Systematic subversion to full frontal assault
American Christians are called to take a stand for righteousness for the sake of God’s reputation, for the sake of the lost, and for one another’s sake. For decades we surrendered to the devil, working through progressives, to demoralize the country. With each attack against Christ and his followers, we steadily retreated. With every defeat in the spiritual battle came a corresponding defeat in the world. We:
>remained silent when Congress passed Sen. Lyndon Johnson’s amendment greatly restricting speech from the pulpit in 1954.
>let stand Supreme Court decisions to prohibit school prayer and Scripture reading in 1962-63.
>brought no legislative counterbalance when the Supreme Court ruled states cannot reimburse religious schools for books or salaries in 1971.*
>said nothing when the Supreme Court legalized abortion in 1973.
>hardly fight back when the Supreme Court prohibited the display of the Ten Commandments in public school in 1980.*
>failed to effectively address a Supreme Court ruling that held unconstitutional all voluntary prayer or meditation in school, calling such practice an endorsement of religion, 1985. (The SCOTUS ruled the state law to establish voluntary prayer failed all three conditions set by Lemon v. Kurtzman.)*
>submitted to a Supreme Court ruling in 1985 that stated employees do not have an unqualified right not to work on the Sabbath.
>lost in 1987 when the Supreme Court reviewed a Louisiana law holding that the teaching of evolution in public school must also present creation science as an alternative theory of origins. The Court ruled the Louisiana law unconstitutional based on the 3-way test in Lemon v. Kurtzman.
>lost in 1989 when the Supreme Court ruled unconstitutional a Nativity Scene in Pennsylvania which included the words “Glory to God for the birth of Jesus Christ.” A prior ruling held Nativity Scenes lawful so long as they pass the 3-way test.
>lost in 1992 when the Court struck down clergy-led prayer at graduation ceremonies because such prayers violated the 3-way test.
>lost in 2000 when the Court ruled that student-led, student-initiated prayer at school football games violates the Establishment Clause.
>shared defeat with the state legislatures & the majority when the Court in 2015 legalized same sex marriage.
The lawsuits go on and on, brought by organizations like the ACLU, challenging Christian speech on every level, pulling down Christian monuments, attacking the phrase “Under God” in the Pledge, attacking Christmas, pushing the LGBT agenda, using hate speech law to silence the Gospel, and even restricting Bible study in private homes. Business people are forced to endorse anti-biblical ideas and practices under threat of sanction, fines, and imprisonment.
But ultimately, we are to blame, for we failed to take a stand, allowing persecutions and deprivations to proliferate.
The tragedy of it: all this mayhem, this embrace of degradation, could have been avoided if Christians simply got out and voted according to biblical principles. Our disgracefully low voter turnout rate is a great sin. We neglected our duty, and now, we are paying the price.
*In Lemon v. Kurtzman, an 8-0 decision, the Court set out a three-pronged test for the constitutionality of a statute, by which a statute is constitutional if: (1) it has a primarily secular purpose; (2) its principal effect neither aids nor inhibits religion; and (3) government and religion are not excessively entangled. (A lot of room for subjective judgments in that 3-way test.)
THE BIG PICTURE: