A lot of Christians prefer to stay out of politics. Some people say politics is dirty and so don't want to have anything to do with it. Many people don't realize how big an effect politics has on their everyday lives.
I make it no secret that I am a Christian who is involved in politics. My books even reflect that. So obviously I believe Christians should be involved in politics. The question is: Why?
Politics is what gets elected officials in office. It is how people become presidents and congressmen and governors and state senators and county commissioners and school board members. It is also how bills get passed into law. It is because of politics we got Obamacare, Common Core, income tax, and even why America didn't outlaw slavery from the start. It is due to politics that America has had religious freedom, and also why that religious freedom is being taken away.
America began because people in Europe were not allowed to worship God the way they felt the Bible directed. The colonies were planted and eventually started a new nation which had a government of the people, by the people, and for the people; a government of which the protection of religious freedom was an important part.
Looking around America today, it is painfully obvious that that is no longer the case. Prayer has been banned in public schools. Recently, a child was forbidden to read the Bible during free reading in which the school children are allowed to read a book of their choice. Abortion is commonly accepted. Store owners are required to serve things for gay weddings, though their religious convictions forbid it. How did this happen? How did a Christian nation become so terribly anti-Christian?
Thomas Jefferson said that the most dangerous thing facing this nation is a lethargic people. Christians have been lethargic about politics. They have sat back and stayed out of politics and government. Unfortunately, the Enemy has not. Satan has been very active in destroying the Christianity of America. The state of this nation makes this very plain. We are currently able to gather in churches and worship God, but if America continues down the path it is now on, it will not always be so. We, like countries in the Middle East and elsewhere, will face the possibility of being killed for evangelism. We can avoid this frightening possibility . . . through politics.
America's government is unique. We, as ordinary people, have the ability to change it every two, four, and six years at the ballot box. The people we elect represent us and answer to us. We are their constituents and have the right and duty to contact them and tell them how we want them to vote. We can even influence our government at the roots. We can help good candidates to get elected, or even run for office ourselves. We can get our religious freedom back. We can avoid the possibility of being killed for our faith. We can have freedom to spread the Gospel.
We can't take freedom for granted. If we as Christians are a lethargic people, the enemy will destroy the freedoms we have left. We have to fight. I can't stress how important it is.
I have been involved in politics since I was eight years old when a family friend, Barry Loudermilk, first ran for State House. I have since been involved in every one of his campaigns, as well as the campaigns of several other candidates. I want to keep my religious freedom. I want to fight for it. I want to elect good Christian men who understand the Bible and the Constitution and will fight to protect both.
There are now eight days until Georgia's primary. Finally, I am old enough to vote. Barry Loudermilk is now running for Congress. He is a Christian man and a constitutional conservative. I have known him since I was five, and I truly believe we need him and men like him in Congress. Yes, I'm campaigning. If you live in Georgia's eleventh congressional district, I strongly urge you to go out and vote for Barry Loudermilk. This is the last week of early voting, and election day is May 20, the Tuesday of next week. This election is critical. America is in danger. We must get Christian conservatives into office if we are to retain the freedoms we have and take back the ones we have lost.
No matter where you live, I hope that you will take this to heart and understand that Christians should be involved in politics. We cannot just sit on the sidelines and watch as we lose our religious freedom. There are things you can do, the things I mentioned earlier. But the most important thing to do is pray. Pray for the elected officials. Pray for good candidates to rise up. Pray for the right people to be elected. And pray about getting involved in politics. It certainly isn't always easy, and it can be tiring and frustrating, but it is too important to neglect.
. . . I Wrote The Experiment.
I realize this is a major stretch for an A-Z post, but I didn't really have much to say about the weather, and I've been wanting to blog about this for a while.
I want to say first off that I didn't write The Experiment because dystopian is "in." I didn't even learn the word "dystopian" until I had completed all but my very last revision, and that revision, while it contained a major rewrite of the ending, was due to comments from a test reader, not to having discovered the dystopian genre. Besides, I'm not really sure The Experiment actually is dystopian. "Political thriller" seems to suit it better. But the reason I wrote it is the reason I think dystopian stories are popular. Because it's coming.
I wrote The Experiment because America is heading downhill fast. Even as I wrote it, I worried that the events portrayed in it would become outdated before I finished. Indeed, I hoped it would be in that America would turn around and get back on track. Alas, we have only continued downward. I wrote The Experiment as part of my endeavor to warn people and wake them up to what is happening.
