|"In houses and schools across the land, it's time for Christians to take a stand," said Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore August 13th, 2003|
For the past five decades, Americans of faith have endured a relentless assault on all they hold dear. Consequently, our nation is in moral free-fall. This deadly onslaught has been engineered by a relatively few cultural elitists and their willing allies on the bench.
WHEN CHRISTIANS TALK ABOUT JUDICIAL TYRANNY, they often ask: What will it take to rouse the American people and get them to act to take back their country from the judges?
A toxic trend that started in 1962, when the United States Supreme Court drove prayer from the public schools (Godless humanism came in to fill the void), has accelerated at a dizzying and nauseating pace.
In the past year alone:
Why even bother to have elections? The will of elected legislatures, the president of the United States and the American people has become entirely irrelevant. We are now a government of the judges, by the judges and for the left-wing interest groups.
The American people are patient, law-abiding and long-suffering. But time is running out. If we dont act soon, we may not have any country left to save.
Fidelity to the Constitution requires rejection of the unlawful edicts of judicial autocrats.
What Is To Be Done?
The next president must be committed to judicial restraint, and he must
have a Senate which will fairly evaluate and speedily confirm his nominees.
Beloved, the hour grows late. Unless we have the wisdom to confront and
courage to overcome this merciless monster and its blackrobed minions,
it will devour representative government, destroy our liberties and demolish
the Biblical values on which America was based, and with which it grew
America rallies for 10 Commandments, against judicial tyranny
It was a muggy morning in early April. But inside the Dallas Convention Center, the crowd was enthusiastic.
ACCORDING TO The Dallas Morning News, 5,000 people packed the Center to hear Vision America President Dr. Rick Scarborough, Ambassador Alan Keyes, former syndicated columnist Don Feder and former Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore talk about the decline of democracy, the rise of judicial tyranny and the frontal assault on Judeo-Christian ethics.
To cries of amen and hallelujah, the audience roared its approval of calls to counter activist judges, reclaim Americas Biblical heritage and take the offensive in the culture war.
Former Chief Justice Moore is a fitting symbol of this struggle. Moore was removed from office for courageously refusing to obey the unconstitutional edict of a federal judge to remove a 10 Commandments monument from the states judicial building. He put his conscience, his oath of office and his faith above the idols of the age.
Ambassador Keyes explained how fidelity to the Constitution requires ignoring the orders of an imperial judiciary. Dr. Scarborough issued a stirring call for Christian involvement in the political process.
The rally energized and mobilized Dallas-area Christians. Participants came from as far away as Delaware.
Fast-forward two months.
On a humid June night, Christians packed the old gymnasium at Tennessee Tech in Cookeville, a town of 25,000 in East Tennessee. To tumultuous applause, Scarborough and Pastor Laurence White held the crowd of approximately 2,000 (including more than 50 clergymen) spellbound.
Rev. White, senior pastor of Our Savior Lutheran Church in Houston for over 20 years, told the story of Paul Schneider, a Lutheran pastor in Germany during the 1930s, who was sent to the Buchenwald Concentration camp for speaking out against the evil of the Third Reich and eventually murdered by the Nazis for refusing to give the Hitler salute. Schneider didnt heed the injunction to separate church and state Pastor White noted -- but stood up for Gods truth in the face of political evil.
These were two of Vision Americas Fight Judicial Tyranny/ Support The 10 Commandments Rallies. From Alabama to Michigan and Texas to Utah, Vision America is mobilizing the pastors and leading the faithful to engage an enemy committed to obliterating Judeo-Christian values.
Vision Americas rallies (which grew out of a show of support for Judge Moore in Montgomery last year) are educational, inspirational and motivational. They are grass-roots organizing at its most essential and most dynamic.
Those looking for a vision of national renewal will find it here. Those seeking a way to counter judicial dictatorship and moral decline will find it here. Those who want to raise a cry that will be heard in the halls of power from their state capital to Washington, DC will have their chance here.
The Fight Judicial Tyranny/Support The 10 Commandments Rallies are a God-given opportunity to start a firestorm at the grassroots which will burn away the debris of decades and return this nation to its spiritual birthright.
In the weeks and months ahead, rallies are planned for Colorado Springs; Provo, Utah; Rapid City, South Dakota; Georgia, Houston; Texas; Louisiana; South Carolina and other sites, culminating in a massive demonstration in Washington, D.C., October 22-23 (America for Jesus) in which Vision America will play a major role. (For a complete listing of upcoming rallies, see Page 4.)top of page
A CALL FOR PATRIOT PASTORS
By PASTOR RICK SCARBOROUGH
It is time for Gods people to take a stand and join the fi ght to reclaim America for our Christian heritage.
