‘express’ themselves in their usual manner. Shootings and hangings so far. Anything else?”
“Zancratic” is right.
You can check it out yourself, but here are just a few loving morsels from BarbWire’s inaugural day:
You get the point.
Christian commenter Natalie got the point, too. She had a message for Scott Lively: “You nailed it, Lively. No wonder why the love and tolerance gang are up and arms (sic) over this article! Keep telling the truth. God bless you.”
And God bless you, Natalie.
Please pray for all of BarbWire’s new “progressive,” homosexualist and anti-Christian fans. God designed them each to know right from wrong. I can’t imagine the struggle they’re going through. Warring with God must be an incredibly exhausting endeavor.This much we know. It’s a futile one. And it won’t end well for those who refuse to surrender to Him.
Matt Barber is founder and editor-in chief of BarbWire.com. He is an author, columnist, cultural analyst and an attorney concentrating in constitutional law. Having retired as an undefeated heavyweight professional boxer, Matt has taken his fight from the ring to the culture war. (Follow Matt on Twitter: @jmattbarber).