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Why is Oregon turning into a dangerous place for Christians?

Portland, Oregon Photo Roger/Flickr

Portland, Oregon Photo Roger/Flickr

It is s strange question, but one that needs to be asked.

In 2013 a lesbian couple approached Sweetcakes by Melissa, a bakery owned by a Christian couple Aaron and Melissa Klein, to make a cake for their wedding. Though the Kleins had made cakes for gays in the past, they were reluctant to create one for gay wedding because of their Christian beliefs.

The lesbians complained to the Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries and in 2015 its commissioner Brad Avakian ruled that the Klein’s must pay a fine of $135,000 for refusing to make a $200 cake.

Many are calling the fine an abuse of power, with the punishment grossly exceeding the crime. The Kleins are refusing to pay and are wanting their day in court before a real judge.

But as weird as it sounds, even though they were forced to close their business in part due to threats, the Oregon couple got off lucky, because they escaped with their lives after standing up for their beliefs.

Reports are now coming in from multiple sources that Chris Harper-Mercer who killed at least nine people at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Oregon this past Thursday had singled out Christians for death. Police are now reporting Harper-Mercer, 26, killed himself after being cornered by police.

In an interview with the New York Post, Stacy Boylen, whose daughter was wounded in the attack, stated:

“[He started] asking people one by one what their religion was. ‘Are you a Christian?’ he would ask them and if you’re a Christian then stand up. And he said,’Good because you’re a Christian, you are going to see God in just about one second.’ And then he shot and killed them.”

Stacy’s daughter avoided being killed by pretending to be dead.

The Roseburg Beacon News received the same information. Witnesses told the paper:

“The shooter was lining people up and asking if they were Christians. If they said yes, then they were shot in the head. If they said no or didn’t answer, they were shot in the legs.”

One police officer said:

“He appears to be an angry young man who was very filled with hate.”

According to an article on, Oregon Shooter into Occult, Wiccan, Harper-Mercer had a profile on the website “Spiritual Passion.” The site took down his profile a few hours later, but not before WND took a snap shot of the page.

On his dating profile page at the site, Harper-Mercer associated with a group called “magick and occult” and as well a group called “Doesn’t like organized Religion.” Some how this dislike translated into murder.

He also stated on the profile he was “not religious” and said it two times for emphasis, but then added he was “spiritual” and expressed an interest in “wiccan” and “pagan.”

We are unfortunately becoming desensitized to seeing Christians killed for their beliefs in the Middle East, but the same hatred has clearly made its way to the United States.

So what is behind this growing hatred directed towards Christians around the world?

The Bible is very clear on that point. The Apostle Paul who was eventually martyred by the Romans tells Christians that our enemy is not flesh and blood humans, but spiritual:

For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places. (Ephesians 6:12 NASV)

With this evil manifesting itself against believers, the Christian faith is no longer for the weak kneed. You need courage to be Christ’s disciple today.

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