"Mighty men they were, of iron nerve and strong hand and unbalanced check and heart of flame ... and such were the sons of the mighty who responded to the Divine call"
This was uttered by Bishop Charles Gallaway characterizing the Black Robe Regiment of clergy during the Revolutionary War that ensured that America was born a Christian nation. The Revolution would have died without the mighty clergy thundering from the pulpit and placing their lives in harm's way.
Many years after our nation's birth, the Supreme Court in 1892 confirmed that America was, in fact, a "Christian Nation." This legal conclusion was based on the Court's review of "American life, as expressed by its laws, its business, its customs, and its society." Does this mean that we are still a Christian Nation? Only God really knows. One thing is for certain; the faith of our forefathers is under attack.
There has been a concerted effort by the ACLU and other groups to remove Christ from all aspects of life in America. Not only has prayer been removed (1962) from our schools but even Bible reading. The Gideons cannot hand out free Bibles at schools although it has been a tradition for years. These prohibitions are particularly disastrous because of the absolute need, as proclaimed by many of our presidents, for God and his word. George Washington was the first who stated "It is impossible to rightly govern the world without God and our Bible."
In addition, secular groups are winning the battle to change Christian values that have been the bedrock of our society. Jesus loved the little children but American women have been aborting innocent babies since a Supreme Court ruling in 1973. The sacred traditional marriage between a man and women is being debased. The Sabbath day of rest is now spent on all things other than honoring God. Our Christian way of life is disappearing.
The result of taking Christ out of our lives is that Americans are deserting our nation's churches in droves. Why is this happening? Our Christian leaders have failed us. For example, a significant number of politically correct clergy are failing to defend our faith in public and are preaching a secular social gospel.
Can America return to the faith of our forefathers? God will have to make another Divine call to form a new regiment of mighty men who will aggressively fight for our "Old-Time Religion."