“It’s On, Now!”
Vol: 38 Issue: 21 Sunday, November 21, 2004
It turns out that Election 2004 was at least as much a referendum on Christianity in America as it was about who would lead the United States for the next four years.
At least, that is the way it is being interpreted by the losing side. And, to some extent, by American Christians.
Virtually every move made by the White House is being framed in terms of faith and Christianity. To one side, the administration’s policies are ‘too’ Christian, while to the other, those policies are not Christian enough.
The big loser in all of this is American Christianity overall. The Democrats are talking about how they need more ‘God stuff’ in their speeches and are advising politicians and political candidates to ‘fake it till they make it’, so to speak, by making sure they get photographed leaving church on Sunday, conspicuously carrying big, black, Bibles under their arm.
At the same time, there are some on the right who feel betrayed by George Bush, saying that now that he has been reelected, he is showing his ‘true colors’. In either case, the focus is on Christianity more than it is on either policy or political differences.
I’ve noted on more than one occasion that anybody who votes for a candidate based on his confession of faith in Jesus Christ can expect to be disappointed.
In the first place, Christianity isn’t a political worldview. It is a personal faith in Jesus Christ, with the emphasis on ‘personal.’
It applies to politics only to the extent that one’s Christian values are indicative of one’s personal character.
It is impossible to bring five Christians together in a room without having five different doctrinal views.
As a case in point, I’ve spent the last couple of days with well-known Christian leaders from different churches in different parts of the country who came together to celebrate Hal’s birthday with him.
We had some long, interesting conversations, with the most remarkable thing being that no two of us agreed completely on anything.
There was no concensus of agreement on anything. It didn’t matter what the topic, there was always at least one voice of dissention. Given the maturity of the Christians involved, disagreements were friendly and generous; nobody tried to change anybody else’s mind or force their own views, but there were surprisingly few points of common agreement.
If a group of old friends who have spent the better part of their lives studying and teaching Scripture can’t reach a concensus, it is far too much to expect a politician to satisfactorily represent the cause of Christ to all his constituents all the time. Or even some of the time.
On the other hand, the anti-Christian forces in America are in total agreement.
It is that common agreement on the part of American anti-Christians that makes it possible for a small minority to dictate the terms of religion to the vast majority who actually do have Christian values.
One case in point would be the ACLU’s successes in removing monuments to the Ten Commandments or banishing anything remotely resembling prayer from American public life.
Another would be the ACLU’s efforts to destroy the Boy Scouts based on Scouting’s requirement that its members believe in God. There have been no similar legal efforts aimed at the destruction of American Islamic groups that exclude Christians or espouse hatred for Jews, for example.
The military bends over backwards to accomodate the beliefs of Islam, even going so far as to set up a Muslim chaplain corps.
But the Air Force Academy at Colorado Springs is warning Christian cadets to stop acting like Christians. It seems that is offensive to non-Christian cadets who complain that they are being ‘coerced’ by Christians holding Bible studies in their dorm rooms or including Bible quotations at the bottom of their academy email messages.
Officials at the Colorado Springs military college have instituted a new training program, under the title ‘Respecting the Spiritual Values of People’.
Although 90% of the cadets are from Protestant or Catholic backgrounds, and half of the remaining 10% said they had “not felt pressure to be involved in religion,” the tyranny of the minority has become the rule, rather than the exception, in all matters involving American Christianity.
Satan doesn’t like to be defeated. So the fight has kicked into high gear.
Right now, our forces (who are overwhelmingly Christian) are locked in combat with an enemy who is overwhelmingly Islamic.
The two most hated nations on earth are Christian America and Jewish Israel. Both countries are struggling to come up with ways to redefine themselves as secular states in the vain hope that that will placate their shared enemies.
According to Scripture, in the last days, the only targets of the antichrist’s persecution program will be Christians and Jews.
As the hours tick down to the end of this present age, the war against the people of the Bible has kicked into high gear.
Jesus warned the Jews; “They shall put you out of the synagogues: yea, the time cometh, that whosoever killeth you will think that he doeth God service.” (John 16:2)
He told Christians, “Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword.” (Matthew 10:34)
In observing the escalating war against Christianity in America, one can’t help but wonder if He was speaking directly to America when He said:
“And a man’s foes shall be they of his own household.” (Matthew 10:36)
Notes from the field:
We had a wonderful time last night with Hal as more guests arrived for his big party tonight. Hal’s daughters, their husbands and their children arrived late last night. I had an enjoyable time with Hal’s neighbor, Harry, who is a retired Los Angeles Sheriff’s deputy of 32 years service.
Although Hal is virtually crippled by pain thanks to his failing knees (he will be having surgery next month) he is otherwise in terrific health and in great spirits.
Today, while things are fairly quiet, I’ll share all the wonderful messages wishing him a happy birthday that have been posted in our member’s forum.
Please forgive the lateness of the OL reports while I am out here on Pacific Coast time. And God bless you all.