As far back as 1878 in Reynolds v. United States the letter written by Thomas Jefferson to the Danbury Baptist Association on January 1, 1802, was used in a Supreme Court Case on the First Amendment. Fortunately, in 1878 it was interpreted correctly. The next time the letter was used was in the 1947 Court case of Everson v. Board of Education where the court announced: The First Amendment has erected a wall between church and state. That wall must be kept high and impregnable. We could not approve the slightest breach. It was here that the “Separation” idea had its birth and the Supreme Courts’ open hostility toward religion made its appearance.
Satan’s Attack on Children and Prayer
The Everson case of 1947 and its “separation” phrase was the position used by the Court in the Engel v. Vital case of 1962 where New York schools long tradition of opening the school day with this prayer “Almighty God, we acknowledge our dependence upon Thee, and we beg Thy blessings upon us, our parents, our teachers and our Country” was declared unconstitutional. Now, understand there was no coercion involved in this prayer, the schools did not require that anyone say it against their will or the will of the parents. The Court explained its decision this way: “Neither the fact that the prayer may be denominationally neutral nor the fact that its observance on the part of the students is voluntary can serve to free it from the limitations of the Establishment Clause, as it might from the Free Exercise Clause, of the First Amendment…It ignores the essential nature of the program’s constitutional defects…Prayer in its public school system breaches the constitutional wall of separation of Church and State.” So, the decision is about prayer not forcing kids to pray. Satan will always attack what is of great value to God! Therefore, Satan and his associates must keep the things of God from the children and prayer is of the utmost importance in a relationship to the God of the Bible. “He alone, who owns the youth, gains the future.” Adolf Hitler
The Court went on to state in their decision, “A union of government and religion tends to destroy government and to degrade religion.” WOW! How far removed from the founders of our Nation – George Washington said, “True religion affords to government its surest support.” – Thomas Jefferson said, “The liberty to worship our Creator in the way we think most agreeable to His will is a liberty deemed in other countries incompatible with good government and yet proved by our experience to be its best support.”
From Religion to Worship to Persecution
The new setting of the sail was established and the slow incremental removal of the influence of the Christian faith was put in motion. This shift by the Courts, and other government leaders including Presidents, combined with a willing news media and their word games is disturbing. They now avoid the phrase “freedom of religion” and now often use, “freedom of worship.” Words are important! We know from the George Orwell book, “1984” common words can take on new meaning, Orwell said, “First they steal the words, then they steal the meaning.” Beginning in 1947 our country began down a very slippery slope that will destroy religious freedom. Through one Supreme Court decision at a time over the next 68 years in 2015 we get the most devastating ruling to date with the Obergefell v. Hodges, 576 U.S. The doors swung wide open for the crushing of the First Amendment and to the open persecution of Christian citizens, churches, charities, hospitals, schools, organizations and businesses. Just look at the attacks on Christian Businesses (bakers, print shops, schools, charitable organizations, even Nuns) and individuals (athletic coaches, teachers, professors, medical doctors, etc.). Look at what happened in the name of “enlightenment” and “progressivism” during the French Revolution. Read these words from Adolf Hitler before he began his extermination process of Christians during World War II, “You confine yourself to the church. I’ll take care of the German people.”
We Don’t Want You Here – Militant Language
“Life and death are in the power of the tongue.” Proverbs 18:21
We have seen the attacks on Chick-Fil-A here in American where municipalities, cities and public and private universities have attempted to block the opening or shut down established Chick-Fil-A stores. Now, this, Chick-fil-A will close a newly opened store in the UK after LGBTQP… protest and a boycott lead to the Reading’s Oracle shopping center electing to not renew the stores’ six-month lease, saying, “it was the right thing to do.”
What is most disturbing and at the same time revealing is the use of what I call militant language in recently published reports and opinion articles from those involved in the UK Chick-fil-A situation and here in America specifically New York City.
For example; “According to US news website Think Progress, in 2017 the Chick-fil-A Foundation donated millions of dollars to the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, the Paul Anderson Youth Home and the US Salvation Army.” Campaigners from LGBT organization, Reading Pride, said all three organizations have a reputation of “being hostile to LGBT rights.“ Really, the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, the Paul Anderson Youth Home and the US Salvation Army “hostile”?
Or how about the article in the New Yorker, Chick-fil-As Creepy Infiltration of New York City, which uses these militant words and phrases: infiltration – pervasive – guerrilla insurgency – carpet bombing.
“The basic tool for the manipulation of reality is the manipulation of words. If you can control the meaning of words, you can control the people who must use the words.” Philip K. Dick
Words and phrases such as these are used to paint a portrait of Christian businesses and Christian believers that live out their faith in the public square. If you have a biblical world view and are living out your faith as instructed by Christ, For this is what the Lord has commanded us: “‘I have made you a light for the Gentiles, that you may bring salvation to the ends of the earth’” (Acts 13:47), then expect the persecution Christ predicted. “Then you will be handed over to be persecuted and put to death, and you will be hated by all nations because of me.” Matthew 24:9
But have courage, my friends, for Jesus went on to say in Matthew 24:13 “but the one who stands firm to the end will be saved.” Plus, we are overcomers in Christ – John 16:33 “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”
So, let us “Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.” Deuteronomy 31:6
Yours In the Grace, Mercy, and Love of Christ,