depiction of the status of religious believers in the United States today.
No one group is responsible, we are all responsible because we have
been led away from the One who loves us, led away by self interest,
covetousness, greed, and a misdirected desire for security and comfort.
Liberty in the
United States: The type of 'liberty' the United States is
attempting to convert Islam to is a false liberty, not the liberty
God gave us upon our founding:
I will walk at liberty: for I seek thy precepts. I will speak of thy
testimonies also before kings, and will not be ashamed. And I will
delight myself in thy commandments, which I have loved. My hands also
will I lift up unto thy commandments, which I have loved; and I will
meditate in thy statutes." (Psalms 119:45-48)
The United States
of America was founded as a "nation under God". However,
being settled in part by those escaping religious persecution in
Europe, our forefathers recognized that no religion should receive
any preference or support from the government.
liberty and equality we were so proud of was, at the time,
acknowledged as a God-given
right of all men.
In this way, the people of the United States were guaranteed the
freedom to believe in God as they saw fit.
Since World War II
things have slowly changed. Undeclared wars have been fought. Large
Corporations and their CEO's have profited. Many people have
expounded on the ideas of liberty and equality. Many of them believe
that liberty and equality are inherently human rights
- outside of the authority of any
God that might be acknowledged by government.
On the other hand,
aggressive political organizations of the political right, many of
which call themselves Christian organizations, have championed the
cause of the wealthy in this country. In the process they have
succeeded in lowering the tax bill of the rich, but have also oppressed
the poor, the destitute, and the mistreated of this country -
For better or
worse, such is our situation today as followers of Jesus in the
the efforts of atheistic organizations, the United States has
made itself exclusive of religious belief rather than inclusive
of all religious beliefs as our founders intended. Through the
efforts of political Christian organizations, the United
States has abrogated its founding principles of equality and justice
believers, be they Christian or of any other religion, are no longer
represented in the government of the United States.
For Example: To
vote for any candidate this year, a believer in religion will need to:
Accept abortion as
an established practice.
will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made:
marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well. My
substance was not hid from thee, when I was made in secret, and
curiously wrought in the lowest parts of the earth. Thine eyes did
see my substance, yet being unperfect; and in thy book all my members
were written, which in continuance were fashioned, when as yet there
was none of them." (Psalms 139:14-16)
the word of the LORD came unto me, saying, Before I formed thee in
the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I
sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations."
when they had slain their children to their idols, then they came
the same day into my sanctuary to profane it; and, lo, thus have they
done in the midst of mine house". (Ezekiel
saith the LORD, thy redeemer, and he that formed thee from the womb,
I am the LORD that maketh all things; that stretcheth forth the
heavens alone; that spreadeth abroad the earth by myself..." (Isaiah
I did despise the cause of my manservant or of my maidservant, when
they contended with me; What then shall I do when God riseth up? and
when he visiteth, what shall I answer him? Did not he that made me in
the womb make him? and did not one fashion us in the womb?" (Job
voice was heard in Ramah, lamentation, and bitter weeping; Rahel
weeping for her children refused to be comforted for her children,
because they were not." (Jeremiah 31:15)
Accept man putting
man to death.
shalt not kill." (Deuteronomy 5:17)
have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou shalt not
kill; and whosoever shall kill shall be in danger of the judgment:
But I say unto you, That whosoever is angry with his brother without
a cause shall be in danger of the judgment..." (Matthew
O LORD of hosts, that judgest righteously, that triest the reins and
the heart, let me see thy vengeance on them: for unto thee have I
revealed my cause." (Jeremiah 11:20)
me belongeth vengeance, and recompence; their foot shall slide in
due time: for the day of their calamity is at hand, and the things
that shall come upon them make haste." (Deuteronomy
beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath:
for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord.
