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America in the Trash Pile

The trashing of America has reached new heights with the affirmation in all three branches of the United States government of everything that pulls down a nation and a denial of everything that makes a nation great.

The great Russian writer Alexander Solzhenitsyn once wrote this warning, “To destroy a people you must first sever their roots.”

Socialist Democrats and liberals throughout our government have made it clear that the foundations, the roots that have undergirded this nation are no longer valid. Character no longer matters, honesty is not a value worth protecting, and corruption is not only tolerated but embraced throughout our government. Perhaps Bill Clinton says it best, “We are redefining in practical terms the immutable ideals that have guided us from the beginning.”President Bill Clinton, Nov. 8, 1997

American politics is no longer about Democrats, Republicans, or Independents .. It’s not a fight between the Liberal Left and the Christian Right .. It is about what America is. It’s a war of competing ideas and worldviews. It’s about Right vs. Wrong. Truth vs. Untruth. It’s a conflict over beliefs and values, over the ideas that will rule society. It’s about the direction we want this country to go in the future. It’s about the world we leave for our children. It’s about what god we acknowledge or whether we acknowledge any god at all. It’s about the same struggle man has gone through since the beginning of time, the struggle between good and evil.

As the balance of power continues to swing towards a Godless agenda, Americans will be increasingly forced to adopt a new perspective of who we are: one based not on immutable ideals and values, truth, justice, personal freedom and the Constitution of the United States, rather one based on relative values, deceit, unequal justice, Marxism and a redefined globalist Constitution.

On one side, you have people who believe in living by a set of divinely inspired moral absolutes – or, at the very least, they believe that following such a moral code represents the best way to avoid chaos and instability.

On the other side, you have people who insist that morality is relative and simply a personal decision. Any attempt to enforce a set of standards is viewed as oppression. Many liberals believe that efforts to adhere to and enforce behavioral rights and wrongs is simply the powerful in society attempting to force their views and judgments on the “victims” of society, rather than what it is: an attempt to maintain the standards that have evolved and survived throughout human civilization and which produce a quality life.

National Atheism Produces Ungodliness

I had to laugh recently while reading the article headlines from a web site I found while writing this book. Talk about politically motivated! Check them out:

 

The Religion of Terrorism, Religion in Politics, Bush and the myth of Traditional Marriage, and the list goes on. So where do you think it originated? A political pundit parlaying propaganda? Nope!

 

Actually I found it on the site of an avowed (and proud of it) group of atheists. Quite frankly it’s difficult to grasp the level of stupidity some folks will stoop to while distorting the truth and rebelling against Almighty God. Paul writing to the hedonistic Roman culture summarized their lusting after self gratification when he wrote that they had become “…vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened. Professing themselves to be wise they became fools, And changed the glory of the incorruptible God into an image made like corruptible man, and birds, and four-footed beasts, and creeping things” (Rom 1:21-23).

 

Then he continued- (my paraphrase, forgive me), “Although it is extremely dumb, you are free to worship and serve the creation and not the Creator, but I promise you that it will lead you into debauchery, cause you health problems, leave you empty and ultimately bring God’s judgment against you for it” (24-32).

 

Christians in Politics

By Vic Bilson – Jeremiah Project

 

American politics is no longer about Democrats, Republicans, or Independents …

 

It’s not a fight between the Liberal Left and the Christian Right …

 

It is all about WHAT America is.

 

“…the time has come that Christians must vote for honest men, and take consistent ground in politics…”

–Charles Finney

 

Liberal activists would have us believe our founding fathers were terrified at the prospect of Christians participating in the political process. This led them, we’re told, to establish a wall of separation between church and state. But no such provision appears in the Constitution or any of the foundational documents. The principle is found only in one of Thomas Jefferson’s letters, and referred, not to the exclusion of religious people from government, but to the protection of religion from governmental interference. Nonetheless, this distorted view of our Constitution has become the battle standard for those who loathe America.

 

Those who believe they can be their own god and hate any Christian concept of God have decided that anyone who disagrees with them are extremist cultists and should have no voice in the government that is supposed to restrain them. There is clear evidence in recent years of a deliberate, calculated effort to isolate Christians from the rest of the culture by spreading fear and distrust.

