Opinion -- Being a Christian in today’s society can sometimes make you feel like an outcast. There are so many organizations and individuals who seem to target Christians. Liberals protest on college campuses arguing in favor of abortion, and many Christian business owners have been forced to accommodate homosexuals contrary to their faith.
While many may want to forget, The United States of America was built upon Judeo-Christian values. Our founding fathers wanted to create a nation free from the tyranny of Britain and free from religious persecution. In today’s society it seems like liberals want to provide religious tolerance to every single other religion except for Christianity. There are so many cases of American business owners being forced to bake cakes for a gay couple’s wedding ceremony. While many Christian businesses would love to serve gay couples, it is unfair to demand these business owners to participate in recognizing a “marriage” that is in opposition to their faith. As a result, many times, they are sued until they eventually have to close down their business. This was seen with a couple in Iowa who owned a flower shop. They refused to let a gay couple use their chapel, which resulted in backlash and hate speech from the ever so “tolerant” liberal community.
Under the first amendment of the Constitution, it states that every single individual has the freedom to exercise their religion. While some liberals may argue that exercising religion is a right given from the government, we hold it to be true that the right to worship God is an inalienable right we receive at birth. So, why is it that so many Christians are persecuted and mocked daily here in the United States, when our Constitution clearly states that they have the freedom to exercise their religion?
The reason is clear. Liberal ideology is based off eliminating traditional values for a more progressive view on society. The values and beliefs of Christians do not seem to coincide with liberal beliefs. This can be seen on the matters of issues like abortion and marriage. As a result, of this major ideological difference, it leads those in opposition of traditional values to slander and persecute those who have traditional values. Why is it that a gay couple happens to walk into a church and demand to be married by those who do not approve of their union in the first place? Wouldn’t it make more sense for the couple to seek an organization that is happy to recognize their union? In cases like this, it does not seem to be a matter of “equality” anymore, but rather it is an act of disrespect toward Christians. If a gay couple wants to have a union, that is their personal choice, but when they use the word marriage and distort it to mean something other than what it is, that is a problem. The origin of the word marriage came from Christianity meaning a unity with God. Therefore, forcing a Christian to comply with a gay couple’s idea of marriage is violating a Christian’s constitutional right to freely exercise their religion. Liberals cannot fight for “tolerance” and then completely disregard a Christian’s set of beliefs. It simply does not make sense, and is contradictory to what liberals preach.
So, as young conservatives who value traditional values, how do we keep our faith in God and fight against liberal indoctrination in our high school and soon to be college classes? In the matter of faith, we must be immersed in the Bible and seek God’s wisdom in our life. And in the matter of fighting against liberal indoctrination, we have to take part in an organization that is vocal in preserving and protecting our rights as Christians and Americans. While I am blessed to attend a private, Christian high school, others of you might attend a public high school infested with liberal teachings. You may have been faced with questions and accusations from your peers that you might not have been able to answer. Or maybe you have not been able to share your views as a conservative, because you are afraid of the backlash against you and your reputation. Here’s what you can do about it…
If you have not checked it out yet, take a look at becoming a part of a Young Americans for Freedom Chapter or start one at your school. The Young America’s Foundation was started under William F. Buckley, and has stood the test of time in conservative activism. The foundation is built upon preserving and protecting traditional values which includes: being pro-life, protecting religious liberty, and recognizing marriage as between one man and one woman. Students from around the country take part in activism on their campuses by hosting lectures, initiatives, and attending seminars. The foundation holds conferences every couple months, and you can have an opportunity to go to Washington D.C or visit President Reagan’s personal ranch in Santa Barbara. Even if you are just a tad interested in conservatism or politics, you have to check out a YAF conference. (www.yaf.org) I’ve been a part of YAF since I was in eighth grade, and I can tell you that they have changed my life. I have been able to meet people like, Rafael Cruz (Ted Cruz’s dad), Lt. Col Allen West, Ben Shapiro, and countless other amazing activists. In addition, I’ve met so many other young people who share the same values as me. It is refreshing being in a room with other people your age who are just as passionate and concerned about America as you are.
Trust me, you may think you are the only one at your school who is a conservative, but that’s not true. That was what I thought when I first started getting into activism. When I was a freshman, I tried to start a YAF chapter, but no one showed up to the meetings. I ended up quitting and giving up because I was embarrassed. Fast forward to my junior year, I was able to host a school wide assembly with George Bush’s Chief speechwriter Marc Thiessen through YAF, and I got 77 people to sign up for my club. If you seek to set up a YAF chapter, other students who were too afraid to share their beliefs will join you!
Our country is in need of individuals who have the passion and motivation to uphold and fight for our freedoms and liberties outlined in the Constitution. Liberals don’t appreciate those who have died fighting for us, or the values that this country was built on. It is up to us, as the younger generation to continue the fight that previous generations have fought. Christians are persecuted daily in America and unborn babies are murdered out of convenience, while liberals march around preaching love and peace. If you have a desire to answer the call to fight the demoralizing, disgusting, un-American values liberals preach, I stand by you along with countless other high schoolers and college students across the nation. We cannot stand by and watch our entitled generation, rip apart and trample on the freedoms that were earned through bloodshed, sweat and tears.
Ask and pray for guidance as you take upon the burden that God has placed on your heart. Fight for God, for your family, and for freedom, as these are the sole things that liberals cannot take away from us. If you face obstacles during your fight for conservatism, do not ever give up, but remember the faces of those who died in Normandy, remember the faces of the family who mourns the loss of their son who died in Afghanistan. Remember the Christians in Israel who are constantly under attack by Muslims. Remember our founding fathers who sacrificed their lives in pursuit of a bigger cause. And remember why you chose to fight in the beginning. The colors, red, white, and blue never run, because of those who have chosen to take upon the heavy load that many others have disregarded. Will you be one of them, or will you choose to give up? The choice is yours.
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