Friday, November 7, 2008

I cannot be silent

My apologies to those of you who hate political blogs but I have few things I need to say. As the saying goes, "All that is necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing" or perhaps, to say nothing.

Now, I'm not implying that Barak Obama and/or the Democratic Party are evil. I do, however, believe that this country is going down a very dangerous path. On Tuesday, a little more than 65 million people in this country knowingly, or even worse, unknowingly embraced socialism. How is this possible in America, the land of the free?

Our first mistake was kicking God out of schools and out of the public square. As John Adams said on October 11, 1798 in an address to the military, "We have no government armed with power capable of contending with human passions unbridled by morality and religion. Avarice, ambition, revenge, or gallantry, would break the strongest cords of our Constitution as a whale goes through a net. Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other." (Emphasis mine.) Our nation was founded on Christian principles and the idea of self-government. But self-government depends on the assumption that the people willinglly subject themselves to God's laws. Patrick Henry understood this necessity. On March 23, 1775 he said, "Bad men cannot make good citizens. A vitiated state of morals, a corrupted public conscience are incompatible with freedom." Mr. Henry also warned that "it is when people forget God that tyrants forge their chains." May we remember God and may He have mercy on this nation.

While we kicked God out of school we welcomed every other philosophy, ideology and attitude. Our children are being subtly indoctrinated to believe many things that are contrary to the Christian principles on which this nation was founded. We teach our children that life should be "fair." We give every child a ribbon or trophy just for participation. We don't allow our children to fail at anything because it might damage their self-esteem. As a result, we have raised a generation that believes everything in life should be handed to them. There is no such thing as work ethic anymore. Even in our churches we emphasize the warm, fuzzy side of God. God is love, grace, mercy. He IS all those things but He is also righteous and holy. We have watered down the gospel message so that we don't hurt anyone's feelings. We have become so tolerant in our society that we have now tolerated the taking of our liberties bit by bit. Joseph Stalin understood. He said, "America is like a healthy body and its resistance is threefold: its patriotism, its morality, and its spiritual life. If we can undermine these three areas, America will collapse from within." Dear friends, we are collapsing from within.

I believe that our freedom comes from the Almighty. Thomas Jefferson did too. He said, "God who gave us life gave us liberty. And can the liberties of a nation be thought secure when we have removed their only firm basis, a conviction in the minds of the people that these liberties are of the Gift of God? That they are not to be violated but with His wrath? Indeed, I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just, that His justice cannot sleep forever." I, too, tremble for my country. We allow the killing of unborn babies and we celebrate it as freedom of choice. We enslave people with government handouts, sentencing them to a life of bondage, and we celebrate it as fairness. We stifle speech about Jesus Christ and celebrate it as separation of church and state. We accept the perversion of the God-ordained definition of marriage and celebrate it as tolerance. Yes, God is just and we should all tremble.

I don't believe that our founding fathers would recognize the nation we have become. On July 4, 1837, John Quincy Adams said, "Posterity--you will never know how much it has cost my generation to preserve your freedom. I hope you will make good use of it." I am ashamed when I think of the cost that previous generations have paid to preserve our freedom and then see how we have abused, perverted and taken for granted that freedom. We have made very poor use of it indeed.

My faith and my patriotism are entertwined. My liberty is a gift from God and that liberty allows my worship of God. Therefore, if my liberty is threatened, my faith is threatened. My liberty and yours is slipping away as this nation of sheep creeps closer towards socialism. It is up to people of faith, like you and me, to educate the people around us of the dangers of loving peace and security more than liberty and freedom. Dare I say that this may be almost as important as sharing the gospel? Indeed, our freedom to share the gospel depends on it. We must fight to preserve this great nation as our founding fathers intended it be. In the words of John Quincy Adams, "The highest glory of the American Revolution was this; it connected in one indissoluble bond the principles of civil government with the principles of Christianity...From the day of the Declaration...they (the American people) were bound by the laws of God, which they all, and by the laws of The Gospel, which they nearly all, acknowledge as the rules of their conduct."


Amber said...

Wow, Lisa. I don't know that I've read a more powerful piece of political commentary in a really long time. Very well spoken...

Your passion pours through your words.

Why exactly weren't you hired for the McCain speech writing position?!

Stephanie said...

I'm with Amber...I knew you had it in you but never heard it quite like this. You're a great writer...I feel like a 2nd grade writer compared to you too :)

Have you been watching too much O'Reilly? oh wait...that's me!

Jo said...

I usually just leave my comments on my nieces' and brother's blogs, but I could not resist yours!

All I wanted to say was BRAVO! ! !
I agree with all you said ... you are very, very eloquent!

Amber's Aunt Jo

mer@lifeat7000feet said...

Go, Lisa! That was amazing. I can tell you are passionate about this. I sure wouldn't want to go up against you in a debate!

Becky said...

Amen! Keep preaching Sister Lisa. I've been waiting since Tues night for this post!

Lindsay said...

Lisa, Excellent and thought provoking post. Hope you'll import your blog posts to facebook so your readership can increase.

Mich said...

Your words were powerful...I agree with Amb, you needed to be McCain's speech writer.

Thanks for putting into words what we all feel.

Shannan said...

Girl, you have been bottled up for a long time! You need to be using that talent to get some candidates voted into office!!! Miss you all, need a night in the Inman room...keep preaching, girlfriend!