It cannot be emphasized too strongly or too often that this great nation was founded not by religionists, but by Christians; not on religions, but on the gospel of Jesus Christ.  For that reason alone, people of all faiths have been afforded freedom of religion.

Patrick Henry, American Patriot

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Twenty-one Egyptian Christians, poor young men who sought work in Libya, were beheaded by ISIS radical Muslims.  Killed because they were Christians.  The President was golfing.  Regrettably, he said nothing.

The White House released a press statement but it did not identify those murdered as Christians, the very reason why they were kidnapped and killed.

Our political elites, even our religious leaders, likewise said little of these acts of religious bigotry and hatred.

Commentators puzzled over the absence of comprehension or recognition that these men were killed because of their religious beliefs.

Few people understand how exclusionary secularism scrubs any connection with the indispensable place of faith in culture and democracy.  We are so secularized we cannot see material circumstances when they are right in view. Miss obvious facts and disaster follows.

We do not mention these men were killed because they were Christians because our elites, leaders and opinion makers do not value faith, nor the place of faith in culture and governance.  They are “cosmopolitan” – too cool for such things as faith, too self-important.  Sadly, they are more apt to think of Christianity as a problem or, at best, a quaint superstition to be set aside, put out of the way.

How wrong they are – how ignorant.  How injurious.

Christianity is critical to our existence as a nation.  It has a political meaning.

In the Christian narrative God established solidarity with humanity – all people.  In the narrative each is valued, no matter the station in life, their race, work, gender, personal preferences, wealth or poverty, age, nationality, etc.

In this narrative we are transfigured, valuable by birth far more than by anything the government might bestow on us.

In the narrative our identity is derived from a benevolent God.  This narrative guided and inspired Patrick Henry, George Washington, Samuel Adams and those who formed this nation in opposition to English rule.

This narrative and our founders’ beliefs are the source of our political system and the obligations we have for one another.  Without it, who fights and dies for you, a stranger to him?

One is not an American who does not understand the indispensable place Christianity holds in our history and our governance.  To ignore this is to destroy who we are, deny who we are – lose this land to inferior and deconstructing notions that cannot hold one to another – rather, ready us for conquest.

Shame on the cosmopolitans – too cool for history, immune to meaning, worthless pretenders who destroy what they were given.  Have they not done enough damage?  What might you do about this?

The rights of man come not from the generosity of the state but from the hand of God.

John F. Kennedy, President

Shalom.

    

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