We Christians live in interesting times. During my lifetime, we have seen a radical development of strict exclusion of religion by secular forces in our country. According to these forces, religious beliefs should never be mentioned in governmental functions or on government property and should never play a role in the decision making process in politics or government. Religious belief should be left at home and kept quiet. We see this in the news as crosses are removed from public land, prayers are forbidden in school events and any mention of God is prohibited in valedictorian addresses. Recently, we have seen this at work in the cases dealing with same-sex marriage. The secularist argument is that the reason people are opposed to same-sex marriage is because of their religious beliefs, therefore, they should be ignored because they are “establishing a religion” by pushing their beliefs.
What are the Christians to do?
Without Christian influence, governments will have no clear moral compass. If pastors and church members say, “I’ll let somebody else speak about that issue,” where will our nation’s moral standards come from?
What Can We Do?
1. Speak up. Share what the Bible says about truth. Many believers are afraid to share. But, if we don’t speak up. Who will? However, when you speak, do it in love.
2. Live a godly life before others. Be a witness.
3. Pray for God to bring about revival in our land. Pray that He will change the hearts of our leaders and our churches.
4. Be informed of the issues and vote. It is the obligation of every Christian to keep up with the issues and vote for candidates that are most consistent with biblical principles.
5. Remember the sacrifice that was made so that we might be free.
If you remember your Revolutionary War history, independence from Great Britain did not come cheaply. Many a family sacrificed and many lost their lives so that we might be free. In every war since then, hundreds of thousands have given their lives so that we can continue to enjoy our freedom.
Let us remember the words of Abraham Lincoln as he ended his Gettysburg Address in 1863. As he shared this he surveyed the battlefield where over 6,500 soldiers died and over 29,000 were wounded. His challenge was this:
“It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us-that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion-that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain-that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom-and that government of the people, by the people, and for the people, shall not perish from the earth.”
If so many gave their lives to protect and preserve our nation, do we not have an obligation to do more than merely vote?
We should give money and time to specific candidates and issues that reflect our Christian values. We need to run for office and volunteer to serve in the military. We have an obligation to preserve this nation that was founded as a place of freedom.
My father and millions of other young men put their lives on the line for our freedom. However, we must be constantly vigilant so that these freedoms will never be taken away.
This Sunday and Monday at Jasper’s First Baptist Church, we will be celebrating our country’s birth with a special service. The Singing Flag celebration will begin at 6 p.m. on Sunday night and at 6:30 p.m. on Monday night. You won’t want to miss this!
Dr. Dennis R. Culbreth is Senior Pastor of Jasper’s First Baptist Church www.jaspersfbcorg