I have been traveling across the length and breadth of this great land over the last few years, talking primarily to pastors’ groups seeking to awaken and arouse God’s spokesmen among us to be what God has called them to be—to preach His word without apology, without hesitation, without reluctance. That means I have spent a considerable amount of time away from my family.
I was very pleased this past January, end of last December, to have the opportunity to take my two sons, Adam who is 23 and Aaron who is 20, with me on a trip to Germany. As a Lutheran Christian, that’s where my historic and theological roots are, and I wanted the boys to see where they came from and to get some context, I guess you could call it, a setting in which to evaluate and assess what’s happening in our country and in their lives. We flew out of Houston on Christmas day and landed in Berlin on December 26. The end of December and beginning of January is a wonderful time to go to northern Germany because all the sane people have left northern Germany. The sun comes up at 10:30 in the morning and it goes down at 3:30 in the afternoon, and in between it snows.
WELL, WE GOT TO BERLIN and the boys were having a wonderful time doing what 20-year-old young men do in a great world-class city. I was looking at churches and they were looking at other things. One afternoon we rented a van and drove out into the countryside about 35 kilometers or so northeast of Berlin to a little farming community called Oranienburg. Not much there—a couple of taverns, a couple of gas stations, a few houses, that’s about it. Nobody would ever have heard of that little town were it not for the fact that Heinrich Himmler chose Oranienburg as the site of one of his prototype concentration camps. A horrible place called Sachsenhausen, which means the home of the Saxons. I took the boys there that day because I wanted them to see what had happened to this great Christian nation, this homeland of the reformation almost overnight
THE BOYS GREW QUIET as we walked across the vast expanse where the barracks once stood that held hundreds of thousands of prisoners during the 12 years of the Hitler Reich. We saw the bales of human hair and the piles of children’s shoes. We went to the medical laboratories where gruesome experiments were conducted on living human beings without anesthetic because they were not viewed as human because of their race or language. Finally, we walked to the back where far in the corner the crematorium once stood. The oven where they burned the bodies of the dead and out in front of it was a wrought-iron grotesque statue of two emaciated inmates hauling the dead body of one of their cohorts toward the gaping doors of the oven. The building itself had actually collapsed. They had buried so many people underneath it that the foundations had been undermined. The metal supports that once held those ovens were still there. And as we came up there, three days after Christmas, in front of the doorway to that crematorium, there was a withered Christmas wreath with a white ribbon on it and the slogan on that ribbon said, “From the Christians of Germany, we kneel before God in bitter regret and humble repentance and we ask his forgiveness for the Jews and all the others who died in this place.” And as we turned to walk away, out across the compound once again, my 20-year-old Aaron put his arm around me and in the condescending way sons have with their fathers, and he looked at me and said, “Dad, you need to keep giving those speeches you’ve been giving,” and I felt good because for the first time my boys understood within the depths of their hearts what’s happening in America today. Now those boys have always been polite. They have never had any choice in the matter, but there in Sachsenhausen for the very first time they
saw for themselves how much is at stake in our America and how desperately important these issues are and how much we stand to lose if we do not awaken and rouse ourselves quickly.
THE CHRISTIANS OF GERMANY LEARNED TO LATE
that the people of God in Christ cannot disengage from the culture in which they live. We cannot withdraw to the comfortable security of our beautiful sanctuaries and sit in our padded pews while the world all around us goes to hell for to do so is a betrayal of the Lord whose name we bear, and it is a denial of the power and the efficacy of His word, the word that he has given us to proclaim. In Germany, as here in the United States, one of the most clever tools in the enemy’s arsenal used to silence and intimidate Christians, to drive them out of the public square, was the lie of the separation of church and state.
There was a meeting held in the German capital city of Berlin in 1934. Hitler had been Chancellor for just over a year at that point. He was taking the nation through a process which in German was called “life chalteum,” which means coordination. Everything was being realigned in terms of national socialist philosophy, and that included the churches, and protests had begun to rise from the people of God about this interference in the church and its life, so Hitler called together the most important preachers in the land, and he gathered them there at the Reich’s Chancellery to reassure them and to intimidate them, if he could, to silence their criticism so that he could go on with his plans for the country.
