Friday, August 31, 2007

a baker's dozen action plan for christian conservatives

Tomorrow marks the beginning of the 16th month of this blog. I had one very simple reason for starting this blog---I wanted to make a difference.

America, over the course of the last 50 years or so, has taken a pretty drastic wrong turn. We the people of the United States have forgotten our Christian heritage, turned our backs on God, and have begun buying into the lies of a false religion. I have called this false religion a lot of different names--liberalism, leftism, secular progressivism, secular humanism, cultural Marxism, and just plain dishonest--but it all amounts to the same thing. There is a force working within our world and within our nation that is seeking to divorce us from the commands of God, the teachings of Jesus, and the foundational principles of this great republic. This force is attempting to get us to worship the false gods of selfishness, entitlement, instant gratification, envy, pride, and status. Modern liberalism is the false religion that deifies those "gods." A great number of Americans have willingly joined this pseudo-religion, and a greater number of Americans have stayed on the sidelines and watched it happen without so much as lifting a finger. The results have been nothing short of tragic.

We have broken homes, drug abuse, violent crime, teen pregnancy, school shootings, child abuse, pornography, and a culture that gets coarser and more dangerous every day. Suicide is the third leading cause of death among teenagers today. Nearly 50 million unborn babies have been aborted since 1973. That number is almost 10 times higher than the number of people killed by the Nazis during the Holocaust, and it’s higher than the combined number of deaths in all of the wars America has ever fought in. One-third of the children who are actually allowed to be born in this country are born out of wedlock. Two-thirds of all black children in this country are born out of wedlock. According to statistics provided by the Heritage Foundation, children who are born out of wedlock are seven times more likely to live in poverty and six to 30 times more likely to be seriously abused. A great number of them end up living in America's prison system. Some children just disappear. You can trace all of the above back to the failed policies and liberal lies of the left.

In my opinion, those of us who call ourselves Christian conservatives aren't doing enough to change the culture. We are ignoring Jesus' command from Matthew 5:13-16;

"You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled by men. You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on a stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good works and praise your Father in heaven."

My Life Application Study Bible by Zondervan says that "we hide our light by being quiet when we should speak, going along with the crowd, denying the light, letting sin dim our light, not explaining our light to others, or ignoring the needs of others." That's pretty plain.

After all that I have written since June of 2006, and after all that I have read and heard over the course of my lifetime, I am convinced that there are 13 specific steps that we Christian conservatives can take to change America. If we follow those 13 steps, I believe that America would experience a Great Awakening, a transformational rebirth, that would radically change the direction of our nation for the better.

Starting tomorrow, I will write about each of these 13 steps. All 13 steps are based on the blueprint of our Fathers---America's foundational documents as written by our Founding Fathers, and the Holy Bible given to us by our Heavenly Father. In other words, this won't be my wisdom on display (as if I had any!). I hope you will join me.


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