This is the story of America. It was born long before it was established as a refuge from religious persecution. The allure was a land where the citizens might worship as they pleased, free from government endorsement of any specific sect such as the Church of England. The first immigrants were not seeking a land with no religion, but one of freedom to worship as one pleased.
To deny that this fact that has marked the United States as a religious refuge to the masses for over two centuries is to deny reality. Muslims today see this as a weakness to be exploited, to be used against us and even with my opposition to the Muslim faith as represented by suicide-bombers and wife-beaters, I am tolerant of their faith and their presence within these borders. We will have to sort good from bad another day, but now, I recognize their rights and desires to practice their religion free from government intervention or oppression. I am not so crazy about the government support they receive under this administration.
We are a Christian nation, even if not everyone in the nation is a Christian. We are Christian because we believe in those values that are important, given to us by God in the Ten Commandments. Our laws are based on those codes of conduct. There are a few truths one might count on in a land of deceivers and manipulators: 1) all rights are inherent to the individual and given to us by God; 2) we have the obligation to secure those rights to our posterity, lest they be destroyed and our children are unable to live in the manner prescribed by God, making them all guilty of our sin. It is a sin, I believe, to walk away from that obligation, it is a sin much too great to be forgiven, because it enslaves generations. We might be willing to give up our freedom for security, but if rights are God-given, as I believe they are, we sin when we fail to protect them for the following generations.
If you are an American and a Christian and you do not see the obligation to fight to preserve the nation that has set so many at liberty across the globe, that has supported so many poor and disadvantaged across the seas, then I wonder how you can call yourself either. This is not a fight between liberal and conservative, it is a fight between salvation and damnation. No, not your salvation, but the salvation of billions of other souls who look only to the United States for their sustenance both of nourishment and of spirituality. Do your expect China to support the Christian outreach centers in Africa, who drill water wells, who provide medicine for HIV patients, who raise funds and create orphanages, schools and yes, churches? Will Russia do it? France? Spain? Portugal? Is not the suffering of billions enough reason to fight for the engine of salvation: the U.S.?
Our wealth, provided by a relatively free market and capitalism, has spawned our great humanitarian efforts worldwide. That will all end if this nation is allowed to continue in its despotism, its tyranny. The government will be working too hard to suppress the likes of me and so many others, so desperate to control our lives and funnel our production to their ends that all of that will go by the wayside. There will be no "disposable income" it will all be spoken for by the government. There will be no charitable causes greater than survival and paying taxes.
Free health care? For millions of Africans it is supplied by us, with our donations to charitable causes and church tithing, because we have it. When we don't, they won't. Their free health care, provided by us and a few other nations, will disappear and billions will die of AIDS. We will isolate ourselves from the world as China did, as the Soviet Union did. Without God, we are just another selfish, dependent nation breeding feeders, not producers. We are self-centered on what we can get from the government, not what we can provide to other nations.
I plead for the Christians in this country to wake up and understand what you sacrifice when you go to church and fail to see all that is crumbling around you, when you protect your soul and cast all others to fire. It is selfishness, it is unbridled ignorance.