There is a war going on in America that has far deeper implications for us than the war in Iraq. It is the warfare against Christianity, and the sole purpose for it is to do away with our founding faith and replace it with a totally secular society.
The people who are championing the fight against Christianity are secularists who will stop at nothing to change this country into a totally secular culture such as is now running rampant in Europe.
I believe in the right of everyone to practice their religion unhindered by the government, but that does not mean that we should ignore our own Christian roots. By stating that the United States is a Christian nation, one is not denying others the right to worship as they wish. And I think it is high time that Christian people stood up and said, "We have gone too far in this country with this warfare against Christianity."
We should demand that our leaders protect the fact that we were founded on: the Judeo-Christian ethic. People say that to place a manger scene in a public park is unconstitutional. They should remember this: secular minds could not and would not have written our constitution. It came from the minds of Christian people. Our entire government was predicated on Christianity, and we should demand that our leaders not forget that.
Just try to imagine what our constitution would have looked like if the secularists who want to wipe Christ and Christmas from the scene had been in charge of writing it. Christian people must, in a Godly fashion, demand that our faith not be denigrated simply because someone objects to something we believe in. We must demand that the tide be turned because we have gone too far.
When children cannot mention Jesus, the manger scene, Christmas carols and Christmas itself, then we have gone too far.
When a Florida city removes the Christmas trees from public places, saying that it represents the formal approval of a religion, then we have gone too far.
When children are punished because they speak of Jesus, we have gone too far. When public school administrations don't know the law concerning the free expression of our faith, then we have gone too far.
When one group censors Christian symbols and songs out of a children's school play but allows Jewish and Muslim symbols, then we have gone too far. When one person objects to Christianity and Christmas and everyone else has to knuckle under just for them, then we have gone too far.
When the ACLU and similar liberal organizations think it is their sacred duty to "protect" the public from such "dangerous things" as a children's Christmas pageant, a manger scene, Christmas carols and Christmas trees, I think we have gone too far. These people need to get a life.
But make no mistake about it: the real war is against Christianity. This secular world does not want to have to deal with the principles and ideals of Christianity. So they object to anything and everything and appeal to the so-called "separation of church and state." They think that if they object to enough of the various characteristics of Christianity then, after a while, all the issues will be dealt with and we will be able to do nothing in the public forum.
The secularist, the humanist, the atheist and the infidel must understand something. You will never get rid of Christ or Christianity. The Bible tells you that. Plus, you will never be able to succeed when you finally make the Christians mad enough. This is happening all over the nation. Christian law associations are winning battle after battle and restoring Christmas and Christ to communities all across this nation.
Christians are finally getting fed up with being picked on. It's about time.
(The Rev. Bill Harrell is pastor of Abilene Baptist Church in Martinez.)
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