For almost 50 years Americas churches have been largely silent in the political and civic arenas. Many of us bought the lie of separation of church and state. We watched silently as the foundations upon which our nation was built have been demolished before our very eyes.
America is floundering in a tide of liberalism, interest-group agendas, and a world-view that is diametrically opposed to the teachings of the Bible.
Tragically, statistics show that most pastors and lay Christians have left the political battlefields to the enemy. Exit polling indicates that the evangelical Christian vote declined 40% in the past 6 years. Today, only 1 of every 4 professing Christians actually participates in the election process.
This has happened because, in large measure, the Church bought into the myth of separation of church and state. As a result, thousands of local, state and federal offices lack the influence of, and accountability to, God-fearing, Bible believing citizens.
We cannot remain silent any longer. If Christians register to vote -- if Christians actively participate in the electoral process -- we can make the difference and reclaim the United States for Jesus Christ! But, it wont just happen. Pastors across America must take the lead. Now is the time for the Church to stand up to speak up and to purpose together that we will not give up! You and your congregation can and must make the difference.
If you are a church leader who is concerned about the moral state of America and is willing to step forward and be counted we invite you to join with other like-minded men and women who are committed to restoring Judeo- Christian values to the civic and moral fiber of our nation by mobilizing congregations to become informed and active voters.
We are not asking for a financial commitment. Nor will your name or the name of your church ever appear on any sort of list without your specific permission. However, just as God encouraged Elijah I Kings 19:18 pastors committed to this cause need to know that they are not standing alone in the fight to reclaim America.
Our request is simply that you stand with us. We are asking nothing more. However, in a Patriot Pastor relationship, Vision America will provide timely information on critical events, and is available to assist where needed in establishing an effective community impact program designed to meet the specific needs and objectives of each church.
We now have over 3,000 pastors and churches affiliated with Vision America. But we are praying and looking for thousands more. Can you imagine the impact of 25,000 pastors urging their congregations to vote for candidates who share the same fundamental beliefs that we as Christians cherish? Can you imagine the impact of 25,000 pastors united in their demand that judges in this nation be accountable to uphold the laws of our land, rather that rewrite them?
This is the vision behind Vision America. We acknowledge that many of you are already effectively leading your congregations to civic involvement. We thank God for your courageous stand. Nevertheless, our collective impact can be much greater if we stand together. Please stand with us. For more information, visit our website at www.visionamerica.org.top of page
A prominent figure in the American Revolution, Peter Muhlenberg, is the inspiration for Vision Americas Patriot Pastor Program.
AN EARLY ADVOCATE OF American independence, the Lutheran minister (whose father, Henry, founded the Lutheran Church in America) was so moved by Lexington and Concord that in January, 1776, he preached a fiery sermon on patriotic duty. Muhlenberg ended with the declaration: In the language of holy writ, there is a time for all things, a time to preach and a time to pray . And there is also a time to fight, and that time has now come!
With those words, Muhlenberg threw off his clerical garb and stood before his congregation in the full uniform of a Continental soldier. (This incident was the inspiration for a scene in the 1999 Mel Gibson movie; The Patriot.)
That day, more than 300 men in Woodstock, Virginia -- where Muhlenbergs church was located -- answered his call to arms. He immediately marched them off to the defense of Charlestown, SC.
Known as the Fighting Preacher, Peter Muhlenberg led men into battle over the next five years. He fought at the battle of Brandywine, was with Washington at Valley Forge and led one of the two American assaults that breached the British defenses at Yorktown. By the wars end, he had risen to the rank of major general, and later served as a United States Senator. Prior to the war, Muhlenberg explained to his brother, Frederick, who criticized the future general for mixing politics and religion: I am a clergyman, it is true, but I am also a member of society as well as the poorest layman, and my liberty is as dear to me as any man. Fighting the tyranny of George III was, he said, my duty, a duty I owe to God and to my country. His brother later had a change of heart, when the redcoats burned his church. Frederick became the first Speaker of the House of Representatives.
Like Peter Muhlenberg, todays Patriot Pastors believe they have a duty to God and their country to lead their congregations in the spiritual war to save America.top of page
Vision America Urges Christians to Vote
Pastors, the soul of America is dying because the salt of the Church has been left in the shaker. You and I, as a part of our calling, have a responsibility to shake things up a little.
VISION AMERICA IS JOINING other national ministries in urging Pastors across America to designate September, 2004, as Christian Citizenship Awareness Month. Vision America challenges you to do four things:
For more information regarding Christian Citizenship Awareness Month, visit our website at www.visionamerica.org and link onto Christian Citizenship.top of page
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