With the upcoming July 4th holiday, I normally write something uplifting about our country, our values, or the sacrifices made by those who made it all possible. That is the real story we need to always remember.
However, the last several weeks suggest we face a real danger. Events supporting this notion include; the political left’s targeting of administration officials and their families for confrontation and intimidation, the open encouragement of those actions by at least one member of Congress, and the media’s false reporting and incitement around illegal immigration. Add to these the continued gunning down of first responders, the Democrat’s resist movement, media lies, and the stifling of free speech on college campuses by creating ‘safe spaces’ and banning speakers who do not share the liberal groupthink. All these actions have something in common, they call for vilifying others.
Don’t misunderstand me. This is not about who they are, because they share the same human nature that we have. It is instead about what they’ve chosen to be. The choices we make matter. They determine who we become. When ideas don’t persuade others to follow them, intimidation and violence become their historic tools of choice. This is fascism. In case you think I’m wrong, just this week a self-proclaimed socialist/communist (and there is no difference between the two) political neophyte defeated one of the Democratic Party’s leaders in New York’s primary. Instead of moving toward the center, that party is going even more extreme.
While some of the media portray this as new, it is not. The Democratic party has historically supported slavery, segregation, abortion, Jim Crow laws, anarchy (Antifa is only the most recent group), and policies increasing people’s dependence such as the War on Poverty. They are the party of slavery, violence, and death. It is a party focused on raw naked power; focused on the material things that are the very opposite of what Christians are to strive for.
Don’t believe that? Here are just a few facts for you to consider;
Democratic President Andrew Johnson vetoed civil rights legislation after the War Between the States in both 1866 and 1867. Nine civil rights bills were passed under President Grant just a few years later.
Dual election results were reported by Florida, Louisiana and South Carolina in 1876. The black vote was actively suppressed by Democratic violence in these and other states. Mississippi U.S. Rep. John Roy Lynch, who grew up a slave, said the following about his election.
I say to you, gentlemen, that in my State, the “official return” is an official fraud. When I ran for Congress in the Sixth District of Mississippi in 1880, I know that there were not less than 5,000 votes for me that were counted for the [Democrat] that ran against me. Now bear in mind, the official report gave him 5,000 of my votes. [If these fraudulent votes for him are counted, then] you say to me: “We will only admit you on what the Democrats choose to give you.” Now, I say that is wrong.
Democrats gained control of both houses of Congress and the Presidency in 1893 with the election of Grover Cleveland. But instead of continuing to pass civil rights reforms, the Democrats began repealing civil rights legislation not already struck down by the Supreme Court. A policy continued and expanded twenty years later by the Wilson administration.
President Eisenhower proposed civil rights legislation in 1957 after his re-election, but was stymied by a Democratic controlled House and Senate. Civil rights legislation finally passed through the efforts of Senator Everett Dirksen in 1964, a bill that could not have passed without the support of almost all Republicans, even though Democrats held two-third majorities in both the House and Senate.
Should Christians involve themselves? Yes, because doing the right thing matters. God’s governance demands it, and as Christians we have pledged our obedience to Him first and foremost. Rev. Charles Finney answered this question during the Second Great Awakening. In one of his lectures, he said;
But the time has come that Christians must vote for honest men and take consistent ground in politics or the Lord will curse them. They must be honest men themselves, and instead of voting for a man because he belongs to their party ... they must find out whether he is honest and upright, and fit to be trusted. ... Christians have been exceedingly guilty in this matter. But the time has come when they must act differently, or God will curse the nation, and withdraw his spirit. ... Politics are a part of religion in such a country as this, and Christians must do their duty to the country as a part of their duty to God. ... Christians seem to act as if they thought God did not see what they do in politics. But I tell you He does see it - and He will bless or curse this nation according to the course they take.
We only have to look at who we are to be, as individuals and a people. We are called to do good by serving others. This requires just a few things. First, a shared commitment to the common good. Second, to live life making our own choices, while not violating others rights in the process. To do this we are to learn to judge good from evil, not vilify others.
Underlying all those things just mentioned is our possessing morality—righteousness. Righteousness is found in virtues such as self-sacrifice, mercy, hospitality, courage, truth, and love. Virtues all result in actions of charity. They unite us, we draw strength from them, and there is peace. The actions advocated by the left are their opposite. They promote violence, jealousy, hostility, lies, and hatred. They divide us and create weakness, leading to civil strife.
This is why Christians are to run for office, teach, and to say no when others attempt to take us on the wrong track. Those are needed to bring civility to society. But it looks like the civil rights movement of the 1950’s and early 60’s. Peaceful protests of standing for the truth and accepting nothing less, not the violence being called for today. The means used to achieve an end matter, if you possess morality.
If those possessing a moral compass choose not to lead, who is left? The 2016 election was only a reprieve. Great work has already been done, but much more remains. The representative inciting others to intimidate and harass anyone involved with this administration should not just be censured, but expelled. Her actions are an abuse of power, the very definition of high crimes and misdemeanors that our Founders understood. Will it happen?
 Barton, David, American History in Black & White, WallBuilder Press, 2004. This book provides an excellent overview of America’s racial history.
 Finney, Charles G., pp. 223-4, Lectures on Revivals of Religion, Fleming H. Revell Company, 1868. https://www.ccel.org/ccel/finney/revivals.pdf. Accessed June, 2018.