On July 4, we celebrated the 243rd anniversary of the Declaration of Independence, when our forefathers gathered at Freedom Hall in Philadelphia to sign the document that marked the birth of a new nation, the United States of America.
Across America, “Old Glory” flew proudly on the porches of millions of ordinary citizens who love our country; was held high in patriotic parades; and waved beautifully on tops of state capitols, the White House and national monuments.
Incredibly, last month, at some of our American embassies, one diplomat revealed that “an insurrection of the first order” was taking place involving our “stars and stripes.”
Under the Obama administration, U.S. embassies had been allowed to fly the LGBTQ rainbow flag underneath the American flag during the month of June—Pride Month. But this year, when embassies in Israel, Germany, Latvia and Brazil requested to do so, their requests were summarily rejected by the U.S. State Department.
Still, a number of embassies found workarounds. In Chennai, India, and Seoul, Korea, huge gay pride banners hung on the facade of the missions behind the American flag. Some diplomats marched in gay pride events and others tweeted images of themselves in pride parades. Websites of several embassies highlighted the gay flag.
I want to thank President Donald J. Trump and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo for making the decision not to fly the gay flag over our embassies during June in recognition of gay pride month. That is the right decision. The only flag that should fly over our embassies is the flag of the United States of America. The gay pride flag is offensive to Christians and millions of people of other faiths, not only in this country but around the world. The U.S. flag represents our nation—everyone—regardless of race, religion or sexual orientation.
Here at home, 10 of the top Democratic 2020 presidential contenders flocked to Iowa—the nation’s first caucus state—for the Des Moines Capital City Pride Festival. New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand served drinks at a gay bar; Texas Rep. Beto O’Rourke sported a rainbow sweatband; and gay South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg talked openly about his coming out.
The notion that such immoral behavior clearly condemned by Scripture is now flaunted here at home and abroad reveals the deepening depravity that now vexes our country. What has happened to our great nation, whose Founding Fathers were men of uncommon character, virtually all of whom possessed a deep reverence for Almighty God and a firm belief in the hand of divine Providence?
They built this nation upon a strong foundation rooted in God’s laws. Sadly, that same moral and spiritual framework, which has held our nation together for 243 years, is now unraveling so quickly that I fear for the future of our children and grandchildren. The America that I knew as a young boy growing up in the mountains of North Carolina has changed so radically.
Zealots for “separation of church and state” have led legislatures and the judiciary to suppress and deny the essential role of religion in our schools and public life. The sexual revolution of the 1960s has now morphed into an open advocacy for gay, lesbian and transgender rights. Homosexual marriage was given full federal sanction by the U.S. Supreme Court in 2015.
The progressive left has ascended into a national political power that presents a clear and present danger to our basic religious liberties and freedoms. They despise anyone who is pro-life and mock all who hold to a Biblical worldview.
As you will read in this issue of Decision, these progressives are driving a piece of legislation termed the Equality Act, which gives unprecedented rights to transgenders and homosexuals by granting the same protections afforded to racial minorities and women under the Civil Rights Act.
The progressive, Democratic-controlled House of Representatives has already passed this atrocious bill, and only the Republican-controlled Senate and the president stand in its way. If the Senate majority changes or if enough Republican senators change their position, it would be up to the president to veto the bill. And if that office were to change hands in 2020, I have little doubt this would become the law of the land.
This legislation will have catastrophic consequences for competitive sports, along with churches and faith-based nonprofits who would lose all protections to hire people who adhere to their Biblical statements of faith. Christians will be persecuted for their sincerely held beliefs as never before. The clear teachings of the Bible on the sins of homosexuality and abortion will no doubt be considered “hate speech.” It will be a nightmare from which this nation may never recover.
Nonetheless, I believe God is able to powerfully and supernaturally work in the midst of prevailing moral darkness to shine the saving truth of the Gospel into the hardened hearts of men and women.
On our Decision America Northeast Tour, we traveled to cities across seven states. It’s an area of the country that has long been resistant to the Gospel, despite the wonderful history of the Great Awakening that brought heartfelt revival. Yet, more than 31,000 people came to hear the preaching of God’s Word, and more than 4,000 made decisions for Christ. We give Him all the praise and glory.
And just last month, I joined with other Christian leaders in calling for a National Day of Prayer for President Trump. I heard from thousands and thousands of people and numerous pastors who said they would join together in interceding for the president, who has been attacked and vilified more than any other president in our history. President Trump himself attended McLean Bible Church in Virginia where the pastor prayed over him for several minutes.
This I know—God hears and answers the prayers of His people. Prayer is the most powerful weapon in the universe because our prayers come before Almighty God, who works all things according to the counsel of His will. “The counsel of the Lord stands forever, the plans of His heart to all generations” (Psalm 33:11). His purpose can never be thwarted: “I know that You can do everything, and that no purpose of Yours can be withheld from You” (Job 42:2).
It was men and women of faith who founded this great nation, relying steadfastly upon their faith in God.
May it be men and women of faith today—faith in the awesome, sovereign power of God—who will stand fast on the Word of God and refuse to bend their knee to the false gods and idols of this present age.
Scripture quotations are taken from The Holy Bible, New King James Version.
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