Thursday, December 09, 2021

Atheist Speaks at DC Capitol Tree Lighting

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Democrat Rep. Jared Huffman of California "disbelieves" in God.

He's proud of his atheism.

In fact, he says "In the history of the United States Congress, before I came out, you can only find one member---Rep. Pete Stark (D-CA)---who had publicly acknowledged not believing in God."

Now he is beginning to get the respect he---in his mind---deserves.

The other night he was asked to speak at the lighting of the Capitol Christmas Tree. He was one of five members of Congress to speak. Only two of them mentioned Jesus Christ. 

One doesn't believe the "myth of Christmas"--- the other two were silent. No mention of Christ in the Christmas festivities.

What's happening to our country?

Be informed, not misled.

Fighting for freedom...from religion.

Terrance Jeffrey, who attended the lighting, noted that Huffman received the "Emperor Has No Clothes Award" three years ago.

The award, given annually by the Freedom From Religion Foundation to atheists who have "spoken out," "told it like it is"---"Straight Talk" about the "myth of  God."

They claim there is no God.

They also give an annual "Nothing Fails Like Prayer" award. 

The "No Clothes Award," according to the Freedom From Religion Foundation, is based on the well-known story by Hans Christian Anderson about how the self-absorbed emperor is conned into buying very expensive cloth for his new clothes. The cloth is so expensive and exquisite only the very wise can see it. The emperor parades before his cowed subjects in his imaginary finery until an astute child calls out: "But the emperor has no clothes."

Thus, the award is named for the child who "told it like it is."

When Huffman received the award in San Francisco three years ago, he told the audience, 

"When I look out at all of the brilliant, talented, principled people in this room, my first thought is that if being a non-believer means I have to burn in hell for eternity, I'm going to have good company."

I would suggest he give that a second thought.

Huffman went on to say "how fortunate I am to be in an era when a member of Congress can come out publicly as a non-religious humanist and politically live to tell about it. It hasn't always been possible for national political figures to do things like that."


Our Founding Fathers warned against such things. 

John Jay, our first Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, said: "Providence has given to our people the choice of their rulers, and it is the duty, as well the privilege and interest of our Christian nation, to select and prefer Christians for their rulers."

John Adams, our second President, said on June 21, 1776: "Statesmen, my dear Sir, may plan and speculate for liberty, but it is Religion and Morality alone, which can establish the Principles upon which Freedom can securely stand."

Adams also said, "The only foundation of a free Constitution is pure virtue."

Mocking God is not virtuous.

John Quincy Adams, his son, who also became an American President agreed with his father, and the other Founders. He said, "From the day of the Declaration...they (the American people) were bound by the laws of God, which they all, and by the laws of The Gospel, which they nearly all acknowledge as the rules of their conduct."

These are not isolated, but pervasive beliefs among those who gave birth to this nation under God.

While our Founders fought to secure God-given liberty and freedom, now some among us fight for a false freedom that cancels the very source of our freedom---God Himself. 

Only where the Spirit of the Lord is, can we find freedom and liberty.

Our Founders clearly understood that Truth. It's time we reclaim that Truth.

Jerry Drace is a pastor and evangelist. He published an article yesterday that speaks to our times. Let me share a bit of it.

The dilemma.

What's happened in the past 25 years in our nation? Look at the increase of sexually graphic curriculum in our public schools.

Family Research Council has said, "Despite studies showing that modern sex education fails to achieve stated goals and results in increased student sexual activity, school systems are devoting up to 70 hours of classroom time per child to sex education. Parents have two main concerns about sex ed today; It sexualizes children, and it is loaded with LGBTQ indoctrination."

Consider the constant rhetoric of self-appointed social justice warriors who are committed to inflaming racism, not reducing it.

Those who claim to be advancing MLK's "I Have A Dream" speech, are most often the sources of deferment.

Reflect on the new laws which are forcing Christian colleges and universities to consider compromising their biblical stance on marriage and accepting the LGBTQ agenda and programs on campuses.

How do we protect our children from Disney and Pixar and other so-called "kid-friendly" entertainment that now calls out a casting call for an "authentic" [transgender] actress to be the voice of Jess, a 14-year-old transgender character.

The destruction.

Unrestrained attacks on our political, social, educational, religious, and family institutions find their source in cultural Marxism.

I've spoken about cultural Marxism often on our daily radio program.

We didn't get here in the last few months, it's been decades in the making. Too many Christians have watched in silence. Or simply turned their spiritual heads away.

Western civilization, including our own country, has resurrected Karl Marx's failed ideas into the image of a hipster thinker.

Cultural Marxism is killing us.

The Biden administration is a mirror reflection of what cultural Marxism looks like.

Cultural Marxism has forged the way for Critical Race Theory, the LGBTQ movement, so-called abortion rights and the "cancel culture" to thrive. And now we have atheists claiming to be the "truth-tellers"---claiming the high ground of our country's morality.

The response.

Bible-believing churches in America are on trial. We now have a culture that pressures us to remain silent on eternal issues. Pressures us to tear pages from the Bible with which they disagree.

The great Presbyterian pastor, evangelist Charles Finney, wrote in his article, "The Decay of Conscience," published December 4, 1873:

"If there is a decay of conscience, the pulpit is responsible for it. If the public press lacks moral discrimination, the pulpit is responsible for it. If the church is degenerate and worldly, the pulpit is responsible for it. If the world loses its interest in religion, the pulpit is responsible. If Satan rules in the halls of legislation, the pulpit is responsible."

And he said this: "If our politics become so corrupt that the very foundations of our government are ready to fall away, the pulpit is responsible for it."

Our preachers have got to start preaching the gospel to the decay in the culture. And do so fearlessly.

And believers have got to take a stand.

I'm reminded of Nehemiah 4:14--

"And I looked, and arose and said to the nobles, to the leaders, and to the rest of the people, 'Do not be afraid of them. Remember the Lord, great and awesome, and fight for your brethren, your sons, your daughters, your wives, and your houses'" (NKJV).

Be Informed. Be Discerning. Be Engaged. Be Bold. Be Prayerful.