If Religious Liberty Is To Survive, America's Pulpits Must Awaken!
By Chuck Baldwin
October 14, 2003
Let's set the record straight. Until recently, the American dream
was never about material prosperity. On the whole, our Founding
Fathers were very prosperous, but they were willing to lose their
material substance for something they considered to be much more
valuable. In a word, the American dream was liberty, especially
religious liberty! In fact, it took the combined effort of statesmen,
soldiers, and ministers to win America's independence.
Unfortunately, today there is a serious dearth of both statesmen
and ministers who are willing to fight for religious liberty. For the
most part, they don't mind basking in the freedoms which were
purchased by the blood, sweat, and tears of their predecessors, but
they seem unwilling to shed any of their own in order to secure
those same freedoms for their posterity.
Religious liberty is the heart of all our liberties. Without religious
liberty, all other liberties would quickly vanish. Without religious
liberty, property rights, gun rights, the freedom of speech, the
freedom of assembly, etc. become moot and even meaningless. It
is for this reason that liberal groups such as the ACLU are so rabid
in their attacks against religious liberty. They know that religious
liberty is the cornerstone of American freedom and independence.
They know that their vision of a secularist, godless society cannot
become a reality so long as religious liberty prevails.
Sadly, the majority of America's pulpits seem oblivious to the
attacks against our religious liberty. Whether motivated by
ignorance or denial, they seem content to let the enemies of
freedom wage war against our liberties without offering even a
modicum of resistance. It's as if they don't realize that this war
If the kind of apathy being demonstrated by our churches today
had prevailed in Colonial America, this great country of ours
would never have come into existence. It was America's pulpits
which were "ablaze with righteousness" (Alexis de Tocqueville)
that gave our brave patriots of yesteryear the courage and
conviction to declare our independence and to fight for freedom.
Our second President, John Adams, understood the importance of
pulpits sounding forth the clarion call for religious freedom when
he wrote, "Let the pulpit resound with the doctrine and sentiments
of religious liberty. Let us hear of the dignity of man's nature, and
the noble rank he holds among the works of God. Let it be known
that British liberties are not the grants of princes and parliaments"
(Dissertation on the Canon and Feudal Law, 1765).
Can you imagine what our Founding Fathers would have done to
some would-be tyrant of a federal judge who would have
attempted to force a state Supreme Court chief justice to remove a
display of the Ten Commandments from his court building? I dare
say such a one would have been tarred, feathered, and run out of
town on a rail.
Yet today, arrogant and despotic federal judges run roughshod over
our religious liberties and there is barely a squeak from the vast
majority of church pulpits. Even those ministers who say they
support the Ten Commandments mostly say Judge Roy Moore was
wrong to defy the federal judge's order to remove them.
Where is our backbone? Where is our commitment to religious
liberty? How can we be so quick to talk out of both sides of our
mouths? When will America's preachers rise up with righteous
resolve and stand like men against these enemies of freedom?
One thing is certain: if religious liberty is to survive in this
country, America's pulpits must awaken! If they continue their
slumber, the freedoms we had previously known will most
assuredly be lost.
By Chuck Baldwin
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