Discovering the Biblical Kingdom of God, Jesus & Holy Spirit
America's Choice: Constitutional Republic or Democrat-Socialism?
"Man will ultimately be governed by God or by tyrants." (Benjamin Franklin)
The Democrats DO NOT want YOU to know these history facts.
It wasn't Democrats that advanced civil rights, Democrats hindered civil rights.
The Big Switch: From suppression to dependence
Democrat Historical Evidence on Opposing Civil Rights
Democrat Attempts To Call Republicans Racists
Martin Luther King Jr. Opposition to Democrat Policies
America's Founders and Slavery - What Democrats do not want you to know.
Democrat Socialism: A clear and present danger: Undermining Liberty and the Free Market
The Cloward-Piven Strategy: Orchestrated Economic Crisis to Advance Government Control
Marxism - "Fundamentally transforming America" from a
Constitutional Republic into Marxism
Democrats and Children - Creating "We the serfs" by distorting history and and perverting our children with gender delusion
The Big Switch: From suppression to dependence
During the 1960s, while serving in the Marine Corps, I watched as Republicans were going all out to pass legislation giving blacks the same rights as whites. The Civil Rights Act and the Voting Rights Act, if I recall, did not receive one vote from a Democrat. The Republican Party passed it on its own. Now, 58 years later, we're told Republicans are racist, white supremacists, homophobic, and the scourge of people of color. Not that the Democrats really do anything to help minorities. They just keep them on the urban plantations with the promise that "someday" things will be better if they vote Democrat. --Roger Helle
"Equity" Is Not Equality - It's Revenge - By Will Alexander - ...There's so little white racism today that Biden and his ilk are reduced to jerry-rigging tragic history to grossly distorted current events to create menacing white racist devils that do not exist: "white privilege," "systemic racism," and "white supremacy." It's so infuriating because "some people still want to do that" is a hideous lie that digs into long-healed racial wounds. A new generation of Americans is being drenched with this stuff, for no good reason, in the name of achieving racial "equity." ...Yet the fight for so-called racial equity has nothing to do with real justice. Stripped of distortions and theatrics, equity is fueled by the same primitive stuff that drives all blood feuds: tribalism, hatred, revenge, and violence. Wicked politicians use the sins of older generations to get and keep power while angry blacks, clinging to old hatreds, seethe for revenge. Biden's new diktat, in effect, institutionalized a vendetta.
Biden Injects DEI Racism Into Federal Government - By Thomas Gallatin - Another executive order instructs federal agencies to meet new equity goals that sound a whole lot like something out of Communist China. ...In signing his latest order, Biden dropped that neo-Marxist code word "equity." The goal is to provide "equitable outcomes" for all Americans, he told us. Then, using the Left's intersectional hierarchy, he pointed to the usual "underserved minority communities." Biden's order directs executive agencies to create "equity teams" whose goal will be meeting Biden's race goals by "delivering equitable outcomes, to the extent consistent with applicable law." The White House will also create a new steering committee to "coordinate Government-wide efforts to advance equity.' ...It is clear that all this 'equity" is nothing more than an excuse for the federal government to exercise greater control of Americans' lives and wealth in order to redistribute toward favored interest groups, all for the purpose of growing Washington's political power. The reason today's Democrat Party has become obsessed with racism has everything to do with advancing political power. America's past history of racism, a history that one party is primarily responsible for promulgating, has been weaponized by hard-left Democrats to pound today's populace that has for the most part overcome racism into embracing 'equity,' which is simply racism repackaged to target whites rather than blacks.
Race Politics & the "BIG SWITCH" from INTIMIDATION to ENTITLEMENT with LBJ's Great Society Welfare State - ...In 1857, the Supreme Court, with 7 of the 9 Justices being Democrat, decided that Dred Scott was not a citizen, but property. ...Once Southern Democrats were forced to free their slaves, they attempted to re-enslave them by passing Black Codes. These required former slaves to be "apprenticed" to "employers" and be punished if they left.
...On November 22, 1865, Republicans denounced Democrats for enacting Black Codes as they institutionalized discrimination. On February 5, 1866, Republican Congressman Thaddeus Stevens introduced legislation to give former slaves "40 acres and a mule." Democrats opposed it, led by President Andrew Johnson. On April 9, 1866, Republicans in Congress overrode President Johnson's veto and passed the Civil Rights Act of 1866, conferring rights of citizenship on freed slaves.
