Turn the Lights On
Posted in Leadership by Benham Brothers | September 15th, 2015
“There’s an agenda to scrub Christian influence from America today!”
We said this at the Kim Davis rally in Kentucky last week (for the Kentucky clerk who refused to sign “gay marriage” licenses and was sent to jail for it).
What we said next turned a few heads: “This agenda is like the shadow of a rat when a flashlight projects its image on the wall like a dinosaur – yet it’s really nothing but a little rat.”
The shadow is bigger than the real thing. Or as they say back in Texas, “Its bark is bigger than its bite.”
We truly believe this. The secular agenda to remove Christian influence from American life is nothing more than smoke and mirrors. It looks much bigger and stronger than it really is, like shadows in your bedroom at night.
As kids, the two of us shared a room. When Mom would shut the lights off at night, Jason would get all scared when he saw a shadow on the wall. He’d then start crying, and Mom would come back in and turn the lights on. Miraculously, the evil monster went away! (He’s always been soft like that.)
The same is true with this “shadow on the wall” godless agenda today. It’s only effective when the lights are off! So it’s time to turn the lights back on, and it’s our responsibility to do just that. (We emphasize the word responsibility because we fight for our rights today, but rights aren’t maintained if we forsake our responsibilities.)
There are a lot of shadows that need to be dispelled by the light – like the idea that “if you disagree with someone, you hate them.” Do what? That is such an illogical statement, it’s laughable. But we won’t get into that one because we have another big, scary monster we want to expose – the separation of church and state.
It’s this shadow we continue to see surrounding the Kim Davis debate.
Check out this post on our Benham Brothers Facebook page last week after we posted our support for Kim to exercise her religion as a clerk:
“(I believe in the) separation of church and state. Without it, we are no better than the Middle Eastern countries we like to criticize so much, who DO mix church and state.”
Believe it or not, millions of Americans believe this. Yet it’s nothing but smoke and mirrors – a shadow, a facade. And it’s only effective because we’re not shining the light on the lie.
Nowhere in the U.S. Constitution, individual state constitutions or any of our founders’ writings do we see that there is to be a wall separating the church from influencing the state. The only place the “separation of church/state” verbiage can be found is in a letter from Thomas Jefferson to the Danbury Baptists in 1802, where he assured the congregation there would be no meddling from the state into the church because of the “wall of separation” that protected them. In other words, the state could not interfere in church affairs, like what happened in England.
The wall of separation has nothing to do with removing Christian influence from the state. As a matter of fact, most of our Founding Fathers believed that Christian influence is what helped build the state!
Listen to what the United States Congress said in 1854, “The great, vital, and conservative element in our system is the belief of our people in the pure doctrines and the divine truths of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.”
Unfortunately, revisionist historians have twisted the facts to say that the church must not influence state affairs. And Christians have not accepted the responsibility to disprove that – to shine the light on it.
So, poof! Just like that, this big, scary monster called the “separation of church and state” jumped onto the walls of our nation, intimidating anyone who would dare challenge it.
But it’s all just a shadow …
Listen to Daniel Webster at the bicentennial celebration at Plymouth Rock in 1820:
“Let us not forget the religious character of our origin. Our fathers were brought hither by their high veneration for the Christian religion. They journeyed by its light and labored in its hope. They sought to incorporate its principles with the elements of their society, and to diffuse its influence through all their institutions, civil, political, or literary.”
For more than two centuries, our leaders believed this, and they understood that the “wall of separation” prevented the church from becoming a tool of the state – yet it was fully understood that the church would directly influence the state at every level.
Martin Luther King Jr. affirmed this when he said, “The church must be reminded that it is not the master nor the servant of the state, rather it is the conscience of the state. It must be the guide and the critic of the state, and never its tool.”
Our problem today isn’t the presence of darkness or the size of the shadow – our problem today is the absence of light. The church has withdrawn from its position of responsibility as the conscience of the state.
But we can repent of that and re-engage to shine the light so that the scary shadows disappear.
Christian influence is crucial to America’s vitality as a nation, yet it’s being scrubbed out. So let’s get in the game and courageously shine some light!
Read more at http://www.wnd.com/2015/09/time-to-turn-the-lights-back-on/
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