- - Sunday, April 19, 2015

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

What we see happening across America today is a reflexive reaction, a wave that personifies the defensive mechanism for those whose beliefs have been silently tolerant for too long: Christians. The socio-cultural push for so-called tolerance by the real minorities in our country now sees Christians, who are actually in the majority, being faced with not so much a physical persecution but a psychological one.

Religious freedom for the majority of Christians is not defined by using their faith as a license to discriminate and ridicule those who believe differently. Rather, it is the liberty to remain loyal to their faith while still loving their fellow man, no matter how different his value system. Today, it seems the Christian majority has been pushed too far, and now they are forced to not only speak up but also to draw a line in the sand in order to preserve their core beliefs.

This is why I wrote Preservation and Purpose. It’s very tough to see Christians portrayed poorly because of their views, especially with regard to gay marriage. Let’s face it. Gays have more freedoms in the U.S. than in most other modern cultures and are socially accepted by the majority of the U.S. population.

The problem today lies in the fact that many gay activists have become bullies, targeting those who they know have different beliefs. It is no longer enough to merely accept each other and live side by side. Now, it has become imperative to make everyone in America contribute with their pocketbooks, not just yielding anymore but also promoting things they do not believe in.

My intent is to give voice to the Millennial Minority, those in my generation who abide by traditional values, whose voice has been silent but mirrors the Silent Majority of Christian Americans of generations before us. There are many millennials like myself who, when pushed far enough, have the wherewithal to push back. I believe millennials are waking up to the fact that they have the power to be a catalyst for real change, the kind that can take our country back from those who are steering it away from the traditional values that created American exceptionalism.

Religious freedom is not the only practice that is being overtaken by those preaching “tolerance.” The secular purists have invoked the “race card” into almost every issue. We’ve seen this with criticism to President Obama’s policies and the Ferguson crisis. The pendulum here has also swung too far. Victimization, not opportunity, is a lifestyle that’s been embraced long enough. I believe in stressing the importance of personal responsibility with some transparency of my own:

” Victimization is a dead end. Our future is not created by our past; rather, our past has shaped us for our future. No matter what has happened to me in my life—including being arrested by a white cop—it does not give me the right to loot or lash out at others…It does not give me the right to give up looking for a job in order to collect welfare instead.”

So the lingering question is: What can we do? As I put it in my book,

“I alone cannot touch all the young people who need help or guidance. It will take a band of brothers and sisters from my millennial generation to help move the lonely, forgotten faction among us toward the light of hope. We first need to open our own minds and embrace tolerance for those who hold a different set of deep, personal beliefs. By doing this among ourselves, we will offer a strong example for the younger set, who may learn from our unity and become fortified with our support.”

Time to get to work.

Demetrius Minor is a commentator on faith-based issues and the author of the upcoming book, Preservation and Purpose, to be published April 28, 2015 by Balcony 7 Media and Publishing.

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