Then you will be handed over to be persecuted and put to death, and you will be hated by all nations because of me. At that time many will turn away from the faith and will betray and hate each other, and many false prophets will appear and deceive many people. Because of the increase of wickedness, the love of most will grow cold, but he who stands firm to the end will be saved. [Matthew 24:9-13]
Reaping What We've Sown
Because we have allowed the censorship of our public officials, our
teachers, our elected representatives and our judges of expressing their faith
in public, the predictable is happening: a generation of young people growing
up with very little understanding of the spiritual principles on which our
country was founded.
Our culture has taught them that right and wrong are abribrary - subjective - changing.
Many people today have willfully and philosophically turned away from the covenantal vision and biblical principles of our Founders and have been promoting as 'constitutional' those things which God condemns (Matt. 24:10). Our society now openly endorses the killing of babies, homosexuality as an acceptable life-style, and encourages the pagan worship of Mother Earth.
The Scriptures state that "Blessed is the nation whose God is the
Lord." (Psalm 33:12). The nation who honors the one true Jehovah God will
experience His blessings of protection, provision, peace, and stability. But,
as Pastor Jeremiah Wright said, "America has failed." This nation has forsaken
God and as a result we can see in our families, our schools, the inner-cities,
our government, our national security, our Constitutional rights, indeed in all
areas of our lives, the removal of Gods blessing.
The demise of morality, the loss of our freedom, the crime in our streets, increased drug use, the poverty in the inner-cities, the war zones in our homes and the violence of our children is a result of our disobedience to the Word of God and will not improve until we take responsibility for our actions. Contrary to liberal propaganda, we don't have an economic problem, we have a problem of our spirit. We have willfully and systematically rejected God and as a result, we are now experiencing the fruit of that sin.
The Battle for the Hearts and Minds of Christians
Across our country today and indeed around the world, there is a
battle being waged by those who hate Christ and the truth contained in the
Bible (Mat. 24:9). The scheme is a propaganda campaign that depersonalizes and
minimizes Christians. Depersonalization makes it easier for people to accept
negative stereotypes, pigeonholed, and, in the extreme, tolerate abuse and
persecution of the people who have been depersonalized. Historical precedent
for this can be found in Nero's treatment of Christians, racism in all forms,
and Hitler's treatment of the Jews.
Secularists appear to have agreed upon three specific mechanisms to complete the task of immobilizing and silencing Christians. You can find evidence of these strategies in your own communities and schools.
1. Deny our
Judeo-Christian roots and rewrite our historical record.
Children in public schools never hear the expressions of faith made by the founders of our country. They celebrate the pilgrim's first Thanksgiving but are not told to whom those early settlers were thankful. Christ and His church has been banned and any mention of Christianity is forbidden.
2. Convince the
American people that Christians are in violation of the Constitution.
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 of separation of church and state is found only in one of Jefferson's letters, and referred, not to the exclusion of religious people from government, but to the protection of religion from governmental interference.
"[The religious right] are demanding their rightful seat at the table, and that is what the American people fear the most." [Rep. Vic Fazio, D-CA, "God as a Wedge Issue," Norfold Virginian-Pilot, June 24, 1994]
Liberals in Congress formed a so-called "Radical Right Task Force" in 1994, paid for with American tax dollars. This "Task Force" meets in the U.S. Capitol to plan how to intimidate Christians from going to the polls and to deny churches tax-exempt status if they distribute Christian voter education literature. They have focused on "non-profit groups vs. Advocacy groups" and "when do non-profits cross the line and become advocacy groups?" The law provides tax exemptions for non-profit groups but not for advocacy groups.
"People of traditional faith have become effective, and this makes the left quake." [Sen. Dan Coats]
insult, shout down and mischaracterize Christians, hoping to intimidate them
Those who reject Jesus will also shun Christians, for faithful believers carry the presence of the Holy Spirit who brings conviction of sin as well as God's love. Any mention of sin grates against today's relativistic values and the kind of "freedom" where anything goes. That's why Christians, who are "the aroma of Christ" to believers, are also "the smell of death to those who are perishing." They hate the true Jesus.
