Rissa Hann On The Lookout

Rissa Hann's commentary on issues of the day…


I'll never forget the very first time I was attacked by a political leftist extremist. 


She was an old friend from high school, we had been reasonably close back in the day and we had re found each other on Facebook about a year or so before 'the incident' in question.


She was fairly political, a bit of a 'greenie', a single mother bringing up her little girl.


She put up her political posts, which I just scrolled past if I didn't agree, we liked each others posts about family stuff and she probably scrolled passed my occasional 'Jesus loves you' posts.


Things went along quite nicely like this for a year or so, an old friendship rebudding over the mutual interests of motherhood and continuing along peacefully. That was until I started to join in the on line culture wars and stand for things like God, marriage, family and children, and to stand against things like abortion, (which was the very first issue I started to stand AGAINST in t'he battles'), homosexual marriage, Islam and the like.


For the first month or so my 'friend' would make an occasional snide comment here and there opposing my new stance and I would think, why doesn't she just ignore the things she disagrees with, like I do when she puts up material I don't agree with on her page.


So anyway, this went on for a while and I put up with a fair bit of guff, turned the other cheek that kind of thing. However after a while things began getting so bad from her standpoint, that other friends of mine started sticking up for me, as I wasn't standing up for myself and I was in way over my head. You see, this was all pretty foreign territory,  that is, becoming canon fodder for one's own friends, for daring to speak out a different set of beliefs.


Eventually things got so bad, that she was writing something oppositional on pretty much every post I put up. I even put up with this, until she grabbed another 'old friend' from high school of the same political persuasion and the two of them ganged up on me together, becoming more and more vicious, egged on by each other I suppose.


I was shocked, and sick to my stomach and after much prayer and deliberation I realised that, sadly in the end, there was nothing for it but to de-friend and block both of them, as things had become so sickeningly nasty and frankly, almost frightening. 


This was my very first experience in the culture wars of having a different opinion to the general population of 'mainstream, pc, leftist, atheists or secular humanists', and its bloody ramifications, and needless to say, it left me utterly stunned and even in shock for a time (in fact it was not long after that initial attack, by, what I now realise now were two very seasoned warriors for 'the other side', that I experienced my first attack from a number of 'Christian leftist's', and not long after that that I experienced my first attack from a Christian who was supposedly on 'the same side', then came family kicking and screaming out of the woodwork.)


Since then, in a very short period of time, I have become a seasoned culture warrior taking these kinds of attacks In my stride, but occasionally there will be an attack so close to home or by so many, so fallacious, so unkind and so unjust that I am once again shocked.




Such an attack happened a few days ago to myself and a fellow female culture warrior, who is a much more seasoned hand than me, and I think even she was shocked.




The debate was about same sex marriage, my friend and I were standing firmly against SSM and firmly for traditional marriage (I hate even having to use these terms, it used to be just plain ole 'marriage').


We were firmly standing on the word of God and the biblical world view and putting up some excellent arguments and articles on the detriments of SSM. The other side however, were not really at all interested in anything we had to say, they had blinded eyes and were just there for a slanging match it seems.


Upon thinking and praying about the encounter later on, I had this thought;  in my minds eye I saw my friend and I (young mothers) paraded in white, with white headcoverings, these people formed a crowd around us mocking us, spitting at us, calling for our death. We were taken towards our death, these people preferring to stand with the depraved for their rights, than for us. They hated us and wanted our blood. 


I was put in mind of Jesus standing before the crowd next to Barabus and the crowd shouting to crucify Jesus and free Barabus.


I was also put in mind of the Roman persecution of Christians and other persecuted victims, who even to this very day are being killed by this very spirit of hatred, viciousness and death.


I would not be at all surprised were myself and my friend in the same room as these people, and such a thing were legal or at least a blind eye turned, as there may yet one day be, that these people were to commit violence or even murder upon us, were we to continue to share God's word unflinchingly with them.


The eyes of the vast majority seem to be becoming more blind, the ears more deaf, the mouths filled with deceptions and mockery and hate. Indeed the days upon us are very dark and becoming darker by the day for those who publicly and unashamedly share the full Gospel of Christ and the fullness of the Word of God.


And might I suggest that if you call yourself a follower of Christ and you are not experiencing any of this, it might be time to re evaluate who or what you are following.


John 15: 18-20 says this;


18 "If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated me first. 


" 19 If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own. As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world. That is why the world hates you. 


20 Remember the words I spoke to you: 'No servant is greater than his master.' If they persecuted me, they will persecute you also." 


 About the Christian persecutions in Rome;


Tacitus writes:


“Consequently, to get rid of the report [that he was responsible for burning Rome], Nero fastened the guilt and inflicted the most exquisite tortures on a class hated for their abominations, called Christians by the populace. . . . Accordingly, an arrest was first made of all who pleaded guilty; then, upon their information, an immense multitude was convicted, not so much of the crime of firing the city, as of hatred against mankind. Mockery of every sort was added to their deaths. Covered with the skins of beasts, they were torn by dogs and perished, or were nailed to crosses, or were doomed to the flames and burnt, to serve as a nightly illumination, when daylight had expired. Nero offered his gardens for the spectacle, and was exhibiting a show in the circus, while he mingled with the people in the dress of a charioteer or stood aloft on a car.”


Religion facts writes;


It has been estimated that more Christians have been martyred in the last 50 years than in the church's first 300 years. {7}


Reasons for Persecution;


The Roman Empire was generally quite tolerant in its treatment of other religions. The imperial policy was generally one of incorporation - the local gods of a newly conquered area were simply added to the Roman pantheon and often given Roman names. Even the Jews, with their one god, were generally tolerated. So why the persecution of Christians?


They would not allow God to be added the pantheon of  depraved Roman gods, they would not bow to the Roman Emporer and they would not bow to Rome.