When one is concerned about the future of the Constitution the first question might be where we look for defenders. You might think everybody would be defenders. Sadly, that is not true. There are interest groups working to invent
new rights, new relationships and new powers never envisioned by our Founding Fathers. Those who want to look to the original document are usually looked upon as “old white conservative guys.” It hurts that I qualify, but let’s look elsewhere for an “army” to defend our Constitution.
The other day driving down the Toll Road I passed Saddleback Church. I do attend on occasion, but on this particular day I was coming from a political event. I noticed the parking lot held about a zillion cars. I also suddenly realized there is more than one campus and more than one service. There is also The Vineyard and several other major churches in our neighborhood. What an army of concerned, God fearing, family raising, hardworking and over taxed group of people that has to number in the thousands. These Christians are also the target of many of the changes that adversely affect our freedoms. Some tell us that God has no place in politics. These same people apparently didn’t read much about our Founding Fathers.
Quick thought process: there are about 700,000 people in a Congressional District, and about 100,000 voted in the 45th District in June. Of the 100,000 who voted, how many are Christians? Better yet, how many would there be if the Pastors in each church came out strongly encouraging every citizen to vote in each election?
Pastors would not be telling people how to vote, but encouraging them to
vote their beliefs.
My reading of the Constitution says it promises us freedom of religion, not freedom from religion. Christians have a right, in their church, to encourage political participation and even hold classes to discuss items coming to a ballot near you. I know some churches have been threatened by the IRS as if they engage in political activity. There are groups devoted to protecting the right of participation by the churches. If you need one, contact me.
My questions for the day:
- What affect on the political process would there be if the churches mobilized behind their beliefs?
- What would happen to the direction of this country if churches demanded the government fulfill its role as protector?
- How much more aware would the electorate be if churches held classes
before each election and brought knowledgeable people in to talk about the issues?
- We, as Christians, have a point of view that is not being recognized. Is it
OK with you if Christians are marginalized in politics today?
Final thought for today. Have you asked your pastor to help you and your family better understand the issues of the day? If we are going to lose this country, you can bet the Christians will be a target of what follows.
Happy Independence Day. God bless all you people around the world protecting us. We are thankful for your service and you are in our prayers.