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Taking America Back
by Jeffrey Shively
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Imagine making a decision that changes your entire life. However, you are not able to tell anyone about your new lifestyle. If you do, many of your friends will desert you. Wearing emblems showing pride in your identity draws jeers from onlookers. The media looks warily at your kind if you gather in large groups. Films that accurately depict your beliefs are given bad reviews and their producers ridiculed. On television, members of your group are portrayed either as lunatics or buffoons. In some parts of the world, being identified with this group carries a much greater price. You can be jailed indefinitely for this “crime.” Slavery or death await you in many cultures. For years, this group has been quiet, tolerating persecution as an acceptable cost for this lifestyle. These are but a few of the trials faced by Christians today.

The United States of America was founded as a Christian nation. That is an irrefutable fact that is now overlooked by “historians.” At least 50 of Constitution’s 55 signatories were Bible-believing Christians. In a survey of 15,000 Founding Era documents, 34% of direct source quotations came from the Bible, nearly four times more frequently than the nearest competitor. The primary reason for the First Amendment's Establishment Clause was to keep the government from meddling in church affairs. Today, that idea has been perverted. A California court recently ruled that the Free Evangelical Lutheran Church in Fresno could not revoke the membership of two people who had stopped attending the church due to conflicts with the pastor. This is exactly the type of tyranny that the Founders explicitly forbade.

Liberal interpreters seldom consider the remainder of the Founders’ thinking on religion in the First Amendment. “Congress shall make no law respecting the establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.” Today, many young Christians are forbidden to form Bible study clubs, bring Bibles to class, or to pray in school. Wearing a pro-life Christian t-shirt is a sure ticket to the principal's office. At the university level, professors who present a Christian world view are harassed, have classes taken away from them, or have their pay cut by one quarter. If such actions were taken against any other group, the ACLU would be outraged. Instead, they side with those denying basic rights to Christians.

We see the attempt to de-Christianize the United States. Publicly displaying the Ten Commandments, the basis for our legal system, is now a terrible sin. Openly Christian politicians are the targets of hateful attacks. Activist judges sanction all forms of debauchery. A small band of radical judges in Massachusetts have forced homosexual marriage upon that state, despite the support of only 28% of Americans. This is tyranny at its worst.

Christians must act now to restore our country. The first step is to fast and pray. Prayer is more powerful than all the legal weapons arrayed against decency. Secondly, we must be willing to leave the comfort of our churches and take the cause to the public square. Last winter, a few malcontents complained when a South Putman High School choir dared to include Christian songs in its program. Decent Americans responded, explaining that the Constitution protects Christians’ rights to freedom of speech and religion. We need to move on a nation level by giving financial support to organizations that fight for our rights. We must elect Christian candidates on all levels. Most people believe that judges are appointed for life. They are to serve during good behavior. Overturning 6,000 years of legal and moral precedents might be considered to be bad behavior. There are mechanisms in the United States Constitution and most state constitutions that allow for the removal of such judges. We should let our elected leaders know of the silent majority’s displeasure with this radical agenda.

We must act now to prevent our nation from becoming like Canada, where the Bible is on its way to becoming hate literature. We can not let our nation become another Sudan, where hundreds of thousands of Christians are being killed for their faith. We must not be afraid of offending people by telling them the truth. It is not intolerant to tell a driver who is speeding toward a washed out bridge that he is doomed if he doesn’t change his path. We will be called hateful names. Intolerant, bigot, homophobe, and racist are the current favorites. Frankly, I’m more concerned with what God will say to me someday. As Christians, we are given talents to be used for God. Now is the time to use those gifts to stop the downward spiral of the United States. Working together, we will restore our great nation.

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Sharon McClean 27 Jul 2004
Hi Jeffrey, I appreciate your article! Yes indeed, our great land was founded as a Christian nation, and no doubt she has back-slid. Still and all she has shown the greatest love that Christ commanded by laying down the lives of her sons, that other nations may be free. She has stood as a peace maker, and welcomed the stranger. Now like you said, she needs us as Christians to pray for her restoration to God, and take our great nation back. AMEN! Blessings, Sharon


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