Bible Reading

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On April 26th the Iowa Governor Terry Branstad issued a proclamation. This in itself is not unusual. Anyone can request the Governor to issue a proclamation on anything impacting the entire state. There is even an online web form for this submission.

But this particular proclamation has received a lot of hostile press and feedback. Why you might ask? Because this proclamation calls for reading the Holy Bible.

The proclamation gives a history of how the Holy Bible shaped our nations foundation. And how past Presidents felt and spoke about God’s Word to mankind.

The proclamation gives the testimony of who reading the Holy Bible helps solve the problems we face today as a nation and as individuals.

It also calls for anyone who wishes to participate in reading the Holy Bible with others on the steps of all 99 county court houses from June 30th to July 3rd. And the proclamation encourages all Iowans to read the Holy Bible daily until the second coming of Jesus Christ.

Three anti-Christian groups are considering litigation and have condemned the proclamation. These are the American Civil Liberties Union of Iowa, the Freedom From Religion Foundation, and the Iowa Atheists and Freethinkers.

These groups are siting the so-called belief in the “separation of church and state” as the basis for their litigation and complaints. This is a false belief for various reasons.

The “separation of church and state” is not in the Constitution or in any statute or law of the land. It’s always called up by anti-Christian groups as part of their hate speech against Christianity.

What the Constitution does say in the 1st Amendment about religion is this:

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof;

This means Congress, the legislative body of the United States, cannot create a law establishing a national church. Like the Tudor Kings did in England with the Church of England. The Queen is still the head of that church. Nor can Congress write a law preventing anyone from worshiping as they choose to do so.

This is the sole basis from those anti-Christian groups against the Governor’s proclamation. And it just doesn’t hold up.

The proclamation is not an act of Congress. It does not carry the weight of law or any legal authority. It is not a law. It is completely voluntary without any obligation being required.

For those who do not wish to be involved with a religion or those that do not believe in the divine. They don’t have to read the Holy Bible at home or anywhere else.

They don’t have to join those who are reading the Holy Bible on the court house steps at the end of June. They can just walk on by and ignore them.

But their goal is to destroy the Christian faith and persecute all who practice it. So these anti-Christian groups will continue their assault anyway.

In issuing this proclamation the Governor hasn’t violated any law or principle of our government. He has merely exorcised his office in conjunction with his faith.

The Root Cause

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The Islamic terrorist attacks in France and elsewhere around the world is the direct result of the decline of Western Civilization. Our civilization, like it or not, was founded on Judeo-Christian principles and ethics. Although earlier movements played a part it was Christendom that spurred our civilization forward to all corners of the earth and into space beyond.

Through Christianity we bring about the end of feudalism, the rise of science, and the beginnings of true freedom. Nowhere on Earth have these blessings of Christendom been so expressed than in the United States. The first and only nation that at one time was the exception to all of history.

The founding of a civilization on the Holy Bible is what makes Western Culture superior to anything the world has ever known. Although cultures can border with other cultures, and have trade with other cultures, they cannot co-exist in the same areas. One must give out to the other.

Islamic Culture is founded on the teachings in the Quran. The Quran and the Holy Bible represent two different, distinct, and incompatible worldviews. Within the Quran, the holy book of all Muslims, Allah never came to Earth as a man and to believe so is blasphemy, with death as the punishment. Within the Holy Bible, the Word of God. God came to Earth, born of man, died for all of mankind’s sins, and rose again. This is the foundation and cornerstone of Christian belief.

When Western Civilization in Europe embraced Socialism after the end of World War II, they changed and moved away from the Culture that caused them to rise to power in the first place.

They opened the door to multiculturalism. Where immigrants do not integrate or assimilate into the mainstream Western Culture. This leads eventually to strife and conflict. And that is what Europe has seen in the attacks in Paris and the Russian jet that was shot down.

Islamic Culture and Western Culture are virtual opposites of one another. The advantage of Islamic Culture is they do fight for what they believe in against any opposition. Western Culture has lost its way and no longer fights for its survival.

If this continues, Western Civilization will be conquered and replaced by another. One that does not represent freedom, one that has no salvation other than death, one that does not celebrate life or champions good over evil, one that encourages wars between its factions. This is and has been the Culture of Islam for over 1400 years. It isn’t going to change.