Denying The Faith, and Our Christian Heritage

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Are We Ashamed?

Roy Moore

The Apostle Paul knew well that his open profession of faith in Jesus Christ could cost him his life, yet with boldness he proudly proclaimed, “I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth” (Romans 1:16). Unfortunately, Barack Obama and his administration apparently do not share Paul’s courage.

On April 6, while in Turkey, Obama stated at a press conference that “we [American citizens] do not consider ourselves a Christian nation.” And Obama has acted in accordance with his views!

Recently, on May 7, our National Day of Prayer, Obama refused to conduct any formal observance of the day. Although he did comply with a statute that requires him to sign a proclamation of a national day of prayer, he discontinued the practice of George W. Bush of inviting Catholics, Protestants and Jews to join at a formal ceremony in Washington, D.C., in recognition of this special day.

Before delivering an address on the economy on April 14 at Georgetown, one of the nation’s leading Catholic universities, the White House issued an order that all religious symbols on display where the speech was to be given should be covered. Even the crucifix depiction of our Lord Jesus Christ and the gold letters “IHS” above His head were hidden from view.

Our forefathers were not ashamed of their Christian faith when they came to America in 1620 in search of religious liberty. Before setting foot on Plymouth Rock, they declared in the Mayflower Compact that they had undertaken their voyage “for ye glorie of God, and advancemente of ye Christian faith.”

Nearly every school or university in America was founded on the Christian faith. Harvard was founded 16 years after the Pilgrims landed at Plymouth Rock. According to Harvard’s Rules and Precepts in 1642, every student was “plainly instructed, and earnestly pressed to consider well, the maine end of his life and studies is, to know God and Jesus Christ which is eternal life.” Yale was founded in 1701 with the primary goal that “every student shall … know God in Jesus Christ.” Princeton was founded by evangelical Presbyterians in 1746 to preserve and spread the fervor of the Great Awakening. The nation’s first compulsory education law, adopted by Massachusetts in 1647, proclaimed that it was “one chief project of Satan to keep [children] from the knowledge of the scripture” and therefore required that parents ensure that their children learn to read and write. The most common texts in early American schools were the Bible and the Christian “New England Primer.”

Unfortunately, many of the young people who attend public schools and universities in America today are being persecuted for their profession of faith in Christ. For example, Renee Griffith, 2008 co-valedictorian at Butte High School in Montana, planned to tell her fellow graduates that during her high school experience she had learned to be a person with a purpose from God with a passionate love for Him. Her co-valedictorian expressed confidence that “the power for change is inherent in humanity and each individual” and that “we all have the framework for greatness and impact.” His humanistic faith was acceptable to the authorities, but just before the ceremony, officials ordered Renee to remove the words “Christ” and “God” from her speech and replace them with “sharing my faith” and “lived with a purpose, a purpose derived from my faith and based on a love of mankind.” She refused, and she was therefore barred from speaking at her graduation. She sued, and her case is currently before the Montana 13th Judicial District Court.

In Colorado, high school valedictorian Erica Corder mentioned Jesus Christ in her graduation speech, and her principal then ordered her to sign an apology as a condition for receiving her diploma. She sued, and her case is currently before the 10th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals.

And in a Nevada high school, valedictorian Brittany McComb strayed from her script to say that Jesus had filled a void in her life, and as she said, “God’s love is so great that he gave up – gave up his only Son …,” her microphone was shut off in mid-sentence. The liberal 9th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals recently ruled that her free speech and equal protection rights were not violated, and she is appealing to the U.S. Supreme Court.

It is encouraging that so many of our youth are not ashamed of the gospel of Christ. Like our forefathers, they know America is a Christian nation. Even the United States Supreme Court in the Church of the Holy Trinity case in 1892, recognized that a volume of unofficial declarations, “together with a mass of organic utterances,” solemnly declare that “this is a Christian nation.” It is a shame that our president and some of our other public officials do not share that view.

Like Paul, we must not be ashamed of the gospel of Christ and should recognize and appreciate our Christian heritage. Then, when our battles are over, we can proudly say, as did Paul, “I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith!” (2 Timothy 4:7).

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4 responses to “Denying The Faith, and Our Christian Heritage

  1. Jay98

    Hello, I’m not a reader but your site grabbed my attention and I decided to read this article. I myself am an atheist but I know many people who follow the faith of Christianity and have found them to fall under two categories: those who have true inner peace and believe in something greater than themselves; and those who passionately raise arms (metaphorically) against those who appear to opress their faith. Within those two categories there are those who are right and those who are wrong and it is not respective to any particular one. However, sometimes members of either can fail to listen to reason and I think that is what has happened in this instance. Although all followers of any faith should be allowed to preach their faith, sometimes people in power, either that of political, authoritive or just verbal influence, should hold their tongue when speaking publicly. I believe the once Christian nation of America has now changed and become a more multi-cultural society. I am not condeming Christianity but at such important events that affect the whole nation the particular choice of religeon should be set aside temporarily but remain the faith and beliefs, not the beliefs of who but of what. The belief of the way of life you follow, the rules and guidlines you life by, but not preach the names of the people who influence them in you. There is always another day to preach, another day to spread your beliefs, another to aid people as you see it. When addressing things that affect so much and so many, it is much more important than the particular people you follow and by respecting that and letting those with power help others without the use of preaching the name of Christ but by doing his work without influencing others is true respect of the faith you follow. To help others without requesting anything in return is the sign of a truely religeous person regardless of the faith they follow. Anyway, that was my opinion and I’ll leave you to chew on it for a while.