...To force Southern States to extend the rights of State citizenship to former slaves, Republicans passed the 14TH AMENDMENT, May 10, 1866, in the U.S. House, and June 8, 1866, in the U.S. Senate. One hundred percent of Democrats voted against it. ...Along with Jim Crow laws, Southern Democrats attempted to keep former slaves from voting. On January 8, 1867, Republicans granted voting rights to former slaves in the District of Columbia by overriding President Andrew Johnson's veto.
...The 15TH AMENDMENT, granting the right to vote to all men regardless of race was passed February 3, 1870, overcoming 97 percent Democrat opposition. ...Once Southern Democrats could no longer keep former slaves from voting, they attempted to intimidate them through Antifa-type KKK vigilante mobs and terrorist lynchings. ...Democrats in the South called the white Republicans "radicals," and lynched them along with blacks. The Tuskegee Institute recorded that from 1882-1968, there were 4,743 documented lynchings: 3,446 blacks and 1,297 whites -- the whites being "radical" Republicans who were caught registering freed blacks to vote.
...Dinesh D'Sousa pointed out (The Independent Whig, Sept. 1, 2016): "More Republicans proportionally voted for that Civil Rights Act in '64, and the Voting Rights Act in '65, and the fair housing bill in '68, than Democrats did." Lyndon Johnson immediately followed this up by introducing his Great Society entitlement welfare programs -- a Cloward-Piven strategy to backdoor the country into socialistic dependency.
...From the Civil War to Lyndon Johnson, Southern Democrats utilized the negative motivation of intimidation to keep African Americas from voting. But as television and media reporting revealed the horrors of these intimidation tactics, it was bad press for the Democrat Party. Political strategists proposed a different tactic to control minority voters, namely, switching from "intimidation" to "entitlement." ...In other words, instead of suppressing the African American vote through intimidation, the African American vote could be controlled through dependency on entitlement programs.
...According to Ronald Kessler's book, Inside The White House (1996), Lyndon Johnson, who had a reputation for vulgarity in private conversations, explained his BIG SWITCH strategy change from intimidation to entitlement to two Democrat governors aboard Air Force One, saying: "I'll have those n****rs voting Democratic for the next 200 years." ...Lyndon Johnson's Great Society Welfare State proceeded to enroll large numbers of minorities into entitlement programs. ...Democrat social workers overcame this initial opposition from those "too proud" to take a hand out, and enrolled increasingly larger numbers. This gradually led to a cultural shift of generational dependency, and with it, a strong tendency for recipients to vote for Democrat candidates who promised more hand outs. In other words: more dependents translates into more votes.
The 14th Amendment had been introduced into Congress by Republican Congressman John Bingham of Ohio. The 14th Amendment was adopted JULY 28, 1868, because Southern States, though forced to end slavery, did not grant State citizenship to freed slaves. The 14th Amendment reversed the Dred Scott decision of 1857, where the Supreme Court, with 7 of the 9 Justices being Democrat, decided that Dred Scott was not a citizen, but property belonging to his owner. Supreme Court Chief Justice Roger Taney, appointed by Democrat President Andrew Jackson, wrote that slaves were "so far inferior...that the Negro might justly and lawfully be reduced to slavery for their own benefit." Southern Democrat Legislatures passed Black Codes and Jim Crow Laws, requiring freed slaves to be "apprenticed" to "employers" and punished any who left.
- November 22, 1865, Republicans denounced
Mississippi's Democrat legislature for enacting "black codes" institutionalizing
- February 5, 1866, Republican Congressman Thaddeus Stevens introduced legislation to give former slaves "40 acres and a mule," but Democrats opposed it, led by President Andrew Johnson.
- April 9, 1866, Republicans in Congress overrode Democrat President Johnson's veto and passed the Civil Rights Act of 1866, conferring rights of citizenship on African-Americans.
- On May 10, 1866, in the House, and June 8, 1866, in the Senate, Republicans passed the 14th Amendment, despite 100 percent of Democrats voting against it. Due process and equal protection of the laws was now guaranteed to all citizens.
- January 8, 1867, Republicans granted voting rights to African-Americans in the District of Columbia, after overriding Democrat President Andrew Johnson's veto.
- July 19, 1867, Republican passed legislation protecting voting rights of African-Americans, after overriding Democrat President Andrew Johnson's veto.
- March 30, 1868, Republicans began impeachment of Democrat President Andrew Johnson.
