Thought of the Day – “The rights of
the colonists as Christians. . .may be best understood by
reading and carefully studying the Institutes of the Great Law
Giver and Head of the Christian Church, which are to be found
clearly written and promulgated in the New Testament.” – Sam
A GOVERNOR COULD BE ELECTED BY 44 VOTES
Since Vision America was founded, we
have repeatedly talked, written and preached about how elections
often turn on a handful of votes. If fewer than 800 votes had
gone the other way in Florida in 2000, Al Gore would have been
president of the United States for the past four years.
This year’s election for governor of Washington State offers a
stark example of the power of a handful of voters.
According to the latest recount, in a governor’s race where over
2.8 million ballots were cast, the Republican candidate leads by
44 votes. That’s less than the number of people in the first
three pews of a church during Sunday services. In turn, that
means that virtually any single congregation in the state of
Washington could have affected the choice of governor. Your vote
does make a difference!
As there doubtless will be more recounts, the race has yet to be
decided. In the meantime, it’s important to note that the
outcome of this election could have been decided by one preacher
motivating just part of his congregation to exercise their
Christian duty to vote – and vote their Biblical beliefs. This
is yet another incentive to stay involved and to stay active.
CHRISTIANS REVOLT AGAINST
Europe is often thought of as a
spiritual wasteland – a post-Christian culture characterized by
the lowest church attendance in the World, and the triumph of
But there’s always cause for hope. More than 1 million Europeans
have signed a petition demanding that the preamble of the new
constitution of the European Union acknowledge the continent’s
While the document as currently written refers to Ancient Greece
and Rome, and the Enlightenment, there is no reference to the
faith that dominated the continent for more than 1,000 years.
(Europe once was referred to as Christendom.) While Jesus lived
and died in the Holy Land, Christianity developed in Italy,
Greece, Germany, Holland, Switzerland and England.
Pope John Paul II has decried the “moral drift” coming out of
Brussels (headquarters of the EU). “One does not cut the roots
to one’s birthright,” the pope told a group of pilgrims this
summer. Poland’s President Aleksander Kwasniewski, a
self-described atheist, also condemns the move. Kwasniewski
observes, “The most significant feature of every city and town
in Europe is either a cathedral or a church.”
The petition, with 1,149,000 signatures (and thousands more
flooding in every day), will be presented to British Prime
Minister Tony Blair and other EU leaders.
But EU bureaucrats are determined to block any change. In
response to the petition, one unnamed official arrogantly
declared, “These Christians could at least have the good grace
to accept that they lost the argument.”
Pray for the success of European Christians in their attempt to
amend the EU Constitution to acknowledge historical reality. In
the meantime, whatever the fate of post-Christian Europe (which
is sorely in need of revival), at least the argument hasn’t been
lost on this side of the Atlantic.
MENTIONING GOD BANNED FROM CALIFORNIA SCHOOL
With the able support of the Alliance Defense Fund, a California
teacher filed a suit this week in the US District Court in San
Jose claiming his free-speech rights have been violated.
Stephen Williams, a Christian and a fifth-grade teacher at the
Stevens Creek School in the San Francisco Bay Area, is the only
teacher who’s required to submit supplemental materials to the
principal before they’re distributed to students.
It seems Williams was showing his children documents that
underscore our nation’s religious roots. Among other material
rejected by Principal Patricia Vidmar are the Declaration of
Independence (for its multiple references of God), George
Washington’s Journal and John Adam’s Diary.
The Founding Fathers would have been aghast to learn that two
centuries after the Revolution, the Declaration of Independence
would be barred from an American school because in it they
acknowledged the Creator.
Presumably, Vogel would also prohibit Williams from distributing
one-dollar bills to his class, because they contain our national
motto - “In God We Trust.” Of course, if Principal Vidmar were
consistent, she’d have to return her salary – paid in the same
currency with same slogan. We don’t think she’d take
“church-state separation” quite that far.
Thank God for Christian teachers like Stephen Williams who are
willing to risk the wrath of administrators by telling their
children the truth. Developments in this case may be followed on
the Alliance Defense Fund website –
CONGRESS STEPS IN TO SAVE
SAN DIEGO CROSS
Congress has acted to save a
43-foot cross in San Diego by designating it a National Veterans
The cross, which has sat at the summit the city’s Mt. Soledad
for over half a century, has been the subject of litigation for
the past 15 years. With the support of the ACLU, atheist Phillip
Paulson has been working to have the cross removed.
In 1998, the city tried to sell the site to the Mt Soledad War
Memorial Association, which wanted to maintain the cross. The
sale was approved by 76% of San Diego’s voters but nullified by
the 9th. Circuit Appeals Court – the same court that two years
ago declared reference to God in the Pledge of Allegiance
unconstitutional, a decision overturned by the Supreme Court.
By designating the cross and the land on which it is situated a
National Veterans Memorial, the site will be administered by the
Department of Interior as part of the National Park Service.
But the ACLU (Atheists’ Civil Liberties Union) isn’t giving up.
Paulson told the San Diego Union, “Jihad Jesus Republicans need
to understand that the separation of church and state has kept
this country from getting into religious wars.”
He should take a leisurely walk through the Arlington National
Cemetery sometime. There he will see thousands upon thousands of
crosses. None of them got us into religious wars. But the men
whose resting place they mark died to preserve our freedom,
including freedom of religion.
Post Script: I recently attended a briefing for
conservative leaders during which there was a discussion of
breaking up the 9th Circuit (Circus?) Appeals Court. I believe
the time has come for us to serve notice on the federal courts
that we the people are sick and tired of constant judicial
assaults on people of faith – our rights, our symbols and our
heritage. Breaking up the most liberal circuit court in the land
would be a great beginning.