7 Unto you therefore which believe he is precious: but unto them which be disobedient, the stone which the builders disallowed, the same is made the head of the corner, 8 And a stone of stumbling, and a rock of offence, even to them which stumble at the word, being disobedient: whereunto also they were appointed. 9 But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light: 10 Which in time past were not a people, but are now the people of God: which had not obtained mercy, but now have obtained mercy. 11 Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul; 12 Having your conversation honest among the Gentiles: that, whereas they speak against you as evildoers, they may by your good works, which they shall behold, glorify God in the day of visitation. (1 Peter 2:7–12)
On March 23, 1931, the First Baptist Church of Baker was officially organized. That was 83 years ago. Since that time, the world has seen a great many changes—some good, some bad.
I think it is accurate to say that today the world overall is less friendly to Christianity than it was eighty years ago. The world is more ready to challenge Christians about their faith and even demand that they set their faith aside in certain situations.
Hobby Lobby, a Christian owned retail chain, is currently before the Supreme Court because they are being forced, by the Affordable Healthcare Act, to provide birth control for their employees in their health plans. The problem with that is that some birth control pills—contraceptives—actually cause abortions, such as the “morning after” and “week after” pills.
Hobby Lobby is just one example. In the last decade, we’ve see all kinds of attacks against Christianity, especially in terms of the public expression of our faith. Christian photographers, bakers, and florists have found that they cannot refuse to service same-sex weddings and so must violate their conscience and participate in something immoral. A Christian’s love and for the unsaved should not lead them into participating in or endorsing sin.
Students are told that they can’t mention Jesus in their show and tells or reports or graduation speeches. The situation seems to have an overall downward trend.