Free at last?
by Michael Wilmot
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I remember watching the celebration for Bill Clinton’s first Presidential victory and the vibrancy that seemed to surround everyone around me. I was in the military then and many in my circle were exuberant in this fresh young face on the political landscape. One of the things I remember most about that day was hearing a phrase repeated that until recently I did not quite understand.
The people at the party were chanting “Free at Last!” to each other and the world. It was as if an oppressive overlord had been deposed instead of the peaceful election of the leader of the freest nation to exist in the history of man. Again and again this came through the television and I recall looking at my wife and asking “Free from what?” She did not know either. Granted it had been a while since the Democratic party was in control of the White House and I could understand their feelings of victory but I always retained a feeling of confusion around the whole “Free at Last” comments.
In the years since that night I have taken journeys and experienced growth that I did not expect. I served in Bosnia and Hungary and for the first time in my Army career faced situations where my safety was by no means a certainty. I have raised two children from diapers to high school and restored my faith with the Lord Jesus. And it is because of all of this that I am able to see more of what those people were so excited about then.
The freedom they felt was to cast off the yoke of their parents and all that their generation stood for. This was the moment that the Baby Boomers were taking over and to them the pains they endured from their radical youth were about to bear fruit. To their perspective the establishment of law based on morality was over and now was their time to shape the world into one more suited to their ideology. The freedom they felt was a freedom from Christians as the Church went fully to sleep.
For eight years the leadership of the nation matched the undercurrent of revolution that was so pervasive in our society. Pragmatic ideals like right and wrong being relative to the situation, me first all others get in line and all Christians sit down and shut up became the norm. The generation of the self absorbed and entitled was finally in control of the main conduits of power. I believe history will show that their actions have caused more damage to this nation than anyone can imagine.
Today we have a society that is surprised at the audacity of prayer being recognized in any public venue or official setting. The Christian Bible and tenets of its pages are rebuked instead of embraced and we have laws in place that defy logic and morality. We have a society that can witness their President admit to the defilement of the very center of our nation, The Oval Office, and shrug it off and say “It is just sex”.
Is there anyone that can explain why we can continue to celebrate Halloween in schools but Christmas has to be renamed to a Winter Festival? How can we accept that a a school nurse can not give a child an aspirin without a parent but she can have an abortion in solitude? Why do we accept a law that says babies are not people until born, but we support double homicide charges for murder suspects of pregnant women? How is it that we now have to debate the values of marriage of one man to one woman as the foundation of the family and being the ideal situation to raise children?
Today George Bush was re-elected to his second term as President of the United States of America. To be sure this country is not quite as united as it should be and no one should bear more of the burden for that than those of faith who have been asleep for thirty years. We are told to be the salt and the light of this world in order that the will of God can be understood and encouraged. We are supposed to be setting the example for the peace a life with God brings and the hope that our faith can offer to the world.
Instead Christians lead the pack in divorce and domestic abuse. Christians have kept their faith locked up behind the doors of the Church and walls of silence. Christians have practiced tolerance for immorality and failed to promote any other option for so long people have forgotten that there are choices. Christians have failed to preach let alone practice what they preached.
Reports today claim that the “Religious Right” have spoken in their support of President Bush and his 2nd term is due to their efforts. I suppose that may be true, it may be that a sleeping giant poked once to often or poked a bit to hard may have opened its eyes long enough to cast a vote. The giant may be awake but it is a long way from being up and out of bed.
Our country needs Christians today more than ever and it is past time that America’s future be placed back into alignment with its past. The foundation of this country is firm but the house it sits on is in need of repair. If you claim to be a Christian then it is time for you, yes you, to begin your support for the three established societies of God, The family, the government and the Church. Pick up a hammer and start putting this country back together again.
You start in your own home by fixing division and seeking repentance for a life spent on being served rather than offering service. Husbands and fathers need to understand the obligations placed upon them by God as the leaders of the family. Wives who have placed career first and children in day care should consider if the local care center is a fit place to raise their kids. Children are looking for people they can respect and to often the only place they can find them is on the sports field or television.
I pray that Churches today that have accepted what God has condemned in homosexuality experience revival of truth before they reap the harvest they are planting so deeply in their communities. Pastors that have seen our children as prey for their sexual perversions have earned their judgment from God but Christians are needed to help with the healing of those broken lives. Congregations that slump Sunday after Sunday treating their Church as a social club should remember that we are not called to “get along” but to “get to work”.
On “That Day” when we stand before God let our testimony not be that we lead a country to ruin but that we took a stand for Jesus and made a difference in this world. Let us not turn our back on a nation that is sick, but bring the power and grace of Christ to all of our brothers and sisters and cast tolerance and political correctness on the ash heap of memory.
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