Censorship is becoming the new norm in the United States and especially when it comes to Judeo-Christian values. Should you continue to fight for your Constitutional right to free speech? Should the state have the authority to force you to leave your God-given religious liberty at the door of the public square—your places of business, your barracks, schools and government entities? Or should you have the right to exercise your deeply held beliefs without undue government interference, legislative maneuvering and state-fueled public derision?
These are the fundamental questions every generation must consider when handed the enormous responsibility of stewarding this Great Republic you and I call the United States of America.
Our Founders gave, “We the People” an unprecedented opportunity for influence but we must embrace it. The forum was the neutral marketplace of ideas—intended as a figurative Town Hall or public square, a place where important city, state, and national issues were discussed and impacted by the thoughts and ideas of ordinary citizens. It was a place where individual worldviews helped define and influence the culture and the policies of the nation. The name of God was invoked, not in vain or derision, but out of respect for the faith-based values that were integrated in the public discourse.
Without active oversight by fully engaged citizens, monumental shifts are being made almost imperceptibly on a number of vital issues and which slowly, but methodically erode the very freedoms we both celebrate and often take for granted. This includes the definition of freedom and a distorted narrative on the origination of human rights. The implications are sobering and ones that drive painfully and with consequences, to the very heart of our country. Only determined persistence by strategic and tenacious citizens, operating under the providence and grace of a Holy God, can effectively shift the political and cultural foundation of America.
In contrast to the public square, which is inherently neutral by its very nature, governments, laws and policies DO reflect a value system. The question you and I must consider is, “Whose value system will they reflect?” By what authority or edict does the secular, anti-religious, family-destabilizing, post-modern viewpoint claim as its mandate to redefine America? As its right to represent the overriding cultural mindset? If you are wrestling with a response, it’s because there isn’t one. The truth is that the other side has been better organized, better funded, more vocal and more aggressively engaged in the process of articulating their message in the very marketplace we have either abandoned or are too afraid, intimidated or preoccupied to bother standing our ground.
Listen to the encouragement of Christ is the Gospel of Matthew, “Therefore, do not fear them, for there is nothing concealed that will not be revealed, or hidden that will not be known. What I tell you in the darkness, speak in the light; and what you hear whispered in your ear, proclaim upon the housetops” (10:26-27). Our time to stand and be a voice is now because tomorrow may be too late!
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. Likewise, every generation is faced with a similar responsibility to actively engage in the national conversation and make an intentional decision to either protect what our Founders so carefully constructed or allow the dismantling of the core principles that sustain this free Republic.
These principles—embedded in the Constitution—help ensure the “public square” will remain neutral ground, where every voice is heard and every citizen is free to advocate for his or her position. Our Founders were confident that in the marketplace of ideas, truth would win out in a free society. However, they also recognized the potential for unguarded attempts to censor the truth and exclude certain voices from the public square.
There is a growing effort to reframe and marginalize Christian morality and faith as “hate speech” within the national discourse. Christian business owners are being sued, even closing their doors, for simply adhering to their worldview in an honorable fashion. Teachers, counselors, city officials and students are being reprimanded for acknowledging God or Jesus Christ in almost any public forum. One complaint often leads to a threat of an expensive and exhausting lawsuit, and formidably ending with the amending of school, county or other policies that attempt to silence all who believe in religious liberty.
Should these voices win the day, then America loses. The best hope for true freedom comes when Judeo-Christian values are preserved and protected.
There are two things every generation must do: 1) Vigilantly protect freedom in the public square; 2) Choose whether Christian values will be reflected in American culture and policy. If people of faith believe that freedom is secured only through Judeo-Christian values, then it is time to wake up, stand up and speak up! The concerted effort to secularize America has eroded our nation’s Christian foundation, assaulted our natural rights, and nearly silenced Christians in the public square. This is not a cause for fear; this is a call to action!
Pray for a spiritual re-awakening that will usher in a moral and cultural reformation. Take the necessary steps to advocate for Judeo-Christian values in American life. We cannot do this alone. Only together will we make a difference and turn the tide...make your values and voice count!