A few months ago we decided to display the Christian flag above the American flag on our property, and the picture on our home page is likely the first thing you noticed . This captured the attention of the local news media, including the paper and a local TV station. Although this upset some area veterans (which was not our intention), we were especially surprised at some of the hostile comments we received from people, most of which sprang from abysmal ignorance regarding the deep Christian roots of our country. We were accused of advocating some kind of a theocracy as is found in many Muslim countries. We were accused of being intolerant, bigoted, and hostile toward those who do not share our worldview. We were accused of trying to impose our Christian views on the culture. All of these accusations were utterly unfounded. The point of the flag display was (and is) merely to remind all Americans that we are One Nation Under God, which is part of our pledge. Even our currency still has the motto, “In God We Trust.” These expressions did not spring from a vacuum. Our spiritual heritage extends back to the colonial days!
When we look back to our founding fathers, we can easily find in their personal and public documents any number of references to God, the Bible, the Christian faith, and biblical morality. The Christian worldview clearly forms the background to the Declaration of Independence and United States Constitution. Even deists like Thomas Jefferson and Benjamin Franklin recognized, even respected, the role of Divine Providence in the forming of the nation.
Unfortunately, post-modern relativists and secularists have attempted to rewrite our history, remove God from His central role in our nation’s founding, and propagate both in public and private education a revisionist ideology that is utterly foreign to our nation’s heritage. When the time-honored, thoroughly documented view—the historical one-- seeks the hearing it once enjoyed, these zealots suppress it through mockery, threats, and intimidation. The terrible Supreme Court decision regarding marriage, the ridiculous attempts of the previous administration in Washington to reshape society at the expense of our nation’s children, the absurd restroom and locker room policies being pushed by major corporations, sports leagues, activist judges, and others are the sad legacy of this relativist worldview. To be sure, such people are entitled to their viewpoint, which is also part of the very First Amendment they usually ignore, but we at this ministry and law firm will not stand by and do nothing! Alarming trends such as these are our reasons for flying the Christian flag above the U.S. flag. We would not have been compelled to do this even ten years ago! But unless this nation returns to God, in ten years we will have no country!
The Intolerance of the New Tolerance
In his book, The Intolerance of Tolerance, D.A. Carson carefully describes the shift in our culture between the "Old Tolerance" and the "New Tolerance." Under the old perspective, differing points of view were debated, perhaps even heatedly. However, there was a higher principle governing the debate. It goes like this, "I disagree with your view intensely. In fact, I strongly dislike it, but I will defend your right to express it." Up until the last few decades, this viewpoint prevailed, perhaps not so much in academia, but in general. The new perspective of tolerance goes like this. "I am tolerant of everyone who agrees with me. If you don't agree, then you're a stupid bigot. Shut your mouth before I shut it for you." In the great majority of instances, this attitude emanates from left wing extremism. An alarming example of this took place recently at Cal State University, Los Angeles, where a mob of left-wingers blocked the entrance leading to a meeting of young conservatives on campus. The hypocrisy of the crowd was palpable. You could hear the chants, "No hate speech! No hate speech!" "No violence! No violence!" All the while they were blocking the doorway, threatening and intimidating those who wanted to attend, and in a few cases, knocking people to the ground. The biggest cheerleaders in the imbroglio were professors, egging the mob on. What did the administration do? Nothing. We are losing the ability to engage in discussion and debate in a civil manner, and to a very large extent, the fault does not lie with the students, but with the older generation. This kind of "tolerance" is not supported by the First Amendment and needs to be censured for America to survive.
A Chaplain? Really?
In the four years I have served as the chaplain of Christian Rights Ministries, I get puzzled looks from many people when I tell them what I do. The idea of having a chaplain at a law firm truly seems incongruous. What does “law” have to do with “religion?” Yet, if we think about this, even for a little while, we will come to realize that when people visit our law office, they often have more than just legal problems. Some of them are reeling from a tough divorce, or are engaged in a custody battle. Others are deeply worried about their finances and are facing bankruptcy. And still others are upset over traffic fines or criminal charges. And so when our attorneys sit down with clients and open the meeting with prayer, many of them are surprised, but nearly all of them are appreciative. And for those clients who need to talk to someone further, the chaplain is there, ready to help.
Both of our sister ministries, The Alliance Legal Group and Christian Rights Ministries, are deeply committed to advancing the kingdom of God. Our ministries are unique in that they are saturated with the Christian world and life view in our daily activities. There is no distinction between “secular law” and “spiritual life,” for in addition to helping clients, we have Bible studies and prayer sessions for our staff. We sponsor outreach ministries into the community. And, as our website indicates, we address the larger issues of religious freedom, the sanctity of human life, and the God-ordained family.
As our web ministry grows, we hope you will return regularly. We want to be a resource for everyone, but especially believers who are feeling the pressure, indeed the intolerance, of an increasingly secular culture. We want you to know that you are not alone. We will stand with you as you stand for Christ. And please, keep in touch!