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Christians Dealing with the Culture War
Gary Kelly
EarsToHear.net

“My confidence is that there will for a long time be virtue and good sense enough in our countrymen to correct abuses.” Thomas Jefferson

Thomas Jefferson's "long time" apparently expired in 1947 with Everson v. Board of Education. Since then instead of "correcting abuses" replaced "virtue and good sense" by attacking the very foundation America's founders based our Republic, Christian faith. We all know what has happened since. Politicians, by selecting secular judges, have created the very despotic branch our founders warned against. Now instead of practicing democracy and allowing Americans to vote, Presidents and Congress has allowed this despotic branch to violate the Constitution they swore to uphold by redefining the original intent of the Bill of Rights.

Now this despotic branch has been successful, to the joy of secular liberals, by outlawing school prayer, funding the deaths of over 43 million babies, banned the Bible from the classroom, removing the Ten Commandments from the public square, violated free speech  by upholding the Campaign Finance Reform Law, and more. By avoiding the original intent the First and Second Amendments, property rights, and more are now under constant attack. The sound bites and deceptive spin used by secular liberals and the ignorance and apathy of many Americans will have their descendents wondering what was the "American way of life."

It is imperative that America immediately recognize these assaults for what they are, an all out attack to remove America's Christian heritage from all academics, weaken the American military power and relinquishing America's sovereignty to an UNELECTED United Nations Security Council, which has nothing but disdain for the U.S. Constitution.

We could go on and on covering all of the issues facing our generation today. The impact and costs of ILLEGAL immigration with the impact on the education of children of American citizens, healthcare and emergency rooms, infrastructure, crime and prison population. The war on terror which is really a war against Islamic radicals to establish their "caliphate" to impose a real world-wide theocracy of tyranny, dominance, abuse of women. To those who attempt to spin the fact that Christians are after a theocracy here in America, they are ignorant of their own countries history and the 55 Christians who established this republic. (By the way, our form of government is not a democracy, but those who want to eliminate the electoral college would change this republic into a democracy. Do you know the original intent of our founders as to why they chose a republic over pure democracy?)

As we choose whether or not to face these issues head on or choose apathy instead, as an American the life you now have is a direct result of those 55 Christians who chose to honor their Patriots Declaration. What will you do?

Patriots Declaration

And with any battle worth fighting, there comes suffering and sacrifice - a price to pay for our cherished freedom. The Founding Fathers of this Nation, in another fight for freedom from tyranny, signed their names to the Declaration of Independence just below these words of commitment: "And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes, and our sacred honor."

"The Sun never shined on a cause of greater worth." --Thomas Paine

"Do you recollect the pensive and awful silence which pervaded the House when we were called up, one after another, to the table of the President of Congress [John Hancock] to subscribe what was believed by many at that time to be our own death warrants?" --Benjamin Rush

"There! His Majesty can now read my name without glasses. And he can double the reward on my head!" --John Hancock

"We must hang together or assuredly we shall hang separately." --Benjamin Franklin

"Our cause is noble; it is the cause of mankind!" --George Washington

"It ought to be commemorated, as the Day of Deliverance by solemn Acts of Devotion to God Almighty. ... I am well aware of the Toil and Blood and Treasure, that it will cost Us to maintain this Declaration, and support and defend these States. Yet through all the Gloom I can see the Rays of ravishing Light and Glory. I can see that the End is more than worth all the Means. And that Posterity will tryumph in that Days Transaction, even altho We should rue it, which I trust in God We shall not." --John Adams

"On the distinctive principles of the Government ...of the U. States, the best guides are to be found in...The Declaration of Independence, as the fundamental Act of Union of these States." --James Madison

"[T]he flames kindled on the 4 of July 1776, have spread over too much of the globe to be extinguished by the feeble engines of despotism; on the contrary, they will consume these engines and all who work them. ... The Declaration of Independence ... [is the] declaratory charter of our rights, and the rights of man." --Thomas Jefferson

"Independence Forever." --John Adams toast July 4, 1826, the 50th Anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence -- the day both he and Thomas Jefferson died.

Of the fifty-six signers: 17 lost their fortunes, 12 had their homes destroyed, 9 fought and died, 5 were arrested as traitors, and 2 lost sons in the War.

Some thoughts below on the Christian faith of America's Founders.

Establishing the difference between a Biblical worldview and a secular liberal worldview.

