DayBreaks for 12/11/17: Thou Doest Protest too Much
From the DayBreaks archive, December 2007:
This past week I was having a conversation with a wise, elderly woman from our church. We were musing on our culture’s head-long rush to remove God from the public square entirely. There are those who think that God and Christianity should have no place at all in the public arena. They are eager and quick to point to the constitution, jumping up and down and shouting against Christianity, but they misinterpret what the constitution says. The so-called “establishment clause” in the constitution says that the government shall not establish a state religion – it doesn’t say that religion should not be allowed to be practiced publicly or privately. In fact, it is quite clear that the topic of God came into a great many discussions among the founding fathers. How many of them were merely Deists versus Christians may be a topic of debate – but religion played often and well in the public discourse.
At the present time, Michael Newdow (you may remember him – he had an appeal go to the Supreme Court in an effort to have “under God” removed from the pledge of allegiance, only to have his case thrown out on a technicality – he was supposedly suing on behalf of his child, but his child didn’t live with him, therefore the court ruled he had no right to sue on her behalf. The court never ruled on the real topic – the question of whether or not can “under God” remain in the pledge.
Michael Newdow is at it again. He still doesn’t have custody of his daughter (who lives with her mother, and unless I’m mistaken, they are strongly opposed to Newdow’s actions), but he’s now suing on behalf of some other folks. I don’t get all the legal mumbo-jumbo, but he’s once more trying to get “under God” taken out of the pledge.
Michael Newdow is an atheist. The question the elderly sister asked me was simply this: “What do atheists fight so hard to do away with something they don’t even believe exists?” Interesting queston, eh? I mean, if they really believe He doesn’t exist, why should it bother them if I think and believe He does exist?
Then, on the morning that I wrote this DayBreaks, I got an email from a reader who noted that since the atheists don’t believe in any god, they in essence become their own god. She was right, I think. Why does Michael Newdow and others of his ilk try to eliminate all mention of God or Jesus? Because they want to be their own god. They don’t want to have to even consider that they might have to answer to a Higher Authority. It’s almost as if they are sitting there with their eyes clenched as tightly shut as they possibly can squeeze them, with hands over their ears, repeating over and over, “There is no God, there is no God, there is no God,” hoping to convince themselves of that fact. I remember that my kids would do similar things when they were little when they didn’t want to believe something that they couldn’t escape, like knowing they were going to the doctor to get an immunization. All the “No, I’m not going! No, I’m not going! No, no, no!” didn’t make the inevitable go away.
Sadly, no matter how hard he may try, Michael Newdow will never be able to escape from the Truth. He’s in for a big surprise – and a very unpleasant one, at that, if he doesn’t come to faith before he dies. We should pray for his lost soul and the souls of all who are lost in unbelief. We are all there at one time, too.
Psalm 14:1 – The fool says in his heart, “There is no God.” They are corrupt, their deeds are vile; there is no one who does good.
PRAYER: Lord, open the eyes of those who don’t believe in You. Help them to see the Light of the World that can take away their sin and give them eternal life. Help us not to try to be our own gods, for we are doomed to failure and destruction if we pursue that path! In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Copyright by 2017 by Galen C. Dalrymple.