Therefore if thine enemy hunger, feed him; if he thirst, give him
drink: for in so doing thou shalt heap coals of fire on his head. Be
not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good."
people of the land have used oppression, and exercised robbery, and
have vexed the poor and needy: yea, they have oppressed the stranger
wrongfully. And I sought for a man among them, that should make up
the hedge, and stand in the gap before me for the land, that I should
not destroy it: but I found none." (Ezekiel
thou lend money to any of my people that is poor by thee, thou shalt
not be to him as an usurer, neither shalt thou lay upon him usury. If
thou at all take thy neighbour's raiment to pledge, thou shalt
deliver it unto him by that the sun goeth down.." (Exodus
Accept racism, the
removal of welfare, affirmative action, and accept the oppression of
unto them that decree unrighteous decrees, and that write
grievousness which they have prescribed; To turn aside the needy from
judgment, and to take away the right from the poor of my people, that
widows may be their prey, and that they may rob the fatherless! And
what will ye do in the day of visitation, and in the desolation which
shall come from far? to whom will ye flee for help? and where will ye
leave your glory?" (Isaiah
therefore as your treading is upon the poor, and ye take from him
burdens of wheat: ye have built houses of hewn stone, but ye shall
not dwell in them; ye have planted pleasant vineyards, but ye shall
not drink wine of them. For I know your manifold transgressions and
your mighty sins: they afflict the just, they take a bribe, and they
turn aside the poor in the gate from their right." (Amos
I will come near to you to judgment... against those that oppress
the hireling in his wages, the widow, and the fatherless, and that
turn aside the stranger from his right, and fear not me, saith the
LORD of hosts. For I am the LORD, I change not..." (Malachi
oppression of the poor, the elderly, immigrants, and the fatherless.
shalt neither vex a stranger, nor oppress him: for ye were strangers
in the land of Egypt. Ye shall not afflict any widow, or fatherless
child. If thou afflict them in any wise, and they cry at all unto me,
I will surely hear their cry..." (Exodus
speaketh the LORD of hosts, saying, Execute true judgment, and shew
mercy and compassions every man to his brother: And oppress not the
widow, nor the fatherless, the stranger, nor the poor; and let none
of you imagine evil against his brother in your heart." (Zechariah
exclusion of religious culture and beliefs from American Education.
exclusion of religious culture and beliefs from American Justice.
continued destruction of our planet through pollution caused by greed.
continued blasphemy against God by using His name on currency and
government property, and through speeches invoking His assistance for
making offensive war against Fundamentalist Islam everywhere.
mis-application of the First Amendment to our Constitution in order
to provide the purveyors of pornography, hate, and violence the equal
opportunity for profit.
believers in America today are as captive as were the Israelites
under Roman rule, yet because of our comfort, wealth, possessions,
and positions in society, we accept our captivity through denial that
it exists. Even the atheists, who have been so intolerant of
religion, are captive of this rolling monster we have created while
trying to do good for mankind.
But the acceptance
of captivity under an democratic system that cannot be made to
tolerate religious freedom has caused a slow but sure apostasy among
all religions in America. To maintain our comfort levels we have
turned our backs on our God and the
people He has given all of us the responsibility of caring for:
The poor, the sick, the meek, the maimed, and the prisoners.
overzealous and hypocritical actions on the part of religious people
and even whole religions, intolerance and oppression have become part
of conservative political philosophy more or less out of self defense.
Thus followers of
Christ have been oppressed with jeers, ordinances, and insults,
making religion's primary mission of spreading God's word
unappealing, and many of us have stopped calling to the sinners and
unrighteous whom Jesus Himself came for.
There is only One
Way to reverse the captivity of all, believer and atheist, today.
That Way is to request the Perfect
Government that was created for us at the beginning,
self-government under God's
Love and love for one another.
the Son of man cometh, shall he find faith on the earth?" (Luke
Let us step out
and found the Kingdom of Heaven here on earth, true brotherhood, and
become witnesses to the entire earth of the character of our Lord and
Saviour, Jesus Christ.
For He said: "Behold,
your house is left unto you desolate: and verily I say unto you, Ye
shall not see me, until the time come when ye shall say, Blessed is
he that cometh in the name of the Lord." (Luke
Let us shout, "Blessed
is He that cometh in the name of the Lord!"