When the Church Fell Silent

“I am the Lord, and there is no other; apart from me, there is no God” (Isaiah 45:5).
US General William Boykin said this of his experience fighting Moslem soldiers in Somalia: “I knew that my God was bigger than his God. I knew that my God was a real God and his was an idol.”
He has since been pilloried in the press, condemned by candidates for president, singed by syndicated columnists. How could this man be allowed to lead young people into battle? How can he be a leader in America’s military?
Please know that he didn’t make this declaration to the Washington media, nor did he say it to Middle Eastern political leaders. He didn’t express these ideas to his soldiers, or to a Moslem crowd in a Bagdad marketplace.
He said it in church.
Remember the gays in the military controversy several years ago? It seems that when it comes to Christians in the military, it is also a case of “don’t ask, don’t tell.”
We can no longer pray at high school football games; the words “in God we trust” may soon be censured from our Pledge of Allegiance; Christian morals have been excised from courts, schools, and government. And now a man is censured for speaking in worship, in the sanctity of his church.
It makes you wonder where it will all end. Clearly a nation once known as Christian is no longer; antagonism towards godly ways grows daily, and it may be later than we think. What if we cannot change this through congress, by petition, or in the ballot box?
Then we will have to change it by retaining our integrity. Be clear as to what the Bible teaches, and stand up for it. Support the right of Gospel proclaimers to speak God’s word. Live the Christian life.
General Boykin felt he was fighting another god in the dusty streets of Mogadishu; it seems that we are fighting other gods right here, in America too! Are we aware of this?

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Stan Mitchell

Stan has preached since 1976, in Zimbabwe, California, Texas and Tennessee. He serves as preacher for the Red Walnut Church of Christ in Bath Springs, TN. He is currently Professor of Bible at Freed-Hardeman University. He is married to the former Marjorie McCarthy, and has one daughter, Tracy Watts. He is the author of four books: The Wise Get Wiser, the Foolish More Foolish: The Book of Proverbs, Give the Winds a Mighty Voice: Our Worship in Song, and Equipping the Saints for Ministry. He has recently published another book, "Will Our Faith Have Children: Developing Leadership in the Church for the Next Generation.

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  1. If ever I troops needed protection from the evil in foreign country as Iraq–they need it now–now only God’s protection but prayers from every christian that claims to know God as their Savior—-amen

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