It takes time to process the magnitude of what happened on Tuesday. As many realize, this wasn’t just any election. It might be the most significant of our lifetimes because America is at a historical cross-roads in deciding what it stands for, and what role our government should have. Through the shock, disgust and deep grief for my country, a frightening and sobering reality began to emerge. The most disturbing reality of what took place is not the final count of electoral votes, but the underlying causes of the outcome and this is what grieves so many of us who were fighting for a different outcome.
The first reality made chillingly clear is that the American people are rapidly trending towards secularism and away from a deep reverence for God and living a Christian life. More and more Americans are neglecting Biblical values in the face of political correctness, the farce of multiculturalism and reckless, narcissistic living. The wreckage of this trend is bearing fruit all around us: i.e., the number of children born out of wedlock; the massive and expanding porn industry, increasing acceptance of gay marriage and that lifestyle, unchecked expansion of abortion, rising personal debt, etc. Recent studies by the Pew Research Center confirm this trend away from God, stating in an October release that the number of Americans who do not identify with any religion continues to grow at a rapid pace – one fifth of the U.S. public – and a third of adults under 30 – are religiously unaffiliated today. Included in this expanding demographic are more than 13 million self-described atheists and agnostics (nearly 6% of the U.S. public) as well as 33 million people who say they have no particular religious affiliation (14%). Where is the church and why has its leaders grown silent? Those of us who claim to be part of the body of Christ shoulder this responsibility and we must help ignite the next great spiritual awakening.
Another underlying cause of what happened Tuesday is the reality that at least half of Americans don’t understand what it means to be an American. They do not understand why America was founded or what the American ideal is. They have little if any knowledge about our founding documents, or the spirit in which they were created. Nor do they have any grasp of American Exceptionalism. Our generation and at least two previous generations were not successful at teaching these critical truths. American Exceptionalism is the reality that our system of government is unique to the world and is rooted in the understanding that our rights come from God and not the State; it is the conviction that freedom is an unalienable right of all mankind, and that the only legitimate purpose of government is the protection of those God given rights and freedoms. This, in a nutshell, is American Exceptionalism. The history of mankind is littered with governments diametrically opposed to these principles and they have been responsible for enormous and unspeakable suffering, oppression, enslavement, death and genocide. They are rooted in controlling the people, not protecting their rights and freedoms as individuals. So, in essence, America is the exception to the record of history and its governing of people. It has nothing to do with arrogance, bigotry, or imperialism as the Left and our enemies would have us believe. The American people are no different than any other people around the world, but our system of limited government rooted in the protection and freedom of its people is different. This is the exception and undergirds the very definition of what it means to be an American. How many Obama supporters do you think believe in this bedrock foundation? Zero. rx cialis low price How many could even define it? Zero. This is frightening and casts an ominous picture of what we have to overcome.
By voting for Barack Obama and his socialist agenda, they have made both of these underlying causes abundantly clear. Obama is the most Biblically hostile president in American history and Democrat leaders from across the country exposed their affirmation of this hostility at their Convention by voting three times to exclude God from their official platform.
Obama is also the most un-American president to date, and in fact the most anti-American to ever fill that role. Nothing he stands for or believes in aligns with the vision our founders had for this nation, or what we understand today as the American ideal: freedom and liberty as an unalienable right, equal justice under the law, small, limited government, individual rights, self reliance, innovation and free enterprise, personal responsibility, reverence for God as our creator and the source of our rights, and reverence and respect for Biblical standards in all aspects of our lives.
Some reading this might recoil at these assertions and conclude that I’m questioning their patriotism if they voted for Barack Obama. Well, what exactly is patriotism? Authentic patriotism is a deep love of country. It is a burning passion to preserve America and all that she stands for. It’s loving your country more than yourself; seeing beyond your own self interests and ambitions; realizing that a debt is to be paid by every citizen to further the eternal cause of freedom. Ironically, most Democrats today have eschewed the historic charge made by one of their own – John F. Kennedy’s famous statement, “…ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country.” Can someone who supports transforming America into something she was never intended, be patriotic? If they truly loved this country, they would study and understand our founding documents, our history and heritage, American Exceptionalism and what it means to be an American. They would realize that everything they voted for on Tuesday is diametrically opposed to the America that our founding fathers, ancestors and current defenders of freedom have fought and died for. Dennis Prager captured this reality brilliantly in a popular YouTube video (nearly 3 million views) that is a MUST view. He describes this lack of understanding of what it means to be an American as the single greatest threat to America. Watch it and decide for yourself if what happened on Tuesday does not confirm this reality unfolding before our eyes…
Fellow patriots, we have much work to do and it’s clear we must dig in and commit ourselves to being the salt and the light to those around us who don’t know the reason for our hope, joy and peace, and to sharing the foundational truths about what this nation
is really all about. We must pass on this precious heritage that’s been bought with such a costly price. When we do, I believe our best days will truly be ahead of us…