In a blog post regarding the Governor of New York's recent comments which mocked those who uphold the Biblical values of the sanctity of life and of heterosexual marriage, Christian actor and evangelist Kirk Cameron alerts Christians to the reality that persecution is steadily increasing in America.
Kirk Cameron, widely known for his starring role on "Growing Pains" as a teenager, is now an active evangelist and a Christian actor. He has partnered with Living Waters ministry's Ray Comfort to teach others "The Way of the Master," an evangelism methodology which uses the Ten Commandments to share the Gospel, and has appeared in several Christian movies and television series.
In his recent post, Cameron points to the steadily increasing contempt for Biblical values in American culture. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo reportedly called those who believe that the life of an unborn child is valuable and disagree with homosexual practice "extreme conservatives" during a recent radio interview. "That's not who New Yorkers are," he declared; however, Cameron estimates that somewhere in the neighborhood of 40-55% of New Yorkers are, in fact, pro-life.
Cameron highlights the apparent disdain that the elected official holds for those with values other than his own, which happen to be Biblically-based. "The governor is saying if someone does not believe as he does regarding abortion, then that person is no longer fit to be his neighbor," Cameron says - "What Christians must realize is the governor's statement reflects a growing dislike for the Bible."
The Christian actor's belief that persecution will significantly heighten in the years to come mirrors what the Bible teaches about end-times (see Matthew 10:16-26). "The day is coming when a similar statement may well be made about those who believe the Bible is true. It may not be this year or the next, but that day is coming," he says.
Cameron reminds Christian parents of the importance of raising their children in the Lord, as the next generation will likely grow up in a culture that has a distaste for Biblical Christianity. "Prepare your children to embrace God's call. Equip them to stand for truth and to be firm in the face of persecution," he says. He cited chapter eight of the book of Acts, where the church at Jerusalem scattered after Stephen was stoned for his witness of Christ. God worked through severe persecution for His glory and for the good of His people, however, and the believers spread the Gospel message in different regions as they were dispersed.
"We have a mission to be salt and light, to speak the truth, to spread the Good News ... We are to represent God's truth and His salvation as the hope of all men," Cameron says, encouraging Christians to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ with others all the more as persecution increases in our land, in fulfillment of the Great Commission (see Matthew 28:18-20).