Awakening to the Hardships of Second Class Citizenship

by Dr. James Willingham

The recent ruling by the Supreme Court of the US, an exercise in political correctness much desired by the folks who run things, is beginning to bear the expected and desired fruit, namely, that of making Christians second class citizens in their own country, the nation our ancestors and predecessors founded.  Yes, this was a Christian nation.  The Supreme Court in 1792 and in 1892 said so.  However, it was not a Christian nation, because the Court’s ruling made it so; the court then was simply recognizing a reality.  What was the basis for calling America a Christian nation?  It was the fact that the Bible was at the root of its laws.  When President Washington kissed the Bible at his first inauguration, he was simply recognizing the truth about the source of the laws for the new nation.  Contrary to the effort to sell us a deistic origin for the USA, King George acknowledged that his colonies had run off with a Presbyterian parson.  That was a bit of an overstatement.  Had he said they ran off with a biblical parson that would have been closer to the truth.  After all, the Congregationalists, Baptists, Reformed, Presbyterians, Episcopalians,  along with the Lutherans and a few others, had a lot to do with the founding of this nation.

We are now confronting the fact that Christianity has been excluded from the public forum, that believers in the Christian Faith have been made second class citizens, that what we believe with reference to same sex marriage has been criminalized.  Later on, along with the same sex issues, we will find that preaching on Hell or Heaven (after all, if the former does not exist, then the latter is a delusive hope) or any other Christian truths will be criminalized.  Already there are those who are calling for the extermination of believers.  While they are few and extremists, just think how the same sex issue was only a few percentage points of the population of this nation and they were the extremists, but with the backing of the mass media and the financial interests, especially noteworthy are the corporations that backed opposition to the religious restoration acts in Indiana and elsewhere.  One paper here in North Carolina carried the headline, IBM Opposes Religious Restoration Act.  As the saying goes, it was DOA.  Someone should have quoted them what George Washington had to say about religious liberty.

Now we shall have to face the hardships that go with second class citizenship.  No pleasant venture, I dare say. Having studied the efforts of Black Americans/African Americans to gain full citizenship and what they suffered in the process as the sought to remind Americans of the ideals stated in our Declaration and Constitution, I can tell you the prospect is darker than we suppose.  First, will come exclusion from the political process followed by liability for lawsuits, loss of property, taxation without representation, cruelty to our children in the school systems, loss of jobs and the inability to get jobs due to the religious disqualification (not stated but understood and made public, if one insists on biblical teachings which condemn the present practices such as sodomy, etc.  Whether this blog gets out into general circulation or not, I would note that the last one I wrote did not even come to me in the mail so that I could forward it to others.  God grant that it shall overcome the difficulties and become viral.


About dr. james willingham

B.S. Ed. Lincoln Univ., Mo., '67; M.A. (American Social and Intellectual History) (GPA 3.7) Morehead State Univ., Ky. '71; work toward a Ph.D. in American and Black History, 6 hrs. Univ. of South Carolina and 12 at Columbia Univ., NY, Spring and Summer of '71 respectively; M.Div. '74; D. Min. '76 Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, NC; M.A. '88 Liberty Univ., Va, (counseling). Honors: Phi Alpha theta - the International Honor Society of Historians; Pi Gamma Mu - The National Honor Society of Social Scientists Graduate Assistant, Morehead State, '69-70; Lecture: The Stanley Elkins Thesis: A Critique. Summer Afternoon Lecture Series Columbia University, Summer '71; Instructor, South Carolina State College, 1970-72 (taught 4-5 sections in American History. taught one course in Philosophy, Spring of '71), Adjunct faculty" Richmond Community College, Rockingham, NC 1985, taught two quarters of Political Science. Thesis for M.A. in American Social & Intellectual History: "The Baptists & Ministerial Qualifications:1750-1850." Prospectus for Doctoral Dissertation at Columbia University, Summer of '71, "The Baptists and Slavery." Instructor Seminary Extension: Greater Gaston Baptist Association, Gastonia, NC, 2002-2004. Taught Systematic Theology, Baptist History, Church History, Preaching, Isaiah, Hebrews Introduction to New Testament Theology. Pastorates: Pilot Knob Baptist Church, Belle, Mo., '62-64; Elston Baptist Church, Elston, Mo., '65-66; Gum Springs Baptist Church, Moncure, NC., '72-83; Heritage Baptist Church, Rockingham, NC, '84-96; Interim, Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church, Casar, NC, 1/2001-3/2001. Chairman, Historical Committee, Sandy Creek Baptist Association, '77=81; Chairman, Historical Committee, Baptist State Convention of North Carolina, '85-86. Annual Sermon, Sandy Creek Association, 1981 Lecture: "The Genius of Orthodoxy: Eldresses." BSCNC. Delivered as Chairman of the Committee Fall of '85. Play: The Mirror of Our Past. Visual History of Jersey Baptist Church
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