By Bryan Fischer
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The quote that serves as the title of this column was spoken by Aleksander Solzhenitsyn, who had witnessed the horrible and devastating consequences in the life of a nation that had turned its back on God.
What will it take for us as a nation to heed Solzhenitsyn's counsel and turn back to God? How many more mindless massacres like the one that took place last night in Aurora, Colorado will it take before we tell the ACLU and the Supreme Court to take a hike and we get back to unapologetically and publicly trusting in God?
David Barton’s insightful book, “To Pray or Not to Pray,” traces the catastrophic consequences in American life since the Supreme Court kicked God out of our public school system in 1962 by prohibiting school prayer.
The prayer that these judicial tyrants banned in all their mindless and unconstitutional wisdom was about as inoffensive as you can get. “Almighty God, we acknowledge our dependence upon Thee, and we beg Thy blessings upon us, our parents, our teachers, and our Country.”
And yet simple though it was, it was a prayer of great power. Through it, God was invited to provide a providential shield of protection and blessing for students, families, schools and our entire nation. Perhaps the fact that this was a prayer on the lips of children gave it unusual effectiveness. After all, Jesus told us that “their angels always see the face of my Father who is in heaven” (Matthew 18:10).
The Scriptures are clear: “Unless the Lord watches over the city, the watchmen stand guard in vain” (Psalm 127:2). God is a gentleman. He will not go where he is not invited. If he is invited to watch over a nation, he will. If he is told in no uncertain terms that he is not welcome, he will politely withdraw and leave us to our own devices, defenseless against the powers of darkness.
Barton devotes separate segments of his book to the alarming results we have experienced as a nation since we unceremoniously told God he was suspended from school as if he were some kind of juvenile delinquent.
With regard to students, SAT scores began to plummet almost immediately, starting in 1963, and have never recovered. The rate of premarital sex began to climb, as did the rate of sexually transmitted diseases. Teenage pregnancies and teen births began to skyrocket, again starting in 1963. The rate at which teens were arrested for rape, aggravated assault, and murder shot through the roof.
All this should come as no surprise to students of American history, who remember the words of the Founders. For instance, Noah Webster of dictionary fame said, “In my view, the Christian religion is the most important and one of the first things in which all children, under a free government, ought to be instructed...No truth is more evident to my mind than that the Christian religion must be the basis of any government intended to secure the rights and privileges of a free people.”
The consequences for “parents” and families have been equally severe. Since 1963, the rates of adultery, divorce, cohabitation and domestic abuse have risen dramatically, and the intact nuclear family is being ravaged perhaps beyond repair.
With regard to “teachers” and our educational system, SAT scores have fallen into the basement while rates of school violence are shooting through the ceiling and our armed forces are hampered by functionally illiterate recruits.
The consequences for “our Country” are equally catastrophic. Homicide rates are up; more Americans are being gunned down in cold blood this year in Chicago than in Afghanistan. The nuclear family is breaking apart at culture-destroying rates. One of out every five adults in America has a lifelong, incurable sexually transmitted disease.The sexual and physical abuse of children is out of control.
The Supreme Court compounded its godless and criminal misconduct by banning the Ten Commandments and its moral precepts from classrooms in 1980. Their reasoning was fantastically absurd when looked at in the light of last night’s massacre.
“[I]f the posted copies of the Ten Commandments are to have any effect at all, it will be to induce the schoolchildren to read, meditate upon, perhaps to venerate and obey, the Commandments,” which, the Court said, is “not a permissible state objective under the Establishment Clause.”
So these black-robed miscreants said we cannot permit potential mass murderers like James Holmes to read or meditate on God’s prohibition “Thou shall not murder” as a part of their education, because someone like him just might be inclined to “venerate and obey” it and not go on a midnight shooting rampage leaving a trail of dead bodies in his wake. No, we can’t be having that, now, can we?
Former Speaker of the House Robert Winthrop, a contemporary of John Quincy Adams and Daniel Webster, said this:
“Men, in a word, must necessarily be controlled, either by a power within them, or a power without them; either by the word of God, or by the strong arm of man; either by the Bible, or the bayonet.”
It’s time for us to say to the left we’ve tried it your way for the past 60 years and our country is being destroyed before our very eyes. It’s time to try it our way for next 60 years. If we don’t like what we see in 2072, we can always drink again from the poisoned well of secular fundamentalism. Something tells me we won’t want to.
(Unless otherwise noted, the opinions expressed are the author’s and do not necessarily reflect the views of the American Family Association or American Family Radio.)