It is an indisputable fact that when all light is removed only darkness remains. It is equally indisputable that when all good is removed only evil remains. The land of the free and home of the brave is now in serious jeopardy of ceasing to be a beacon of freedom for the world and descending forever into a land of darkness. In addition, the Gospel has gone out from America into the entire world. Other nations have long looked on and respected America as a nation representing all that is good in the world.
It has been four hundred years since the first pilgrims landed on these shores of freedom. They left us a record of what they intended America to become. One of those early pilgrims preached a sermon while still aboard ship. His name was John Winthrop, who would later become the governor of Massachusetts. His sermon was taken in part from Matthew 5:14 which states, “You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden.” The part of his sermon which has endured for almost 400 years states:
“For we must consider that we shall be as a city upon a hill. The eyes of all people are upon us. So that if we shall deal falsely with our God in this work we have undertaken…we shall be made a story and a by-word throughout the world. We shall open the mouths of enemies to speak evil of the ways of God…We shall shame the faces of many of God’s worthy servants, and cause their prayers to be turned into curses upon us til we be consumed out of the good land whether we are a-going.”
In the final lines of his farewell address to the nation Ronald Reagan referred back to this sermon.
“And that’s about all I have to say tonight, except for one thing. The past few days when I’ve been at that window upstairs, I’ve thought a bit of the ‘shining city upon a hill.’ The phrase comes from John Winthrop, who wrote it to describe the America he imagined. What he imagined was important because he was an early Pilgrim, an early freedom man. He journeyed here on what today we’d call a little wooden boat; and like the other Pilgrims, he was looking for a home that would be free. I’ve spoken of the shining city all my political life, but I don’t know if I ever quite communicated what I saw when I said it. But in my mind it was a tall, proud city built on rocks stronger than oceans, windswept, God-blessed, and teeming with people of all kinds living in harmony and peace; a city with free ports that hummed with commerce and creativity. And if there had to be city walls, the walls had doors and the doors were open to anyone with the will and the heart to get here. That’s how I saw it, and see it still.
And how stands the city on this winter night? More prosperous, more secure, and happier than it was 8 years ago. But more than that: After 200 years, two centuries, she still stands strong and true on the granite ridge, and her glow has held steady no matter what storm. And she’s still a beacon, still a magnet for all who must have freedom, for all the pilgrims from all the lost places who are hurling through the darkness, toward home.
We’ve done our part. And as I walk off into the city streets, a final word to the men and women of the Reagan Revolution, the men and women across America who for 8 years did the work that brought America back. My friends: We did it. We weren’t just marking time. We made a difference. We made the city stronger; we made the city freer; and we left her in good hands.
All in all, not bad -- not bad at all.
And so, goodbye, God bless you, and God bless the United States of America.”
This is a description of my America. The America I have been blessed to call home for the past 70 years. The America that I served as a young man in the armed forces. The America where I have been free to marry my sweetheart, raise our children, worship our God and grow old together. This is the America that has drawn immigrants from the four corners of the world for four centuries. Most arrived on these shores with nothing but a suitcase and the desire to be an American. To live in freedom and pursue the American dream. They didn’t desire to be called anything except Americans and were proud to carry that name.
Unfortunately, that is not the America the children of today will live in. As the light vanishes darkness will consume the nation and evil will replace all that is good. Today America is facing the greatest combination of challenges it has ever faced in its four hundred year history.
The War on Christianity:
Our Constitution is not a Christian document; it is a document written by Christians. It does not make law, but lays out a broad set of principles to which all laws must conform. John Adams, one of the signers of the constitution states, “Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other." These broad principles for governing our land can all be traced to the Bible, and for that reason America was referred to as a Christian nation for two hundred and eighty-four years. Schools contained Bibles and flags. Each morning students recited the Lord’s Prayer and the Pledge of Allegiance. America was not only a Beacon of Freedom to the world, it was also a shining example of how God would bless a nation which followed His principles. Under these founding principles, America became the greatest nation in the history of the world.
In 1963 an atheist with ties to the Communist party filed suit demanding that and reference to God and Christianity be removed from our public school system. She won the case. Today, God has been removed, not only from our public schools, but from our government as well. This has led to a decay in the moral values that were the underpinning of our nation.
Today a small minority are demanding that the word God be removed from the Pledge of Allegiance, and the words “In God we Trust” be removed from our currency and dropped as our national motto. Under the guise of political correctness and tolerance we are seeing the Word of God being replaced by the evils of Satan. The more lights that are turned off and good removed, the more darkness and evil will engulf our nation. Under the concept of “separation of church and state,” which is nowhere to be found in our founding documents, atheist and other immoral people have demanded that Christianity be limited to places of worship, but preach any number of other religions in public and teach them in our public schools. These are being aided and abetted by activist judges who have totally ignored the principles of our constitution. The removal of Christianity from a society had a domino effect. Nature abhors a void. When Christianity is removed, other things will move in to take its place. We are already seeing these things taking place. One of the most obvious is the breakdown in the families of America.
Breakdown of Families:
The family is the basic building block of society. With the breakdown in the family we see a corresponding breakdown in society. The biological family, composed of mom, pop, and the kids is the arraignment ordained by God from the beginning of time. God designed man and woman to be a compliment to each other and Personally performed the first marriage in the Garden of Eden. It has been said that, “the hand that rocks the cradle, controls the world. It is within the family that moral standards are learned and lives are molded. My wife taught fourth, fifth, and sixth grades for over twenty-five years. Within two weeks of the beginning of the school year she could tell you exactly what type of home each child came from, without meeting either of the parents. The children are a reflection of the home they come out of. There is no comparison in the self-esteem and self-worth between the child from a traditional home and those coming from single parent, mixed, or dysfunctional homes.
