Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin announced last December that 2017 would be the “Year of the Bible
” for the Bluegrass State. In 2016, Bevin led his state to observe “National Day of Prayer,”
but went further and proclaimed a “Day of Prayer Over Students”
and a “Law Enforcement Day of Prayer.”
Bevin’s rallying cry to Evangelical and Pro-Life Catholic Christians seems to be: “Pray for a garden and take the hoe!”
You may remember that then-candidate Bevin supported a county clerk in Kentucky, Kim Davis, who was jailed for her refusal to issue same-sex marriage licenses. Bevin championed Davis and her courageous stand for her First Amendment rights.
And what Bevin knew was that Kentuckians don’t appreciate being strong-armed by judicial activism. In 2004, 75% of Kentuckians voted to ban same-sex marriage in their state. But in 2014, three federal judges overruled 75% of Kentuckians. Unelected and unaccountable judges have no right to rule a free people.
Furthermore, judicial activism on federal level also violates the Constitutional principle of states’ rights.
Even in the important homestretch of his campaign for governor, Bevin faced the headwinds of political correctness and secularism, demonstrating real political courage. “I absolutely support her [KY clerk Davis] willingness to stand on her First Amendment rights”, he said, “Without any question I support her.” A Gideon, surrounded by a hostile pagan culture, took a stand by faith.
When Bevin proclaimed 2017 the “Year of the Bible,”
the communications director for the ACLU squeaked
: “The governor is ‘once again using his official position to promote his personal religious beliefs,’ Duke said. She suggested that the best way to respect Americans’ right to religious freedom is for government officials to refrain from promoting specific religious books. ‘Here in Kentucky, (and) across this country, we’re free to practice religion – or not – without our government officials giving endorsements to some beliefs over other beliefs,’
Does the First Amendment to the Constitution pertain only to secularists? Or do Kentucky clerks and Christians also have First Amendment rights?
Scripture makes clear that same-sex intercourse and marriage is sin, regardless of what U.S. Supreme Court Justices assert in the secular order. When dominion of conscience and religious freedom is supervised by the judiciary, then a Court “becomes both the church and state, and claims authority over faith and conscience. It is this crushing, all-pervasive assertion of power over every aspect of existence, without exception or reserve, that is the truly distinguishing feature of totalitarian movements. It is what makes totalitarianism ‘total’. And it occurs precisely because what was once considered a domain beyond the power of the state is now assumed to be completely within its purview.”*
Thus we arrive at our dilemma. When Barack Obama was elected in 2008, secular liberals controlled only one of the thirteen United States Circuit Court of Appeals. Now, radicalized secularists control nine of the thirteen. Conservatives must understand that the election win on November 8, 2016 did not change anything. One election was won. This is going to be a long, hard slog. Evangelical and Pro-Life Catholic Christians-men and women of Issachar-must run for city council, county commissioner, school board and local office in 2017-2018. We must bring Biblical values to the public square, if America is to resurrect.
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There was a time in American history when public schools spurred students’ interests in establishing good character in their lives as a chief goal. From a Biblical standpoint, building character was an essential ingredient of education. The “Fear of the Lord” was the principal thing. Wisdom is the first in any order of priorities, then, subsequently, one may learn and know everything else. Wisdom is derived from Biblical knowledge; knowledge and wisdom are housed in a moral framework. Solomon exhorted, “Wisdom is supreme. Get wisdom. Yes, though it costs all your possessions, get understanding”(Proverbs 4:7).
Early American society was decidedly Christian. Its Founders were forged by persecution: “[I]n England for nonconformity, and the religious agitations and conflicts in Germany by Luther, in Geneva by Calvin, and in Scotland by Knox, were the preparatory ordeals for qualifying Christian men for the work of establishing the civil institutions on the American continent.”**
Having been trained in stormy times and fiery trials, “the founders of the American republic were educated and prepared for their grand Christian mission, and in which their faith and characters became strong and earnest with Christian truth.”***
Fiery trials paved the way for them to found, and then establish, the fundamental principles of civil and religious liberty based upon the Word.
If the wages of sin is death, and righteousness exalts a nation, then liberty and freedom cannot exist in the absence of Biblical morality. For the last eight years, the nation was challenged by a secular concoction put forth as American Christianity. It was anything but that. The cardinal tenet of former President Barack Obama’s faith (secularism), seems to be that religious as well as secular loyalties are owed to the State, the Courts, and its leaders. The opposite is true. Christians exist to serve the kingdom of God and advance the purposes of the gospel.
When the workings of government are in rebellion against God (i.e., the Supreme Court detaching Natural Law from common sense in the Obergefell vs. Hodges case in 2015), then Christians are called to oppose the depravity.
Gideons and Rahabs are beginning to stand.
America Renewal Project
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