Does it ever seem that some people are scared of Christianity? The same principles of tolerance and freedom of thought and belief that apply to any other code of belief should apply to Christianity too, right? So what's the problem?
Suggested answer: huge vested interests are threatened by what Christianity teaches and stands for.
Stop and think what would happen if ninety percent of all people in the United States, Canada, Britain, Australia and New Zealand became real Christians, and lived according to the Bible's teachings. Does it sound all good?
Are you sure?
If all those millions of people really lived like Christians, would there be a massive free fall in the consumption of alcohol? Christians do not have to be totally dry but they know to avoid heavy boozing and drunkeness. So guess which major industry would go into steep decline after a massive Christian revival.
If Christians are true to their faith, they do not use pornography, or use the 'sex industry' (that's the P.C. term for brothels and prostitutes, etc). Does anyone know how much money and business interest is tied up in that? I've got no idea, but I'm quite sure some affluent people would see their wallets thinning down if 'sex workers' and their agencies were suddenly all going out of business.
It doesn't stop there. Christians are much less likely to divorce, if both partners are real about their faith. Who makes money out of divorce?
Lawyers. The demand for their services could shrivel up super quick if several million people started living as the Word of God says, and stood by their marriage commitments.
Lawyers might lose another big cash cow, too. Christians are not perfect but if they treat others rightly and are treated rightly, they are less likely to be involved in law suits, civil or criminal.
Not that I should pick on lawyers. Some of them are honest and upright. So what about the entertainment industry? Would a Christian society make a multi-millionaire celebrity out of someone who bares their body on screen or in colour photographs? So think of any one who has become famour for raunchiness, rather than talent or merit, and ask where they'd be in a nation or culture which did not buy what they are selling - risque visual images.
Come to that, some members of the medical profession might see their earnings plunge, as well. I don't say that a Christian would never have plastic surgery, but would they have the extensive amount, at the extensive cost, incurred by some people for proceedures which include changing the way their navel looks? I've heard of a female entertainer doing that.
Even in regard to the essential, a society characterised by Christian behaviour would generate fewer motor accidents, stabbings, shootings, cases of sexually transmitted disease, industrial accidents caused by neglect and greed of those in charge, and liver diseases caused by alcohol. And you could add to that list. There would be less need for the services of doctors and nurses in casualty wards, not just cosmetic surgery practices.
In fact, Christians in massive numbers could give their nation such a shake up that you'd hardly know the place.
Might that be why some people get worried about it and sound off about Christianity? It is a threat to a lot of grimy vested interests and incomes, and even some honest ones.
If it happened, God would care for His own. But others might get the a frightful shock.
Some centuries ago, a Roman governor carried out a massacre of the Christians in his area because they were upsetting the local economy. They did not buy the silver idols used in the traditional worship that existed in that area. Christianity was bad for some peoples' business.
It is a sickening thing to hear, but it tells you a lot about the world.
Do you hate what drug dealers do? One way you can hurt them they have no answer to. Make sure you don't buy what they are selling. Pass the word.
Christianity can scare some people, all right. And that's even before they fall into the hands of an angry God.