I saw an article that showed Mike Pence standing with Jerry Falwell, who is so far below being a paragon of virtue he has to stand on rocks to try to see the light in the tunnel. I have never understood why anyone would want to be perceived as persecuted, but whatever floats someone's boat. That view seems to be mostly felt by the cult of evangelicals.
But it isn't 1 if that fits that you're persecuted. If you're the one that is trying to nose into other people's business and persecute them for their beliefs or non-beliefs that don't match yours, you're a bigot. Oh, I don't doubt that there are christians around the world in various places that may in fact be persecuted, along with other religions and atheists. But there is a difference between someone being against you because you stand up as people with values and taking on a label because you want to eradicate other's rights except yours.
I began to realize that my claims to “persecution” were significantly overblown. How I framed these experiences said more about me and my privileges as a Christian in America than about the people and environments I accused of being anti-Christian. For one, I expected to be afforded a certain level of respect for my faith, whereas many religious minorities have come to expect the opposite. Second, much of what I experienced came as the result of having privileges that religious minority groups don’t typically have.
My biggest regret, however, is that I did not see the contradiction in my demands for respect with the earthly ministry of Jesus, who, “though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant” (Phil. 2:6-7). If Jesus’s life was dedicated to the “interests of others” (Phil. 2:4), why was I so absorbed with making fortifications against secularism and alternative worldviews? What was I so afraid of?
To be sure, there have been several instances in the past few years of Christian student organizations being treated unfairly under university policies. Furthermore, Christian persecution is reaching alarming levels overseas. ISIS and Boko Haram militants, for example, continue to commit violence against millions of Christians and force them from their homes. In Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday, 258 worshippers were killed in a series of bombings. These horrific events merit serious reflection on the frightening realities that Christians face every day in many countries.
However, these global realities also raise an important question about how evangelicals in America are using the word “persecution” to describe critical encounters, when they pale in comparison to the life-threatening experiences that Christians are having overseas. What evangelicals here are calling persecution might actually be the tamest forms of criticism. When evangelicals respond by retreating into their enclaves, groaning about the culture, and flexing their privileges, they are signaling where their treasure lies.
It's also very difficult to take anyone seriously that says he or she loves and follows god(s) and yet condones or lauds Trump or other Republicans who are lawless.