The early 20th Century witnessed what seemed to be a life and death struggle between religious modernism and fundamentalism. The high water mark of the conflict was during the infamous “Scopes Monkey Trial” held in Dayton, Tennessee in the summer of 1925. The respected Christian statesman, William Jennings Bryan, successfully argued the “Case for Creation” (according to Genesis). However, biblical “fundamentalists” lost the battle concerning advocating evolution in public schools by losing in the court of public opinion. They were unable to stand in the face of the relentless assaults of academic elites and media who portrayed them as “uneducated, unthinking and reactionary.” The pulpit became silent.
After the disastrous Supreme Court decision of Roe vs. Wade, the battle resumed in the late 1970’s with groups known as “The Moral Majority” and “The Religious Right”. Left-winger idealogues, from President Carter to media celebrities, politicians and academic “experts,” sought to silence the voices of Christians in public policy by twisting Jefferson’s phrase, “separation of church and state”. The Washington Post published an article that those in the “Religious Right” were “largely poor, uneducated and easy to command.” Same-sex marriage decisions, the removal of prayer and the Bible from public schools and “sanctuary cities”, all have pointed to secularists’ attempts to convert our children, culture and government to their belief system. They did so with as much religious fervor as any evangelist.
Fast forward to today and we could echo the words of Mark Twain after his obituary had been prematurely printed: “The reports of my demise were greatly exaggerated.” Though ungodly and uncivil attacks come against conservatives in every level of government, courageous people seek to be salt and light in the political process. We are not extremists or hicks but Constitution-believing patriots. In this upcoming November election, the future direction of every aspect of government is at stake, particularly in the Senate, House of Representatives and in state leadership. We must fight for the unborn and protect our borders. The naming of justices to the Courts of states as well as at the national level continues to be a priority. We must focus on protecting citizens from religious discrimination, keep churches and religious organizations tax-exempt, stop taxpayer funding of abortion, reform healthcare, affirm the second amendment, resist recreational marijuana and wisely deal with the issues of gender-neutral restroom usage. Continue to pray and vote (1 Timothy 2:1-3). We can’t “sit this one out.”