-by Geoff Caldwell-
A couple miles north of the Kansas/Oklahoma border and a dozen miles west of Interstate 35 is a little spot not unlike thousands of others that dot a piece of Terra firma otherwise known as the American landscape.
Forgotten by history, unknown to the future, and insignificant in pretty much any grand scheme of humanity, it is a place that exists only in the lives of the denizens that remain and the memories of the alumni who spent their childhoods within the boundaries of her city limits.
She is the quintessential American small town. She is my “home” town.
And scattered throughout that town, staked into lawn after lawn, is a simple, wooden sign with but one message: “Pray For Our Country”.
The work of one man, the signs are given out free to anyone who asks. He accepts no money, he wants no accolades. It is merely him doing his part to remind us that America needs help.
Help from someone who’s on just a little higher intelligence plane than that inhabited by your average self-absorbed “the progressive way is the only way” liberal.
There was a time in this country when such a generic display of faith would have been common place, but in today’s “me, me, me” society such an expression is not just “uncommon” it is openly scoffed at by the more “enlightened” bunch on the block. (My own already has been.)
That those Americans still “clinging” to their religion and such outdated notions deserve to be ridiculed and reviled because they are standing in the way of the great march “forward”.
Liberals love to tell anyone willing to listen how Christianity is on decline in America and it’s only a matter of time before we will finally as a nation move beyond the constraints of the intolerance of religion.
But not all is lost.
For while the left has been quite successful in bringing about a general societal decline over the past half a century, any current celebration of man triumphing over God would be a most premature celebration.
But don’t take my word for it. Rely instead upon what the Corner always relies upon.
The one thing that sends liberals scurrying faster than a long-tailed rat in a room full of rocking chairs: FACTS.
According to the latest data from the PEW Forum on Religion and Public LIfe, 78.4% of Americans identify themselves as Christians. (While that number is most certainly lower than desired, it is a far, far cry from the Godless, secular utopia the left dreams of.)
Other religions (Jewish, Buddhist, Muslim, Hindu) combine for a little less than 5% of the population, while 16.1% of us chose the “unaffiliated” category.
But the numbers that jump out at me personally as a New Year dawns, is that Atheist and Agnostic categories only musters a combined 4% affiliation.
Yes, you read that right, four (4) percent.
Yet every day, (and especially the days of December) the American populace is told by the minion media that they (that 78.4%) are not “tolerant” enough of “other” views and religions. Of course “tolerant” in this context is remove all signs of Christ and the Nativity from any public venue, tear down any Cross anywhere on public land, and don’t you dare utter the words “Merry Christmas” to a total stranger. A stranger that you have absolutely no way of knowing beforehand may or may not be of one of the “other” percents.
While those who adhere without fail to the theology of liberal political correctness will most undoubtedly, vehemently disagree with me, on this the first day of a new year, January 1st, 2013, I most publicly and loudly state to them and their minions: ENOUGH ALREADY!
For almost half a century the left has been pushing, shoving and pulling this nation away from it’s Christian roots as hard and fast as it can. Utilizing the media, the courts and every shallow, unprincipled politician it can muster, it has done quite a good job of perpetuating the modern myth that the only “enlightened” America is a Godless America.
That if we dare as a nation to allow our Christian history and traditions to continue to be displayed openly on the public square or on the stages at public schools we are being “offensive” and “intolerant” to those who think otherwise.
Such “enlightenment”, is nothing but hogwash in it’s oldest and dirtiest form.
Sending kids to a church of one faith or another to see a matinée play does not “corrupt” the minds of those little ones of that faith. All those children know is each other and the play, it is the adults performing Act 1, Scene 1 of “There is no God but the god of secularism”.
My first two years of elementary school were, GASP, spent within the wall of the local Catholic school because the “secular” collection of brick and mortar did not have enough rooms. Lucky for me and my class mates, there was still a reasonable amount of common sense back in the Kansas of 1966 and the thought of filing a lawsuit over the use of “religious” space for “public” education had not filtered down to the liberal mind just yet.
Secularists, humanists, atheists, agnostics and whoever else try as they might to re-write America’s founding into being nothing but a collection of old, rich white guys exploiting everyone else for their own benefit yet when it comes down to the one thing that trips up the left each and every time, facts, they fall flat on their face.
God, (of whichever denomination you prefer), morality and a sense of virtue permeated the minds of the Founders and flowed freely throughout the colonies and eventually the fledgling United States.
And it was that public fabric that held the nation together for decade after decade, trial after turbulent trial.
It is only recently that America has begun to turn away from those founding principles. It is only recently that we have seen the family unit and societal structure being torn apart by apathy and ignorance.
Should then it really be any surprise that a UK Telegraph story published Christmas Eve revealed that “a Dad” was the 10th most popular item on wish lists for Santa? (Yes, I know England is not America but our former mother country has fallen far further down the secular hole than her former charge and there is not a doubt in my mind that had a similar survey been conducted along Chicago’s south side, across the slums of L.A. or in the other fatherless households across this country that “a Dad” would have been right up there at the top of the wish list for tens of millions of American children as well.)
Should then it really be any surprise that it is only recently that we see this once great nation on a path to decline for the first time in her history?
Should then it really be any surprise that in just 50 short years, America went from being the world’s creditor to the world’s largest debtor nation as one liberal program after another replaced our foundational Christian principles with no responsibility, “progressive”, government entitlements.
It is absolutely no surprise then, that while politician’s are slapping themselves on the back today for avoiding the media made “fiscal cliff”, time marches on. And marching right along side it, is an over 16 trillion dollar national debt and a black hole of envy, entitlement, and dependency.
Just as a black hole in space consumes all that comes in contact, so too will the governmental hole being created by Obama and crew consume everything in its path.
The Dems and their media allies have been quite successful at perpetuating the myth that America was not and is not a “Christian Nation”. Yet as the Pew survey shows, it is just that, a myth.
And so it is, that on this first day, of the thirteenth year, of the new millennium, I ask you, for the sake of all that is good, for the sake of your children and your children’s children, please:
PRAY FOR OUR COUNTRY.
If you’re one of the dwainbwains who lurk about here and find yourself “offended” by such an open display of faith I suggest you take in the photo below of one of many billboards scattered around my current “hometown” of Joplin.
And might I suggest that if you ever want some peace and meaning in your life and for the country in which you reside, you spend a little more time reading the book that those words on that billboard come from rather than mushing your mind on a compilation of “dreams” from the father of one of the least religious Presidents in American history.