- September 12, 1868, Democrats in Georgia's Senate expelled Civil rights activist Tunis Campbell and 24 other Republican African-Americans, who would later be reinstated by a Republican Congress.
- October 22, 1868, while campaigning for re-election, Republican Congressman James Hinds was assassinated by Democrat terrorists who organized as the Ku Klux Klan.
- February 3, 1870, overcoming 97 percent Democrat opposition, the 15th Amendment was passed with 98 percent Republican support, granting the right to vote to all Americans regardless of race. -
May 31, 1870, Republican President U.S. Grant signed the Enforcement Act, providing stiff penalties for depriving any American of their civil rights.
- June 22, 1870, Republican Congress created the U.S. Department of Justice to safeguard the civil rights of African-Americans against Democrats in the South.
- February 28, 1871, Republican Congress passed the Enforcement Act providing federal protection for African-American voters.
- April 20, 1871, Republican Congress enacted the Ku Klux Klan Act, outlawing Democratic Party-affiliated terrorist groups which oppressed African-Americans.
- October 10, 1871, African-American Republican civil rights activist Octavius Catto was murdered by a Democratic Party operative, after repeated threats by Philadelphia Democrats against black voting.
- October 18, 1871, Republican President Ulysses S. Grant deployed U.S. troops to combat violence committed by Democrat terrorists who formed the Ku Klux Klan.
- Explaining the reason for the 14th Amendment, Republican Congressman John Farnsworth of Illinois stated, March 31, 1871: "The reason for the adoption (of the 14th Amendment)...was because of...discriminating...legislation of those States...by which they were punishing one class of men under different laws from another class."
Democrat Historical Evidence on Opposing Civil Rights
THE INCONVENIENT TRUTH ABOUT THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY (PragerU) When you think of civil rights, who comes to mind: the Democrats or the Republicans? Most people would answer, "Democrats." Most people would be wrong. As shown by Carol Swain, professor of law and political science at Vanderbilt University, the Democrats voted against the 13th Amendment, which freed the slaves, and the 15th Amendment, which gave them the right to vote. The party would prefer that you don't know its dark 200-year history. But you can watch our new video to find out. 1857 Dred Scott V. Sanford: 7 Democrat Justices voted Yea, the 2 Republican Justices voted Nay. Eric Foner, Professor of History Columbia University: "In effect, the Klan was a military force serving the interests of the Democratic Party." Woodrow Wilson (Democrat) shared views with the Klan and re-segregated Federal agencies. After loosing Civil Rights votes, Democrats came up with a new plan. Lyndon Johnson (Democrat) stated, "I'll have those niggers voting Democratic for the next 200 years, as he confided with two like-minded governors on Air Force One regarding his underlying intentions for the "Great Society" programs. Thus began massive Government Welfare, Democrats opposing School Choice, and politically correct policing that left black neighborhoods defenseless against violent crime.
In 1854, Wisconsin citizens met in a schoolhouse in Ripon, Wisconsin, to form what would become the Republican Party. The original 1856 Republican platform was: "Resolved ... it is both the right and the imperative duty of Congress to prohibit in the Territories those twin relics of barbarism -- Polygamy and Slavery." One of the founders of the Republican Party was U.S. Senator Charles Sumner of Massachusetts. In 1841, he argued before the Massachusetts Supreme Court, Roberts v. Boston, to end racial segregation in schools. His efforts eventually led the Massachusetts Legislature to integrate schools in 1855. When the Democrat Party pushed through the 1850 Fugitive Slave Act, Senator Sumner gave a three hour speech condemning it. When the Kansas-Nebraska Act, promoted by Democrat Senator Stephen Douglas and Democrat Congressman Andrew Butler, passed in 1856, Sumner denounced it, accusing Democrats of having a "mistress ... the harlot, Slavery."
On May 22, 1856, Andrew Butler's cousin, Democrat Congressman Preston Brooks approached Charles Sumner as he sat at his desk in the Senate chamber and struck him with a thick gutta-percha cane with a gold head. Brooks continued to beat Charles Sumner till his desk, which had been bolted to the floor, was knocked over. Blinded by his own blood, Sumner attempted to get up and stagger away down the aisle, but Brooks kept striking him. When other Senators tried to rescue Sumner, Democrat Congressman Laurence Keitt brandished a pistol. Finally, Brook's gutta-percha cane broke and Sumner lay motionless on the floor. ...Charles Sumner died MARCH 11, 1874, having never fully recovered from his injuries.
