Will It Be A Nation Under Or Against
By Hilmar von Campe
On May 21, 2004
President Bush spoke at the Louisiana State University commencement
ceremony stating: "Freedom is the gift from the Almighty to every
man and women in this world." He urged the students to
"avoid moral relativism and be skeptical when they hear comments
that truth is relative." Since God Almighty is truth, there could
be no God if truth were relative. His commandments are absolute and
the same for everybody regardless of religion, race or nation. In a
relative world, the definition of sin would be subject to human whims.
Furthermore, the crucifixion and death of Jesus Christ, who defined
himself as a messenger of truth, would have been an exercise in
futility. Relativism would take away the foundation of the American
Constitution and destroy the reason for the nation's purpose: to
spread freedom across the globe, which ultimately is the motivation
for our soldiers who are fighting and dying in Iraq and Afghanistan.
The Chief Justice of the Alabama Supreme
Court, Roy Moore, was removed from office by his Republican colleagues
with the help of the Republican governor and attorney general. He had
placed a monument with the Ten Commandments in the Supreme Court
Building to point out that God is the source of our laws. A federal
judge had unconstitutionally given him the order to remove the
monument, applying the Nazi philosophy that God has no saying in the
rules of society.
The Canyon Ferry Road Baptist Church in
Montana is subject to a legal complaint by gay rights activists
because it hosted a meeting on church grounds in support of a proposed
constitutional ban on gay marriage. According to the complaints,
Planned Parenthood, PRIDE, and the Montana Human Rights Network
consider morally perverse sexual practices to be constitutional.
The moral battle by Christian churches for the preservation of the
Christian family - the core of our society - they consider
There is more at stake than the tax
exempt status for the church of Pastor B.G. Stumberg in Montana. At
stake is the direction of American society, the meaning and the
preservation of freedom. There are two opposing ideological forces at
work in America. There is no middle ground, and only one will prevail
in the long run: either un-American pagans who are out to subvert the
moral order upon which America became the leader of the free world, a
truly unique society as well as the richest nation on earth, or a
Christian minority, that fights thousands of heroic individual battles
to maintain the moral order of God, but that has no common ideology.
The godless, who also call themselves Americans, are the ones who
attack. Christians on the other hand, remain on defense and are
loosing ground. For as long as I have been in America I have been
pointing out that you can't win a war on the defensive. We need an
offensive concept and a strategy that embraces all of humanity.
America needs an ideology, but nobody wants to listen.
There is a third group, however I
wouldn't call it a force: the comfortable majority of people, most of
whom go to church on Sunday, but who are only concerned with
themselves and on a regular basis cut corners to achieve their
personal goals. Jesus spoke of them when he said, "I know your
deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were either
one or the other. So because you are luke-warm - neither hot nor cold
- I am about to spit you out of my mouth" (Revelations 3:15).
A nation under God is not a nation where
90% of the people say that they believe in God but don't keep His
Commandments. A nation under God means a society with political,
legal, and social structures true to God's Commandments and with
leaders who do not seek themselves but the truth and justice of their
Creator. Laws that allow gay marriages, abortion, women in combat,
throwing God out of government and schools, government financing
godless institutions and activities, to mention only a few
aberrations, are as lawful as were the Nazi laws that I had to live
under. The reasons for such laws in a democracy are politicians, who
have no absolute moral standards and seek re-election before God. That
leads to manipulation of power for one's own benefit, and the more
values are outlawed this way, the bigger the mess we are in becomes.
Church-going America with silent pastors is on the road to become a
nation against God.
Two movies showed me the power of the
film industry and what Hollywood could do to bring America and mankind
to sanity. Troy paints a compelling picture about what drives a pagan
society. Even though the Trojan War happened more than 3000 years ago,
the message is relevant today. Society at that time was by no means
primitive. Cultured, intelligent and well meaning people were in
charge of the Trojan kingdom, but their moral and intellectual
structures were locked into this world with false concepts of life,
honor and self-fabricated gods, leaving everybody without a compelling
reason to live. Achilles defined the reasons for war: land, power or
glory. The King of Argos, Agamemnon, leader of the hostile Greek army,
made it clear that his reason for the war was his own glory. Misery
and death of others as a consequence of his war did not concern him.
He was out for himself and that was the only thing that mattered.
Mel Gibson's The Passion of the Christ
shows convincingly what is missing in pagan society: linking of life
and society in this world with eternity, thus giving people and
nations a purpose. Jesus' motives are not self-seeking, but rather his
father's will, even though he knew that it meant his own suffering and
death for the life of others. He demonstrates what it costs to obey
and trust God's power regardless of any human power. When he is close
to breaking-down under the weight of the wooden cross, when it seems
that his strength must have come to an end and his personality is
close to destruction, he states "I shall make everything
new!" On that promise rests our future, our liberty, the
existence of free society, faith for our children. Christ wants and
will make our sin-ridden, greed-driven society new from top to bottom.
The only legitimate power in this world is the power of God. He works
through men and women with pure motives, which is not the same as
human manipulations by religious people.
Humanity stumbled along from war to war,
from destruction to destruction, from hope to desperation, from
futility to futility until the experiment America was born - a nation
built by Christians on biblical truth, developing a society meant to
be an example for the whole of the world. But we keep stumbling along.
Could it be that we have the right words but not the music? And if
that is so, what are you going to do about it?
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