Is America a Christian Nation?


About three-quarters of Americans identify with a Christian faith.

https://news.gallup.com/poll/224642/2017-update-americans-religion.aspx


80% of Americans Believe in God.

https://www.christianitytoday.com/news/2018/april/we-believe-in-god-what-americans-mean-pew-survey.html


Though these numbers have fluctuated over the years, it can still be said that the majority of Americans do indeed identify with Christianity. Naturally, people who call themselves Christians will have varying degrees of actual practice of their beliefs. They don’t all fall in the same denomination, some do not attend church services regularly, etc. But by and large, more Americans claim the Christian faith than all other religions combined. – For now.


So when President Obama declared in a speech that the United States was “no longer a Christian nation,” what did he mean by that? Likely, he was trying to appeal to the growing numbers of Muslims and make them feel more included. Or perhaps it was merely an effort to make any other religious group feel more at home in what has traditionally been known as a Christian nation. Whatever his intent, the numbers do not back up his claim. – Yet.


Despite any changes in the demographics, the fact remains that the United States was founded upon biblical principles. The Christian influence of the majority of our forefathers is clearly seen in the Declaration of Independence, the Bill of Rights and Constitution, as well as the founding documents of the original colonies. The desire to be able to freely worship God was one of the biggest reasons the colonial settlers came to the New World to begin with. It’s largely why they decided to stand up to the tyranny of Great Britain’s King George. And this Christian influence has permeated throughout our country’s history. – So far.


As for the apparent decline in Christian influence more recently, this is greatly due to the opposing carnal nature being allowed to thrive in our society. Sexual perversion is glorified and promoted in film and television. The horrific act of abortion is presented as a woman’s “right to choose” and lauded as “healthcare.” Christianity is portrayed in the entertainment industry as backward thinking, non-scientific, and even racist. It’s no wonder people are developing such a bad idea of those of us they laughingly refer to as “Bible-thumpers.”

But this negative attitude toward the church is not all because of outside misrepresentations. Indeed, some of it is our own fault. Too many “churches” no longer teach about the concept of sin or our need for a Savior. Afraid to offend people by preaching against sin, we are failing to offer an alternative to sinful lifestyles. And we haven’t been willing to speak up and correct those misconceptions about Christianity. If the world keeps seeing us as hypocrites because we don’t live out what we claim to believe, it’s surely our fault.

How often do we take the time to explain that we are not perfect and don’t instantly expect perfection of anyone else? We must be clear that we are not better than anyone, but we do serve a Lord who forgives. Our salvation is not due to anything we do, but instead is a gift afforded to us because of what Jesus did. We are all on equal footing, and Christ came to save the world rather than condemn it. Yet when we appear to condemn others for their sins while struggling with our own, we perpetuate the stereotype of those “holier-than-thou” Christians that no one will ever care to listen to.

So, let’s be real. Is America a Christian nation? Perhaps statistical data still supports that assertion, but are we who claim to be Christians living like it? Because if we do not behave as Christ did, if we do not accurately represent the Christian faith to those around us, and if we aren’t willing to be humble and do the work of God to show His love to all, then we risk losing our country to those who are willing to do who-knows-what to make America something very different from a Christian nation.

Hate Speech vs. Free Speech

“…this concept of hate speech is not at all compatible with free speech.”

I was raised under the axiom, “If you don’t have anything nice to say, then don’t say anything at all.” That being said, I didn’t always live by it. There were usually some consequences that came along with saying rude or unkind things. So, while I would never try to excuse someone for verbally being a jerk, I would still contend that anyone does indeed have the right to do so. In this country, we enjoy many liberties – free speech is certainly one of the most important. That’s why it’s protected in the 1st amendment.

However, in today’s society of touchy feely and emotionally driven attitudes, it has become nearly impossible to have a traditional opinion about anything without being labeled a hater. Disagree with the ideals of politically correct thinking, and you are accused of using hate speech. This is no exaggeration. You believe in traditional marriage between a man and a woman – hate speech. Say there are only two genders – hate speech. Think America should take care of its homeless and veterans instead of giving free stuff to people who enter illegally – yep, hate speech.

