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Jon McNaughton #fundie jonmcnaughton.com

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I envisioned Jesus speaking to this joint session where all the leaders of our country are gathered. He looks at them from the pulpit; He pauses, and then begins to address the assembly.

He reminds them of the covenant which was made with the Founders of our Nation that He would protect and bless us if we would remember Him; and then Jesus opens the Holy Bible to Psalms 33: 12, and reads the verse:

“Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD.”

At this moment the Chamber erupts into shouts of anger and disgust, as the body of the joint session turns into a hostile mob - reminiscent of the mob that shouted out to Pilate, “Crucify him!”

Jesus, with a countenance of gentle peace, although saddened by the rejection of his offer, looks across the assembly at the angry mob. He turns and begins to exit the pulpit. The large American flag rips from top to bottom, like the veil of the temple ripped as He hung on the cross and said, “It is finished!”

A woman, unable to bear His glance holds her face in shame. Words of mockery, angry shouts and venomous threats fill the hall.

Above the torn flag, engraved in the marble stone of the Congressional Chamber of Congress are the words, “In God We Trust.” Oh, the irony! A shaft of light from the Courts of Heaven shines upon the word “God” as a reminder of whom they have rejected. O, America – why have you abandoned the rock from whence you were hewn!

As Jesus exits this unholy chamber he turns to gaze at you, the viewer of this painting, and asks the question, “What will YOU do now?”

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How are Christians the most persecuted?

According to the World Evangelical Alliance, over 200 million Christians in at least 60 countries are denied fundamental human rights solely because of their faith. David B. Barrett, Todd M. Johnson, and Peter F. Crossing in their 2009 report in the International Bulletin of Missionary Research (Vol. 33, No. 1: 32) estimate that approximately 176,000 Christians will have been martyred from mid-2008 to mid-2009. This, according to the authors, compares to 160,000 martyrs in mid-2000 and 34,400 at the beginning of the 20th century. If current trends continue, it is estimated that by 2025, an average of 210,000 Christians will be martyred annually. In the last two thousand years of Christian history, about 70 million faithful have given their lives for their faith.

How does this apply to me as an American Christian?

Even here in the United States many of us have sat quietly while our religious freedoms have slowly been taken away from us...We are not allowed to speak in the halls of academic science because Darwinism and Atheism are treated as the official religion. In the public schools we cannot teach or pray or sing about God because our children's minds belong to the state. If we celebrate our holidays in public places we are shut down because our judges have chosen to redefine the Constitution. We cannot speak openly in the media because of political correctness. The sanctity of marriage between a man and a woman is being challenged and we are under attack for defending it. We believe that America is "One Nation Under God" and we are hated for it. As Christians in America, we must stand up for the principles set forth in the First Amendment of our Constitution!