The Importance of the "Christian Right"
© 2002 Contender Ministries
A story on the Fox News website stated that “Liberal activists and Democratic lawmakers are steamed about what they think is undue influence of conservative Christians on the Bush administration.” It seems the liberal lobby does not feel that conservative Christians and Jews should have a political voice in this country. I say, “phooey!” It’s high time to give this country a good ole’ Christian right hook!
The “Christian right” or “religious right” are terms often used in liberal circles to marginalize and devalue the message that conservative Christians are trying to express. Our founding fathers saw the need for a religious influence on government. George Washington once said, “Of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, religion and morality are indispensable supports.”
If you want to go back further in time, you can look at the original settlers of this country – the Pilgrims. In 1620, they signed the Mayflower Compact prior to disembarking their ships. A portion of the compact reads: “In the name of God, Amen, We, whose names are underwritten, the Loyal Subjects of our dread Sovereign Lord King James, by the Grace of God, of Great Britain, France, and Ireland, King, Defender of the Faith, etc. Having undertaken for the Glory of God, and Advancement of the Christian Faith, and the Honour of our King and Country, a Voyage to plant the first Colony…” [emphasis added]
So why the fuss now? The answer is that the influence of religion and morals on our government has steadily declined over the last half-century. In 1954, Chief Justice Earl Warren said, “I like to believe we are living today in the spirit of the Christian religion. I like also to believe that as long as we do so, no great harm can come to our country.” That was the same year that President Eisenhower, inspired by a sermon by Reverend George M. Docherty, added the phrase “under God” to our Pledge of Allegiance. Since 1954, the moral spirit of the United States has been pushed further and further away from one “under God.” Our moral fabric began unraveling at a fast and steadily accelerating rate. Now, some 48 years later, that phrase is in danger of being officially revoked. More than ever before, it is important for Christians to be politically active.
Political action can take many forms, and in its most simplistic, can take the form of basic voter awareness. Jerry Falwell’s “Moral Majority” started a popular cause of influencing the political process with a conservative Christian message. In its footsteps, the Christian Coalition followed. These organizations not only lobbied on behalf of issues held dear by those with Judeo-Christian values, they also educated voters on where political candidates stand on these issues. It is imperative for Christians to be aware of the issues important to them, and to know how their elected officials and candidates for elected office feel about those issues. It is extremely important that your elected representatives know how you feel. This is so easy to do now in the age of e-mail.
This year, Representative Walter B. Jones (R-NC) introduced the Houses of Worship Political Speech Protection Act (H.R. 2357). This measure has gathered more than 100 co-sponsors. Upon passage, this Act would allow churches to speak out on political issues that Christians should care about, without fear of losing tax-exempt status. Currently, thanks to President Lynden B. Johnson, your church could lose tax-exempt status if your pastor simply explained how local political candidates felt about abortion!
The left-wing fears the message of faith, hope, and moral values carried by the “religious right.” So much so, that they want to stifle it at all costs. Don’t let them win. Let your voice be heard loud and clear. Your elected representatives should KNOW your name, and know how you feel about issues. Our country had moral roots and Judeo-Christian values at one time. Only through uniting and speaking out can we influence the political process, and let Washington know that we’re still here!
© 2002 Contender Ministries
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