From the earliest of colonial times, there was no doubt that America was a Christian nation. Our Founding Fathers wrote the Constitution based upon biblical principles. They quoted the Bible four times more often than any other source. John Jay, the first Chief Justice of the United States stated:
“Providence has given to our people the choice of their rulers, and it is the duty, as well as the privilege and interest of our Christian nation, to select and prefer Christians for their rulers.”
In the 1892 case of the Church of the Holy Trinity v. United States, Supreme Court Justice David Josiah Brewer wrote in his decision:
“No purpose of action against religion can be imputed to any legislation, state or national, because this is a religious people. This is historically true. From the discovery of this continent to the present hour, there is a single voice making this affirmation…There is no dissonance in these declarations. There is a universal language pervading them all, having one meaning; they affirm and reaffirm that this is a religious nation. These are not individual sayings, declarations of private persons: they are organic utterances; they speak the voice of the entire people… These, and many other matters which might be noticed, add a volume of unofficial declarations to the mass of organic utterances that this is a Christian nation.”
But all that changed in 1963 when one lone atheist filed a lawsuit against reading the Bible in public schools. The landmark case of Murray v. Curlett, Madalyn Murray O’Hair successfully got the Supreme Court to declare that the rights of one atheist trump the rights of millions of Christians. Since that time, atheists, who are still a small minority of the population, have been crying and whining about their rights and the courts have been upholding their rights while trampling on the rights of Christians. O’Hair and others have won victory after victory largely because Christians have sat on their duffs and remained silent.
In one of their latest moves, atheists have erected a billboard in New York City’s Time Square that says that Christ is not needed during Christmas. Most Christians see this billboard and think how disgusting it is and then quietly go about their lives doing and saying nothing about it.
But one Christian has spoken out against the billboard and is trying to urge other Christians to do likewise. Ken Ham, President and Co-Founder of Answers in Genesis and the Creation Museum, put up their own billboards in Time Square. One of those billboards reads:
“To all our atheist friends: THANK GOD YOU’RE WRONG.”
Speaking to Elisabeth Hasselbeck of Fox & Friends, Ham explained:
“You know, the atheist who are a very small minority in the population have been trying to impose their religion of atheism on the culture now for quite a while. You know, getting Bible, prayer out of schools. Christian symbols out of public places.”
“Because they’re becoming so aggressive, I just feel that it’s really time Christians really stood up in this culture to take on the atheists and to proclaim their message of hope. I mean, what’s the atheists’ message? There is no God? When you die that’s the end of you? So everything’s just meaningless and hopelessness?”
“Our message to the atheists is, hey, we’re not attacking you personally but we want you to know the truth, that there is a God who created you and you are sinners as all of us are, but that God sent his son to become a babe in a manger.”
“The atheists are only a small part of the population, and really, it’s that minority, less than 2 percent of the population, that seem to be having such say in our culture, in imposing their anti-God religion.”
“What they’re really doing, the atheists, they’re really wanting to impose their anti-God religion on us, on the culture. And so we need to stand up against that.”
I commend Ham and Answers in Genesis for taking action to counter the attacks of the atheists, but they cannot wage the battle alone. If every Christian in America took action and spoke out against atheist and the loss of our Christian rights, there would be a good chance that we would win back those rights.
More importantly, every Christian in America needs to pray in earnest that God would give them the strength and wisdom on how they can help save America’s Christian foundation. If prayer can move mountains as Scripture tells us, then it can move atheists, judges and politicians. Just as a nation can be lost in one generation it can also be won back in one generation, but it starts with prayer and righteous action. So what are you going to do to help win back our nation?