By Heather Walton
I grew up loving you, believing you were a shining city on a hill, the beacon of freedom to the world. I grew up with faith that you were the land of the free and the home of the brave. I grew up believing that the flag was to be honored, the anthem was to be stood for, and that the country was to be defended. I grew up believing that I was privileged to be “born in the U.S.A.”
In sixth grade, I decided that I was going to be the first woman president of the United States. Midway through my senior year of high school, just after turning 17, I joined the Army, taking a sacred oath to “defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic,” never dreaming that the latter would become necessary.
Four years later, I developed a higher allegiance, when I accepted Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior. Even though I still loved my country, I came to understand that my true citizenship is in heaven. Yet, like Joseph, Daniel, Nehemiah, and Esther, I believe that I must also work at making a difference in the earthly nation where He determined I would reside until I go to be with Him.
In the past couple years it has become abundantly clear that the socialism we feared when I was growing up has become desirable to those who don’t understand its poison, and to those who embrace its atheistic ideology. The goal of socialism is communism, and the root and the goal of both is atheism.
What is a Christian’s responsibility? Of course we need to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Changing hearts is key to reclaiming the culture. Realistically, we also know that many will reject the Gospel. And sharing the way of salvation isn’t necessarily enough to win people; they must see the power of the Gospel fleshed out in our lives, in every aspect of our lives, in every facet of life, in every respectable sphere of influence.
Yes, even in government.
We have been lulled to sleep. We have believed the lie that faith is a private thing, not to be voiced in the public square. We have agreed to keep quiet about morality, and in doing so, we have consented to a substitute gospel, one that promotes humanism and moralism in the form of cultural Marxism. We have gone along with the flow, satisfied with the illusion that the government and the culture have left the church to do its thing. Because it hasn’t seemed to affect us directly, we were content to allow the culture around the cathedral to crumble to the ground.
Now that the devastation is becoming evident, what ought we to do? It may be too late, some say. Therefore, We just need to submit to the inevitable and protect ourselves and our families the best we can. Others posit that we are under judgment and just need to let things naturally unfold.
I believe we are reaping what we’ve sown, yet I disagree with the course of action most recommend.
I believe we need to do what we can to rescue the perishing, to expose the deeds of darkness, and to apply the light of the Gospel to the problems that plague our culture. We need to actively defend the liberty our founders secured at the risk of their lives, their health, their families, and their sacred honor.
We need to engage in government, in civil discourse, and in sharing uncomfortable truths with family, friends, neighbors, government officials, and everyone who will listen.
America, I want you to reclaim your rightful place as a model of Christian virtue in the world. I know it’s unpopular for me to say this, but I also know that we won’t get anywhere by simply saying what’s popular. The church has largely failed you by sitting in silence, watching you trade the truth for lies, and allowing the demise of morality within your borders. We have accepted the gag-order of the humanists, the post-modernists, and the cultural Marxists who have pushed their ungodly agenda. We have been complicit in the watering down of truth. We allowed the Bible to be removed from public schools and the unborn to be removed from the wombs of mothers. We have allowed women to call themselves men and vice versa. We have sacrificed our children to an education system that conspires to turn them against our founders’ ideals. We have shuttled our infants to institutions to be raised so we could get money, make names for ourselves, and do “important” work. We have destroyed the God-given institution of marriage by allowing atheists to determine its meaning. We have transgressed the covenant our Fathers made with the Lord, and we are reaping the consequences.
My beloved country, you have ceased to be good, and therefore will cease to be great, unless you repent and seek your First Love once again. I urge you to call upon the Lord before its too late.
There is hope for your light of liberty to shine forth once more, but only if you refuse to allow it to be extinguished.