  2. invar

    I appreciate your reasoned response Jay.

    The problem is, with regard to Secularism/agnosticism and Atheism – they are become religions in and of themselves. As a former Atheist – I can assure you that I tended to treat my disbelief as one would a religion – where the doctrines of science, philosophy and math were used almost exclusively to ‘disprove’ belief in God. So, what you have – is the Secular/Atheism movement seeking their religion to be forced upon the rest of society – even though they claim no respect to divinity – their faith in no God is their divinity.

    They are not interested in allowing a vibrant Christian faith to exist, they want it silenced, and that point has been made clear on more than one occasion.

    What is sad and disconcerting, is that WITHOUT a vibrant Christian religious culture – liberty as intended for us by the Founders cannot exist.

    When you say America has become more ‘multi-cultural’, I shudder – because such a fact is a harbinger of doom for the kind of liberty we have enjoyed.

    Liberty as intended for this people, was and is rooted in the scriptures and in the keeping of a Christian culture by the people. Assimilation or devolvement of a Christian culture also diminishes liberty.

    Just look around – in the past 50 years, as the Christian culture in this country has declined – GOVERNMENT has grown to tyrannical proportions and every facet of your life is regulated, controlled or supervised in some fashion by government. My kids do not have the same kind of liberty I had growing up, and the future of liberty itself is dire given what the Statists in government intend to do.

    But they are able to diminish and regulate liberty BECAUSE Christians have refused to stand up for the principles and the faith that maintain a culture.

    Without a Biblical Judeo/Christian culture – liberty as intended for us, withers and dies as the tyranny of men is implemented in it’s stead.

    It is why John Adams said: “Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.”

    Liberty, whether you would accept it or not – was in fact rooted in the Christian worldview of the Founders. Only a religious people could keep a republic.

    The fruits of our current culture speak to the truth of their wisdom.

    Liberty is diminishing in direct proportion to the diminishment of Christianity in the nation, for which ALL PEOPLE and faiths benefited.

    Now they will all suffer the loss as government replaces God as sovereign in the lives of the people and the nation.

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  4. Roy Moore does not understand America’s Founding political theological heritage.

    For the biblically pure minded it would be better to follow the research of Dr. Gregg Frazer of The Master’s College.

    Check out this great article at Patrol Magazine by Alissa Wilkinson, a graduate student at NYU, on American political theology that references his PhD thesis.

    Here is a taste and I’m HOPING that this helps to clear up some of the confusion demonstrated on this website (confusing biblical Christianity with “Americanism”):

    http://www.patrolmag.com/times/1678/whose-america-is-it-anyway

    The secularists—the most dogmatic “separation of church and state” folks—insist the Founders were Deists with little interest in organized religion, working toward a neutral, secular state where religion would have no influence in governance or policy-making. Equally noisy are the “Christian America” proponents, who insist that the Founders were devout Christians with explicit faith in Jesus Christ and established a governmental system based on Biblical principles. Any attempt to extricate governance from these principles is an attempt to destroy the very foundations of the country. References to “God” and “Providence” in the founding documents, such as the Federalist Papers and the Declaration of Independence, are explicit and intentional references to similar evangelical concepts.

    What’s confusing is that both camps can support their view with books, films, seminars, scholarly works, magazine articles, and more, all with direct quotations from the Founders themselves. And obviously, both sides can’t be right. So when it comes to the ever-raging debates about the foundations of our nation, which side should Christians take?

    […]

    In [Gregg Frazer’s] doctoral dissertation and some subsequent work, he says—I believe rightly—that these men were neither secularist Deists nor evangelical Christians, but “theistic rationalists,”…

    To theistic rationalists, God would not do anything that they would not admire in the behavior of man. Order and morality were the highest virtues. Men had a free will and the ability to be moral, and God ultimately desired all men to live happily.

    […]

    Religion was important to society in that it promoted morality—and thereby happiness—but the particular religion was relatively unimportant. Because the ultimate goal was a moral society, rather than one in which the “correct” religion was promoted, the Founders created an environment that recognized but did not impose or restrict the role of religion in society. (It’s worth noting that several Christian denominations opposed this idea of freedom of religion, since it would allow many people to practice religions that they did not believe led to the truth.)

    …[T]he end result of this emphasis on morality and freedom was that theistic rationalism became the de facto national religion. Most people in early America identified with a Christianity of some stripe, and so these principles also became woven into the fabric of American Christianity and the dominant public desire for morality and order….Only when postmodernism erupted and new voices spoke out in the public sphere—minorities, women, people of other religions or no religion at all—were they challenged, spawning the debate that still rages today.

    With this in mind, we can begin to understand the flaws in the views of those on both sides of the debate. Some of the most influential Founders did in fact believe in the value of religion for a moral, organized society—which weakens the position of the secularists. But they also did not believe that a theologically orthodox Christianity was the only or even the best option for promoting that society—undermining those who would have us believe we’re citizens of a “Christian nation.”

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