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Action Plan for American Christians

Updated on January 3, 2018
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Preserving Our Religious Freedom

Christians who take their faith seriously are vilified by the federal government, the entertainment industry, the major universities, and the mass media. But don't blame the liberals; blame yourselves for your complacency. It is time to take back some ground in critical areas in order to save what is left of our constitutional republic and repair the damage done by a century of decadence in the world and apathy in the churches.

Provide Better Education

Public education is the tool by which the progressives co-opted children from Christian families and turned them into semi-educated robot workers and voters suitable to the needs of an increasingly socialist state. You give your children to the government for thirteen years at great peril! Christians have made a mistake in sending their helpless children to be educated by a government that is hostile to people of sincere Christian convictions. Feeble efforts to opt out of comprehensive sex education and influence textbook adoption committees have done nothing to save America's children from an "education" system that is actually about control and indoctrination rather than liberal education in the classical tradition.

Why work within a system that is corrupt at the core? Public education is not broken -- it is doing exactly what the big-government folks want it to do. Children will only learn the foundational truths of a free society if we teach them. Those in charge do not want students who can read the Constitution of the United States, Augustine's City of God, Smith's Wealth of Nations and the Holy Bible and understand them! They want people who will do/vote as they are told by their teachers, social workers, celebrities and politicians.

The answer is to create an alternative educational system so attractive that even the heathen will want their children to benefit from the excellent education offered by Christian schools. Home, private, and Christian schools enable individual families to escape the system. Christian schools, if done excellently, can produce intellectual giants such as those who founded America, launched international missions, and preserved the classics of Western civilization through the Dark Ages. One caveat: if Christian schools are done poorly, they reinforce the stereotype of the ignorant, "bitter clinger" as derisively described by a former president in a speech given on April 6, 2008.

Dominate the Arts

Christians, as people in an intimate relationship with the Creator, should be creating the best art on the face of the earth. Why do we not? We have ignorantly taught our children that the arts are an evil temptation and that true Christian service involves going into the ministry. Our children with gifts in music, dance, drama, and visual arts are left feeling like second-class Christians because their God-given gifts are considered bad by those in the church who should instead be teaching them to use those gifts.

An excellent painting, song, or screenplay can glorify God just as a sermon or Bible lesson can. Our nation has degrading, depressing, tacky, and crude art because God's people left a vacuum when they abandoned the arts. Nature abhors a vacuum, and it will be filled with something no matter what we do. The world needs what Christian artists can offer. Nurture artistic talent just as we nurture any other gift in the church. Do not settle for mediocrity, lest the world think less of our God. He deserves our best for His glory!

Speak Truth to Power

Do not withdraw in the face of relentless opposition by a hostile press. Engage them! They are no longer objective journalists, so attack them with the very thing they should be seeking -- the truth! Blogs, letters to the editor, letters to legislators and governors, full-page ads and newsletters are all ways to get truth out to a world that knows only what it sees on television or gets from a cursory internet search. Our founders counted on a free press to keep the government honest. Now that the mainstream media is simply an extension of one political party, somebody must perform the important truth-telling functions once performed by the press. Christians need to become real journalists and investigative reporters. Christians need to speak the truth without apology. Why apologize for the truth when it is truth that sets people free? Truth keeps people free!

Conclusion

Christians, get out of your Sunday bubbles. Get out of your Christian ghettos and engage the society around you. They need us! We have hidden our light under a bushel too long. Where is the "shining city on a hill" now, when it is needed most? Get to work, Christians. The country you save may be your own.


Recommended Reading:

All God's Children and Blue Suede Shoes: Christians & Popular Culture by Kenneth A. Meyers

Roaring Lambs: A Gentle Plan to Radically Change Your World by Bob Briner

Real Education: Four Simple Truths for Bringing America's Schools Back to Reality by Charles Murray

"47%" vs. "Bitter Clinger" by Simon Maloy

Federal Department of Education? No!

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      Jason Matthews 2 years ago from North Carolina

      kschimmel, I appreciate your well thought through hub and intelligent ideas for maintaining faith in America. Thank you for sharing.

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      Kimberly Schimmel 4 years ago from North Carolina, USA

      The fact that I freely approve coments on my hubs and merely advocate excellence in education, art, and journalism (truth, not opinion) should show I am pro-liberty. If you hate the Nazi comparisons, I suggest you read Lutzer's "Hitler's Cross" to see a case study from history showing how socialists co-opt a country, including its churches. Many Germans believed it would never get that bad--and those who had read "Mein Kampf " and fled in time survived while many who placed their faith in government did not.