It’s a misnomer, actually. Most people accused of using hate speech don’t really hate anyone. They’re just guilty of having an opinion that differs from the so-called accepted societal norm. The term “hate speech” gets thrown around far too much. People are constantly being accused of having an attitude that they do not have, and it’s all based on how their beliefs and opinions make certain other people feel.

This is where the problem lies. Feelings are subjective. They vary from person to person. Just because something offends someone doesn’t mean that something is wrong, much less that it should be illegal.

In the realm of social politeness, it is important to appreciate other people’s feelings and take them into consideration before saying or doing something that might be taken as offensive. But within the scope of the law and general behavior in a truly free environment, feelings do not matter at all. You cannot legislate based on emotion. It is not fair to impose your own sensitivities upon others.

A fundamental principle of liberty is that one person’s rights end where the next person’s rights begin. Think of it like property lines. My land extends outward until it reaches the border with my neighbor. If my freedom begins to infringe upon the freedom of my neighbor, we have a problem. There are lines that we can’t cross.

Nowadays, there are those who seem to equate disagreement with hatred. I can disagree with you without hating you. But these people act like, if you don’t agree with their opinions, you are just an awful and hateful person. Rather than engage in a thoughtful conversation, they instead accuse you of hate speech.

With such a purely subjective idea of “hate,” it becomes painfully clear that this concept of hate speech is not at all compatible with free speech. We either have the right to believe whatever we want, or we don’t. If you are continually accusing others of hate speech because their opinions offend you, then you don’t really believe in free speech. Remember, in this arena, feelings don’t matter. Offense is subjective. Not everyone will agree with you. Accept it and get over it. That’s just part of life.

It must truly be a miserable existence for those who seem to be constantly getting offended by pretty much everything. Plenty of things offend me, but I don’t choose to dwell on it. Sometimes, we just have to accept things and move on. Offenses don’t have to govern our lives. You can actually choose whether or not to let an offense trigger you into a frenzy. Or, at least, I can. I don’t let other people’s opinions bother me. And I’m a much happier person because of that.

If something really offends you to the point that it makes you feel angry and upset, ask yourself why it bothers you so much. If you want to speak out against it, fine. Freedom of speech is a good thing. But if you think it’s okay to trample someone else’s free speech, try to limit or take it away, or accuse them of hate speech… Don’t be surprised when you meet stern opposition.

People should defend their rights. But no one has the right to not be offended. That’s just silly.

The Truth About Abortion

You will find that I am quite passionate about this topic, and I’ve definitely done my homework. In fact, the more actual research I do on abortion, the different types and various stages of development at which it is done, the more appalled I am by it. Much of what I’m going to cover is difficult to talk about, and it can be upsetting to hear, but I believe it is necessary to shine a light into this dark place and expose the ugly truth.

Honestly, if more people would seek real knowledge for themselves, more minds would be changed. Unfortunately, a great many people seem to be intellectually lazy. This is why it is up to us who know the truth to share that truth.

Today, information is readily available and easily accessible to anyone who has an inclination to seek it out. So, if you have any doubts about the information I’m going to share with you here, I invite you to look it up for yourself. It’s all right there on the internet.

One Twitter user who challenged me recently on this topic demanded I give my sources. That would seem to be a reasonable request, accept for one thing: You can literally Google the topic – or use whatever search engine you want – and quickly find all the relevant information you could ever need. I have no need to make note of specific websites or articles or URLs when absolutely anyone can easily find it without that. If you’re too lazy to look it up and verify it for yourself, then you’re likely a person who’s unwilling to believe the truth even when it IS staring you in the face.

