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Christianity Is Under Attack: Sydney Bishop Victim of Stabbing

The recent stabbing attack of a Sydney bishop is a reminder that the Christian faith is under attack from those who reject our way of life.

In a world increasingly hostile to the tenets of Christianity and traditional values, the recent violent attack on Bishop Mar Mari Emmanuel during a live-streamed church service in Sydney is not just an isolated incident—it’s a glaring manifestation of the persecution Christians are facing globally. Bishop Emmanuel, known for his bold, unapologetic stand on biblical principles, represents a beacon of truth in a society adrift in relativism and secularism.

The bishop, a figure of considerable influence among the youth, with a significant following on TikTok and recognition from YouTube, has been the subject of scorn, hatred, and relentless online trolling. This culminated in a horrific act of violence that not only targeted Emmanuel himself but also sought to silence the courageous expression of Christian doctrine.

This attack underscores a chilling reality: the freedom to proclaim one’s faith, to uphold the sanctity of life, marriage, and God’s design, is under siege. In America, the plight of Bishop Emmanuel resonates deeply, as we witness a concerted effort to marginalize and suppress Christian voices. From attempts to compromise religious liberties to the vilification of those who dare to stand for pro-life values, the parallels are unmistakable.

What’s particularly disturbing is the response—or lack thereof—to such acts of terror against Christians. While pro-life advocates and Christians are often branded as extremists for merely exercising their constitutional rights, actual acts of violence against them are downplayed or ignored. This double standard is a stark reminder of the battle we’re engaged in, not just for our rights, but for the soul of our nation.

Bishop Emmanuel’s ordeal is a wake-up call, a vivid illustration of the cost of discipleship in a world that increasingly rejects the Gospel. Yet, it’s also a testament to the resilience of faith. His unwavering commitment to speak the truth, regardless of the backlash, is a challenge to us all. It beckons us to rise above the intimidation and to boldly proclaim our faith, to live out our convictions in the face of adversity.

In America, as we grapple with our own challenges—be it the erosion of religious freedoms, the encroachment of secular ideologies in our schools, or the relentless attack on the unborn and traditional family values—we must take heart from Bishop Emmanuel’s example. We’re reminded that the path of faithfulness is often fraught with trials, but it’s also marked by the assurance of God’s sovereignty and the ultimate victory of truth over falsehood.

As Christians in an era that demands conformity to the world, our call to stand firm, to be salt and light, has never been more critical. 

Jay Shepard

Jay Shepard

Jay is a Director of The American Center for Education and Knowledge, a 501-c3 non-profit committed to protecting the ideals of individual rights, freedom of will and personal responsibility while defending American exceptionalism. Jay was elected as the National Committeeman to the Republican National Committee for Vermont in both 2012, 2016 and 2020.