Under the current presidential administration, Americans have suffered an all-out war on religious liberty. The secular-progressives, whose mission is to erase all evidence of Christianity and Judeo-Christian, Biblical values from this nation’s history, have exchanged the term, “freedom of religion” for “freedom of worship” in an attempt to further silence the church. This may seem like a mincing of words to you, but as David Barton points out, even Saudi Arabia has freedom of worship. If you would like to further understand the difference between the two concepts, I recommend that you check out the article Freedom of Worship’s Assault on Freedom of Religion by Wesley J. Smith.
There can be no doubt that Evangelical Christianity is losing the battle for America’s soul. Some would even say that it is too late; that we are too far gone; that there is no hope for America; that we are no longer a Christian nation and that we may as well accept it and move on.
Perhaps they are correct. However, I contend that even if the previous statements are true, Christian Americans have no less responsibility to stand up for truth and continue to fight for our country. Consider this statement from the Journal of the Continental Congress in 1774:
“It is an indispensable duty which we owe to God, our country, ourselves
and posterity, by all lawful ways and means in our power to maintain,
defend and preserve these civil and religious rights and liberties
for which many of our fathers fought, bled and died, and to hand them
down entire to future generations.”
The United States of America is a nation that was founded by Christians and consecrated to God by our first president immediately following his inauguration. Our constitution, the oldest constitution in the world, was built upon principles and wisdom found in the Bible. David Barton provides evidence of this in his American Heritage Series. He explains that the Bible was the most quoted source during the founding era and that Biblical principles are woven throughout The Constitution. (The American Heritage Series is a great resource for anyone who would like to better understand the foundations of our nation.)
The ancient physician, Luke, tells us that “When someone has been given much, much will be required in return; and when someone has been entrusted with much, even more will be required.” (Luke 12:48, NLT) Well, we in America have certainly been entrusted with much! We have been given an unparalleled right to select our own leaders and determine our own destiny. And it is in light of this awesome responsibility that we will be judged when we stand before God one day. Yet, the majority of Evangelical Christians forsake this responsibility and stay home on election day year after year. Approximately half of all Evangelical Christians are not even registered to vote and of those registered to vote, only half make it to the polls. Imagine the impact on American elections if we would all just register to vote and then actually vote in every election! We could very quickly restore this nation to righteousness.
But, beyond that, it is imperative that we take our faith and, metaphorically, our Bible, to the polls. (Of course, if you would like to actually take your Bible with you to the polls, I would certainly not complain!)
It is our mandate as Christians to vote for those candidates that most closely adhere to Biblical values. The first chief justice of The Supreme Court of The United States, John Jay, instructed us in this way:
“Providence [God] has given to our people the choice of their rulers, and it is the duty as well as
the privilege and interest of our Christian nation to select and prefer Christians for their rulers.”
Furthermore, we must thoroughly research the candidates and ballot issues, rather than blindly accepting the propaganda that plagues us via billboards, radio and television ads, and the ever-biased mainstream media. Look at the candidates’ records and read the ballot issues. Find out which ads are telling the truth and which are not.
For example, in Colorado, Amendment 67 is a hotly-debated ballot issue. Groups like Planned Parenthood are flooding the state with lies about women and doctors being thrown in jail and all forms of birth control being outlawed if Amendment 67 passes. Unfortunately, the truth, it seems, is never as well-funded as necessary to defend itself.
In reality, Amendment 67 has nothing at all to do with birth control. It is rather an attempt to change the criminal code in Colorado to allow, as in 38 other states, for the prosecution of criminals who take the life of unborn babies when pregnant women are victimized.
Amendment 67 closes a loophole in Colorado law that allows criminals to get away with murder … In November, your vote could stand in defense of the innocent babies like Brady who are killed in Colorado. The ballot will read, “Shall there be an amendment to the Colorado constitution protecting pregnant women and unborn children by defining ‘person’ and ‘child’ in the Colorado criminal code and Colorado wrongful death act to include unborn human beings?”
The answer is yes. Yes, pregnant women and unborn children should be protected in Colorado. Yes, the Colorado criminal code and Colorado wrongful death act should be changed. Many other states in the U.S. prosecute for the homicide of unborn children, and it is time for Colorado to defend its smallest citizens. Yes on Amendment 67.
So, have you registered to vote? While it is too late to register to vote in this election, I encourage you to take the time to register today so that you can participate in the next election cycle. Visit registertovote.org as soon as you finish reading this blog and then follow up by going to the polls and casting your vote in the next election.
If you are registered to vote, go to the polls on election day! In Colorado, you should already have your ballot. Study it and vote. Get a Biblically-based voter’s guide, such as the one found at http://standup-sunday.org/colorado-voter-guide.php and take it with you to the polls. (For those around Pueblo, Colorado, we have these available if you would like a copy. Just message my Facebook page at facebook.com/lifefaithpolitics and we can arrange to get you one or more.)
It is time for Christians to stand up and take this nation back! Will you join me today in honoring the men and women who have given their lives so that we could be free?