However, although I may not list every single source, I will (for the sake of being forthcoming) tell you that some of my research came from the following (among others):

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/abortion/what-happens/

https://www.webmd.com/women/abortion-procedures

Partial Birth Abortion

https://www.worldometers.info/abortions/

Definitions

First things first – let’s define the word, “abortion.” Probably the simplest and most blunt meaning is “to terminate a pregnancy.” As innocuous as that definition may sound, soft terms such as these are often used to hide the brutality of the practice itself. But one can also literally translate this to “ending the development of a fetus.” Let’s not split hairs or mince words, though. That means “to end a human life in its early stages of development.” In other words, killing the unborn child.

They like to use the term “fetus” rather than “baby” or “child” so that they can claim it isn’t an actual human life yet. But this claim is fallacious. The word fetus comes from the Latin foetus, which literally means “child” or “small one.”

And it obviously is a human, rather than a dog or cat or horse or anything else. It’s also alive, otherwise it would not be developing and growing.

Non-viable Clump of Cells

Another popular claim of pro-abortionists is that the developing fetus is just a clump of cells. We were all once a tiny clump of cells, but growing and developing just the same. We were still human lifeforms, despite how small. Indeed, we were a small group of human cells, containing DNA that stored all the biological information that would determine who we would become. And if you look at those earliest phases of human existence, you see how quickly discernable features like eyes, arms, and legs form. Within 6 weeks, there’s even a detectable heartbeat.

Then they say, “Yeah, but it’s not viable yet.” I think maybe these people should look up the definition of the word “viable.” But I know, what they mean is, “It can’t survive outside the womb.” Every time I hear this statement, I want to ask, “AND?!” They seem to think that is some kind of disqualifier. “If it can’t survive outside the mother, then it’s not yet a viable human life.” Really?

Let’s examine that logic for a moment. If we take you outside of the Earth’s protective atmosphere and toss you into space, you can’t survive either. Does that make you any less human? It’s the same argument. The mother’s body is what nourishes and sustains the preborn life. That is the natural design and function of things. Just like the planet’s atmosphere provides you with certain protection, the womb does that for the baby.

Furthermore, the unborn child is an example of human life in its most vulnerable state. This is when we have the most responsibility to care for it. Ah, but ignoring responsibility is what this is really about. Around 99.5% of all abortions are done purely out of convenience. According to ProlifeAction.org, less than 0.5% of abortions are described as “hard cases.” Here’s the breakdown…

I would argue that the rare case of the mother’s life being at risk is the ONLY occasion when a very hard choice must be made. In that instance, I can’t tell you who’s life is “more important.” But this situation is the rare exception, so it can’t be used to justify all the other abortions that happen because people don’t want to accept responsibility for their own voluntary actions.

Oh, but what about rape and incest? First, at 0.03%, incest is even more rare. But I will, at least, stipulate that it is a problem. Rape is even moreso. It’s a horrible crime, and the perpetrators should be punished. But execute the unborn child? It isn’t that baby’s fault. Why compound an already heinous act with yet another one by murdering the child?

Keep in mind that these cases are not why most people get an abortion. The vast majority are those who made a conscious decision – a choice – to engage in consensual and unprotected sex. They chose to do the very thing that resulted in a pregnancy. Throwing caution to the wind, they acted irresponsibly. And that unwillingness to accept the consequences carried over in the decision to abort, end, kill the innocent not-yet-born baby.

Types of Abortions and What Happens

Here’s what the “medical” community says:

Again, you may notice the soft terminology used to downplay the cruel nature of these “minor procedures.”

It’s worth noting that the first “medication” that stops the pregnancy from working actually halts the development of the unborn child. If that isn’t enough to kill it, the next step seals the deal by enabling and inducing miscarriage. And when they say “remove the pregnancy,” that translates as “destroy the baby.” Never forget that we’re talking about the innocent life of a child.

Are you ready for this?

Okay, put simply, this is literally sucking the tiny and very much alive fetus out bit by bit. Witnesses who once worked for Planned Parenthood described seeing the little hands, legs, and even faces of the unborn being sucked through the surgical tube. This is not only disgusting – it’s downright disturbing. But let’s move on to the next method.

