There was once a time when people came to this land to seek solace from the tyrants and rulers who were seeking to control every facet of life. People sought freedom. These pilgrims were trying to escape religious persecution, looking for a refuge without the dictates of another man’s conscience. They came looking to practice freedom of religion, not freedom from religion. In the country of their origins, they were not allowed to follow their faith because it was a threat to the ideological ramblings that a king was to be the center of all attention. He could have whatever he wanted, and was to be thought of as the voice of the creator. No man and no god for that matter was going to take that from him. These pilgrims wanted to follow the dictates of nature’s law, of their great shepherd without reprise from the fall out of persecution.
Next came the over taxation, and manipulation by tyrants seeking to yet again, gain control over a people group. To a dictator, it is not about leading people in a manner best suited to support a society, but to constantly gain more and more control over the mind of people. It is a sick and twisted affair of men.
What poses the most threat to this line of thought is a god. Not just any god but the God. The God who drives us, the God who awakes our inner morals and inspires us to live within the confines of morality, and independence from the onslaught of power hungry vultures. This God wants us to serve no man, to bow no knee.
As the pendulum swings back and forth so has the politics of man. Once we were a great country. Once we followed the dictates of our own conscience. In the history of man, the pendulum has swung right and people would live independently in their own ways, then it would swing left and a few men would cease the day, and find ways to grasp for power over others. They came with the promises of a better way, brighter future, and a grand idea. So long as you stepped in line, and bowed down to their authority.
This time has come again.
Today I read an article, with my blood boiling, which stated that the pentagon is seeking a way to criminalize Christianity; seeking a way to court martial military men for sharing their religious views. This is the new “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell.” Don’t ask if I’m a Christian, and I won’t tell you (even though to be a Christian you must tell). It’s ok to be a loud and proud homosexual but by obama you better not tell anyone you’re a Christian.
This couldn’t be more counter intuitive to the idea of America and Christians. First, we are a true religion of patience. We do not kill in the name of our savior (Muslims), we do not segregate people groups with hate and animosity (yes, we do tell you what we think about sin, but we do not arrest you for it), and we certainly do not promote forced conversion. Second, this is a country of free men, and it’s the military that fights for that freedom. To take away the one thing that defines a man is to truly enslave him. Lastly, it is the faith in God that gets him through the atrocities of war. God can be his center and rock who gives him the strength to persevere in times of trial.
But the divine ruler (sarcasm) wants to take that from them. Where is your tolerant society now? Oh ya, it’s ok to be any other religion, just not one of those Christians. You know the type. The ones who first came to Plymouth Rock, the ones who wrote the Declaration of Independence, and the Constitution, and oh ya, the ones that don’t cause terror all over the world!
My name is King James and I have always preached the ways of the Lord. Though I may be a wretched man, without fail, I will not fail the people around me through silence. I have, for as long as I can remember, boasted in the Lord in front of every marine that would hear. It is probably for the best that I did not re-enlist. I would be court-martialed. No man will stop me from exercising my faith so he may self-indulge his delusion of power.
To the soldiers, sailors, airmen, and marines: It is your right to follow the dictates of God and not man. This is what you fight for. This is why America was founded, and that is why we have separation of state from religion. Not separation of religion from state.