Will your faith be celebrated?

“2 Dear friend, I pray that you may enjoy good health and that all may go well with you, even as your soul is getting along well. It gave me great joy when some believers came and testified about your faithfulness to the truth, telling how you continue to walk in it. I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in the truth.” 3 John 2-4.

Exercising our faith is not an easy path nowadays. Indeed, there are some studies that indicate fewer young people than ever before practice any religion at all. Are you and I to blame for the decline in faithfulness to Almighty God? Did we not bring our children up in a family of God, or were we just too busy with our own selfish interests, choosing pleasurable creature comforts over the promise of God’s love.

If you have doubts we are educating our children on a path that is doomed to failure, you have only to look at our children, and their children’s children. Religion in America, has been under attack for decades. Unbelievers have forced removal of even the most casual mention of Christianity in our textbooks. Historians can point to the impact of Christianity the world over, and yet curriculum has been sterilized from any mention at all, while at the same time there have been increasing mentions of other forms of religion.

Statistics of the world’s religions are only very rough approximations. Aside from Christianity, few religions, if any, attempt to keep statistical records; and even Protestants and Catholics employ different methods of counting members.
Rank Religion Members  %
1. Christianity 2.1 billion 33.0
2. Islam 1.3 billion 20.1
3. Hinduism 851 million 13.3
4. Buddhism 375 million 5.9
5. Sikhism 25 million 0.4
6. Judaism 15 million 0.2
7. Baha’ism 7.5 million 0.1
8. Confucianism 6.4 million 0.1
9. Jainism 4.5 million 0.1
10. Shintoism 2.8 million 0.0

America was established by religious men. Indeed, the first settlers came here to flee religious persecution. Do you not remember that simple fact? Our founding fathers frequently prayed, albeit privately, for guidance from Almighty God. Should we now do less? Of course they were not without sin, but they banded together as one.

“In God we trust.” “One nation under God.” Oh, really? Is that really what this nation believes, what YOU believe? Or, do you choose the politically correct path and remain silent, fearing a discussion of who believes what? What do you believe.

As America faces dangerous forces from within and from without, there are more reasons than ever to reinforce our faith in God, our belief that Jesus Christ suffered on the cross so that our sins may be forgiven before God. The strength of this nation lies in the strength of our faith.

The fact is simple: It is time to stand and be counted, to turn back to our faith to help us weather the coming storm: America, the beautiful…One nation under God!  — D C ‘Dan’ Lee

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