Now THIS explanation again uses rather vague and innocuous or harmless sounding words. But it also purposefully omits the gory details of the barbaric D&E procedure. Using forceps to remove the pregnancy translates to this… The forceps are a long, thin, plier-like tool. The surgeon uses this tool to reach in and randomly grab whatever he can get hold of – might be an arm or leg, etc. – and pull it out. Piece by piece, the unborn child’s body parts are torturously ripped away. Finally, the tiny head is grabbed and crushed so that it can be removed. Graphic enough for you?

There are a few other kinds of abortion…

In this method, saline is injected into the uterus. What that does to the mostly developed child is horrific. It burns the baby’s sensitive and still porous skin like an acid eating away at flesh. This means of killing the unwanted child sometimes doesn’t work, but instead causes debilitation, and has resulted in the birth of babies with cerebral palsy.

Thankfully, certain kinds of late-term abortion have been banned for a while now.

This unthinkable procedure involved pulling a fully developed and usually still alive baby from the mother feet first, all but the head. Then surgical scissors were jammed into the back of the neck at the base of the cerebellum. Naturally, the baby would squirm and writhe in pain. Using the instrument to pry open the wound, a tube was inserted to suction out the brain matter. Once the dead body of the child went limp and the soft skull collapsed, it would be fully removed.

Partial-birth abortions may be banned, but every method is a horrible act and an incredible injustice. The travesty of abortion has been accepted in our society for many decades, and it surely breaks the heart of God, as it should break all of our hearts.

Abortions per year, etc.

Do the math, and that’s over 5200 abortions every hour, nearly 87 per minute, or almost 1.5 aborted babies every second. These stats alone make abortion by far the number one killer of human beings, and we excuse it? Worse yet, we encourage it!

I have to admit, when I saw these numbers and did the calculations for the first time, it was quite overwhelming to think about. It was all I could do to not burst into tears at the realization that so many innocent little lives were constantly being snuffed out. Every day, every hour, every minute, every single second! This irrefutable truth should be appalling to everyone.

The Bottom Line

I could talk to you about how the Roe v Wade court case was ultimately based on a lie – Yes, this infamous case was built on the premise that the plaintiff was raped, a claim she later admitted wasn’t true. Though she recanted and even had a complete change of heart later in life, the court ruling had already become the foundation for abortion “rights” in America. All this, due to a lie.

Or I could address such self-serving and asinine arguments as “my body, my choice.” In actuality, that growing child inside you is NOT your body. It is indeed a separate body, which possesses the same right to life that you do.

Then there’s the bogus idea that men’s opinions on the issue don’t matter. Being a man does not disqualify me, but it instead mandates that I ought to be willing to recognize and fight for the rights of the unborn. It’s my duty, in fact. At the same time, being a woman doesn’t give you the right to kill your unborn child just because you may not want it.

And I could remind you how that Margaret Sanger was an awful racist who founded Planned Parenthood as a means to exterminate black people. It’s historical fact. The sad truth is that, even to this day, Planned Parenthood aborts/kills more black babies than any other ethnic group. Look it up.

Still, some others scream, “If you take away access to safe clinical abortions, people will seek out unsafe back-alley abortions where the woman can end up bleeding to death!” First of all, there’s no such thing as a safe abortion. The end result is almost always the death of a child, unless it’s a botched abortion attempt. And this argument is literally saying, “If you don’t let people kill their babies in a clinic, they’ll just do it at home.” Uhm, not as likely as you think. And murder is murder, no matter where it’s done.

While I could debate the various aspects and excuses people offer up to defend abortion, I believe those things are rather irrelevant in light of all the facts I have just laid out. My purpose is to instead defend the unborn, and to give voice to those who cannot speak for themselves. And I am not alone. People of this nation have begun to rise up, and laws are being passed that protect those most precious and innocent lives.

Help spread the truth about abortion!

Let us no longer be the SILENT majority!

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Stace Massengill
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