Thursday, June 25, 2009

A Day of Mourning for America

Today, June 25, should be a day of mourning for America.

Today is the 47th anniversary of the US Supreme Court case of Engel vs. Vitale.

Many people do not know what that means, and still more do not understand the significance of it. I have come to believe that this case, and thus this day, marks the beginning of the end of America as a dominant force for good, and, even as a nation. This court case was one of two that basically expelled Christ from our schools and effectively forbade the current and following generations from acknowledging Him for who He really is. In this decision, the highest court in the land, those who would set what is allowable and what is not allowable in our society, effectively ruled that Christ had no place in what we teach our young. We, as a people, as Christians, as Americans, did not stand up to be counted when it counted. We, effectively, did nothing. Good men doing nothing is all it takes for evil to triumph; and so it has.

Today, our schools are in ruins, our children believing that God is not only irrelevant, but hateful. What once was considered sinful is now accepted and what once was Biblical is now hate speech. We teach comprehensive sexuality to children barely able to read and not yet old enough to keep track of their lunch money. We have actually banned the Pledge of Allegiance in some places because it dares to recognize God. We have Winterfest and Spring Break because Christmas and Easter offend people. . .

Today marks the anniversary of the beginning of the Post-Christian Era in America. Our President has declared that we are no longer a Christian nation. Sadly, it is one of the few things he has said that I believe.

[Thanks to our friend, Dr. Scott W. Norman, for these insights. You can hear more from Dr. Norman at ACWI's education conference on Nov. 21, The Role of Christian Educators in an Emerging Post-Christian America.]

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