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      Kimberly Schimmel 4 years ago from North Carolina, USA

      You misunderstand me. I don't seek a "Christian nation" since only individual people can be Christians, Christain being defined as a person who has accepted the redemption from sin offered by Jesus Christ. I seek a nation in which, under the Constitution, all people are free to follow their consciences. If I form an excellent school that is Christian, that in no way prevents anyone else from forming a school that is Hindu, atheist, or whatever. If I produce art, you are not forced to view it or listen to it. I don't get your problem, honestly, unless you think my refusal to pay for everybody's abortions or teach my kids Common Core pseudo-math or whatever is somehow a threat to you.

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      mbuggieh 4 years ago

      That said, I am amused that your hub and responses---like many of those who have posted in agreement with you, sound like talking points from the Tea Party and assorted "Christian" webpages.

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      mbuggieh 4 years ago

      I am not "threatened" by anyone---particularly Christians, and I have no problems with people being "free to raise their own families."

      What I have a problem with is Christians seeking to reconstitute my country---a secular nation (read the US Constitution---particularly Amendment #1) into a veiled theocracy based on nonsensical narratives and mythologies.

      And I am tired of the vulgar "shove it down our throats" language and the vitriolic comparison to Nazism of all with which you---Christians, do not agree.

      I find your language of fear interesting and telling.

      Here is how I feel about references to fear:

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1zBvfxlqxR0

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      Kimberly Schimmel 4 years ago from North Carolina, USA

      It is a call for Christians to educate their own children excellently, and if others CHOOSE to send their kids to our excellent schools, we will be happy to teach them as well. Libertarians believe in individual liberty--that the use of force is only for defending oneself.

      Are you threatened by my call for Christians to be excellent in all they do? If people see that and wish to join us, they are free to do so--or to go their own way, so long as they don't try to harm me or my family.

      If you are threatened by that, you shouldn't be. Shouldn't people be free to raise their own families? I am confident enough in my own beliefs that I am not afraid of you. I believe the truth eventually wins in the end. Thus, leave people free to seek truth. Unlike progressives, who believe they have all truth and want to shove it down the throats of all of us--and if we don't like it, they will go after us with the IRS, NSA, SCOTUS...and eventually we will be where the Germans were with the Gestapo, racial hygeine, Nazi altars, or worse.

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      mbuggieh 4 years ago

      As a self-described "libertarian" how to you reconcile a claim to libertarian values with personal and ideological and religious imposing your values on a nation?

      Isn't your hub, essentially, a call to action? A call to action to educate children in such a way as to reshape the US (and other nations) as so-called Christian nations dedicated to your imagined god rather than to science and information?

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      Kimberly Schimmel 4 years ago from North Carolina, USA

      In light of the SOTU speech, I want to suggest this strategy again, before it is too late.

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      Daddy Paul 4 years ago from Michigan

      "Truth keeps people free! " I like the quote.

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      Kimberly Schimmel 5 years ago from North Carolina, USA

      Updated with links to information about the Common Core "standards," including math "standards" that will make it very difficult/impossible for publicly-schooled kids to succeed in engineering school or any other STEM (science/tech/engineering/math) field in college.

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      Cassie Smith 5 years ago from U.S.

      KSchimmel, I think what you say is so right. We need to encourage children and give all the support that they can get and keeping them out of the public school and into Christian schools is the best way to do it. And when it comes to the arts, it's really important to spread the word on movies and music that reinforce our values and ignoring the ones that don't.

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      Brenda Barnes 5 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

      Thank you for being forthright. We must push back the darkness with the light of the world-Jesus. After all, we are in the world though not part of it. We certainly can change things as a united group of believers.

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      Isaiah Michael 5 years ago from Wherever God leads us.

      Amen, that's good. My message last Sunday was just that. It is time for us to get out of the building and to the areas around us. Acts 17:6 says,"these that have turned the world upside down have come here also." That was the testimony of lost men as they sought to get rid of the Apostles as they came into Thessalonica. It is time we as Christians take back America by "turning it upside down."

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      Cynthia Lyerly 5 years ago from Georgia

      I agree, God wants us out of our Christian cliques and for us to be salt and light to a dying world.

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      Cynthia Lyerly 5 years ago from Georgia

      I agree, God wants us out of our Christian cliques and for us to be salt and light to a dying world.

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