A major part of The Experiment is the government using public schools to indoctrinate people to their cause and control them. This isn't wild speculation. The government is trying to do this. Look at all the regulations placed on schools. The schools and teachers are so wrapped in red tape they can no longer truly teach. Common Core is a major part of this. It creates national standards for education, which is truly a very bad thing. Everyone is different, but Common Core forces everyone to be exactly the same.
Miss Reginald's experiments are something that I sincerely hope will always remain science fiction, but sometimes I have my doubts. My mom has sent me links to several articles which indicate that scientists are trying to do similar things. One article even mentioned a Google person saying it might be possible someday to upload your brain to the internet. I hope it isn't true, but it's scary to think it might be possible.
I don't focus much on religious persecution in The Experiment, but that is something else that I believe is coming. If you look at all the anti-Christian agenda being pushed everywhere, you will see I'm not being a conspiracy theorist. Prayer outlawed in schools, but Muslim indoctrination classes mandated; the constant slaughter of unborn children; perversion considered normal; immorality accepted . . . America is no longer a Christian nation. My pastor even said yesterday in his sermon that though we have not yet experienced religious persecution in America, he thinks it is not far off.
I am not a crazy conspiracy theorist. Yes, I have an active imagination, but it is not imagination that makes me think America is on the brink of destruction. I have been greatly involved in politics for about ten years now, since I was eight years old, and I pay close attention to national, state, and local politics. I have studied our founding documents and principles and helped to teach them. I have listened to talk radio almost every day since I was five, and have learned quite a lot about the true state of our nation. I pay attention to what goes on in this nation, and where we are headed is not a good place. I want people to know what is happening to America.
And that is why I wrote The Experiment.
Unconstitutional . . . it's Abby Raingold's favorite word. She doesn't just say it to use a big word either. When she says a thing is unconstitutional, she's right. In The Experiment, the U. S. government does many things which are unconstitutional. The first that Abby points out is when government officials insist on entering the Raingolds' home without a warrant. A warrant is required and, as Abby said, "it has to be a reasonable warrant! It’s unconstitutional for you to do it without! That’s unlawful search and seizure, and we’re protected from that by the Fourth Amendment!"
At another time, Abby mentions that the government is only allowed to do things specified in the Constitution. This is clarified by the Tenth Amendment: "The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people."
As much as I wish I could say it is not true, unconstitutional behavior by the government is a thing not relegated to fiction. In fact, the government today seems to do more that is unconstitutional than is constitutional. Gun control, the NSA, and the "separation of church and state" are some prominent examples.
Below is a fun and educational video written and acted by some good friends of mine all about what the Constitution is and why it matters. The government needs to follow the Constitution, and it's your job to make them do it.
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The following is an essay I wrote last year for school about the separation of church and state (with a few minor additions). There's actually a lot more I could say on the subject, but this will have to suffice for now.
Nearly every American has heard of the separation of church and state. We have been taught to believe that this separation of church and state originates in the First Amendment of the Constitution, that it is a call to obliterate all things Christian from every aspect of the government, even and especially down to the public schools. Some even take this to mean that the words "under God" in the Pledge of Allegiance are unconstitutional, but it is not so. It is a common misconception that the First Amendment of the Constitution calls for a separation of church and state.
The First Amendment of the Constitution states, "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion or prohibiting the free exercise thereof." Many early Americans and their ancestors had journeyed to the New World to escape persecution for their Christianity. This amendment was enacted to protect the people from such religious persecution.
The Founding Fathers never intended for this amendment to be used to obliterate Christianity from all government buildings. In fact, Fisher Ames, the author of the First Amendment, believed that the Bible should be used as a textbook in schools. Most of the Founding Fathers were strong Christians, and it was their Christianity that helped them to shape American government the way they did, based on Biblical principles. The First Amendment was intended to keep the government out of the church, not the church out of the government.
"The separation of church and state," a phrase commonly used today to support the obliteration of Christianity, is not used once in the entire Constitution of the United States. The phrase originates from a letter written by Thomas Jefferson to the Danbury Baptist Association. However, his intention was not, as numerous Supreme Court rulings have asserted, to create an impregnable wall between the church and all civil government.
During Jefferson's campaign for president, John Adams' supporters painted Jefferson as an atheist and an enemy of all religion. The Danbury Baptist Association wrote Jefferson worried about his supposed opposition to religion. Jefferson answered their letter, assuring them that he was in favor of Christianity, citing the First Amendment and using the phrase "a wall of separation between church and state" as proof that he would do nothing to restrict their religious freedom.
Unfortunately, enemies of Christianity have used this phrase to prove that the government is justified in prohibiting prayer in schools, removing the Ten Commandments from government buildings, etc. They say this is what Jefferson meant by "a wall of separation between church and state." If he truly meant for there to be such a severe wall of separation, he would not have approved of the use of federal funds for evangelism.
