The Rev Barry Lynn, executive director of Americans United for Separation of Church and State has made a career of keeping Christianity out of anything to do with the government. He and his organization have the misconception that the US Constitution established the need for separation of the two. The Mission page of their website states, “We come from all 50 states and a wide variety of religious, political and philosophical backgrounds. We are dedicated to preserving the constitutional principle of church-state separation as the only way to ensure religious freedom for all Americans.”
Lynn and AUSCS have actively filed one lawsuit after another against local and state governments as well as public schools for one anti-Christian reason or another. Curiously, I have never seen or read anything to indicate that they have followed the same vigorous pursuit against any other religion such as Islam, Buddhism, etc.
Over the years I’ve seen them take action against public schools for singing Christmas carols that had any mention of the baby Jesus or God, but I’ve never heard then take similar action for schools celebrating Ramadan or Kwanza or Diwali
Although Lynn is an ordained Christian pastor, it seems obvious that he has singled out the persecution of Christians as his primary targets, excluding all other religions, possibly so as not to offend them.
Now he is turning his attention to pastors that endorse Republican candidates while at the same time ignoring those that endorse Democratic candidates.
Case in point is Dr Robert Jeffress, pastor of Frist Baptist Church of Dallas, Texas. Jeffress was recently thrust into the public arena when he commented about Mitt Romney’s Mormon religion being a cult and then stating his personal endorsement of Rick Perry.
Dr Jeffress has repeatedly said that this endorsement of Perry is a personal one and has nothing to do with his church, but that is not good enough for people like Barry Lynn. Lynn has asked the IRS to investigate First Baptist Church of Dallas because Jeffress’ endorsement of Perry violates the IRS’ non-profit guidelines.
Lynn has sent numerous letters to the IRS over the years making accusations against pastors and churches and their political involvements. Yet, I don’t recall Lynn taking the same action when Obama’s pastor, Rev. Jeremiah Wright publically endorsed then Senator Obama for President from the pulpit of his church. (Mind you this is also the pastor that said, “G## d### America.”)
It’s obvious that Lynn has forgotten the key role the Christian church played in America’s independence. Most of the colonists were kept informed of what was happening in the struggle between the colonies and the British crown from the pulpit. Some of the greatest sermons in American history were very political in nature and boldly preached from pulpits throughout the land.
Lynn forgets Christian pastors such as Peter Muhlenberg, who in December of 1775, preaching from his church in Virginia concluded his sermon with these words, “There is a time for all things—a time to preach and time to pray.” He then walked to the back of the church, stood at the door and removed his black clerical robe, revealing the dress uniform of a colonel in the Virginia Militia. In a booming voice, he said, “There is a time to fight, and that fight has come.” Nearly every one of the 300 men in his congregation followed Rev Muhlenberg into the war with the British. Many today remember Rev Muhlenberg better as Brigadier General Muhlenberg who served directly under George Washington and who played a very crucial role in the Revolutionary War.
Lynn also forgets that the very first government charter in American history, the Mayflower Compact stated, “Having undertaken for the Glory of God, and Advancement of the Christian Faith…” The author of the Mayflower Compact, William Bradford wrote a history of the Plymouth Colony and in that history he penned, “They [colonists] cherished a great hope and inward zeal of laying good foundations…for the propagations and advancement of the Gospel of the kingdom of Christ in the remote parts of the world, even though they should be but stepping stones to others in the performance of so a great work.”
I wonder if the IRS should investigate Lynn’s organization, Americans United for Separation of Church and State. After all, his organization is also a non-profit ministry that just so happens to spend virtually all of its time being involved in governmental affairs. Their attacks on certain politically oriented pastors and not others could be interpreted as an endorsement of a particular political party and its candidates, couldn’t it?
I personally believe that Barry Lynn needs to take some time and evaluate his real motive behind his attack on his own proclaimed faith and on those who attempt to follow the path laid out by those who first established our nation and those who fought and died to secure a free Christian country, built upon Christian principles as found in the Bible. He needs to ask himself why he is so adamantly opposed to his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Perhaps if Lynn is honest with himself, he may yet see, like Saul of Tarsus, how he has been persecuting Christ and His church.