Why and how did we get here? How has a city official found the audacity to subpoena sermons, sermon notes and correspondence with parishioners?
I Stand Sunday: Is America Waking Up?
Behind the ocean’s wall, a massive wave has been forming, threatening to collapse and drown America’s beloved pillars of religious freedom. What has happened in Houston, TX was no surprise to many and perhaps a bitter, eye opening reality long held at bay for others.
Like an abrupt ringing of the alarm, the actions of the Houston mayor scream out to the people of the city and the nation, “This is happening in the U.S. – do something!”
America’s plains of liberty look different than ever before. The color and beauty is being crushed beneath our feet, and a dark fog blinds and sears her people. How did this happen?
The November 3, I Stand Sunday event in Houston, TX,, coordinated by the Family Research Council, cosponsored and aired by American Family Radio, brought hope and memory to a once strong, vibrant and godly nation. A steady stream of pastors and other speakers called for repentance and freedom.
“We are in this place in America today not because of the mayor of Houston, Texas,” said Governor Mike Huckabee. “It is because of what so many people in our churches have failed to do. They have not prayed. They have not become informed. They have not been willing to even so much as register to vote, much less go and vote.”
Why and how did we get here? How has a city official found the audacity to subpoena sermons, sermon notes and correspondence with parishioners? According to Huckabee, “It is because a lot of people in our churches are saying ‘I just don’t want to get involved.’” He continued:
My dear friend, when the government comes to your pastor and says cough up all the sermons, sermon notes and correspondence he has had with all his own parishioners, you are already involved.
When they come to your church and they begin to approve or disapprove what is said from your pulpit, my friend, you are involved.
When 55 million babies in this nation are murdered in their mother’s womb since 1973 that would have been a workforce—a prayer force, you are already involved.
And we cannot blame the people who don’t love God. We’d better look inwardly, and say, “It’s because we’ve told our people that they could effectively be wonderful Christians just going to church, reading their Bibles and praying.” And voting wasn’t that important. Now we are beginning to reap what we have sown. It’s time we sowed some new seeds of citizenship in the ground of the United States of America and become involved. Be the salt and be the light.
America – She’s become a nation where evil is prospering unrestrained – a nation lacking in Christian involvement. Her private worship has eased the work of those attacking her rights, and she hasn’t even noticed.
Tony Perkins, Family Research Council president, quoted Martin Luther King Jr., The church must be reminded that it is not the master or the servant of the state. But rather it is the conscience of the state. It must be the guide and the critic of the state and never its tool. If the church does not recapture its prophetic zeal, it will become an irrelevant social club without moral or spiritual authority.”
Dry and dusty bones can live. And so can America.