Having just returned from Washington, D.C., where along with hundreds of other clergy from all across America, we toured the Capitol hearing about our Christian heritage from men who are well schooled in the subject, and then celebrating Memorial Day remembering the great sacrifice many have made to secure the freedoms we enjoy, it would be an understatement to say that I’ve been feeling somewhat patriotic. Then, of course, we have Flag Day and Independence Day quickly approaching, which also are reminders of the freedoms and blessings we enjoy as Americans.
In spite of the attempts of “historical revisionists” who would have us believe that our forefathers were not religious, God-fearing men, history clearly shows that early America was led and founded by men who had the conviction that God was directing their steps. There was an unwavering conviction that God Himself was pleased to prosper this great land because of their total dependence upon, and willingness to obey Him.
We acknowledge that at this present time such notions seem a little farfetched, but the written record is clear and indisputable – our forefathers believed in and had a desire to honor the God of the Bible.
The record shows that in the Capitol building itself, worship services were held each Sunday for many years, as what amounts to the largest church in America assembled there. Even today, members of Congress and their families meet on Wednesday evenings in that same building for times of Bible study and prayer.
Many might be surprised to learn that the words “separation of church and state” when examined in their original proper context, were meant to keep the government from interfering with religious matters, and not vice versa. The First Amendment actually protects the freedom of religion, not “freedom from religion,” as it is often interpreted today.
It is bothersome to many of us, that any mention of God has become offensive, that prayer has been banned in so many places, and that Christianity is now under attack – in this nation that has done more perhaps to further Christianity through our many mission endeavors, than any other nation on earth.
Christianity is under attack throughout the world and in America – haven’t you seen the news reports of the recent attacks and persecutions against Christians? But know this: Christianity is a part, an important part, of our heritage in America, and we fully believe it’s up to us to see that this influence continues. That’s what it means to be the “salt of the earth and the light of the world.”
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Ron Brisson has been in ministry for 31 years, including the past 16 as Lead Pastor of New Life Church in Rolesville.