"My Country, 'Tis of Thee"…
by Ben Kinchlow
"My Country 'Tis of Thee, Sweet Land of Liberty, of Thee I Sing,
Land where my fathers died, Land of the Pilgrims pride… of Thee I sing"
Today there is a grievous challenge to the continuing existence of America, and this challenge is to be laid at the feet of those who alone can save America. The footprints of yesterday lead to the doors of the churches of today. America, whose birthday we've just celebrated, is founded on clearly articulated principles - not of deism, or mere religion, but of Biblical Christianity.
The tragedy rests partly in the fact that many Americans have never been outside America (except as overcharged, overfed tourists) and many who view America do so with a great hunger to impose their values on her. Our apathy is being overwhelmed by their determination. We strive to be "tolerant of others' beliefs" in an effort to avoid being labeled "bigot". They have no such illusions and are committed to removing the moral pillars that support America's greatness.
Our churches overflow with Christians learning to "live victoriously" while being overrun by those determined to vanquish these "victorious Christians". Many of these determined enemies are born here in America. As an example, Wesleyan University in Connecticut (founded in 1831 by Methodists) has established the first "trans-gender college housing in the nation". The objective is to create "space that is friendly and responsive to the needs of trans-identified students." (Whatever that means!)
We have reached the stage where the only group in America that can be attacked without consequence are those "born again types". The government is in danger of becoming the enemy of religion, and Christians are participating in their own destruction by often voting contrary to their own religious convictions. This is especially true in the case of some African Americans who simply vote for a particular party without regard to that party's stand on moral issues. This is not a failing solely of the African American community - witness the election of a recent President (who shall remain nameless). His assurance to the people was that our problems were not spiritual or moral. In his words, "it's the economy, stupid".
- President Bush and his administration are attacked for holding regular, voluntary Bible studies in the White House. Critics claim this violates "the rights of non-Christians".
- Students wearing pro-life T-shirts are harassed by teachers and administrators for being "intolerant and offensive."
- At the same school, others are encouraged to display their pro-homosexual views by wearing "rainbow ribbons" during school hours.
- Two million Christians have been killed and thousands more enslaved in Sudan, because they refuse to convert to Islam, while in America, Islam demands that it be accepted by "intolerant Christians"!
- In our misguided attempts to "show love", we are gradually being inundated with an anti-God, anti-American mindset. Our children are literally being brainwashed into accepting all manner of "alternative lifestyles", which violate Scripture and their own principles.
However, hear the words of another President - "…it is religion and morality alone which can establish the principles upon which freedom can securely stand." And "Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other." (John Adams, 2nd President of the United States)
Lest there be any mistake about true patriotism, George Washington clarifies… "Of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, religion and morality are indispensable supports. In vain would that man claim the tribute of patriotism who should labor to subvert these great pillars of human happiness… and let us with caution indulge the supposition that morality can be maintained without religion."
Let us be clear… this was not deism or general religion, it was Biblical Christianity.
John Quincy Adams, our sixth President, in an eloquent appraisal of the Revolution said, "The highest glory of the American Revolution was this; it connected in one indissoluble bond the principles of civil government with the principles of Christianity."
"My Country, 'tis of Thee… of thee I sing … Long may our land be bright with freedom's holy light, protect us by Thy might, great God our King."
"Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord."