According to a recent story by Fox News’ Todd Starnes, U. S. Air Force Academy (USAFA) officials removed a Bible verse from a cadet’s whiteboard. Why? Because it supposedly offended others. The director of the atheistic-oriented Military Religious Freedom Foundation, Mikey Weinstein, contacted the USAFA to file a complaint. Two hours and nine minutes later, the verse was erased.

Whiteboards are for the cadet’s personal and professional use. Yet, because God’s Word upset someone, censorship’s heavy hand went into action. According to reports, discipline was unwarranted since no USAFA regulation was violated. Nevertheless, Mr. Weinstein embarked on a hate-filled rant demanding the cadet in question be punished.

The verse that inspired the cadet; then the furor was Galatians 2:20.

“…and it is no longer I who live, but it is Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.” (NRSV)

We shouldn’t be surprised that a constitutionally-protected expression was censored by an American military institution. In fact, the USAFA’s action fulfills an “end of the age” prophecy. Referring to the sign of His coming, Jesus warned his disciples would be hated because of him.

Indeed, the love of many will grow cold. Our Lord will strengthen us so we can endure the hate and the censorship. His faithful servants will continue to proclaim the Good News of the Kingdom, no matter what the threatened punishment may be. (cf: Matthew 24: 9-13). EJ

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