Joel 3:18 (ESV) “And in that day the mountains shall drip sweet wine, and the hills shall flow with milk, and all the streambeds of Judah shall flow with water; and a fountain shall come forth from the house of the LORD and water the Valley of Shittim.
Recent scientific data demonstrates how America is steadily becoming a “de-Christianized” Nation. Not only is the Nation’s landscape becoming rapidly “post-Christian,” it is also rapidly abandoning long-established norms of practical ethics and decency, that have always undergirded pluralistic societies. Available data suggests that the new wave of Liberalism is as close-minded and vitriolic as the Christian Fundamentalists they purport to disdain.
A quick visit to the Support Kim Davis Facebook page is enough to serve as an example of the expressed hatred and ill-wishing attacks of Liberals against those who cling on to historical, fundamental social values of human civilization. Some of the attacks on the site include death threats and “rejoicing” over the massacre of Christians worldwide.
Another example of the moral decline in America is the way in which activists exploit children for political agendas. In a recent anti-Donald Trump advertisement by deportracism.com, Hispanic-American children are made to use verbal and physical expletives that are contrary to the values that are intrinsic to Hispanic cultures worldwide. Anyone with common sense would agree, that regardless of political inclination, that the exploitation of children is wrong- whether done by conservatives or liberals. By all standards of decency, the use of children in this manner is not only degrading and corrosive for our social landscape, it dehumanizes society and promotes a climate of disrespect that will ultimately back-fire against everyone, regardless of political affiliation or philosophy.
According to a recent study by the Pew Research Center, American religion is on a rapid decline. According to the same study, American Eastern Orthodox Christians are the quickest in experiencing the paradigm change regarding the acceptance of Homosexual Marriage. This is shocking to those of us who look at the Eastern Orthodox Church as a bastion of Apostolic Teaching and liturgical ortho-praxis. On the other hand, it is also indicative of the lack of Christian Discipleship that exists, even in Orthodoxy.
Lifeway Executive Director and Washington Post contributor, Dr. Ed Stetzer, recently wrote an article in the Washington Post titled: Nominal Christians are becoming more secular, and that’s creating a startling change for the U.S. Dr. Ed Stetzer is a very intelligent man and worthy of respect…but unfortunately (and perhaps unknowingly) he represents a guilt-ridden section of the same White American Christianity from the 50’s and 60’s that tucked-tail and didn’t rise against racial discrimination and segregation. In his article, he suggests that Christians should accept their political impotence and become politically disengaged, while concentrating on serving humanity in significant ways that imitate the Church of the first few centuries. In other words, to cede the National landscape to the moral erosion that the social re-engineers are forcing through powerful and well-funded activist organizations.
This is what I commented on the article:
Dr. Ed Stetzer has it wrong. While it is true that this is a time for Christians to rise in acts of service that secularism and atheism do not see as intrinsically valuable- under AMERICAN POLITY- it is an act of reprehensible irresponsibility to not take a stand for the values and rights that you believe in. The 50’s were marked by a significant amount of complacency in the pews after WWII…but the fact is that the majority of Christians in this Nation were against segregation. Let us not forget that it was Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. (a Christian Pastor) and many, many, many White Christians who stood for civil equality and justice. Under American Polity- if you don’t rise in defense of your rights, you RIGHTLY LOSE THEM.
Thanks to activist Houston Texas Christians who fought arduously against social erosion, confused Transgendered males will not be able to use restrooms that are explicitly designated for women. Thanks to pro-Natural Marriage Christians, Kentucky elected a new Governor that is Pro-Family and Pro-Life.
The Bible speaks of a golden age in which godliness will imbue the world with the harmony and peace that the true knowledge of God produces. But until that day comes, at least in America, Christians have the obligation to be good stewards of the Nation they have received by grace, and rise in defense of their inalienable rights, especially those that are intrinsically connected to the Natural Law and as expressed in our Bill of Rights.
To do otherwise, would simply be unChristian…and it would equate to making the resolute determination to squander the rights that our Creator has bestowed upon us.