HITLER MOVED THROUGH THE CROWD that day patting preachers on the back making them feel important, smiling and reassuring, telling them that state subsidies would continue, their tax exemptions were secure, that the church had nothing to fear from a Nazi government. Finally, one brash young preacher who was there, Martin Niemoller was his name, had had enough. Today we call him politically incorrect. He was going to tell the truth, even if that truth was not popular. He pushed his way to the front of the room until he stood eye to eye with the German dictator and he said, “Herr, Hitler, our concern is not for the church. Jesus Christ will take care of his church. Our concern is for the soul of our nation.”
It was immediately evident that the brash young preacher spoke only for himself as a chagrinned silence fell over that room and his colleagues hustled him away from the front. Hitler, with a natural politician’s instinct saw that reaction, and he understood exactly what it meant, and he smiled and said to himself almost reflectively, “The soul of Germany you can leave that to me,” and they did. They kept their religion and their politics strictly separate from one another, and as the innocent were slaughtered and the nation was led down the path of destruction, they looked the other way and they minded their own business, and their country was destroyed.
I WOULD SUBMIT TO YOU TODAY THAT WE IN AMERICA FIND OURSELVES IN A FRIGHTENINGLY SIMILAR PREDICAMENT. Once again, the innocent are being slaughtered in a 26-year Holocaust that makes Hitler look like a humanitarian by comparison. Once again, the nation is being led down the path of destruction and, once again, by and large, God’s people are looking the other way. I don’t have to tell anyone in this room tonight how far down that path to destruction we have already traveled. You see the evidence in families that are fractured, marriages that are broken, and in young people who lose their lives in a maze of alcohol and drugs, in a culture that can no longer distinguish between lust and love that is willing to tolerate the violent perversion as alternate acceptable lifestyle while pestilence stalks the land.
IN PUBLIC SCHOOLS that have become facilitators for fornication and procurers for the abortionist’s knife. In a nation that has lost the moral will to distinguish between that which is right and that which is wrong, we know all too well how far down that road to destruction we have already gone and that’s because, in large part, every time a Christian, particularly a Christian pastor, raises his voice on a matter of public policy, the immediate view and cry from the media from the political and educational elite and the establishment is, “Wait a minute, we have the separation of church and state in this country. You Christians, you keep your morality to yourselves as history repeats itself,” they smile reassuringly as they tell us the soul of America you can leave that to us, and we have. Brothers and sisters, the time has come, and it has long since passed, when we stop listening to and being immobilized by these lies from the Father of Lies. This is the genius of America. The recognition that a country like ours, a country where the people rule, must be a country where morality prevails.
BUT THAT IS NOT THE KIND OF COUNTRY we have seen developing all around us every day. That’s not the kind of country we read about when we pick up the newspapers every morning. America has forgotten who she is, and if she does not remember soon, it will be too late. In the 1830’s, a French nobleman named Alexis de Tocqueville came from Europe to this new land to see what it was that gave America its vitality and its strength. He toured across this country, he saw all that there was to see, and he summed it up in these impassioned words: “I saw the key to the greatness and the genius of America in her harbors, in her fertile fields, and in her boundless forests, in her rich mines and her vast world commerce, in her public school system and institutions of learning, I sought for it in her democratic congress and in her matchless constitution, but it was not until I went into the churches of America and heard her pulpits aflame with righteousness that I understood the secret of her genius and her power. America is great, de Tocqueville said because America is good, and if America ever ceases to be good, then she will also cease to be great. Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is an offense to any people. There is that insoluable connection between greatness and goodness upon which this country was built.
We have severed that connection over the last few decades. We have sown the wind of immorality, and we are reaping the whirlwind of destruction and death, and we, God’s people in Christ, have been placed here by the Lord for such a time as this. America will not turn from the path of destruction until the Christians of this land stop blending in and going along. We have become a chameleon in church. We can blend in anywhere. We can go along with anything, no matter how perverse it may be, just so long as no one figures out that we are sons and daughters of the Lord Jesus Christ for then we might have to endure the scorn and ridicule of the world. We must stop compromising and yielding. We must start standing and confessing.
