It was a troubling statement for me and many who are followers of Christ in America and around the world.
While not surprised, many of us were recently shocked and angered when the US President boldly stated to a Turkish audience, “We do not consider ourselves a Christian Nation.”
His complete statement:
“I’ve said before that one of the great strengths of the United States is – although as I mentioned we have a very large Christian population – we do not consider ourselves a Christian nation, or a Jewish nation, or a Muslim nation. We consider ourselves a nation of citizens who are bound by ideals and a set of values.”
It appears that he considers the US to be a secular society. But that demands the question: By what “ideals” and “values” are we bound?
Only our history and our religion tell us… Or are we a nation undergoing so much fundamental change that we no longer know who or whose we are?
Newsweek boldly declared The End of Christian America on its front cover and followed that title with this statement:
“The percentage of self-identified Christians has fallen 10 points in the past two decades. How that statistic explains who we are now—and what, as a nation, we are about to become.”
Their article quotes R. Albert Mohler, Jr, president of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary as saying:
“A remarkable culture-shift has taken place around us… The most basic contours of American culture have been radically altered. The so-called Judeo-Christian consensus of the last millennium has given way to a post-modern, post-Christian, post-Western cultural crisis which threatens the very heart of our culture… Clearly, there is a new narrative, a post-Christian narrative that is animating large portions of this society.”
Cathy Lynn Grossman, a USA Today columnist weighed in by saying: “People who call themselves in some way Christian has dropped more than 11% in a generation.”
And every day we are seeing this shift in our culture expanded – by militant actions against the Christian values from which America was birthed and made distinct and great as a nation.
Perhaps you have heard the recent news from the Unified School District in Alameda, a suburb of San Francisco and Oakland?
There, in a vote of 3-2, the school district implemented a proposed curriculum that addresses bullying, respect and acceptance — and that includes compulsory lessons about the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender [LGBT] community that will be taught to children as young as 5 years old!
The proposed curriculum will include a 45-minute LGBT lesson, once a year from kindergarten through fifth grade. The kindergartners will focus on the harms of teasing, while the fifth graders will study sexual orientation stereotypes. One of the proposed mandatory reading books is “And Tango Makes Three,” about two gay penguins who raise a baby penguin.
And did you know that June 2009 was declared LGBT month on the Whitehouse website?
In the proclamation, President Obama lauded the LGBT rights movement for their determination that has allowed more LGBT Americans to live openly today than ever before. He further expressed his pride for being the first president to appoint openly LGBT candidates to Senate-confirmed positions in the first 100 days of an Administration.
You may see it for yourself. Click here.
And this is only one issue among many where efforts are being made to force Christian worldview out of vogue in America today!
And I am reminded why RENEWANATION.
It is critical that we return to where the soul of America is being lost.
We must return to America’s classrooms and offer hope by offering every child a Christian worldview.
The huge changes in value and faith we are seeing in American culture are a direct result of the years of indoctrination in naturalism and humanism that has been forced upon our children while forbidding them the tenants which most nurture “ideals” and “values” – FAITH.
America, if we want our children to have a future, we must rally together as grassroots activists to create an alternative educational system that is not directed by government but is private and committed to offering a high quality, tuition free Christian education to every child whose parents choose this alternative to the secular education now being offered. This is the vision of RENEWANATION.
It is time that our schools once again focus on producing people of Christian character who are educated, thoughtful, articulate, honest, productive, service-oriented young citizens.
We have to start with the children!
The bible puts it this way: “Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old, he will not depart from it.” Proverbs 22:6
The bible always gets it right. If we will teach it, we will have a nation renewed.