Thursday, August 6, 2009

It's About Time!

For the most part I am not politically oriented. I find politics outrageous, unreasonable, and repetitively boring. But now the Democrat National Committee (DNC) has released a memo attacking most of us Christians and conservative Americans as right-wing extremists. So, as we say in Texas, they've got my dander up.

Yes, I'm extremely dedicated to Christ; yes, I'm extremely devoted to right; yes, I'm extremely passionate about keeping America strong and well defended; and yes, I'm extremely opposed to national health care, government-controlled education, and the economy spending frenzy. So, if that's what being a right-wing extremist means, sign me up!

It's about time we, the "conservative right," stop being the "wimpy, silent right." It's useless after all to be right if we don't speak out against wrong. It's useless to be right if we don't act against wrong. It's useless to be right and passively tolerate wrong. So, in my opinion, we need to either speak up or shut up (yes, I know Mother said don't use that word, but it's the only one that works here).

For two centuries Christians have had it easy here in America. We have worshiped in peace. We have lived in peace. We simply ignored anyone with whom we disagreed and went blithely along in our non-confrontational oblivion. We were in the majority, we knew it, and we acted like it. We have often been nose-in-the-air snobs about our superior spiritual "standing" as Christians, even if we didn't really mean to. And our "faith without actions" has allowed Christianity in America to dissolve into a puddle of ineffective rhetoric that is rejected out of hand by reasonable people looking for real answers to their spiritual struggles.

So now what? Now we're the minority. Now our influence is almost gone. Now every day we face the out-of-control left-wing extremists, and we don't know what to do. Now America, the world's bright star of hope, is falling from the darkening sky and becoming the world's burned out meteor. Now we're scared.

But now the sun seems to be rising, because there are finally rumblings of discontent from the right. Grassroots rumblings. Christians are starting to get involved in political affairs again. Conservative people are speaking up, carrying signs, and taking a stand against wrong and evil. And all I can say is, "It's about time!" It's time for us to wake up! It's time to speak up. It's time to act up. It's time to look up to "the hills from where our Help comes" and follow His lead. It's time to move forward together on our knees in the name of Jesus. It's time to be the Christians we claim to be and stop wimping out in the face of trouble. It's time . . . definitely time . . . well past time!

So what are we going to do about it--you and I? Sit around and wait for someone else to take the lead? Wait around to see whose cause we can join online and follow their RSS feed? Or will we use our voices as writers, speakers, composers, singers, artists, and dramatists to speak out? Act out? Sing out? I'm using mine. Won't you join me? After all only what's done for Christ will last. May God give you the courage to act.



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