“The practice of morality being necessary for the well being of society, He [God] has taken care to impress its precepts so indelibly on our hearts that they shall not be effaced by the subtleties of our brain. We all agree in the obligation of the moral principles of Jesus and nowhere will they be found delivered in greater purity than in His discourses.”
~ Thomas Jefferson, Letter to James Fishback, September 1809
By Alden L. Benton
After reading a column by Doug Giles (column and video here), one thing came into my mind: Through the tax exemption for churches and the bogus “law-of-the-land,” the separation of church and state, the Left has very cleverly disarmed the power of the modern church.
A letter from Thomas Jefferson to the Danbury Baptists in 1802, was incorrectly interpreted and used by the U.S. Supreme Court to create the mythical, extra-constitutional, separation of church and state.
Jefferson wrote, “Believing with you that religion is a matter which lies solely between man and his god, [the people, in the 1st Amendment,] declared that their legislature should make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof, thus building a wall of separation between church and state.”
The Bill of Rights (including the First Amendment) were added to the Constitution under pressure from the Anti-Federalists to protect individuals from the power of the central government. The way recent courts have interpreted the First Amendment is that government must be protected from, and devoid of, religion. The latter interpretation is the foundation of the secular Left’s attack on any public display of any vestige of religion or religious artifact of any type in a direct affront to the clear language and intent of the First Amendment.
Coupled with rampant political correctness, the threat of losing tax-exempt status functionally muzzles a church’s political voice.
Now enter the touchy-feely churches who only say what you want to hear rather than what you need to hear, and you get a wussy, ineffectual, quasi-church that is devoid of God’s teachings, especially His basic moral tenets.
The result is the Godless Left has taken over our society. Our nation is burning while hordes of so-called Christians who have thrown in the towel, stand and watch, waiting for the rapture to whisk them away.
That is the easy road and it leads nowhere but to oblivion.
In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus said,
“You can enter God’s Kingdom only through the narrow gate. The highway to destruction is broad, and its gate is wide for the many who choose that way. But the gateway to life is very narrow and the road is difficult, and only a few ever find it.” ~Matthew 7:13-14
We are at war. We are locked in a war for the heart and soul of our country and the principles on which it was founded.
As Christians, we acknowledge that we are broken and that we live in a broken world. Yet, many Christians have lost hope and their way, choosing the broad, wide road.
However, Ecclesiastes 3:1 says, “For everything there is a season, a time for every activity under heaven.”
If we value our faith and acknowledge that it is our faith, and the principles expressed through the Judeo-Christian ethic, that made our nation great, now is the season that we must stand and fight to restore its greatness, indeed, its glory.
The words of King Solomon continue in Ecclesiastes 3:3 and verses 7-8, stating that there is indeed
A time to kill and a time to heal.
A time to tear down and a time to build up.
. . . A time to tear and a time to mend.
A time to be quiet and a time to speak.
A time to love and a time to hate.
A time for war and a time for peace.
As Christians we have a moral obligation, rather, an imperative to, as best we can, live up to the standards God has set for us and, just as important, go out and take these fundamental moral principles into the world.
Christians do well in spreading the gospel to world. However, as the old adage says, “Charity begins at home.” We need to be more active in our efforts to teach the principles of Christianity here in the United States.
As part of the restoration of America, Christians need to become more active in politics from the local level to the national government.
The only way that we will ever restore our nation, and our government, is to elect ethical and moral men and women who adhere to their principles with honesty and integrity; men and women who value the individual, who value liberty and freedom, and who value the principles of our founding documents; and men and women who refuse to be influenced by anything other than God, their consciences, and their constituents.
That is the beginning and we must act now to take our country back from our enemies, both foreign and domestic, who actively seek to destroy us.
While we are indeed at war, I am confident that we will win, and in our victory we will usher in a new era of healing, of building up, and of peace, peace through strength, the strength of moral and ethical righteousness found only through faith in God and Jesus Christ.
I personally feel that when it comes to issues of right versus wrong, the choices are simple and clear if you have a solid moral and ethical foundation. There are things that are always right, and there are things that are always wrong. This knowledge comes from the Judeo-Christian tradition of ethics, morality, and law and is the foundation of our legal basic tenets.
When one strays from that foundation and begins to analyze an issue and look for every possible implication and nuance to justify one’s actions, you have started down the wide road, for on the narrow road, there are no nuances or shades of grey: only right or wrong.
As a nation, and a society, we are on the wide road. We can return to greatness. The principles of our faith provide the map to lead us on our journey.
Which road will you choose to travel?
“If God is with us, who dare stand against us?” Romans 8:31
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