by Dana Halliday
EDITOR'S NOTE: Dana Halliday is a highly regarded theological scholar and writer, as well as an educator in the US. CSWI welcomes the addition of Mrs. Halliday to its literary panel, and fully endorses the content of the article found below.
November 9, 2008 - Hindsight is 20/20
What is this strong delusion going around our country? The delusion that all who say the name of Jesus are being truthful in their beliefs in Him.
I'm trying to come to grips with the outcome of the election. I know whatever happens is in God's hands...that He is the One in charge who puts leaders into position. But have we forgotten in our ego-centric ways that sometimes God puts leaders into position to bring nations down to their knees? Have we forgotten the saga of the Old Testament in which the nation of Israel continuously went through bouts of belief and disbelief...following the morality of God and following the immorality of man? God allowed Pharaoh to take His people captive because they began to turn his back on God, and call that which was sin, "not sin". When Israel turned her face once more to God, Pharaoh's grip on them was loosed, and they were set free. Have we forgotten the stories of Saul? Of Nebuchadnezzar? Of Belshazzar? Wicked Kings who God allowed to take control of His people for a time...because His people had turned their backs on God. Yet in the face of sin, there were still men like Daniel, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego who would not follow popular opinion, and God blessed those men. Even still, we cannot ignore the whole nation who claimed to follow God, yet turned away from His path.
We as a nation have turned our backs on God.
We have taken Christianity out of schools. Don't believe me? Have you ever tried to have a patriotic concert without saying the name of God for fear of being fired? That was the position my mentoring teacher was in while I was in my graduate year of college. She, along with all the other music teachers (both Christian and non-Christian) warned me emphatically to never mention God. Yet, as a student in middle school, I was forced to sit in a Hindu meditation position with the symbol of a Hindu god painted on my forehead as my teacher led our class in a prayer. As both a student and teacher, I have been subjected to other teachers whose mission is to prove Christianity is wrong...who allowed no questioning in their class and ridiculed and intimidated those who dared have a different opinion, even backed up by human logic and reason. If a Christian teacher acted in such a manner, they would be fired. I agree in both cases they should be fired. Why are Christians discriminated against?
We have become a nation of murderers and those who are guilty through inaction. Ever stop and consider the horrors of the Holocaust? Six million Jews brutally murdered, along with countless others...Christians, elderly, sick, disabled.... Six million!!! And yet, we have blood on our hands that far exceeds that number. 48,589,993 abortions have taken place in our country alone, according to the National Right to Life website. It's kind of sadistic to me to even think that we have this graph to look at showing the numbers. Can you imagine Germans during the Nazi era being presented a graph showing the yearly amount of Jews murdered? And people studying it without taking it to heart that every inch of color is a life snuffed out? Are there women who believe they have no other choice due to economics? I'm sure there are. That makes them no less guilty. There were plenty of Germans who believed they had no choice but to follow the rules laid out by Hitler's regime, mostly out of fear that they too would be murdered...still selfish. Inaction is an action. Who's to say what would come of someone actually having the guts to stand up for what's right? Everyone saw Schindler's List right? Or read the story of Corrie ten Boom? They weren't loved by the majority, but they saved lives, in the face of grave danger, even at the expense of their own lives. We've now put into office one who defends the choice to murder. And you think he's "in Christ"?
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