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If the Nashville Statement must be a declaration of war, then we must sign it

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I’m fascinated and floored at the same time. Just about every writer at The New Americana wanted to take a crack at writing about the Nashville Statement. Not just here either. At The Resurgent (where I also contribute), there have been multiple takes on it. Ben Shapiro, an orthodox Jew, tweeted “Did I miss the part of the #NashvilleStatement where any serious Christian doctrine changed in the slightest?”

Such a non-controversial statement, so plain and direct, should not have generated such vitriol and discussion. That’s why I’m fascinated. I’m floored because it has.

Obviously, something has touched a nerve. To me, and many who have read the Bible, think critically, and know what it says and what Christians believe, there’s no controversy here. The fact that there’s not only controversy, but great consternation, is a sign to me that I needed to sign the statement.

If you are a Christian who is asking “what’s the big deal?” you need to sign it too. Here’s why.

In 1776, on July 2, the Continental Congress approved the language for the Declaration of Independence. On July 4, the first printing, which consisted of two hundred copies for the colonies, and for the record, was released. An original from that printing run ended up stored away in an attic in the Ladd-Gilman House in Exeter, N.H., where it was found in 1985.

That document, once signed, became a death warrant for the signers. They had broken their allegiance with the Crown and placed it in the hands of God Almighty.

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.

Nothing changed as regards the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God; the long list of grievances the King perpetrated against the colonies was an affront to liberty and God. At no time did more than about one-third of the colonists actively support independence, and about one in four remained loyal to the Crown to the end of the war. The rest did what they could to stay out of the way, rendering aid or obstructing either side based on what action would leave them in peace.

But in order that the colonies could win freedom, the Continental Congress members had to sign their names to a death warrant.

Nor have We been wanting in attentions to our British brethren. We have warned them from time to time of attempts by their legislature to extend an unwarrantable jurisdiction over us. We have reminded them of the circumstances of our emigration and settlement here. We have appealed to their native justice and magnanimity, and we have conjured them by the ties of our common kindred to disavow these usurpations, which would inevitably interrupt our connections and correspondence. They too have been deaf to the voice of justice and of consanguinity. We must, therefore, acquiesce in the necessity, which denounces our Separation, and hold them, as we hold the rest of mankind, Enemies in War, in Peace Friends.

Today’s battle lines in the culture war, the offensive war against Christian, Biblical values, have not been set by Bible-believing Christians. God’s word has not changed. The Laws of Nature and Nature’s God are the same for us as they were for John Hancock and Thomas Jefferson.

Signing the Nashville Statement may, culturally, be tantamount to a death warrant, a declaration of war and an acknowledgement of a separation, an unbridgeable gulf, between the values of those who sign it and those who oppose it on whatever grounds.

We’ve tried reasoning with them, explaining to them the historicity, metaphysical consistency, and exegetical simplicity of the Bible in terms of things like “man,” “woman,” “marriage,” and the relationships between them. We’ve tried to reach out in peace. We have appealed to their native justice and magnanimity, and we have conjured them by the ties of our common kindred to disavow their usurpation of our transcendent moral law and its law-giver.

They too have been deaf to the voice of justice and consanguinity. Sound familiar?

Those who oppose such an essential, clear, and non-controversial doctrine as the Biblical definition of gender and marriage, one which comports with biology, anthropology, sociology and history, have only one goal in mind. They wish to rule over us as Lord and Master, as the moral law-giver in place of God Almighty.

That is intolerable to Christians, and fellow-travelers in clear, critical thinking, just as it was to our founding fathers.

If the Nashville Statement is to be the defining line between the culture of God-fearing people and the madness of Nietzsche’s super-men who have killed God in their own minds, then that line was set by the enemies of God, not by the people who drafted the statement.

There is no choice for any Bible-believing Christian but to sign the statement, and literally side with God.

The signers of the Declaration of Independence closed with this promise:

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.

If the battle is to be joined, we must do no less.

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  1. Jake Gambino

    September 1, 2017 at 5:33 am

    Steve-

    This piece is incredible. As I said about Ben Shapiro’s recent piece on men, women, and children, even Alexander Hamilton would be tipping his hat to you.