George Gardner of College Hill United Methodist Church in Wichita, Kansas said, "The evangelical Christian right does not represent the religion of America. We have to deal with the Christian evangelical religious right that would take the love of God and turn it into the wrath of God ... that would take the equality of men, women and children and would turn it into a male-dominated hierarchy that would subjugate women and intimidate children." [The Wichita Eagle, January 22, 1994]
Leading political and cultural groups have mounted a campaign to
misrepresent and discredit the religious right in hopes of undermining the
growing political influence of religious conservatives. President Bill
Clinton called religious conservatives "obstructionist right-wing fanatics" who embrace a
message of "hate and fear." Hillary Clinton
claimed that those who were bringing charges against her husband for his
extra-marital sexual adventures are part of a "Vast
Right-Wing Conspiracy" or simply are prejudiced
against anyone from Arkansas. Texas governor Ann Richards labeled
them "mongers of hate" who "preach their anger" and "have turned the party of
Lincoln into the party of Operation Rescue." Also, Congressman, Vic
Fazio, chairman of the Democratic Congresional Campaign Committee, said the
"intolerant," religious right wants
"to carry views that are distinctly religious over into
government and try to impose them as law" using "stealth candidates" and
"subterranean tactics" to advance its ruthless agenda. U.S. Surgeon General
Joycelyn Elders spoke of the "unchristian
religious right" as "those people who are selling
our children out in the name of religion." Writing on the op-ed page of
the New York Times, Robert H. Meneilly writes, "The religious right confronts us with a threat far greater
then the old threat of Communism."
The Christian Right has oftentimes been compared with Nazism and they point out that Nazi's were Christian. But, were they?
Martin Borman was a very high Nazi official in Hitler's government and he wrote,
"National Socialism and Christian concepts are irreconcilable. The Christian churches build upon man's ignorance and are endeavoring to keep the greatest number of people in a state of ignorance....Our National Socialist concept of the world is on a far higher plane than are the ideas of Christianity, whose essential points have been taken from the Jews. For that reason too, we have no need of Christianity....." (The NAZI YEARS, Joachim Remak, pp. 103-104, Prentice-Hall, 1969)
Ludwig Von Mises described socialism under the Nazi's [increasingly similar in America].
"There are, however, no longer entrepreneurs but only shop managers (Betriebsfuhrer). These shop managers do the buying and selling, pay the workers, contract debts, and pay interest and amortization. There is no labor market; wages and salaries are fixed by the government [Labor unions, minimum wage]. The government tells the shop managers what and how to produce [FDA, OSHA], at what prices and from whom to buy, at what prices and to whom to sell. The government decrees to whom and under what terms the capitalists must entrust their funds and where and at what wages laborers must work. Market exchange is only a sham. All the prices, wages, and interest rates are fixed by the central authority [Federal Reserve]. They are prices, wages, and interest rates in appearance only; in reality they are merely determinations of quantity relations in the government's orders. The government, not the consumers, directs production. This is socialism in the outward guise of capitalism. Some labels of capitalistic market economy are retained but they mean something entirely different from what they mean in a genuine market economy." (Omnipotent Government, Ludwig Von Mises, p. 56) [emphasis added by author]
Any Christian who has stood his ground on Biblical faith has grown uncomfortably accustomed to being called all sorts of names:
|Judgmental or Biggot: People say, "You criticize our way - you don't think we're good enough for God!" (Romans 3:23-24)|
|Arrogant: "You think you're better than us - that you have found the only way to eternal life!" (John 14:6)|
|Narrow-minded: "You think you have the only handle on truth. If you practiced the love you preach, you would see all people as worthy of salvation" (1 Timothy 4:1)|
|Ignorant: "You don't know there are other paths to enlightenment" (2 Timothy 4:3-4)|
|Old-Fashioned: "You cling to obsolete myths" (Hebrews 13:8)|
The names "radical right," "far right," "extreme right"and "Christian right" are also part of the effort to marginalize and demoralize those with traditional views. When was the last time you heard homosexual activists or abortionists referred to as the "Radical Left?
The Media Assault on Christianity
When Reggie White, an ordained minister and All-Pro defensive end
for the Green Bay Packers, stated in a speech his Christian beliefs regarding
homosexuality, CBS almost immediately cancelled his pending sportscasting
contract. During his speech, White declared that he is "offended" by the
comparison of struggles of homosexual groups to those of blacks. "Homosexuality
is a decision. It's not a race," he said. At about the same time, CBS announced
plans to air the Howard Stern Show, featuring raunchy language, nudity and
graphic sexual content. Nike agreed to retain Reggie as a spokesman, but Nike
Chairman Phil Knight denounced Reggie as "crazy." Campbell Soup Company
declines to renew Reggie's endorsement contract, saying that his "comments are
not consistent with the principles of the Campbell Soup Company."