BUT AS WE DO SO, WE MUST BE SURE that it is the Lord Jesus for whom we stand. We cannot allow ourselves or our churches to be used and abused by politicians, by political parties. God is not the mascot of the Republican Party. God is not a Democrat. God is not even an American, which may come as something of a shock. But of this one thing we can be absolutely certain, the Lord God Almighty hates the murder of innocent unborn children. We can win the next election or the next 10 elections. We can balance the budget, we can reduce the deficit, we can bring down taxes and build the mightiest military machine on the face of the earth, but if we do not stop abortion, then God will destroy, and God should destroy America.
ABORTION IS AN UNHOLY ALTAR and we have raised up to pagan Gods of our own lust and greed and the blood of more than 35 million innocent unborn children cries out to God for justice from the ground of America. The day is coming soon when God will heed that cry, and when he does, woe to us and woe to America. On that great day of reckoning, it will not be enough to say, “Lord, we were in church every Sunday. We built great churches in your name. We established great programs in your name. We raised millions of dollars in your name. On that great day of reckoning to those who stood silent while the killing went on, the Lord will say, “Depart from me, you cursed ones, for I do not know you.” But in the amazing grace, the incredible mercy and long suffering of our wonderful God, that day has not yet come. America may have turned her back on God, but God, for some reason, has not yet turned His back on America, so let us work while it is still day before the night comes when no man can work. Let us rouse the Christians of this city and of this land to be what God has called and enabled them to be—the stinging salt that stops the decay of death, the shining light that dispels the darkness of doubt and despair, the gleaming city set high upon a hill that stands as a beacon light of life and hope to this nation and to every nation.
LET US LEARN FROM THE MISTAKES OF THE PAST. Let us stand upon the Word of God. Let us save this country that we claim to love as we become involved in the process in this crucial moment that God has given us. God is placing before us the challenge before it is too late, and I pray that we will find within the depths of our hearts and souls the courage and the faith and the conviction to rise to that challenge and make the most of that opportunity. It is within our power because God has placed it there. It is within our grasp to change this America before it is too late to snatch our country back from the brink of destruction.
All the signs of the deadly decay all around us are unmistakenly clear. Our nation’s leaders wallow in decadence and deceit while the polls tell us that people don’t care, and apathy and indifference prevails. We must care as the people of God in Christ. We must be the salt and the light and the shining city. As Christians gathered here today, let us resolve not to repeat the mistakes of the past. Let us resolve not to allow evil men to triumph simply because good men have done nothing. Let us stand together as the people of God, bold in the confidence of the Spirit and declare before our nation, “The soul of America, you can leave that to us”!
A Democrat Mayor from Texas is in agreement with Trump. The agreement came in the form of a plea for the federal government to act to stop the influx of illegal immigration at the southern border.
According to The Daily Caller:
Mayor Bruno Lozano of Del Rio, Texas told Texas Republican Sen. John Cornyn’s office that “we are sick and tired of the deaf ears” that accounts of the border crisis seem to fall upon, Fox News reported Tuesday.
Lozano suggested that the federal government has left border towns hanging out to dry as they try to cope with the influx of illegal immigrants who apparently cross the border, are temporarily detained and then released. He said it’s easy to ignore the situation when politicians are isolated in Washington
“They need to see firsthand what’s going on. They need to understand the frustrations that the commissioners, or that the city council, the school board, the hospital officials are managing [and] having to deal with,” Lozano said, according to Fox’s account of the meeting between the mayor and Cornyn’s staffers.
The mayor said the small towns can’t cope with large immigration problems because “it is not our purview; it is not our jurisdiction.”
“We’re frustrated. We’re extremely frustrated,” he continued. “Our priorities on the city council are our streets, are our parks, are the economy, are the drive of the community and the places of worship and the places to have leisure activities. It is not the priority to solve immigration.”
The town of Del Rio became famous when agents announced that in the month of June alone 500 immigrants have been detained near the town who were reportedly emigrating from Africa.
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