That day has come. We have lost. We are being swept along, and nothing stops us on our downward trend.
Our Judeo-Christian background upon which our nation was founded, giving us unparalleled freedoms, has mostly evaporated. For example, recently in a public school in Chicago the teacher gave the students only two choices: (1) stand in one line with those representing gays or, (2) stand in another line with those representing bullies. There was no middle ground.
One Chicago pastor said: “Either you endorsed homosexuality, or you were a bad person. The educational breakdown in America today is so complete that schools have become, for the most part, places of indoctrination for society’s most anti-biblical values.”
Alan Sears, president of Alliance Defense Fund, said recently: “Our Founding Fathers understood that our rights are given by God and guaranteed by the Constitution. The ACLU [American Civil Liberties Union] wants no part of rights ‘endowed by our Creator.’”
Sears continued, “They much prefer ever-changing rights granted by government like in Canada and much of Europe. In those legal systems, it is much easier for radicals to push social issues laws to the left. And when this happens, there is less religious freedom for us all.”
The executive director of the ACLU showed his disdain for our Constitution when he said, “It is clear that we can no longer count on the Constitution alone to protect fundamental freedoms in the United States.”
Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, a former ACLU attorney, swore to uphold the Constitution. Nonetheless, when speaking in Egypt last year, she said: “I would not look to the U.S. Constitution if I were drafting a constitution in 2012.”
Yet, she and the other justices are to interpret our Constitution as it relates to our country’s weighty legal problems. How can some members of the Supreme Court interpret the Constitution if they do not believe in it?
Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor said in a speech recently, “International law and foreign law [not the Constitution] will be very important in the discussion of how to think about the unsettled issues in our own legal system.”
More and more our legal system leans toward liberal decisions, and that usually means less and less toward biblical values.
Years ago, Billy Graham said he would not be surprised if Americans died for their faith within 25 years. Twenty-five years have passed without our suffering, but one does wonder about the next quarter-century. Today Christianity is being gradually, but consistently, marginalized.
Abortion, same-sex marriage, prayer removed from schools, crosses removed from the public square, and many other infringements have come upon us. Quite likely, it will soon be illegal to speak negatively of such things as homosexuality and the Muslim faith.
Pastor Erwin Lutzer said: “I expect — and I pray I am wrong — that for a variety of reasons, true evangelical Christians will become increasingly ostracized and isolated here in North America. ... As Christianity is painted as the villain, we can expect lawsuits that will attempt to render us without a voice.”
Should we face severe persecution, it will essentially be because of the Cross of Christ. We stand for truth, for right and godliness. Our Christ, the sinless Son of God, suffered insults, hate, and death. We may have to suffer, too.
The Apostle Peter draws things into perspective when he writes: “Dear friends, do not be surprised at the painful trial you are suffering, as though something strange were happening to you. But rejoice that you participate in the sufferings of Christ, so that you may be overjoyed when his glory is revealed” (1 Peter 4:12, 13).