Our world has changed dramatically in the past 25 years or so. Advancements in science, technology, and medicine have made our lives healthier and opened incredible communication realities.
In the same period of time, spiritual and moral values have declined. Christianity is being ridiculed and Christians all over the world are being persecuted, abused, and even killed.
Militant Islam has vowed to convert or kill all Jews and Christians. Radical Islamic warriors have already begun their purge of Christianity and other religions. Christians are being persecuted and killed in Africa, Iran, Israel, and Syria. Westerners are being beheaded and Christians in Iraq are having to flee their homes while other Christian men, women, and their children have been killed. Islamic domination “caliphate” comes daily from ISIS, Hamas, and al-Qaida.
In the United States, there is another kind of war taking place – a war of ideas and values. Christian morals and values are being attacked from many quarters. God is prohibited from our educational system. Movies, television, books are regularly ridiculing Christianity and depicting Christians in a negative way. Much of the media emphasis is sacrilegious. Some are demeaning all religion, but especially Christianity. The Bible is held in contempt or just ignored by many of our population. Abortion, the gay/lesbian issue, Biblical inspiration and Christian values such as honesty, truthfulness, and sexual morality have been challenged and Christianity is considered of little or no value.
It is not easy to be a Christian today. Many threats and persecutions have created insecurity and doubt, even among passionate Christians. Faith in God – real faith – is our only hope for the future. It is my prayer this book – Faith: The Christian’s Hope and Shield – will help many to experience a deeper and more personal faith in God and His word.