10/1/2010 - October 2010 SLI Newsletter
Dear Friends and Supporters,
In 1934, church and state became one in Nazi Germany. Pastors were required to take an oath: “I swear before God . . . that I . . . will be true and obedient to the Fuehrer of the German people and state, Adolf Hilter.” There are many clichés about learning from history. Apparently, they are just clichés, because we never seem to learn our lessons.
In the early 20th Century, the influence of Biblical morality was everywhere in the western world. Significant percentages of people attended church regularly. Yet, we saw the rise of Nazi Germany, the very birthplace of the Reformation. 1934 was just the beginning of the compromise of Biblical values and the Second World War followed.
Since then, we have seen the loss of respect for and the overall diminution of these values in America, as well as Western Europe. Today, we see the normalization of the taking of human life through abortion, homosexual rights and the treatment of our historic Judeo-Christian values as but nothing more than another set of competing values.
During the first two years of the Obama Administration, we have seen an accelerated assault. Last month, we were glad to see members of the United States Senate stop a bill that would have permitted open homosexuality in the military and tax funded abortions at overseas U.S. military bases. It took only a few Senators in the United States Senate to do that. It was a major victory for what is right. We look to the coming elections on November 2nd for putting Godly men and women into office from the local levels to the U.S. Congress. EDUCATE, SHARE and VOTE.
If we do not change the tide of events in America, we will see our faith and pastors tested as they have been in the past. The normalization of homosexuality, abortion and other corrupt values will ultimately place the church in the crosshairs of the state. Pastors will not be able to proclaim those things as sin. Christians will find their beliefs restricted. It is not too soon to think about those things.
As you can see from this month’s Educational Update, the problem of gambling has not taken a holiday. We expect next year to be as intense as this year has been on the efforts of gambling to expand and monopolize. Victory for gamblers will be a blow to Alabama’s quality of life. Please help us replenish our coffers for the coming battle. As we come toward the end of the year, be thinking about making a generous contribution to Southeast Law Institute.
Please be in prayer for our efforts. Let us know if we can assist you in anyway.
Yours very truly,
A. Eric Johnston
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