Keeping such facts in mind, it is easy to see that the words "under God" in the Pledge of Allegiance do not violate the Constitution in any way. It is simply an acknowledgement that America is under the authority of God. The fact that people wish to deny this, are willing to use whatever means necessary to deny it, whether legitimate or not, is an indication of how far we have fallen as a nation.
America has fallen a long way since its founding, as the widespread denial of Christianity indicates. It is long past time to return to our founding principles. Once we return to the Biblical principles our Founding Fathers set forth, America will be a blessed nation once more.
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“He has refused his assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good.
“He has endeavored to prevent the population of this planet; for that purpose obstructing the migration of persons to and from Emoria, and raising the conditions of new Appropriations of Lands.
“He has obstructed the Administration of Justice, by refusing his Assent to Laws for establishing Judiciary powers.
“He has made Judges dependent on his Will alone, for the tenure of their offices, and the amount and payment of their salaries.
“He has affected to render the Military independent of and superior to the Civil power.
“For protecting them, by a mock Trial, from punishment for any Murders which they should commit on the Inhabitants of this planet:
“For imposing Taxes on us without our Consent:
“For depriving us in many cases, of the benefits of Trial by Jury:”
The above are many of the unjust actions taken by King Jorrid of Emoria, as written in the Emarotian Declaration of Independence, which was closely based on that of America. Three of these actions in particular are dealt with in Anthony Williamson’s part of the book: taxation, obstruction of migration, and deprivation of trial by jury.
I won’t give specifics, because I don’t want to tell Anthony’s story here, but these, particularly the trials, affected the people of Emarot very much in a negative manner. And as King Jorrid was the instigator, the conclusion can be drawn that he was an unjust ruler.
Much of the condition of Emarot is drawn from the condition of the American colonies at the time of the American Revolution. And many of the actions of King Jorrid are drawn from those of King George the third. The American and Emarotian Declarations of Independence include lists of the injustices practiced by their kings. These injustices are called the grievances.
The American Declaration of Independence has 27 grievances, however, there were 28 grievances proposed. This 28th grievance actually denounced the slave trade as a vile institution, and criticized King George for opposing every act in which they had tried to abolish it. In many places in the colonies it was actually illegal to free slaves. Unfortunately, Georgia and South Carolina refused to vote for independence if this anti-slavery grievance remained and so it was omitted. But it shows that our Founders were opposed to slavery and that they considered it to be an injustice to our fellow man.
“When in the course of human Events, it becomes necessary for one People to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.
“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness….And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.”
It wasn’t planned this way, but the post on the American history quotes used in Across the Stars has fallen at a most appropriate time. Independence is a major theme in Across the Stars, things about American independence frequently quoted, and for independence week it is a perfect subject.
In chapter five, Sara Watson gives a speech rallying the Emarotians to fight for independence. This speech begins with Sara quoting a famous line from Patrick Henry, “I know not what course others may take, but as for me, give me liberty or give me death.” Sara also quotes the Declaration of Independence, including the line, “And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.” America’s founding fathers really did give up their lives, their fortunes, and their sacred honor. By voting to declare independence, they were declaring themselves to be traitors. The punishment for treason was to be hung by the neck until unconscious, revived, disemboweled, quartered, and scattered so that they would have no final resting place. This is what America’s founding fathers were facing. This is what would happen to them if they were caught.
My fictional Emarotians were willing to face torture and death in order to gain independence from tyranny. They were inspired by the things the Watsons quoted from American history. It is time for Americans to be inspired by these things, to be willing once more to give their lives, their fortunes, and their sacred honor, so that we may be free.
Independence is a major theme in Across the Stars. After all, the whole point of the story is to gain independence from tyranny.
American independence is often referred to throughout the story. The characters use the American Declaration of Independence as a model for the Emarotian Declaration of Independence. They often draw parallels to and gain inspiration and insight from America’s struggle for independence.
The Emarotians’ plan is very similar to that of the American colonies. They are attempting to separate from the capitol and establish their own nation, free, and independent of the Emorian crown. Whether they succeed or not will have to be discovered from the book itself.
Liberty is something that is lacking today. As the federal government gains more and more power, they restrict our rights and take away our liberties. By bringing the history of American independence into Across the Stars, I am attempting to remind Americans of this nation’s heritage, and inspire them to fight to regain the rights that God gave to us. This nation needs to be reminded of liberty, to know what our founders did that we might be free, to fight for freedom so that America can be a shining light for the world once more. Maybe Emoria’s struggle for independence can help to do that.
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