Striving for John Adams' Utopia

Contender Ministries

Posted:  May 20, 2002


Looking at our list of newsletter subscribers, I see a lot of nationalities represented.  We currently have subscribers in 21 different countries across the globe.  Five different continents are on the receiving end of our newsletters.  We are grateful for each and every one of you that have become partners in this ministry.  At the risk of excluding many of you, I would like to address an important event that is rapidly approaching – the November elections in the United States.

The United States is a nation founded on Christian beliefs and principles.  Some would have you believe otherwise, but mentions of Almighty God were ubiquitous in the writings of our founding fathers.  Today, Christianity is under attack as never before, and even in the U.S. Christians are being marginalized.  There is a huge insurgency of humanism, paganism, and New Age thought that fights expressions of our Christian faith at every turn.  However, our national motto remains, “In God We Trust,” and our Pledge of Allegiance still recognizes that we are “One Nation Under God.” 

It seems that not a day goes by that I don’t read of a new attack on our faith.  Creationism can no longer be taught in our public schools.  Our school children, who have more to fear at school than I ever did, are no longer allowed to pray in class.  Public displays of the Ten Commandments are the objects of many lawsuits.  Atheist Michael Newdow, the man who sued to have the words “under God” removed from our Pledge of Allegiance, has also sued to abolish chaplains in congress, and sued President Bush because his inaugural prayer was uttered “In Jesus’ Name.”

The list goes on and on, and distresses even those of the strongest faith and most resilient optimism.  While our faith is being forced out of the public arena, there are other troubles on the rise.  The birth rate among unwed mothers is the highest it has ever been.  Abortion is being championed as the cure, while abstinence programs are being attacked as some sort of religious scourge.  Our public schools are teaching elementary school children that homosexuality is an acceptable and normal lifestyle, in direct opposition to biblical doctrine.  Sex and violence, already pandemic on television and in movies, is becoming mainstream among our youth. 

General Douglas MacArthur once said, “History fails to record a single precedent in which nations subject to moral decay have not passed into political and economic decline.”  I’m afraid that is happening to our country today.  Rampant immorality is shaking our Christian heritage, and our culture is slipping into a chaotic, frenzied godlessness.  President Abraham Lincoln saw this trend beginning even in the 19th century when he wrote, “But we have forgotten God.  We have forgotten the gracious Hand which preserved us in peace, and multiplied and enriched and strengthened us; and we have vainly imagined, in the deceitfulness of our hearts, that all these blessings were produced by some superior wisdom and virtue of our own.”

We Christians are not powerless to stop – or at least slow, this decline.  We have two powerful tools at our disposal – prayer, and the ballot box.  We should remember daily to prayer for our nation and our leaders.  And in a few weeks, we must speak loudly through our votes.  Christians can no longer sit on the political sidelines if we want our country to be blessed.  Every Christian of voting age should be registered to vote.  If you are not yet registered, make time to do so.  And when the general election rolls around on November 5th, make it a point to get to your polling precinct and cast your votes.  If we relegate voting and political involvement to others, then our lawmakers will be elected by the very people who want to silence your faith! 

The second President of the United States, John Adams, had a vision of the society in which he wanted to live.  On February 22, 1756 – fully twenty years before our independence, Adams wrote in his diary, “Suppose a nation in some distant region should take the Bible for their only law book, and every member should regulate his conduct by the precepts there exhibited!  Every member would be obliged in conscience, to temperance, frugality, and industry; to justice, kindness, and charity towards his fellow men; and to piety, love, and reverence toward Almighty God....What a Eutopia, what a Paradise would this region be.” 

What a utopia indeed!  While it may be unreasonable to expect that Christians can usher in this utopia on November 5th, we CAN determine the type of people that will be leading our nation for the next few years.  We can only do this though, if we vote!  I will not presume to tell you what candidates you should support.  That’s a decision each of us will have to make on our own.  You should think about the kind of people you want representing you, though.  Do you want a leader who supports or opposes abortion on demand?  Do you want a leader who supports or opposes the right of a minor to obtain an abortion without parental notification?  Do you want a leader who supports or opposes faith-based initiatives, taxpayer-funded benefits to homosexual partners, prayer in schools, school vouchers, evolution-only education, etc.?  You have the chance to select a lawmaker that will reflect your beliefs – don’t forsake this opportunity! 

The utopia envisioned by John Adams seems so distant.  Two hundred years ago, it seemed much more possible.  We may never be able to reclaim the moral ground our nation has lost, but we can be a part in moving our country back in that general direction.  Please, get out the vote!  And never forsake your country in your daily prayers.  May God bless all of you, as you contend for your faith!


Contender Ministries