 

Led by the ACLU, new agers, one-worlders, feminists, homosexuals, liberal churches, and godless politicians, an all out War on Christianity has been declared. Anyone professing faith in Jesus Christ and declaring the Bible to be the infallible Word of God is their enemy.

 

Ironically, those protesting the loudest against “hate”, “intolerance” and “bigotry” are usually the first ones to practice hate, intolerance and bigotry toward Christians. If a Christian has the audacity to express their beliefs in the public sphere, they are labelled “Right Wing Extremists” and every effort is made to shut them up or at least the minimize the effect of their _expression.

 

Dictators, tyrants, and other opponents of the truth have never wanted churches and Christians to interfere with their plans. Who can forget the German Nazi propagandist Joseph Goebbels who said, “Churchmen dabbling in politics should take note that their only task is to prepare for the world hereafter.”

 

Is that not the same message we hear today from liberals wanting to remove Christians from the political process?

 

SEPARATION OF CHURCH AND STATE

There is an assault going on — and the liberal social engineers have declared that Christians are the enemy. Amidst their cries of “diversity” and “tolerance” it has become fashionable to bash Christians, discriminate against them, and to deny the Christian roots of American democracy.

 

They resent how Christians pose constant reminders to them — and to an American society that is unsure about following them — that God has absolute standards of right and wrong.

 

This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but men loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil. Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that his deeds will be exposed. [John 3:19-20]

 

These anti-Christian liberals want to achieve a new, humanistic America where our children will be protected from outmoded Christian ideas and will enjoy freedom “from” religion – not freedom “of” religion. They do not respect God’s definition of the family and are intent on discrediting His wisdom in raising children as they attempt to rewrite His guidelines for morality.

 

These social liberals believe man has the only answers for himself. They think that perhaps a new, man-made spirituality eventually may be useful in managing the populace — but frankly would prefer that it not be a moralistic religion with rules or absolute right and wrong. They certainly do not want the new society they are molding to hang onto any “biased” religion that proclaims Jesus Christ is the Only Way (John 14:6) or that all men and women are called by their Creator to have a warm, personal relationship with Him. We Christians irritate these social liberals when we proclaim the truth of God’s liberating love. We infuriate them when we remind them of our Lord’s true and steadfast faithfulness.

 

For those who know the Bible, this does not surprise us because Jesus told us…

 

“All men will hate you because of me, but he who stands firm to the end will be saved.” [Matthew 10:22]

 

The Leftist Battle Cry

The Leftist social liberals continue to harangue on the “separation of church and state” as justification for eliminating religious issues from public view. The phrase “Separation of Church and State” has been bandied about for so long that 67% of all Americans believe that it is actually in the Constitution. In fact, those three words appear nowhere in the Constitution.

 

Oblivious to the irrelevance of their arguments, and at the same time refusing to acknowledge that no document of state, let alone the Constitution, has ever proposed such a concept, those on the Left have tried to convince the American people that our founding documents warned of the dangers of mixing politics and religion.

 

In the absence of Constitutional evidence, the mere opinion of private individuals or groups that there should be absolute separation of church and state hardly creates a ‘great American principle’. They have thus misled millions and worked against the public interest by damaging the commitment to ethics and moral values that come only through religious belief.

 

It must be remembered that neutrality is impossible. Some authority, whether it be God or man, is used as the reference point for all enacted laws. If a political system rejects one authority, it adopts another. If a biblical moral system is not being legislated, then an immoral system is being legislated. Any moral system that does not put Jesus Christ at its center, denies Christ:

 

“No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will hold to one and despise the other…” [Matthew 6:24]

 

“He who is not with Me is against Me; and he who does not gather with Me scatters” [Matthew 12:30]

 

“Our standard of right is that eternal law which God proclaimed from Sinai, and which Jesus expounded on the Mount. We recognize our responsibility to Jesus Christ. He is Head over all things to the Church, and the nation that will not serve Him is doomed to perish” – [James Henley Thornwell, The Collected Writings of James Henley Thomwell, Vol. IV, p. 517f.]

 

The First Amendment

The assault on America’s religious underpinnings is based on a distorted interpretation of the establishment and free-exercise clauses of the First Amendment.

 

“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion or prohibiting the free exercise thereof …”

Only a lawyer could claim not to understand the plain meaning of those words.

