During a House Homeland Security Committee hearing last Wednesday, Texas Congressman Al Green (D) called for a "hearing on the radicalization of Christians."
Green, upset with Chairman Rep. Peter King (R-NY) who is calling for hearings on radical Islam, a notion most Americans agree with said, "I look forward to the day that we'll have that hearing that deals with the radicalization of Christians in America."
Green told the committee, "Why don't we go to the next step and ask, how is it that, that blue-eyed, blond-haired, white female in the United States of America can become radicalized to the point of wanting to do harm to this country."
The Next Step.
The next step toward what? While Green's comments are absurd to most, it's certainly worthy of a closer look. This man is an elected leader.
America stands dangerously on the threshold of several steps that are considered by some to be the "Next Step" and perhaps the final step to disassociating ourselves with the ideals and principles which have made America the greatest nation in the history of the world.
The American model was defined by someone who helped frame the docs and build the country---President John Adams---a Founding Father and second President.
He said, "Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other."
The American Promise---the narrative of freedom, was framed in the context of a unique relationship between the principles of Christianity and civil government.
John Adams son, John Quincy Adams, the 6th US President (1825-1829) continued to see the founding vision and narrative of greatness and freedom 50 years later.
He said of the Revolution which birthed America, "The highest glory of the American Revolution was this: it connected in one indissoluble bond the principles of civil government with the principles of Christianity."
The growing attack and disdain toward the "indissoluble bonds" between Christian principle and civil government are becoming undeniable. And remarkably strident.
It is tearing the cultural fabric of the greatest nation on Earth.
While it was not the first attempt to tear the "indissoluble bonds," Madalyn Murray O'Hair's case against Christianity was landmark and public education, along with the culture, has declined ever since.
In the early 1960s, Madalyn Murray O'Hair sued the Baltimore school district in an attempt to subtract the word "God" from the Pledge of Allegiance. Her case, Murray v. Curlet, reached the U.S. Supreme Court in 1963, leading to a landmark legal victory: the abolition of prayer, Bible readings, and all religious references from the American public school system.
She used her oldest son William (Bill), who was a child at the time, for her show and tell for the Court.
On Mother's Day, 1980, Bill Murray, who in the 1980s became a friend of mine, publicly declared he had accepted Christ as his Savior, denounced his mother's atheism and began sharing the gospel as a speaker and writer.
Madalyn would go on to live a life of deception, hatred, bitterness and shaking her fist at God in the most blasphemous lifestyle ever and to experience one of the most horrible deaths imaginable. I have linked an overview of her life here. It is not for the faint of heart.
This is one example of how some in our nation have systematically taken the "next step." Others have followed---Roe v. Wade in 1973, and hundreds, if not thousands of lawsuits by the ACLU and others attempting to rip apart the "indissoluble bonds" between civil government and Christian principles by denying Christian expression in a myriad of public venues.
Another Next Step.
Now the "next step" voices are demanding that America deny the historic and biblical model of natural marriage and redefine it to accommodate a sexual behavior and deviant lifestyle. This is considered by our President, most all secular progressives, the national press and the entertainment industry and some in the religious left, to be the "next step."
President Obama, on his 100th day in office told an audience in Missouri that the "work of remaking America is well under way."
He claims America has changed since our founding and we too must change---take the next step of secular progressivism---break away from the "indissoluble bonds " to accommodate a diverse and pluralist society.
But how can a nation that was conceived in liberty based on the "indissoluble bonds" of civil government and Christian principle, survive if the bonds are broken?
John Adams said it cannot.
The tearing away from the founding principles produces an Al Green, a Madalyn Murray O'Hair---make your own list; and an emboldened activist to further remove America from her source of greatness under the deception of "separation" and the guise of tolerance and inclusion.
While political correctness silences the press, the White House and the military (Fort Hood Killings) from addressing the problem of radicalized Islam and its export of terror, it seems almost proper to denigrate Christianity and its principles. And those who practice it.
I have said it before but it merits repeating: "When people forget God, tyrants forge their chains." (Patrick Henry).
The fires of rebellion toward God, His Word and His Principles are being stoked by a minority who believe that the very foundations of this culture can be replaced by secularism, yet the nation will go on prospering in freedom.
It will not prosper. It will not remain free. It cannot be successfully remade. Chains are being forged.
"Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other."
America is being weighed in the balances. God help us.
Be Vigilant. Be Discerning. Be Prayerful. Be Active. Be Blessed.