“Don't talk religion or politics” or How to become “cowards of men”
"To sin by silence when they should protest makes cowards of men." --Abraham Lincoln
By Gary Kelly
September 7, 2018
Warning: This article may cause irrevocable harm to relationships.
Thank God for General George Washington and the fifty-six men who signed their names to the Declaration of Independence which included this 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." 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. Also the war would not have been as successful without those who supported and funded the war for independence, such as Robert Morris.
Yet how many are aware that the driving force for independence was the clergy of the Christian churches. The Founders and all who fought were stirred and motivated by the Black (Robed) Regiment, who were also active war time participants. The British and those loyal to the crown, referred to the clergy as the Black Regiment because they wore black robes. King George III feared these ministers and pastors whose battle cry was “no king but King Jesus” and the clergy did not acknowledge or succumb to his tyrannical authority and abuses. Some even believe that America would have remained a British Colony if not for the churches and pastors. They were aware that without the Christian religion the politics of Britain with its abuses would remain. Tom Barrett, Founder and Publisher of ConservativeTruth.org said: "The British governor of Massachusetts made the statement before the Revolution started that if the ministers ever came out in force to support the Revolution that the cause would be lost -- in other words, the British would lose. They knew the power of religious people in this country."
These men and women who risked all believed that the price of vigilance and sacrifice was worth resisting the tyrannical assault against freedom and liberty. They did this not only for their own descendants but for future generations, of which we are. Aside from those who bravely serve in our military, law enforcement and first responders, how many Americans today, would consider a pledge of “our lives, our fortunes, and our sacred honor" while rejecting discussing and debating “religion and politics.”
Any mention today of “the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God” to “progressives” will most likely return a response of ignorance and elite stubbornness as if “Progressives” possess a higher wisdom that supersedes this Divine foundational wisdom, that was the basis of the Founders in establishing the Republic. Scriptures and Christianity provided the primary sources for both the Declaration of Independence and Constitution. Without the discussion of “religion and politics,” the American Way of Life would not exist. Yet, today many are quick to they say don’t discuss “religion and politics” because someone may get emotionally offended or upset, risking relationships with family or friends. Secular “progressives” would be riled because of their “no boundaries, anything goes” immorality being fundamentally challenged. Today many run for their “safe place” just upon hearing a different viewpoint, being incapable of processing undeniable history and facts when presented.
Romans 10:3: “For they being ignorant of God's righteousness, and going about to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted themselves unto the righteousness of God.”
H.W. Prentiss created an outline for nations that described a progression "from bondage to spiritual faith, to courage, to liberty, to abundance, to selfishness, to complacency, to apathy, to dependence, back to bondage."
The leaders who established the Greatest Nation relied on like-minded Christians in the future to preserve this individual liberty and free market of the Republic. Today “the power of religious people in this country" has greatly succumbed to the power of the irreligious secular people and the debate of “religion and politics” has been stifled by “progressive political correctness” preferring a tyrannical government that unrealistically promises to take care of them, cradle to grave in a Socialistic Utopia. If “progressives” succeed in politicizing collectivism over individual freedom and rights, the march to mob rule will essentially obsolete the Republic. A primary target of “progressives” is the Electoral College in favor of the National Popular Vote, which will result in the Presidency itself becoming tyrannical.
Distinguishing between Patriots and cowards, Samuel Adams, said: "Contemplate the mangled bodies of your countrymen, and then say, 'What should be the reward of such sacrifices?' ... If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude than the animating contest of freedom...crouch down and lick the hands, which feed you. May your chains sit lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that ye were our countrymen!"
Martin Luther King Jr. also continually challenged apathy and complacency: …"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." Also in his Letter from the Birmingham Jail April 16, 1963 stated: "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."
John Adams in his letter to Mercy Warren, 1776: "Men must be ready, they must pride themselves and be happy to sacrifice their private pleasures, passions and interests, nay, their private friendships and dearest connections, when they stand in competition with the rights of society."
Those “rights of society,” as outlined in the opening paragraphs of America’s Founding Document, were to be “entitled” only if they adhered to “the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God.” Yet, today we are confronted with the vile unnatural LGBTQ influence that ultimately undermines the “religion” that was the initial basis for the “politics” of theses United States. Considering the dire health risks and consequences of these “alternative lifestyles” provided by CDC Reports and it becomes blatantly obvious that unnatural acts are contrary to God’s favored and natural design of marriage between “one man and one woman.” Yet, secular immoral “progressives” have succeeded in allowing this deviancy to infiltrate our children’s schools and libraries without any concern of those dire risks of health, mental, and suicidal consequences and the disastrous loss of God’s favored design of a normal marriage and family.
George Washington, in an address to the officers of the army, March 15, 1783 - “For if Men are to be precluded from offering their Sentiments on a matter, which may involve the most serious and alarming consequences, that can invite the consideration of Mankind, reason is of no use to us; the freedom of Speech may be taken away, and dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep, to the Slaughter.”
Benjamin Franklin: "Only a virtuous people are capable of freedom. As nations become corrupt and vicious, they have more need of masters." What virtue do cowards possess? If none, then freedom is but a whim and corruption will continue to become more vicious. The only defense and deterrent is the same Biblical moral virtue of the clergy and Founders. Secular “progressives” must be challenged as was British tyranny. What are the “progressive” secular beliefs? What wisdom are those beliefs based on? What exactly is their foundation? This cannot be done if cowards “sin by silence” when we “should protest.”
Will more Americans become courageous and overcome the cowardice of refraining from talking about the Christian “religion” being the premise of our Constitution and the “politics” of the Republic vs. the “politics” of secular Socialism or Marxism? Perhaps Election 2018 and 2020 will determine whether or not we stirred and motivated each other as did the Black (Robed) Regiment.
American writer Elmer Davis stated: "The republic was not established by cowards, and cowards will not preserve it."
Gary W. Kelly Sr.