 

The Supreme Court has taken Jefferson’s “separation” clause (divorced from Jefferson’s own explanation of the phrase) and used it to create a new, and completely arbitrary, interpretation of the First Amendment.

 

In 1947, with the United States Supreme Court’s decision in Everson v. Board of Education, Justice Hugo Black construed the First Amendment in a more restrictive fashion, giving an absolute definition of the First Amendment Establishment Clause which went well beyond the original intent of the framers of the United States Constitution and paved the way for future cases that would further restrict religious expression in American public life. This ruling declares that any aid or benefit to religion from governmental actions is unconstitutional. As Justice Black said: “The First Amendment has erected a wall between church and state. That wall must be kept high and impregnable. We could not approve the slightest breach.”

 

Hardly what Thomas Jefferson meant or what the constitution guaranteed!

 

“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof” had always meant that Congress was prohibited from establishing a national religious denomination, that Congress could not require that all Americans become Catholics, Anglicans, or members of any other denomination.

 

This understanding of “separation of church and state” was applied not only during the time of the Founders, but for 170 years afterwards. James Madison (1751-1836) clearly articulated this concept of separation when explaining the First Amendment’s protection of religious liberty. He said that the First Amendment to the Constitution was prompted because “The people feared one sect might obtain a preeminence, or two combine together, and establish a religion to which they would compel others to conform.”

 

The complete and radical disassociation between Christianity and the State that is sometimes advocated now is not what they had in mind. It’s clear that they had seen entirely too many religious wars and religious tyrannies in Europe, and thus that they did want to make sure that no specific church or creed had authority over the State.

 

Recognizing their failure to win their arguments on fact, the latest tactic among liberals is simply to deny the very documents that contain the facts.

 

Schools and courthouses in eastern Kentucky are removing their displays of historical documents – including the Mayflower Compact, an excerpt from the Declaration of Independence, the national motto, “In God we trust”, and the preamble to the state’s constitution – to comply with an order from Federal District Judge Jennifer Coffman, who said the displays are a violation of the First Amendment. [Dr. Billy James Hargis, Christian Crusade, June 2000]

 

When the First Amendment was passed it only had two purposes.

There would be no established, national church for the united thirteen states. To say it another way: there would be no “Church of the United States.” The government is prohibited from setting up a state religion, such as Britain has, but no barriers will be erected against the practice of any religion. Thomas Jefferson’s famous “wall of separation” between church and state comment was made in a letter to a group of Baptist clergymen January 1, 1802 in Danbury, Connecticut, who feared the Congregationalists Church would become the state-sponsored religion. Jefferson assured the Danbury Baptist Association that the First Amendment guaranteed that there would be no establishment of any one denomination over another. It was never intended for our governing bodies to be “separated” from Christianity and its principles. The “wall” was understood as one directional; its purpose was to protect the church from the state. The world was not to corrupt the church, yet the church was free to teach the people Biblical values. It keeps the government from running the church but makes sure that Christian principles will always stay in government.

 

The second purpose of the First Amendment was the very opposite from what is being made of it today. It states expressly that government should not impede or interfere with the free practice of religion. The purpose of the separation of church and state in American society is not to exclude the voice of religion from public debate, but to provide a context of religious freedom where the insights of each religious tradition can be set forth and tested. As Justice Douglas wrote for the majority of the Supreme Court in the United States vs. Ballard case in 1944: The First Amendment has a dual aspect. It not only “forestalls compulsion by law of the acceptance of any creed or the practice of any form of worship” but also “safeguards the free exercise of the chosen form of religion.” The First Amendment was a safe-guard so that the State can have no jurisdiction over the Church. Its purpose was to protect the Church, not to disestablish it.

 

In the current debate over the separation of church and state, the choices sometimes lean too extreme on both sides. At one extreme are those who want to use the State as a vehicle to enforce their brand of Christian ideas on everyone. At the other extreme are those who say the Founding Fathers would have wanted a situation where one can’t mention God in any publicly sponsored forum, for fear of having the State appear to support religion. Somehow, between alternating volleys of quotations from devout Founding Fathers and anti-clerical quotations from Tom Paine, we’ve got to find a better approach. [1]

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

[1] Some quotes above are from sources anonymous to me or I would cite them.

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