And in her was found the blood of prophets and saints, and of all who were slain on the earth.
Our own Country’s Honor, all call upon us for a vigorous and manly exertion, and if we now shamefully fail, we shall become infamous to the whole world. Let us therefore rely upon the goodness of the Cause, and the aid of the supreme Being, in whose hands Victory is, to animate and encourage us to great and noble Actions—The Eyes of all our Countrymen are now upon us, and we shall have their blessings, and praises, if happily we are the instruments of saving them from the Tyranny mediated against them. Let us therefore animate and encourage each other, and shew the whole world, that a Freeman contending for Liberty on his own ground is superior to any slavish mercenary on earth.
George Washington, General Orders, July 2, 1776
Where are the noble patriotic George Washingtons when America needs them most? Where are the true patriots; the God fearing men and women of righteousness that must lead America back to her foundational truths?
It should be clear to most that America is beyond human intervention; human solutions; human redemption. There is no person or persons that have the collective wisdom, insight or ability to rectify the mammoth problems the nation’s leaders and its people have created. America has slid too far down that slippery slope toward the abyss. The nation’s leaders, and in collusion with a sometimes unwitting voting or non-voting populace, has created a political, moral and economic environment that is humanly impossible to recover from without God’s almighty intervention. The nation’s only hope of recovery and survival is repentance and turning back to God. Of course those who do not believe in God but only in their almighty, but fallible power will not turn to Him. Therefore, it is incumbent upon those who know the One and only true God of the Christians and Jews to call upon His mercy.
In the first six chapters of 2 Chronicles it tells the story of how King Solomon, David’s son built the Temple of the Lord and the Ark of the Covenant was put in the temple. Solomon was so excited that he sacrificed 22,000 bulls and 120,000 sheep before the Lord (2 Chronicles 7:5). That night God appeared to Solomon and told him, “When I shut up heaven and there is no rain, or command the locusts to devour the land, or send pestilence among My people, if My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land” (2 Chronicles 7:13-14; author’s emphasis).
There are a couple of key things to consider here. First, God said that these things: no rain (environmental disaster); locusts (those who would destroy the land) and pestilence (uncontrolled epidemics), would be among My people NOT on (or taking place with) My people. The second thing is that God is not expecting those who do not know Him, or who reject Him, to ask for His help in time of need. But He not only expects those who do know Him—called by His name—to call upon Him, but He is eagerly awaiting their cry.
If America is to turn from her wicked ways and return to God it will have to be those who know Him, the Christians and Jews, who are dedicated and faithful and will humble themselves before their God on behalf of the nation. They must fervently pray and seek God’s face and repent of their own wicked ways before God will hear their plea on behalf of their nation. Then God will hear their prayer, forgive their sin and heal their land. Notice whose land God said He will heal. The Jews, even though they were living in the land promised to them by God, were still living among pagans, atheists, scoffers, antagonists and total non-believers. God did not say He would heal the land of these people, but that He would heal the land of His people, those who believed in Him and Him only.
Assault on Christianity. For many decades now, Christians in America and their faith have been under a relentless attack—ridiculed, demeaned, harassed and persecuted—because of their faith. Because of a growing atheistic “political correctness” doctrine and “diversity” awareness, it has been open season on Christians in an effort to demoralize them and weaken their resolve to stand for Christ.
It started with earnest with the bogus “separation of church and state” doctrine (see Chapter 5). Under this erroneous interpretation of an isolated letter by Thomas Jefferson and flagrantly applying it to the Bill of Rights, the government and courts have carried on an all-out war against the country’s Christians and Christian heritage.
The list of egregious attacks will fill several volumes alone, but suffice it to list a few that occurred just in the year 2011. One of the biggest antagonists and perpetrators supporting such attacks is the Freedom from Religion Foundation (FFRF). According FFRF’s website they are a non-profit organization that “works to educate the public on matters relating to nontheism, and to promote the constitutional principle of separation between church and state. The Foundation is the nation’s largest association of freethinkers (atheists, agnostics and skeptics) . . .”
As an example of their handiwork, they supported the complaints of some unknown residents of Pittman, New Jersey who complained about a Knights of Columbus banner in town that proclaimed, “Keep Christ in Christmas.” FFRF, as in most of their claims, said the banner violated the U.S. Constitution. The mayor of Pittman, Michael Batten was quoted as saying, “I think it’s a sad state of affairs that our country, we kowtow to the minority and not the majority of people who like that sort of thing to stay.”
For the city of Santa Monica, California, a life-size painting of the Nativity had been a 58-year tradition until some atheists got up in arms about it and complained. Once again, the FFRF came to the rescue. An attorney for FFRF told the local paper that a 58-year tradition was no excuse for violating the doctrine of separation of church and state.
In Lincoln, Nebraska, the Lincoln Southeast High School was forced to remove a sign in front of the school that flashed the words “Remember the Reason for the Season.” The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) claimed that the message was decidedly Christian and therefore must be removed.
