I truly believe “One Nation Under God” is going through a separating the “chaff” moment. I have been talking to my family about this for a while, but recent weeks have confirmed this for me. In 2008, I was disappointed, although not surprised, that our nation voted for a “slogan.” However, in 2008 we were not given a clear alternative. In 2016 can the same be said?
God’s people sat back while he was removed from our schools, the public square, our businesses and our lives. Now they are coming for him in our churches, our homes and our children’s hearts, as we “stand” on principle. We fight battles on “moral” grounds, but we have allowed the ungodly to redefine what morals are. We came together to fight the government overreach that told us what healthcare we could have for us and our children. Yet we sit idly by while they give those same children abortions, make it legal for them and their doctors to withhold that information from their parents and then sell off the babies for parts. (Planned Parenthood)
When I was growing up, the mantra of the left was “you can’t legislate morality.” At the same time that is exactly what they were doing, under their revised definition of course. It was “immoral” to have kids pray in the schools of a Judeo-Christian country. A “moral” argument brought by an atheist activist and imposed on Christian children throughout the country. It was “immoral” to tell a woman she can’t end the life of a growing baby. Another “moral” judgment imposed by the courts, argued by liberal activists through a young woman who today regrets her decision and now feels used by those activists. In a country founded by men and women who risked their lives for the right to freely worship the God of Christianity in whatever form and under whatever doctrine they see fit, we allow politicians and a handful of judges to openly remove that God from the public square. We not only allow it, too many Christians support it on “moral” grounds. The Christian community sits quiet while individual members of that community are attacked, persecuted and destroyed for standing on their biblical convictions that LGBT lifestyles are wrong. Again, too many Christians will side with the LGBT activist because it is “immoral” to live out those convictions in your business life. Christians through their silence have supported this thinking to the point that it is now “immoral” to stop men in dresses from undressing in locker rooms with our daughters. (ie: Planet Fitness) Soon to come to an elementary school near you.
Now, in 2016, the line of “moral” and “immoral” is no longer between Godly and ungodly, but right down the middle of the Christian community. The Christian who exposed the “death panels” now openly supports and promotes a Pro Late Term Abortion man to lead this nation under God. The person who convincingly said you cannot put “lipstick on a pig,” now does the makeup of a man who my entire life has consistently wallowed in those same pig pens. Only days after that same candidate showed a complete lack of familiarity with the Bible by misstating two (2nd) Corinthians at a Christian University, the leader of that same school comes out and campaigns that this man not only understands but will protect our “endowed” rights. In that same week a well known pastor from the Baptist church, the denomination that taught me to study and follow the Bible unconditionally, declares his support for the candidate who can win, showing a complete disregard for, and lack of faith in God.
The Bible has many lessons appropriate for this time. “Luke warm” Christians and what God would do with them and separating the “chaff” from the wheat are two examples. The chaff, for those a little more urban than me, is the shell of the wheat. When wheat is harvested, the shell (chaff) is separated from the valuable core of the head and is discarded. The Bible refers to the chaff being separated from the kernel by the blowing wind. The shock of recent weeks has made me realize this is where the people of God find themselves today. Faced with the winds of political anger, corruption, catchy slogans, PC churches and the country we have degraded. The Christian community is being divided: conviction or chaff. Like no time since possibly our founding this “land of the free,” this “one nation under God,” “endowed by our Creator” is being given a clear choice. Not this man or that, this politician or the other, but God or no God. We are given a man who clearly, not perfectly, but clearly represents God, his principles, and his character. We are also given a man who has very publicly rode the wind and stood against God, his principles, and his character. The decision of whether this country will return to the cornerstone of God or permanently seat America in the sands of no God will not be made by the right or the left. This decision will be made by the people of God who will either stand faithfully with God or will compromise their “morals” and be blown away like “chaff.” If the latter choice is made by the majority, we will not “Make America Great Again,” “Hope” will be lost and the “Change” will be irreversible. We will have chosen a “slogan” and knowingly abandoned God. We should expect no less in return.