“Silence in the face of evil is itself evil: God will not hold us guiltless. Not to speak is to speak. Not to act is to act.” Dietrich Bonhoeffer
America was built by Christians based on Biblical values, that is why many believe is the reason she grew and prospered, eventually becoming the most powerful nation in the World. Christianity overwhelmingly remained the popular religion in this nation, but through the years liberal leaning groups have made their presence known, continually challenging morally-based laws and traditions with which they disagree.
In the past, Christian churches and individuals united and fought to keep our Biblically-based laws in place. But as if taken from the playbook of Alinsky’s “Rules for Radicals”, unprecedented attacks came from many directions and diverse places. It was as if someone had discovered a way to find, indoctrinate, and activate every discontented and/or disconnected American to join in a fight against the very principles that made America great. It took time, but these people found ways to fundamentally change America.
Today, those changes have become evident and proven to be destructive. America’s heritage of moral responsibility and recognition of God given rights for all citizens is suffering under the weight of liberally concocted propaganda and distressing laws. A close examination of the state of the union indicates massive deterioration from within, with the promise of even more destruction if America does not soon change course.
Role of movies and television in changing society
The most noticeable problems that testify to the decline of a once righteous nation can be observed in the content of today’s movies and television shows, which often reflect and/or promote the current culture. Before the 60’s, the themes of most media sources largely challenged viewers to be good citizens, patriotic, and positive role models whether at work or home. They emphasized and provided examples of ideal families, instances of bravery, the rewards of honesty, and always demonstrated a respect for others. Today viewers are subjected to extreme violence, explicit sex, glorified crimes, and radical thinking. Social issues that once were portrayed as sinful are now excused and justified, if not encouraged. Positive roles models are scarce, while bad behavior makes front page news and is sometimes justified as not the fault of the offender.
Influence of Liberal Professors and Common Core
The media is not entirely to blame for the negative changes in our culture today. Just as damaging, but not as widely known, is what is happening within classrooms throughout America. Liberal professors have dominated our colleges and have been promoting their progressive/socialist philosophy to vulnerable students. Reports of blatant, biased teaching in most every subject have been substantiated by students who taped and provided the evidence. Can you imagine the chagrin of conservative parents who have made financial sacrifices in order to send their precious children to universities that demand excessively high fees, only to have them return with a jaded, false view of America and with a school indoctrinated liberal mindset.
Christian parents are even more upset to discover that professors have persuaded classrooms of students that Christianity is out-dated and the Bible a book of fiction. Students have testified to their frustration over questioning the viewpoints of their liberal professors, and risk retribution. School administrators do little or nothing to correct the situation even when confronted with evidence. Students resorted to taping the offensive, biased lectures to provide proof of their complaints, and even their complaints were largely ignored. The school administration's solution was to strictly enforce the rule that lectures could not be taped, therefore keeping uncomfortable facts from the public eye.
Experiencing success and little interference at the college level, liberals reasoned they could push their liberal agenda further, by reaching American students in elementary and high schools. Thus, a small, select group of progressives, working with the current administration, covertly developed a set of education standards and accompanying curriculum with the intent every state, classroom, and student in America would use it.
Thus, Common Core was initiated and sold to the governors of 45 states, without state officials having ever seen the completed standards or accompanying curriculum, or having a shred of proof the new system was superior to the one it would replace. Officials claim both federal and state laws were violated in the process.
Did Secretary of State Duncan break the law? Federal law states:
No provision of any applicable program shall be construed to authorize any department, agency, officer, or employee of the United States to exercise any direction, supervision, or control over the curriculum, program of instruction, [or] administration…of any educational institution…or over the selection of library resources, textbooks, or other printed or published instructional materials…
Abraham Lincoln knew the danger of a federally controlled national education system, which is why he warned:
The philosophy in the classroom of one generation will be the philosophy of government in the next.
Our forefathers encouraged local control, and gave the responsibility of education to each state. Common Core limits local control, while expanding it at the federal level. Check out history to see how that worked for Germany, Cuba, Russia, and other countries that ended up under a suffocating regime that controlled what the younger generation learned and thus believed. Those who control the curriculum in classrooms have enormous power over the philosophical direction of this nation.
Wall of Separation never implied in Constitution
How did all the above and more happen in such a short period of time? Those who have sought to change America have always been among us and working towards their goals. But an informed and largely Christian society managed to uphold America’s exceptional standards and block adverse changes. However, enemies of Christianity understood that the most obvious way to usher in a Communist agenda is to criticize religion and find ways to eliminate it from people’s lives.
That has been a long-time primary goal of liberals. For example, Madalyn Murray O'Hair was a militant, left wing, atheist and most likely a Communist. She filed a lawsuit against the Baltimore School Board in 1963 to remove prayer from schools. The case was dismissed by a wise judge who stated: “It is abundantly clear that the real objective is to drive every concept of religion out of the public school system”. However, a liberal dominated U.S. Supreme Court eventually did ban prayer in public schools and based their faulty decision largely on a bogus claim that our Constitution erected a “wall of separation” between church and state.
The Constitution does not even mention a “wall of separation”, nor is there any indication that this wall of separation was ever implied. That false assumption was based on a personal letter written by Thomas Jefferson in answer to a question on the issue of the government not establishing a “state church."
It was not surprising that the largely liberal Supreme Court wanted to ban prayer and found a way to do so, but it was indeed a shock that the National Council of Churches and several Jewish organizations favored Madalyn O’Hair’s case. Even more strange is that not a single Christian organization filed a brief in support of school prayer or made any significant protest against O’Hair’s lawsuit or another similar lawsuit.
Incredibly, there was also no significant outrage by the Church when in 1962 the Supreme Court ruled 8 to 1 in favor of abolishing school prayer and Bible reading in all public schools. With the Supreme Court’s decision, two centuries of Christian tradition was wiped away with the stroke of a pen, due to a flawed court decision, and, sadly the absence of any significant outcry from the general public. The rest is history, as they say. Enemies of Christianity tasted victory at last, forging ahead with many other liberal ideas and laws. Enemies of Christianity were emboldened when Church leaders quietly ignored the devastating decision and the morally-defunct direction of this nation. Their silence spoke volumes, and sadly the church still has not found its voice.
If Thomas Jefferson, an author of our "Constitution", was able to peer through some celestial portal and behold how Christianity is faring in 2014, he would be thoroughly disgusted. One of Jefferson's twenty 18th century musing addressed liberties as the "gift of God." American politicians and Christian leaders surrendered their once powerful, united voices and thus surrendered rights that were guaranteed by our Constitution. Jefferson understood the importance of God in both our public and private lives, and the need for Christians to treasure these God-given rights.
Today, it is a rare church leader that will speak out against specific bills, laws, or actions that are not in accordance with God's Word. It begs the question: what caused the clergy to have such an indifferent attitude towards immoral laws and behavior? We know it is not because God's Word changed. We also know that if the Church remains silent and refuses to see the connection between the immorality of today and who the people prefer as their leaders, there is little hope God will intervene to save it, as He once helped to build it.
Part 2: A call for church leaders to step forward and confront the attack on the Christian church, why so few church leaders are engaged?, and what church leaders might do to make a positive difference to change this nation's disastrous course.