I read an article published in The New American by Mr. Bob Unger, entitled Requiem for America? (you can find this article at https://www.thenewamerican.com/print-magazine/item/31104-requiem-for-america). This well-written article stirred strong emotions in me.
I try to practice what God’s word teaches me; I am to deal with my anger not with righteous indignation but with prayer. If I show God’s love to others—rather than secular/worldly disgust for those people and ideals different from me—I can help them see Christ in me. I may not always agree with our politics in this nation; yet I believe in each person’s right to follow their conscience and express their beliefs.
Both sides of the political spectrum often leave me with a terrible aftertaste that makes me want to vote them all out and start over. Many of today’s news headlines (e.g. abortion, tyranny, hatred, racial discord, removal of God from the public eye, etc.) upset me. When this happens, I stop and remind myself I am no longer of this world. As a Christian, I’m not to support or agree with things of this world, but with godly things. Why? I am no longer of this world; heaven is my home. I long to go there; in God’s time.
Looking back on my life, I can see how far the moral decline in our nation has come. I remember how shocked I was when the government removed prayer from our schools. Rather than the principal or a faculty member leading a short prayer, broadcasted over the loudspeakers to every classroom, some allowed for a “moment of silence.” I remember in high school how I, and other members of our JROTC Battalion Staff, started the day by reciting the Pledge of Allegiance with the entire school.
And when the school board frowned upon “moments of silence”, I took a long pause before making other announcements to start the day. Yes, in my way, I railed against authority even then. As I’ve grown older, I speak out far less often. Have I mellowed or decided since I can’t force my beliefs and opinions on anyone else, I should be silent and let my actions speak for me? These past weeks have shown me one thing for certain. My silence signals I’ve given up the fight; and that is not acceptable.
The way this article’s author showed how we are losing more of our Constitutional Republic with each passing year bothered me. Many new laws that legalize sinful, immoral behavior upset me. The thing bothering me the most about this article was the author’s use of “G-d”, wherein they purposely did not spell “GOD” in their text. I believe I understand why the author did this. Many social media and other sites perform keyword searches; censoring material before posting. Those sites have the right I suppose. They do not have the right to decide what other people can or cannot see and determine acceptable or not for themselves.
The mere use of the word “God” can sometimes trigger a default censorship algorithm, which means fewer people could read this article and form their independent decisions. Well folks, I stand before you and proclaim that God will be front and center on my website, writing, spoken word, and in my life.
As I prayed on this matter, my thoughts kept taking me back to two things. The first, was Jesus’ words in Mark 12:17 “And Jesus answered and said to them, ‘Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s.’” The other is one of my favorite quotes, often attributed to Edmund Burke, an Irish political philosopher and statesman (12 January 1729–9 July 1797). He stated “All that is necessary for evil to triumph is for good people to do nothing.”
My response to this godly guidance is not to pick up a protest sign and march on Washington, DC. It is not to craft a sandwich board and stand on street corners declaring Christ’s return is imminent. I have chosen to not remain silent in the face of evil. I will give voice, not to my anger, but to God’s direction for a life of strong moral fiber and Christian values.By showing God’s light through my life, and speaking out by standing on God’s Word, I become part of the solution instead of the silent majority. Click To Tweet
I pray you reach the decision to Stand Up for Christ in your life as well.