    Seriously amazing write up.

  2. Terry Lydell

    September 1, 2017 at 5:02 pm

    In Christ’s time the lepers were scorned – untouchables. Christ went to the lepers. Think about it. What would Jesus do?

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The truth about Thanksfiving

Thanksgiving for many of us has been presented as a time when diversity worked. When a group of people who came seeking refuge from religious persecution was saved by another group of people. A time when different cultures could come together and share what they had to offer one another, culminating in a feast consisting of corn and turkey that was made to honor that moment.

Sadly, the most recent depiction of this pivotal moment in our history has been turned into an American horror story. A story that depicts white Europeans who came to wipe out all the innocent natives by disease and war. The evil white man brought with them more evil white men who only wanted to destroy and kill, to take land that didn’t belong to them and annihilate anyone who wasn’t white. Because that’s all white people want.

Neither of these versions are remotely true.

The Pilgrims were not fleeing from persecution. Nor did they spread disease or kill an entire village of Native Americans. They simply came to a new world filled with the hope of freedom – freedom to live by the values and principles as defined by the word of God. They came to the new world to give their families that chance rather than being overtaken by a society they felt did not reflect those values. It was so important to them that they risked their lives and the lives of their children to make the voyage. A voyage that landed them far from where they were expecting.

After arriving to the new world it was clear that God had a plan. The circumstances which led up to the first thanksgiving – for both the Europeans and the Native American that helped them – could only be explained by divine providence.

Despite being told this is a time to apologize or to be shameful for our history as a nation, the truth is Thanksgiving should be the most important and revered time for all Americans. A time of remembrance of God’s grace and divine providence for a group of people that risked everything to honor Him, including a Native American by the name of Squanto.

The diversity of God’s grace is what we, Americans, should be celebrating. Not multiculturalism.

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Marco Rubio whips out Bible verse that goes after the Florida recount debacle

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There are two prevailing opinions pertaining to the Florida election and subsequent recounts. Democrats generally feel like it’s good to “count every ballot” until they win, even if that means “finding” more ballots to add to their candidates’ tallies. Republicans have been fighting against the recounts despite that play coming across ingenuously to voters on both sides.

We should want every valid vote counted. The operative word there is “valid.”

Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL), a Catholic, Tweeted a Bible verse that seemed apropos to the current debacle in Florida.

One might even say this draws in one of the favorite punching bags for Republicans, former presidential candidate “Crooked” Hillary Clinton. That wasn’t the intent, I’m sure, but it’s always fun to laugh at Hillary.

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3 reasons President Trump should offer Asia Bibi asylum

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3 reasons President Trump should offer Asia Bibi asylum

There are certain political moves that can be considered “no-brainers” for anyone in Washington DC. Offering persecuted Pakistani Christian Asia Bibi asylum is one of them.

The drawbacks of doing so are few but potent. It would enrage hardline Muslims in the United States who may go after Bibi and her family, but that’s a risk she’ll face anywhere she goes. It would put US citizens and military personnel at greater risk than they already are when traveling abroad, especially in Muslim majority nations like Pakistan. Lastly, it would spark negative press against the President who would ask whether or not he would do the same for a Muslim in a similar circumstance.

All of those negatives are mitigated by three important positives.

  1. It goes against the bigotry narrative. Don’t get me wrong. Mainstream media and leftists will still try to paint the act of offering asylum to a persecuted Pakistani family as racist because she’s Christian. Thankfully, most Americans are smart enough to see through that false narrative.
  2. Pakistan won’t mind. If anything, their preference would be for America, which is already evil in the eyes of most hardline Islamic Pakistanis, to accept a burden that will only perpetuate a narrative that already exists.
  3. It’s the right thing to do. Any time the President of the United States can do the right thing, he should. Lately, there just haven’t been many opportunities to do so.

Every day that passes brings Asia Bibi and her family closer to the dangers that are closing in on them in Pakistan. They need to be taken in as soon as possible. Italy, Germany, and even Canada have offered to step up. The United States needs to do the same.

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