Samaritan’s Purse has established a fund to help people in the United States who face financial distress and are punished for their sincerely held religious beliefs, convictions, and conscience.
The recent announcement comes as Christians across the nation are experiencing increasing hardship, targeting, and persecution because of the stand they take for biblical principles.
In Oregon, a small bakery was forced to shut down because their biblical beliefs did not allow them to make a wedding cake for a lesbian couple.
In Indiana, a small-town pizzeria owned by a Christian family closed its doors after receiving death and firebombing threats after the owner said in a television interview that he would not want to cater a gay wedding because it would conflict with his faith.
In New Mexico, the state Supreme Court ruled that a photographer could not refuse to photograph gay ceremonies – even though Elane Photography owner Elaine Huguenin said that she would happily photograph gay customers, but her faith forbade her from doing so in a context that seemed to endorse same-sex marriage.
In the state of Washington, a florist was sued for discrimination by the government because she could not in good conscience create custom arrangements for a same-sex ceremony.
“They have taken a stand for the Word of God, and they should not have to stand alone,” said Samaritan’s Purse President Franklin Graham, who is calling upon people to pray for the nation and support persecuted Christians in the United States. “When our judges are punishing Christians for practicing what they believe, that’s persecution, plain and simple.”
Graham said he believes there will be more reported cases of persecution in the United States, and noted how many laws have already been passed that restrict the freedom of Christians.
“I believe it’s going to get worse,” he added. “We do have a problem in this country and we are losing our religious freedom and we’re losing it a little bit day by day.”
To donate to the fund established by Samaritan’s Purse, click here.
By NRB Staff
PHOTO ABOVE: Aaron and Melissa Klein speak during a press conference at the NRB15 International Christian Media Convention on February 24, 2015, in Nashville, TN. The Kleins had to shut down their bakery in Oregon in 2013 after a lesbian couple filed a civil rights complaint against them. They recently were fined $135,000 by administrative judge Alan McCullough.
Published: May 7, 2015