...After the Civil War, slavery was ended when Republicans pushed through the 13th Amendment, but Southern Democrat continued to discriminate against freed slaves. Republicans passed the 14th Amendment in 1868 to force States to give rights to freed slaves. In 1870, Republicans passed the 15th Amendment in 1870, to prohibit Democrats from intimidating blacks at polling places. In the 1960s, under LBJ, Democrats did the big switch from "intimidation" to "entitlement," as a way to control minority voters through the Great Society Welfare State entitlement programs.
How Blacks Became Politica Slaves to Democrats - By Gary DeMar ...Caring for the poor is now the domain of civil government. They've traded one plantation for the "liberal plantation" run by the Democrat Party. Former sheriff David Clarke makes this important point: "Look, the mainstream media, the liberal mainstream media, refuses to tell and write the stories and the op-eds to inform blacks that after 60 years of enslavement under Democrat control, their lives have not gotten better. This liberal mainstream media continues, not to tell the story that under the first black president, the standard of living of blacks has not gotten better. Poverty has worsened, the schools have gotten worse. They can't find meaningful work."
Several black "leaders" (e.g., Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton) have made their living by promoting black victimhood and white guilt. Jesse Jackson has been shaking down corporations with the scam for decades. Booker T. Washington (1865-1915) warned of such people within the black community in his 1911 book "My Larger Education."
...The Democrat Party has been using Black people for decades. ltra-Leftist Elie Mysta is describing his own political party. In fact, Mystal is the one who constantly uses black people as victims to empower a political party that has kept black people under its thumb, buying them off with programs that keep them dependent on the government.
When It Comes to Helping Black Kids, Our Leaders Are All Talk, No Action - By Armstrong Williams - ...I am saddened by the fact that God created all of those young men with the aptitude and intelligence to accomplish extraordinary feats, but that so many will fail to see it because their circumstances prevent it. ...Black political leaders have failed the Black community. They have concentrated so much on existential racial issues that they have neglected the very real misery that many Black people confront on a day-to-day basis. ...Strong families with a strong sense of community, individual pride, and access to a real education and opportunities will be the driving forces of change in these environments. ... In our nation, every child is born free and has the God-given, unalienable rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. But are they really free if they are born into an environment that deprives them of their rights before they ever get a chance to exercise them? Are we ready to say that it is acceptable for Black children to be deprived of life, liberty and happiness?
Not Black vs. White but Republican vs. Democrat ...In 1850, the Democrat-controlled U.S. Congress passed the infamous Fugitive Slave Act, signed by Democrat President Millard Fillmore. This mandated that if a runaway slave escaped to the North, the Federal government demanded citizens obey a Federal Law to capture him and return him to his Southern slave owner. It was pushed through by Democrat politicians Speaker Howell Cobb and Senate President William King. The Fugitive Slave Act put the slavery issue squarely in the face of the anti-slavery North, whereas before it was considered mainly as an issue occurring on Southern plantations. The Fugitive Slave Law imposed severe penalties on those who aided escaped slaves with food or shelter in their passage to freedom in Michigan or Canada. It also made it a federal crime to interfere with the slave catchers' recovery of runaway slaves. A person could be held criminally liable, fined $1,000 and imprisoned for six months if they failed to report a neighbor suspected of helping slaves. The Fugitive Slave Law intensified sectional animosity, provoking the Civil War. It required citizens who were against slavery to violate their consciences and affirm slavery, and even engage in enforcing it.
...Burgess Owens was quoted in Yahoo Sports, June 19, 2019, "Former NFL player on reparations: 'How about the Democratic Party pay'": "(On) the concept of reparations ... Burgess Owens, formerly of the Jets and Raiders, spoke during hearings for H.R. 40 ... 'I used to be a Democrat until I did my history and found the misery that party brought to my race ... Let's pay restitution. How about the Democratic Party pay for all the misery brought to my race?'"
Democrat Attempts To Call Republicans Racists
VICTIMOLOGY: Allen West's presence traumatizes hateful 'blacks' - Exclusive: Mychal Massie blasts university protesters riled by pro-America speech ...The truth these people are loath to accept is that what they really suffer from has nothing to do with the fallacious idea that America is racist and committed to oppressing the so-called black man. What they suffer from is a satanic variant of solipsism, i.e., an extreme form of egocentrism intended to focus attention on self so as to garner pity and guilt-based accouterments viewed as entitlements based upon the myth of societal inequality.
