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1.14.2005    |    FDR, Theocrat
Found, at Jay Nordlinger's Impromptus, this little bit of mischief:
For a little piece I've just written — which I'll share with you later — I reviewed some old inaugural addresses. Please have a listen to the final paragraphs of FDR's fourth (and last — this was January 1945):

"The Almighty God has blessed our land in many ways. He has given our people stout hearts and strong arms with which to strike mighty blows for freedom and truth. He has given our country a faith which has become the hope of all peoples in an anguished world.

"So we pray to Him now for the vision to see our way clearly — to see the way that leads to a better life for ourselves and for all our fellow men — to the achievement of His will, to peace on earth."

Who can doubt that, if FDR talked that way today, he would be branded a "theocrat"? A dangerous kook who knows nothing about the "separation of church and state." Who, indeed, hates the Constitution, and this country, really.
Now, FDR is the patron saint of today's liberals and right-thinking (meaning left-leaning) cognoscenti. I haven't asked any of them, but I would bet dollars to donuts that they would explain away President Roosevelt's obvious belief in the Almighty as being, somehow, an artifact of his times.

They may be right in that; 60 years ago we were not afraid to call ourselves a Christian nation. Which did not mean we had an established church. Which did not mean that those of other faiths were not allowed religious freedom. Atheists were unpopular, but tolerated. As they are today, now that we've come to the brink of not considering ourselves a Christian nation.

The difference is that now, in 2005, it is the atheists and their friends in academia, the media, Hollywood, etc., who set the agenda. It is now Christians who must defend their right to do things in the public square that were commonplace in 1945. Things like prayer in public. Things like a liberal president, FDR, invoking God Almighty in his inaugural. And raising not one peep of protest.

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Welcome. My name is John Luke Rich, (very) struggling Christian. The focus here is Christianity in its many varieties, its fussing and feuding, how it impacts our lives and our society, with detours to consider it with other faiths (or lack thereof).

Call this blog my way of evangelizing on the internet.

Putting it differently, we're only here on this earth a short time. It's the rest of eternity that we should be most concerned about. Call it the care and feeding of our souls.

I was born Jewish, and born again in Christ Jesus over thirty years ago. First as a Roman Catholic; now a Calvinist by persuasion and a Baptist by denomination. But I'm hardly a poster boy for doctrinal rigidity.

I believe that Scripture is the rock on which all Christian churches must stand -- or sink if they are not so grounded. I believe that we are saved by faith, but hardly in a vacuum. That faith is a gift from God, through no agency on our part -- although we sometimes turn a deaf ear and choose to ignore God's knocking on the door.

To be Christian is to evangelize. Those who think it not their part to evangelize perhaps haven't truly understood what our Lord told us in Matthew 28. We must preach the Gospel as best we are able. Using words if necessary.

Though my faith waxes and wanes, it never seems to go away. Sometimes I wish it would, to give me some peace of mind. But then, Jesus never said that walking with Him was going to be easy...

Final note: I also blog as Jack Rich on cultural, political and other things over at Wrong Side of the Tracks

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