1 Corinthians 3: And I, brethren, could not speak unto you as unto spiritual, but as unto carnal, even as unto babes in Christ. I have fed you with milk, and not with meat: for hitherto ye were not able to bear it, neither yet now are ye able. For ye are yet carnal: for whereas there is among you envying, and strife, and divisions, are ye not carnal, and walk as men? For while one says, I am of Paul; and another, I am of Apollos; are ye not carnal? Who then is Paul, and who is Apollos, but ministers by whom ye believed, even as the Lord gave to every man? I have planted, Apollos watered; but God gave the increase.

So then neither is he that plants any thing, neither he that waters; but God that gives the increase. Now he that plants and he that waters are one: and every man shall receive his own reward according to his own labor. For we are laborers together with God: ye are God's husbandry, ye are God's building. According to the grace of God which is given unto me, as a wise master builder, I have laid the foundation, and another builds thereon. But let every man take heed how he builds thereupon.

For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ. Now if any man build upon this foundation gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble; Every man's work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man's work of what sort it is. If any man's work abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward. If any man's work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire.

Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwells in you? If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are. Let no man deceive himself. If any man among you seems to be wise in this world, let him become a fool, that he may be wise. For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God. For it is written, He takes the wise in their own craftiness. And again, The Lord knows the thoughts of the wise, that they are vain. Therefore let no man glory in men. For all things are yours; Whether Paul, or Apollos, or Cephas, or the world, or life, or death, or things present, or things to come; all are yours; And ye are Christ's; and Christ is God's.

As the "culture war" is being defined, bottled, and sold, are Christians being diverted from their priority "calling" of the Lord?

What is the success rate of secular liberals who finally "get it" and become conservative. How many secular liberals do you know who, no matter how many facts and history lessons they hear come to realize that history didn't just start this morning? How many secular liberals do you know that have come to see beyond their hatred for President Bush? How many secular liberal teachers are finally waking up to how their labor union bosses spend their forced union dues on supporting the politicians that do their bidding?

Yes, it is being a good servant to bring the Light of Christ into the darkness of evil. Yes, it is being a good servant to be the salt of the world by confronting failed secular worldviews by writing op-eds, editorials, books, or appearing on TV and radio. Yes, it is being a good servant to remove your children from secular indoctrination factories to home school, where the Bible can be read and taught, and prayer can be freely practiced.

Have you noticed which word was left out? Would you prefer to sometime hear the words, "Well done, good and faithful servant?" As Christians we may realize the difference between the wisdom of this world and the wisdom of God, but those who are secular know only the wisdom of this world. Recall Who it is that "gives the increase." Read again our Lord's parable concerning the master and his servants (Matthew 25). How many "talents" would you'd like to have? Will you produce tenfold, sixtyfold, or a hundredfold (Matthew 13)? Is your objective to convert secular liberals unto conservatism, or unto Christ and His Kingdom? Is the foundation we as Christians are laying that of pleading and conviction (wood and stubble) or that which is of Christ (gold and silver)? Is your work being burned and suffering losses, or is it passing the test of the Holy Spirit and fire?

God does not appeal to our reason. He appeals to our spirit. 

The first challenge to one’s intellect or ego is determining whether or not there is a God. The second challenge will be: Is Jesus the only way we can have fellowship with the Creator? A Christian could debate this with an atheist or follower of a false prophet using his own wisdom and still not convince an unbeliever otherwise. Why, because it is not the responsibility of the Christian or preacher to convict and convince. The Christian’s calling is to preach the Word of God, for the power of God follows the Word of God, not the preacher. It is Christ alone Who draws all men to Himself. (John 12:32)   

Let it be the Scriptures which directly challenge an unbeliever’s wisdom. Scripture says it was the Holy Spirit who inspired the Word of God (2 Timothy 3:16). Scripture also says it is the role of the Holy Spirit to reveal the Word of God (1 Corinthians 2:10-16). Thus it is the Holy Spirit’s responsibility to convict and convince, not that of the preacher. Let the unbeliever debate instead each Scripture with the Holy Spirit. This is why Jesus said: Wherefore I say unto you, All manner of sin and blasphemy shall be forgiven unto men: but the blasphemy against the Holy Ghost shall not be forgiven unto men. Matthew 12:31

As faithful servants, should we continue to "preach" by resorting to worldly wisdom and refrain from using the Word of God, from which the power of God follows? Consider what 1 Corinthians 3 would have us do as good and faithful servants as opposed to having good intentions and neglecting to use God's Word. The seed you sow will reap the harvest according to Matthew 13 not according to an academic degree.

He that has ears to hear, let him hear.

More on this in Lesson One in the book Lessons of the Holy Spirit - A Guide for Entering the Kingdom of God and Discover Why it Pleased God to Hide His Kingdom from the Wise.

    


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