On the lawn of the Loudoun County courthouse in Leesburg, Virginia, the local atheists have put up displays during the Christmas season mocking the Nativity scene and the Christmas tradition. Loudoun County supervisor-elect, Kenneth Reid, who is Jewish, believes the atheists are trying to force their beliefs upon the town. Therein lays the duplicity and inequality of the law. While atheists and non-Christians claim that Christians are “forcing” their views or faith on others, atheists and non-Christians are, in effect, forcing their worldview on Christians and others who do not believe as they do. Although they are free to do so, apparently Christians no longer are allowed such freedom.
“The atheist groups over the past two years have used it as an opportunity to try to ban everything. It’s no longer sufficient to be an atheist, they have to go out there and proactively try to deny and make sure other people don’t believe in God” Reid noted.
At an elementary school in Stockton, California, just before Christmas, 2011, teachers were prohibited from displaying Christmas trees, Santas or poinsettias because of their connotation of the Christian holiday.
In a Tuscumbia, Alabama primary school, unnamed lawyers for an anonymous party requested that the school remove the carol Silent Night from the annual Christmas program because it referenced Jesus. Outraged parents were assured by the school’s attorney that the program would remain as planned.
In Batavia, New York, the school district proclaimed that “Christmas and Hanukkah will no longer be celebrated in classrooms.” In addition, teachers were advised not to write or say “Merry Christmas” to their students.
Christian and Jewish members of Congress are also being assaulted with political correctness. In 2011, members of the House of Representatives were advised that they could no longer wish their constituents “Merry Christmas” or “Happy Hanukkah” in any mailings paid for with tax dollars. Several House members of both parties were not impressed, and one, Representative Scott Rigell (R-VA), decided to make a video highlighting his authority for such well-wishing. In the video, Rep. Rigell, while pointing to his framed copies of the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution behind him, stated “I find myself coming to this conclusion: It’s good and proper and right and constitutional for me to look into the camera and say to all of our friends and family across the second district and across the great Commonwealth of Virginia and the country, ‘Merry Christmas and Happy Hanukkah and wonderful and sincere holiday greetings from all of us in our office to each of you.’”
Even Operation Christmas Child, a ministry of Franklin Graham’s Samaritan’s Purse in North Carolina, is under attack. Before Christmas, 2011, a part-time tutor in the McDowell County Schools system in Marion, North Carolina complained that the shoe boxes the children were helping to pack contained a small slip of paper with the message: “I love Jesus because _________” and that it violated the children’s First Amendment rights. No students or parents had issued a complaint, but because a non-Christian part-time tutor complained, the Superintendent, Ira Trollinger, quickly sent out an apologetic message to all parents.
In 2011 Operation Christmas Child was anticipating reaching over 8 million children in 100 countries with shoe boxes full of daily necessities. About 60,000 churches and 60,000 community groups were expected to participate throughout the United States.
Trollinger noted that, “We may have teachers and tutors that are agnostic, and that is certainly up to them. And we don’t mean to offend anyone. We want to give kids the opportunity to share and to feel good about what they are doing for other people who may need it more than they do.” Once again, Christians are bending over backwards to appease a minority of non-believers.
In Elwood City, Pennsylvania a 50-year tradition of displaying a Nativity scene at Christmas was ended because the city was afraid of a lawsuit from the Freedom from Religion Foundation. In Silver Springs, Maryland a group of Christmas carolers were made to leave the U.S. Post Office and told they were not allowed to sing Christmas carols on government property.
In the fall of 2013, at Camp Shelby in Mississippi several dozen active and reserve duty troops of the U.S. Army were told during a training class that the American Family Association, a highly regarded Christian ministry since 1977, was a domestic hate group. The organization was lumped together with such historic hate groups as the Ku Klux Klan, the Neo Nazis, the Black Panthers and the Nation of Islam.
Your love of liberty—your respect for the laws—your habits of industry—and your practice of the moral and religious obligations, are the strongest claims to national and individual happiness. George Washington, Letter to the Residents of Boston, October 27, 1789
One soldier who supports the AFA was concerned. “I donate to AFA as often as I can,” he said. “Am I going to be punished? I listen to American Family Radio all day. If they hear it on my radio, will I be faced with a Uniformed Code of Military Justice charge?”
Hiram Sasser who represents the Liberty Institute, an organization that has been defending religious liberty since 1972, commented on the situation. “Why must the Army under this administration continue to attack Americans of faith and smear them?”
Todd Starnes, a conservative commentator and frequent contributor to Fox News, wrote in reference to the incident, that “it appears the Obama administration is separating the military from the American people—and planting seeds of doubt about Christians and some of our nation’s most prominent Christian ministries.”
All across the country, Christian groups and organizations, in particular, are being singled out and sued, harassed or pressured into going against their faith or to stop practicing their faith in some manner. . . . [For more information, read Revelation 18 and the fate of America].
October 13: Houston Mayor Demands Pastors’ Sermons
October 17: Fury unleashed over city’s assault on pastors
October 26: Persecution of Christians in America