We celebrate the birth of our Constitution, which ushered in a whole new form of government, with religious freedom as its bedrock. The profound phrase, “We the People,” forever placed the responsibility of stewarding our freedom in the hands of each one of us. With each passing week, the United States is edging precariously closer to the unthinkable, a tangible and serious loss of our historic freedoms.
Too many citizens remain uniformed, unaware and in some cases, simply unconcerned. When it comes to the growing clash of worldviews in this country or the need for proactive civic engagement, there are numerous examples across the national landscape that are grave reminders of an emerging postmodern culture in America.
Furthermore, the effort to reframe and marginalize Christian morality and faith as “hate speech” within the national discourse is cause for concern. Business owners—photographers, bakers, florists, and others—are being sued, some even closing their doors, for simply adhering to their values, beliefs and their rights of conscience in an honorable fashion. Teachers, counselors, city and county officials, our men and women in uniform, chaplains, students, and even government officials, are being reprimanded for acknowledging God or Jesus Christ in almost any public forum.
We simply cannot and must turn a deaf ear and a blind eye to these trends. The consequences are sobering and they are potentially tragic. Sadly, it was after the fact—after something could have been done—after he languished in a German concentration camp during World War II—that Martin Niemöller, a Lutheran pastor and theologian made his famous quote:
“First they came for the Jews and I did not speak out because I was not a Jew. Then they came for the Communists and I did not speak out because I was not a Communist. Then they came for the trade unionists and I did not speak out because I was not a trade unionist. Then they came for me and there was no one left to speak out for me.”
We must help wake up the sleeping giant—the Church—before it’s too late!
Protecting religious liberty does not infringe on anyone’s rights. No one should be forced to choose between strongly held religious beliefs and his or her livelihood, especially not in a nation with such a rich spiritual heritage. We have the right to exercise our deeply held beliefs without undue government interference, legislative maneuvering and state-fueled public derision. Nevertheless, “We the People” must decide whether we are going to stand up against undue censorship, the dismantling of our heritage, and efforts that give the state the ability to force us to leave our God-given liberties at the door of the public square—our places of business, our barracks, schools and government entities. It is our choice and it is time to make a bold declaration to the halls of power and to do so with a unified voice.
America’s Founders debated and intentionally established our government based on Judeo-Christian beliefs. They understood Christianity provided the only valid moral basis that would secure freedom for all Americans. These principles—embedded in the Constitution, but increasingly discarded to the curb of cultural or political convenience—were written to help ensure the “public square” remained neutral ground, where every voice was heard and every citizen was free to advocate for his or her position. Our Founders were confident that in the marketplace of ideas, truth would always win out in a free society.
September 17, is Constitution Day and it commemorates the day in 1787 that delegates who were part of the Constitutional Convention signed this historical document in Philadelphia. The official day of celebration was set by Congress in 2004 and while July 4th is recognized as the birthday of our independence from the British, September 17th is the birthday of the American form of government—the greatest example of freedom in the world.
We encourage all Americans not to abandon the biblical order that embraces our Founding Father’s vision for this democratic Republic, but rather, to strongly advocate for the core principles that support and defend freedom, not only at every level of government, but through the policies and laws impacting day-to-day life. The best hope for true freedom comes when Judeo-Christian values are preserved and protected.
John Adams, the second President of the United States, said, “Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.” Likewise, Abraham Lincoln admonished the country in saying, “Don’t interfere with anything in the Constitution. That must be maintained, for it is the only safeguard of our liberties.”
Even a casual review of history gives rise to hundreds of examples where government legislators, presidents, battle-tested generals and many others have staunchly expressed a profound dependence upon God and His providence. To separate this nation from its First Amendment Freedoms and its dependency on a Sovereign and gracious Creator, would dismantle our Constitutional Republic.
Yet, we are encouraged because there are signs of hope and renewal. In the same spirit of our Founders and past national leaders, many of today’s government leaders are once again calling Christian people of goodwill to unceasing prayer. We believe America is worth fighting for. Together, through prayer and action, we are confident America can be restored. Join the Movement! Visit our Web site and learn how you can become involved today.
Some say, “It takes an army.” Others say, “It takes a village.” I say, “It takes the Church!”