|Newt Gingrich, former Speaker of the House, joined us by video last week at our “Pastors and Pews” event in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. He said:
“We’re now engaged in a two-front war. On the one front you have a ‘Secular Totalitarianism’ that wants to use the power of government to coerce us on every level. To define for us what we’re allowed to think, what we’re allowed to say, and to establish a politically-correct set of rules for college campuses. To determine even what happens inside of churches and synagogues, and to impose on us left-wing, frequently, atheistic values, and to say in effect, ‘You’re allowed to sort of, vaguely, believe in your faith as long as you don’t talk about it, certainly don’t do anything in public about it, and that religion should be reduced to one-hour on Sunday’s; and even then you better be careful what you say.
“A lot of these left-wing secular judges, left-wing secular lawyers, and activist groups are trying to coerce Americans into giving-up the beliefs that made us famous. Forget that the Pilgrims came here for religious liberty, forget that the Jamestown Colony, which people think of as secular, actually had church services fourteen times a week, forget that the core of America, as defined by Lincoln, and redefined by Eisenhower, is a nation under God. That has been the heart of who we are, our rights come from our Creator, they don’t come from some random thing.
“So on the one front we’re in a huge struggle, particularly with the academic, news media, and judicial world over just survival, and having the right to go to God, having the right to preach salvation through Christ.
What is the antidote to those waging secular war against a nation founded by Christian missionaries “For the glory of God and the advancement of the Christian faith” (Mayflower Compact)?
1. Reestablish prayer in churches, led by the senior pastor
2. Elect spiritual men and women of Issachar, “Who know the times and know what to do”*. Christians who will wage war against the false gods of political correctness, multiculturalism, and secularism.
“In You, O Lord, I put my trust; let me never be ashamed.” (Psalm 31:1)
Charles Spurgeon, 19th century Baptist pastor, said: “How can the Lord permit the man to be ultimately put to shame who depends alone upon him? This would not be dealing like a God of truth and grace. It would bring dishonor upon God himself if faith were not in the end rewarded. It will be an ill day indeed for religion when trust in God brings no consolation and no assistance.”**
We need a Gideon or Rahab to make a stand.