For years I have conducted a weekly class in the local county jail. I usually have about fifteen men in each class. The course last for thirteen weeks. In the first week I ask for a show of hands of those who come from a two parent, church going family. In three years I have taught the most to have raised their hands is three. Usually it is one or two. This statistic alone demonstrates the problems children face when God’s plan for the family is abandoned. The destruction of the home invariably leads to a breakdown in national morality.
Lost National Morality:
No one can deny that the level of morality in our society has declined over the past few decades. Alcohol and drugs are being tried at younger and younger ages. High school dropout has reached tragic levels, especially among minority races. Teen pregnancy and abortion has increased. Our county has recently had to triple the size of its jail. The tragedy is that these men in jail are not bad people; they are good people who have made bad choices. Why would good people make bad choices? Because they do not have parents to teach them to make good choices. The class I teach is on how to handle emotional pain in positive ways. It is unbelievable how these men respond to the material. If a man has a drinking problem, and suddenly encounters an emotionally painful event the first thing he wants is a drink. The same is true of those who smoke or do drugs. We see road rage, anger problems, gang association, and any number of other forms of negative conduct. The underlying problem of all of these things is the lack of training. The average man in jail is about 20 years old, has about nine years of education, and come from some form of dysfunctional family.
Almost all the breakdown in morals in our society stem from the breakdown of the home. Do children from functional homes make bad decisions and get into trouble. Without a doubt. However for every one of these there are about twenty who come from dysfunctional homes. Dr. Carl Brecheen, a Marriage and Family therapist, states that there have only two previous times in history that have experienced the breakdown in the family that we are seeing today. On each of the two previous occasions it took a hundred years to reestablish the functional family. There is a direct correlation between the breakdown of the home and the decline of national morality.
The Gay Agenda:
A recent decision by a California judge overturned proposition eight which defined marriage as being between one man and one woman. A fact that has not been made widely known, is that the judge in this case is himself a homosexual. Shortly after this decision a very misinformed lady who is either homosexual or approves of the homosexual agenda, put the following comment on Facebook. "Positive movement on 1) prop H8, 2) religious tolerance in NY, 3) racial equality in AZ. Change I can believe in!" Her references was to 1) the marriage act passed by 71% of the people being declared unconstitutional, 2) the decision to allow a Muslim Mosque adjacent to ground zero, and 3) the federal government suing Arizona over their immigration stance. Most people believe this is all about same-sex marriage. The threat is far more than that.
The gay agenda includes the indoctrination of school children from the 1st grade up to accept the gay agenda. There is a push by the same group to lower the legal age for sexual consent to 12 year old boys and girls. The American Man Boy Love Association is leading this effort. There is no way to justify the Gay Agenda without first destroying the Christian family and Christianity. This is not something down the road. These pedophiles are active right now. The lady who made the above comments has no inkling what the Muslim threat to America, and the homosexual will lead. Likewise, most people have no idea what Sharia Law includes.
The Muslim Threat:
Within Sharia law, there are a group of "Haram" offenses which carry severe punishments. These include pre-marital sexual intercourse, sex by divorced persons, post-marital sex, adultery, false accusation of unlawful intercourse, drinking alcohol, theft, and highway robbery. Haram sexual offenses can carry a sentence of stoning to death or severe flogging. An eyewitness account of Soraya M, a woman executed by stoning, can be read on an anti-Iranian web site. Caution: do not read this if you have a weak stomach; it is quite graphic. Homosexuality is included under unlawful sexual intercourse. If and when the Muslims are able to take over the U. S. one of the first things which will be done is the execution of all homosexuals and Lesbians. Women will be reduced to the status of a slave. It is impossible to include all of the bad effects of Sharia Law.
At the present time mosque are springing up all over the U.S.. The Koran teaches that all infidels (non-Muslims) who will not convert must be put to death. This is being taught in Muslim schools in the U. S. at the present time. Islam is not a religion of peace, as many claim, but a political ideology that teaches that Islamic teachings and Sharia law must be spread throughout the world by any means necessary, including violence and terrorism. The Muslim agenda will not be complete until every person in the world is converted to Islam, or dead.
From its inception America has been a nation of immigrants. From the first pilgrims to the current arrivals, men women and children have left their native lands to become a part of the American dream. They left behind their families, their homes, their language, and their culture to become known simply as Americans. America became known as the great melting pot. However, in recent years America has been inundated with an influx of illegal aliens across our southern border. It is estimated that some twelve million Mexicans have illegally entered our country. This influx has placed an unsustainable burden on the economies of our border states. In addition to the jobs being taken by illegal aliens, both our schools as well as our welfare system have been taken advantage of by these immigrants. The illegal arrivals have no intention of becoming a part of the “melting pot,” rather they insist on maintaining their language, customs, and even their flag. With them they have brought both disease and an increase in the crime rate. This is a major threat facing our nation which the Obama administration refuses to halt because they see an opportunity to capitalize on the situation. It is the desire of the Obama administration to award these individuals with United States citizenship and all privileges, including the right to vote.
Once the constraints of Christianity are removed what was once the home of the brave and land of the free, along with our children, will be condemned to the thousand years of darkness as predicted by Ronald Reagan. If this is allowed unabated, we will condemn our children and grandchildren to a life of tyranny. This has been made possible by our nation being brainwashed in the name of tolerance, political correctness, and apathy. Do not be deceived, this is not happening by accident. It is planned by an elite few in pursuit of a One World socialistic government. If this is to be stopped, it must be stopped now. It will take a revolution by We the People of America to turn the tide and restore the land we love. I pray the revolution may be successfully completed at the ballot box, because if not, the only other option will be the cartridge box.