Supported by the Justice Department, the news media characterizes Christians who choose to believe in the Bible as cultists. Numerous examples of this bigotry is evidenced by the endless reports of people who believe the "end of the age" is near is responsible for all sorts of terrorists acts. Some of the more apparent examples includes the burning of the Davidian compound in Waco Texas and the murder of the family at Ruby Ridge.
Following the tragedy in Oklahoma City, Americans watched in
disbelief as liberal pundits attempted to portray the maniac bombers with
conservative and religious Americans - especially those who fight for the
Writing in The Washington Post, Michael Lind made that connection between the bombers and pro-lifers. He wrote,
"The story of Oklahoma City and the militias should not make us forget that the main form of political terrorism in the United States is perpetuated by right wing opponents of abortion."
Washington Post columnist Carl Rowan wrote one of the most unbelievable columns stating:
"I am absolutely certain the harsh rhetoric of the Gingriches and Doles creates a climate of violence in America."
Bruce Morton of CNN attempted to link the bombers with religious Americans:
"What do you suppose the odds are that when they finally know who did it, they will say, "Well, I was following God's will?"
Eleanor Clift, the loud voice of the left on PBS's The McGlaughlin Report, predicted the bombers were from...
"a loose cabal of gun extremists, religious extremists."
In the wake of the murder of Nicole Simpson, Wall Street Journal
columnist Al Hunt attributed part of the blame for domestic violence against
women on Pat Robertson's teaching on the headship of the husband over the wife.
A government report blamed Christianity for causing teenage suicides. Published in 1989 by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, it accused Catholics, Baptists, and other Christian groups of depicting homosexuality as morally wrong, thus creating "unresolvable internal conflicts for youth who adhere to their faith but believe they will not change their sexual orientation." The recommendation: churches must change their beliefs.
"Religion needs to reassess homosexuality in a positive context..." ["Government Tells Churches What to Teach," AFA Journal (October 1989).]
In 1989, the U.S. government released a report by a committee of
the National Research Council which called the Christian perspective of
homosexuality a "deep-rooted social pathology" and further blamed Christians
for "stigmatizing" homosexuals and thus contributing to the spread of AIDS.
Dan Rather, CBS News anchor, blamed Christians for attacks on homosexuals in an April 11 editorial for the magazine Nation. He wrote,
"Gays and lesbians are beaten to death in the streets with increasing frequency - in part due to irrational fear of AIDS but also because hatemongers, from comedians to the worst of the Christian Right, sent the message that homosexuals have no value in our society."
You can't overlook the massive public and media response generated
following Rev. Jeremiah Wrights reference concerning the scientific and
political imposition of HIV/AIDS as a genocidal plague created by the
Anglo-American ruling elite. Scientific support for Rev. Wright's concerns was
published in 1998 by Dr. Leonard Horowitz, a Harvard degreed expert in public
health who spent three years investigating links between the first cases of
AIDS and the first hepatitis B vaccines given to gay men in New York and
central Africans between 1972 and 1974.
Indeed, name calling has become the defacto standard for liberals
when describing their opponents. But, their derogatory terms, "biggot,"
"racist," "sexist," and "homophobic" must be loosing their effectiveness
because recently they have bugun a new campaign: calling their opponents
Washington Post columnist Richard Cohen says that Charlton Heston is nuts because his views on the culture war contradict today's notion of political correctness.
Jesse Jackson says that Mayor Rudy Giuliani "sounds like a mentally disturbed person" becuase the Mayor had defended police action in New York City respecting the shooting of unarmed suspects.
Mind you, these people are not saying that their opponents' ideas are crazy. That is perfectly legitimate. They are rather labeling the proponents of ideas they oppose as crazy. Their intent of course is to convince the American public that since these people are crazy, as opposed to the idea being crazy, then they do not deserve to be listened to at all. [Paul Weyrich, "Liberals resort to calling names," Christian Crusade, June 2000]
The defenders of all that is fine and decent indict Bible-believing activists as "hate mongers," "fire-breathing radicals," "unchristian," "merchants of hate" who would establish "a Christian version of the Ayatollah Khomeini's Iran" and "fanatics" with a message of "hate and fear." By stigmatizing the values movement, the Left hopes to avoid the issues in debate. Its subliminal message is: "Don't listen to what these extremists are saying. Don't take them seriously." They're militants and bigots - and that's all you need to know about them." [Don Feder, "The Religious Right? That's You," Christian American, September 1994.]
The frustrating thing is that those who are attacking religion claim they are doing it in the name of tolerance, freedom, and open-mindedness. Question: Isn't the real truth that they are intolerant of religion? They refuse to tolerate its importance in our lives. - Ronald Reagan