Bob Woodson: Democrats Blame Racism To Deflect Attention From Failures Of Cities They've Run For 50 Years - By Tim Hains "In the past 50 years, $22 trillion has been spent on poverty programs. Seventy percent goes not to the poor but those who serve poor people," he said. "So many of those people taking office use this money to create a class of people who are running these cities, and now after 50 years of liberal Democrats running the inner cities, where we have all of these inequities that we have, race is being used as a ruse, as a means of deflecting attention away from critical questions such as why are poor blacks failing in systems run by their own people?" "It's more class than it is race ... and now race is being used to deflect attention away from the failures of people running those institutions," he added.
On Racism and Republicans The history of racism in this country -- who is responsible for it and who is responsible for fighting it. The Republican Party was formed in 1854 specifically to oppose the Democrats, and for more than 150 years, they have done everything they could to block the Democrat agenda. In their abuses of power, they have even used threats and military violence to thwart the Democrat Party's attempts to make this a progressive country. As you read the following Republican atrocities that span three centuries, imagine if you will, what a far different nation the United States would be had not the Republicans been around to block the Democrats efforts.
Former Democrat Says Run, Don't Just #WalkAway, From Democratic Party - BY CYNTHIA CAI - ...Will Johnson, an African-American radio host, shared his #WalkAway story and the reasons behind it in an interview with The Epoch Times. ...Over time, he began to understand the Democrats view on God and religion, and how that agenda goes against the values of God. "And then I started doing research on how the Democratic Party is the Party of the KKK. And, at first, I was torn with it, because here I am; all my life I was told to support the Democrats because the Democrats are black people, minorities, brown people," Johnson said. "But it's not true. [Democrats] have this perception that they want people to believe that they are [for the people], but they're not." Johnson said he continued to research the Jim Crow laws, U.S. history, policies, and more, and realized that the Jim Crow laws and the KKK were originally formed by the Democratic Party of the time. "It's just unbelievable; all this information is here, and the Democrats have changed what history is. Then, it dawned on me, that's part of the reason why they're trying to take down these statues. Because these statues represent that time of slavery and the Civil War, the majority of these statues, if not all of them, [are] Democrat statues," he said. (#WalkAway)
After the Civil War, freed slaves began to advance in society. The Democrat Party started violent terrorist vigilante groups in the South tried to keep African Americans down, committing over 4,000 lynching. The Tuskegee Institute recorded 4743 documented lynchings from 1882-1968, being 3,446 blacks and 1,297 whites --the whites being "radical" Republicans who were caught registering freed blacks to vote.
On This Day in 1964, Democrats Filibustered the Civil Rights Act
by Jim Hoft - June 10, 1964, was a dramatic day in the United States Senate. For
the first time in its history, cloture was invoked on a civil rights bill,
ending a record-breaking filibuster by Democrats that had consumed fifty-seven
working days. The hero of the hour was minority leader Senator
Everett McKinley Dirksen (R-Ill.). On June 10, 1964, Democrats filibustered
the Civil Rights Act.
Grand Old Partisan reported: On this day in 1964, Everett Dirksen (R-IL), the Republican Leader in the U.S. Senate, condemned the Democrats, 57-day filibuster against the 1964 Civil Rights Act. Leading the Democrats in their opposition to civil rights for African-Americans was Senator Robert Byrd (D-WV). Byrd, who got into politics as a recruiter for the Ku Klux Klan, spoke against the bill for fourteen straight hours. Democrats still call Robert Byrd "the conscience of the Senate." In his speech, Senator Dirksen called on the Democrats to end their filibuster and accept racial equality. Michael Zak wrote about this in his book Back to Basics for the Republican Party and reminds us that Democrats, the party of Slavery, Secession, Segregation and the KKK, fought against equality.
Anti-Slavery Charles Sumner beaten
with cane by Democrat Rep. In 1856, U.S. Senator Charles Sumner of
Massachusetts helped found the Republican Party, which had as its original
platform: "Resolved...it is both the right and the imperative duty of Congress
to prohibit in the Territories those twin relics of barbarism: polygamy and
slavery." Senator Charles Sumner took a vocal stand against slavery, accusing
Democrats of having a "mistress...the harlot, Slavery."
On May 22, 1856, Democrat Congressman Preston Brooks approached Charles Sumner as he sat at his desk in the Senate chamber and struck him with a thick gutta-percha cane with a gold head. Brooks beat Sumner till his desk, which had been bolted to the floor, was knocked over. Blinded by his own blood, Sumner got up, staggered down the aisle and collapsed as Brooks continued striking his motionless body til his cane broke. Some Senators tried to help Sumner, but Democrat Congressman Laurence Keitt brandished a pistol.
