The following comes from Tony Perkins' weekly email from the Family Research Council Prayer Team:
This past Friday, the liberal progressive-led House of Representatives passed HR1, the "For the People Act," the Democratic Party's signature piece of legislation for 2019. It is the most sweeping, unwise, destructive and I believe anti-American election "reform bill" ever proposed in America. I had a hard time writing a Prayer Target about it earlier this week. From my perspective, it is election anarchy. And if it were ever to become law, it would be the end of the American Republic.
I answered a good friend who wrote me about the Prayer Targets by saying, "I couldn't get my head wrapped around this bizarre, far overreaching, 700-page octopus with hundreds of tentacles intended to overthrow the election process and with it, what is left of American liberty." Read the Prayer Targets and the Heritage Foundation article I linked. It outlines HR1. Make sure to click "READ FULL REPORT" and you will understand why I thanked God for the three branches of Government and the two chambers of Congress.
This construction of government has preserved us, even amid our apathy and spiritual dullness, more than once, and given us time to wake up and mend our ways. But if we allow the people who passed this outrageous bill to gain even more power in 2020, it may be all over (and I do not believe I am exaggerating). We are facing the greatest divide among the citizens of our country since the Civil War, even if, so far, it is an ideological and worldview division. If Christians fail to use their spiritual tools and weapons to win this present war, by prevailing over this new worldview with a Jesus revolution (Mt 28:18-20) that makes America "One Nation Under God," again, American freedom will become a thing of the past.
Do not be deceived. We are still benefitting from the faith of our Founding Fathers, but we must see a revival of that faith if we are going to pass on to our children this awesome nation, established by God's grace. Only Christians who are able to use such spiritual tools and weapons can break through the moral insanity that has stolen minds. Only free men and women can stave off the darkness and bring deliverance to the multitudes in spiritual darkness around us and defeat the leaders of this apostasy, who are in spiritual bondage themselves, and labor day and night to bring others into their bondage (Jn 8:33-47).
Our Founders received God-given wisdom to establish three branches of Government and two houses within the legislative branch. That structural arrangement and the checks and balances it has produced, has saved us again and again throughout American history. It protects us today, but only to give us a little time to repent and do our duty. We are facing nothing less than an outright revolution, led by moral and spiritual anarchists who have been cooking up revolution on a slow burner for decades.
They have successfully hijacked a majority of our cultural institutions and our centers of influence, with the majority of America's news outlets now controlled by amoral and immoral liberals (media professionals are overwhelmingly liberal Democrats -- see MRC & IBD). Big Tech is controlled by liberals, too. Google, Twitter, Facebook, Amazon and PayPal routinely manipulate users, overtly and covertly favoring liberal groups while censoring and restraining conservatives, and most Americans don't even know it. These internet giants all use the SPLC (see SPLC Exposed) to identify those deemed to be "hate groups" and work with the SPLC to destroy them. Among these groups are some of the most rock solid Christian organizations and leaders in America. If these organizations in any way oppose the LGBTQ agenda, they are deemed "hate groups."
The hatred of the "Progressive Left" toward Christians, Jews, the Bible, the constraints of the U.S. Constitution, and the U.S. partnership with Israel has been brewing and heating up over the past several decades, but now this cauldron of hate is breaching the dams and revealing what is in the hearts of far too many Americans. Now, Christians are called the "haters" and "bigots." Christians in leadership are called "intolerant" and "indecent" and the rest of us are dismissed as "deplorable" and "irredeemable."
Many of us turned from the left-leaning secular media years ago, grateful for the "new media" that provide Christians a venue for free speech. Now, those who control the internet have found insidious new ways to silence Christian and conservative thought and speech through "shadow banning" and outright censorship reminiscent of communist regimes. This could not have been imagined in America a few years ago. But it is the fruit of two things -- the capacity for evil to grow worse and worse among unbelievers, and the failure of the church to be salt, light, and leaven in every sector of society, which God has called us to reach and win with the Gospel (Mt 5:13-16; 13:33; 2 Tim 3:13-14).
In the void, those who hate the Gospel have grown in strength and numbers, and America has experienced a rapid, shocking moral and spiritual decline. The psalmist answers this predicament:
Why do the heathen rage, and the people imagine a vain thing? The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the Lord, and against his anointed, saying, "Let us break their bands asunder, and cast away their cords from us."
He that sitteth in the heavens shall laugh: the Lord shall have them in derision. Then shall he speak unto them in his wrath, and vex them in his sore displeasure (see Ps 2: all).
When the powers that be attempted to censor the New Testament saints shortly after Pentecost, the believers huddled and prayed that scripture aloud and the building in which they were gathered shook with the anointing and power of God who was with them (Acts 4:18-37). We have that same power today, as we gather to pray over the direct challenges to the advancement of God's purposes and kingdom in our nation and world.
- Almighty God, may your people come together in one accord in making our appeal to you. You are the Sovereign Lord who sits in the heavens and rules over all. You hear the threats breathed against your people. You know the trouble planned for us by those who reject your Son. You see the persecution they have planned when they have the power to do so. Therefore, we ask with the Apostles and the early church: "Grant unto thy servants, that with all boldness they may speak thy word." (Acts 4:29)
Tony Perkins (bio) is President of both Family Research Council and the Council for National Policy. A member of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom, he is an ordained Southern Baptist minister. This is from his periodic Fox News religious column.
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