JULY 2012 - PROUD TO BE A CHRISTIAN IN AMERICA
Have you noticed the efforts in our great nation to push Christianity, and Christians, into the background of society? Court ruling after court ruling seems to give lesser rights to those who wear the name Christian, and greater rights to the minority.
That seems odd when we are a nation based on majority rule. Why then is majority rule not our mode when we talk about Christians influencing society?
We should be champions for the rights of the minority, but not at the expense of the rights of the majority. Jesus consistently stood up for the poor, the oppressed, and those who were not in power. He spoke for justice for all.
But it is inconceivable that he would have aborted or redrawn his plan because a minority disagreed with it and were vocal.
The United States of America was founded on Christian principles and we should be proud that this nation has such a rich history as a Christian nation. Blessings follow such commitments and we are a truly blessed nation.
There is mounting evidence of an out of control judiciary that seems to be in cahoots with the secularists who want to make sure religion has no significant influence in our nation. Decisions from a variety of judicial levels have severely twisted the limits and intent of the constitution in order to support an imagined “separation of church and state.”
A Christian Tradition—Christianity was keenly instrumental in forming the fabric of this nation. To now attempt to remove its influence is in effect to deny Christianity’s place in our history as recorded in our founding documents. Christian belief, philosophy, and life were the centerpiece of the beginning of the greatest nation in world history. Those facts are not accidentally linked.
A string of judicial pronouncements that would likely make our founding fathers cringe have seemed to make those who are Christian into apologists for their place in society. There is something wrong with a societal perception that Christian faith should not be a force in American society, especially when that faith is the foundation of that society.
Free, Not Forced—Think about it. Does anyone force anyone to pray in school? Does anyone force anyone to pray at a football game or at graduation? Does anyone force anyone to believe in God? Whose rights are violated when people have the voluntary right to pray? Whose rights are violated when the Ten Commandments are displayed as a symbol of the foundation of this country’s morality? What is wrong with allowing people to voluntarily exercise their faith in their own way? Seems American doesn’t it? In fact, we are constitutionally guaranteed those rights.
Where is the wisdom and constitutional premise for taking away the constitutionally protected religious rights of anyone because someone in the religious or atheist minority doesn’t like the status quo? That approach is illogical. Giving equal rights to the religious majority does not mean the minority has no rights. But thinking so has been a misconception for generations and a succession of court decisions has supported it.
Foundational Christian Influence—If the societal and judicial trend continues, we are in danger of becoming a nation where God and Christianity may not be outlawed, but will be effectively eliminated from having any influence in the fabric of our society. Already, preachers have been threatened with lawsuits for preaching against the sin of homosexuality. The potential plaintiffs call the preaching “hate speech.” Scary, isn’t it?
If we lived in a Muslim country, most Americans would accept that they had to live within the specter of Islamic life in that country. Then why do we in America, living in a Judeo-Christian country, so easily accept the idea that minority religious views should naturally cause Christian influence to diminish in our society?
In an article in the Times Record News in Wichita Falls, Texas, Nick Gholson said it this way, “It is time we tell them, you don’t have to pray. You don’t have to say the pledge of allegiance. You don’t have to believe in God or attend services that honor Him. That is your right, and we will honor your right . . . but you are no longer going to take our rights away. “
What kind of nation does God want? Clearly, a God-honoring one that stands firmly on its Christian roots and respects the rights of those who do not agree. As you celebrate America’s birthday remember to thank God for the wisdom of our founding fathers who knew that our rights come from God. Not the government. Not the courts.