WHERE GOD IS NOT ANYTHING IS PERMITTED
By Tom Moore
“And also all that generation were gathered unto their fathers: and there arose another generation after them, which knew not the LORD, nor yet the works which he had done for Israel…In those days there was no king in Israel: every man did that which was right in his own eyes” (Judges 2:10; 21:25). Does this not describe the present United States of America? We are living in an “anything goes” society.
The dismantling of America’s Christian Heritage is taking place before our very eyes, and has been for the last 50 years. American culture had for 185 years been friendly toward Christianity – but no longer. America was once considered a Christian nation – but this is quickly fading away. For the last 50 years, the forces of humanism, atheism, evolution, liberalism, pluralism, and “political correctness” have been aggressive in their assault on Christian religion. They have gradually dismantled many of the moral and spiritual principles that one characterized our society. America’s religious, moral, and spiritual foundation is literally disintegrating before our very eyes!
We are presently in an all-out, casualty filled, spiritual war. The central issue of this war is God and the Bible. Social and political liberals from Hollywood and even many in our Nation’s Capitol are hostile toward God, and they are very open about it. Friends we are facing perilous times! The apostle Paul declared, “Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places” (Eph. 6:10-12).
This conspiracy parades itself under the guise that our Founding Fathers and the Constitution advocated the “separation of church and state.” The enemies of religion claim that this means that all references to God and Christianity should not be permitted in public settings that are associated with the government, community or schools. There are many decisions that are being made this very day in our government and in our courts with this philosophical mind set. We are being told that the constitution enjoins the “separation of church and state” and that our Founding Fathers opposed public expression of Christian religion in government and schools. My friends, this is a lie!
Adolf Hitler said, “By means of shrewd lies unremittingly repeated, it is possible to make people believe that heaven is hell – and hell is heaven. The greater the lie, the more readily it is believed.” The “separation of church and state” is not found in the Constitution – or anything akin to it. As a matter of fact, our Founding Fathers wrote and spoke often God and religion. If we will read what they said, and not what people said they said, this will become very apparent. Shouldn’t this be true with regard to the Bible? Should we not be more concerned with what God says than man?
Our Founding Father’s speeches were filled with Scripture. The Bible is quoted over and over again in Presidential Inaugural Speeches. Even the Constitution spoke of God and the Bible. As an example, notice an excerpt from George Washington’s Farwell Address:
“Of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, religion and morality are indispensable supports. In vain would that man claim tribute of patriotism, who should labor to subvert these great pillars of human happiness, these firmest props of the duties of men and citizens. The mere politician, equally with the pious man, ought to respect and to cherish them…Whatever may be conceded to the influence of refined education on minds of peculiar structure, reason and experience both forbid us to expect that national morality can prevail in exclusion of religious principle.”
George Washington, one of our Founding Fathers and first President of the United States, says if you separate the church from the state – you will have national problems. The two indispensable supports to human happiness, political prosperity, and popular government are religion and morality. It you take religion out of our government it will lead to ruin. That is exactly what see happening in our day!
Did our Founding Fathers subscribe to Christianity? Most definitely! Our nation was founded on Christian principles – NOT Judaism and NOT Islam. Consider what Noah Webster (another of our Founding Father) said,
“In my view the Christian religion is the most important and one of the first things in which all children, under a free government, ought to be instructed…No truth is more evident to my mind than that the Christian religion must be the basis of any government intended to secure the right and privileges of a free people”
Newsweek Magazine said that “Historians are discovering that the Bible, perhaps even more than the Constitution, is our Founding Document” (Newsweek, Dec. 27, 1982 – p. 44). Consider also The Bill of Rights – Amendment I,
“Congress shall make no new law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or the press; of the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”
My friends, when the Government forbids the free public expression of religion they are violating the First Amendment of the Bill of Rights!
What is the solution? What can we do to turn the tide? First of all we need self-examination and serious rededication to God. We must stop allowing culture to influence us. We need to seek God first in al things (Mat. 6:33; Mk. 12:30).
Secondly, we need to give diligent dedication to our families. We must demand that our families straighten up and put God first in their lives as did Abraham (Gen. 18:19). We must take charge of our families and teach them the importance of faithfully serving God (Deut. 6:24-25).
Thirdly, we need to pray (1 Tim. 2:1-2) fervently and with great intensity that our Government will put God back where He belongs – in the forefront of all their decisions. We must praying without ceasing (1 The. 5:17).
Fourthly, we must get involved in the political process. Many say that politics and religion do not mix, but that is not what our Founding Fathers believed. Our Nation was founded on Biblical principles. When the godly to not participate in the political process we empower the wicked (2 Chr. 19:2). “All that is necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing” (Edmund Burke). Who should be selected for political office? The Bible gives us guidelines (Exo. 18:21; Pro. 29:2, 4). We decide who our political leaders are, and rather than voting based on our pocket book, we should vote based on God, the Bible, and morality. “Righteousness exalteth a nation: but sin is a reproach to any people” (Pro. 14:34).
Fifthly we must determine to be steadfast (1 Cor. 15:58). America did not get in this fix overnight and it will not be changed overnight.
What Makes a Strong Government? Is it economics, the military, or our health care system? No! Morality and the Bible make for a strong Government! Read Psalm 33. My friends, “In God We Trust” must remain the American motto!
Information for this article was gathered from Dave Miller’s DVD – “The Silencing of God”