Christian Philosophy Lite: America's future hangs in balance

By Raymond Smith

Americans today are becoming very concerned about the future: the debt crisis, wars and skirmishes abroad, terrorism, one world government, the overreach of our own government. These issues dominate the media daily - but, one of the most serious problems generally goes unreported: our national morality.

Those who subscribe to publications on the Internet receive reports daily of social and moral problems, but whatever comes of it? Focus on the Family and other similar organizations spend much time and money fighting for family values, yet we wonder why their efforts are so often frustrated. I read the other day about the huge number of morality complaints filed with the FCC that are sitting unattended. Where is big brother when we need him? It is as though government and the media understand that these moral issues spring from religious foundations and for that reason they are unwilling to address them. But then, even America's churches are strangely silent.

In colonial America, it was different. Preachers and church leaders were at the forefront in the war and the making of our Constitution. The British called these men The Black Robed Regiment. Preachers of that day wore long, black robes and preached not only the salvation message, but any sort of political message that would further the cause of freedom. Many had their churches torched. On Sunday morning, Jan. 21, 1776, pastor Muhlenberg preached from Ecclesiastes 3: "For everything there is a time." Brethren - he said, "This is no longer a time of peace; this is now a time of war." He then discarded his black robe, which revealed the full dress uniform of an officer of the Continental Army. He preached and called for volunteers. Three hundred men followed him.

Frederick Muhlenberg, also a pastor, thought his brother had gone too far, until the British threw him out of his church. In thinking through the problem, he decided to get involved and ended up being the speaker of the House in Pennsylvania and helped write the original Constitution.

When the Rev. David Grosvenor heard of the battle at Bunker Hill, he left his pulpit, rifle in hand and promptly marched to the scene of action.

Today, the Judiciary is slowly eroding our (religious) freedoms. Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826) described that judiciary: "an irresponsible body working like gravity by night and by day, gaining a little today and a little tomorrow; and advancing its noiseless step like a thief, over the field of jurisdiction until all shall be usurped from the states."

I am absolutely convinced that the future of our country lies in the hands of Christian people. We have the power if we will only use it. We can still say much from the pulpit, we just need to know what the limits are. How you vote in the next election is critical. Help elect godly men who will work for you and defend the Constitution. Other than that, we have moral responsibilities of our own - we can't blame the government for everything.

Raymond F. Smith is president of Strong Families of Victoria.