...Charles Sumner died MARCH 11, 1874, having never fully recovered from those injuries. Charles Sumner stated: "Familiarity with that great story of redemption, when God raised up the slave-born Moses to deliver His chosen people from bondage, and with that sublimer story where our Saviour died a cruel death that all men, without distinction of race, might be saved, makes slavery impossible."
Martin Luther King Jr. Opposition to Democrat Policies
Indoctrinating Kids on MLK Day
(BLM: What MLKjr defied.)
Why Martin Luther King Was Republican by Frances Rice - It should come as no surprise that Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was a Republican. In that era, almost all black Americans were Republicans. Why? From its founding in 1854 as the anti-slavery party until today, the Republican Party has championed freedom and civil rights for blacks. And as one pundit so succinctly stated, the Democrat Party is as it always has been, the party of the four S's: slavery, secession, segregation and now socialism. It was the Democrats who fought to keep blacks in slavery and passed the discriminatory Black Codes and Jim Crow laws. The Democrats started the Ku Klux Klan to lynch and terrorize blacks. The Democrats fought to prevent the passage of every civil rights law beginning with the civil rights laws of the 1860s, and continuing with the civil rights laws of the 1950s and 1960s.
During the civil rights era of the 1960s, Dr. King was fighting the Democrats who stood in the school house doors, turned skin-burning fire hoses on blacks and let loose vicious dogs. It was Republican President Dwight Eisenhower who pushed to pass the Civil Rights Act of 1957 and sent troops to Arkansas to desegregate schools. President Eisenhower also appointed Chief Justice Earl Warren to the U.S. Supreme Court, which resulted in the 1954 Brown v. Board of Education decision ending school segregation. Much is made of Democrat President Harry Truman's issuing an Executive Order in 1948 to desegregate the military. Not mentioned is the fact that it was Eisenhower who actually took action to effectively end segregation in the military. Democrat President John F. Kennedy is lauded as a proponent of civil rights. However, Kennedy voted against the 1957 Civil Rights Act while he was a senator, as did Democrat Sen. Al Gore Sr. And after he became President, Kennedy was opposed to the 1963 March on Washington by Dr. King that was organized by A. Phillip Randolph, who was a black Republican.
"He who accepts evil without protesting against it is really cooperating with it."
"In the end we will remember not the words of our enemies but the silence of our friends."
"A man who won't die for something is not fit to live."
"Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about the things that matter." "A man dies when he refuses to stand up for that which is right; a man dies when he refuses to stand up for justice; a man dies when he refuses to take a stand for that which is true."
"Cowardice asks the question, is it safe? Expediency asks the question, is it politic? Vanity asks the question, is it popular? But conscience asks the question, is it right? And there comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular, but one must take it because it is right."
Martin Luther King Jr. - Excerpts from his Letter from the Birmingham Jail April 16, 1963 "How does one determine whether a law is just or unjust? A just law is a man-made code that squares with the moral law or the law of God. An unjust law is a code that is out of harmony with the moral law. To put it in the terms of St. Thomas Aquinas: An unjust law is a human law that is not rooted in eternal law and natural law."
"There was a time when the church was very powerful in the time when the early Christians rejoiced at being deemed worthy to suffer for what they believed. In those days the church was not merely a thermometer that recorded the ideas and principles of popular opinion; it was a thermostat that transformed the mores of society. Whenever the early Christians entered a town, the people in power became disturbed and immediately sought to convict the Christians for being "disturbers of the peace" and "outside agitators"' But the Christians pressed on, in the conviction that they were "a colony of heaven," called to obey God rather than man. Small in number, they were big in commitment. They were too God-intoxicated to be "astronomically intimidated." By their effort and example they brought an end to such ancient evils as infanticide and gladiatorial contests.
Things are different now. So often the contemporary church is a weak, ineffectual voice with an uncertain sound. So often it is an archdefender of the status quo. Far from being disturbed by the presence of the church, the power structure of the average community is consoled by the church's silent and often even vocal sanction of things as they are.
But the judgment of God is upon the church as never before. If today's church does not recapture the sacrificial spirit of the early church, it will lose its authenticity, forfeit the loyalty of millions, and be dismissed as an irrelevant social club with no meaning for the twentieth century. Every day I meet young people whose disappointment with the church has turned into outright disgust."