By Stacie Ruth Stoelting
and Carrie Beth Stoelting
In the recent hit movie "God's Not Dead", the main characters personified
the battle in America. An atheist tries to snuff out the faith of a Christian. Yet the Christian stands up for his faith and
wins the debate. This movie reveals that the core issue in America is not about the battle between Democrats and Republicans.
It is a multi-faceted battle against faith and, more specifically, against Christianity.
Today, we see
a real-life example of the premise personified in "God's Not Dead". The atheists in America desire all expressions
of faith to vanish from the public landscape. Their intellectual bombs continue to blast away at the core of our country.
This is not about freedom of religion. This is about freedom from religion.
For example, the new National
September 11 Memorial and Museum opens this month and the American Atheists group is trying to stop the 9/11 cross from being
displayed there. There's a new court case regarding the 9/11 cross called American Atheists, Inc., et al. v. Port Authority
of New York et al will.
One time after being guests on FOX News in New York City, we visited Ground Zero.
It was deeply moving to be there to say the least. We remember seeing the 9/11 cross. It belongs there.
9/11 cross represents the war on Christianity and faith in general. This symbol of faith in a time of horror encouraged our
country when little else could. Now, militant atheists desire to rip it away from Americans.
Consider four points about why each American (Christian or not) must stand up for the 9/11 C.R.O.S.S.
The creation of our country included the freedom of religion and not freedom from religion. This country was not created by
atheists. This country broke free from tyranny and was formed on the bedrock of Judeo-Christian values.
The reassurance of freedom from jihadist dominance could not have been clearer than America's embracing of the 9/11 cross,
which just "happened" to rise from the rubble. To allow the cross to be ripped from our hands is to allow another
form of intellectual terrorism (militant atheism) to attack our land.
Each American possesses an obligation to fight for freedom by raising voices and welcoming faith expression instead of secularist
domination. As Edmund Burke aptly said, "The only necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing."
If people do not stand up for Christian rights, every group's rights are threatened.
The cross symbolizes salvation. This is not a threatening message. Rather, it is a positive message of hope and resurrection.
Jesus Christ never killed anyone. He espoused the truth of love. If we cannot accept that historical fact, we risk falling
prey to hatred. John 3:16 expresses the message of the cross. A lot of people verbally lash out at Jesus Christ, yet few people
quote Him directly in a public forum. In the following paragraph, let Jesus Christ's own words speak for themselves: "For
God so greatly loved and dearly prized the world that He [even] gave up His only begotten (unique) Son, so that whoever believes
in (trusts in, clings to, relies on) Him shall not perish (come to destruction, be lost) but have eternal (everlasting) life.
For God did not send the Son into the world in order to judge (to reject, to condemn, to pass sentence on) the world, but
that the world might find salvation and be made safe and sound through Him." (John 3:16-17, Amplified Version)
The solution for our country rests in the hearts of the people. Changed hearts equal changed votes; changed votes equal changed
policies. We the people must not sit back while a select group of secularists attempt to take over our land. We must stand
up for the cross and stand up for freedom. As Christians, we believe in loving God and neighbor without compromise. Part of
loving God and neighbor is to start standing up for truth and speaking the truth with love. When Christian rights are threatened,
all other groups' rights are threatened. (FYI: Our book Unite the USA: Discover the ABCs of Patriotism is a guidebook for Americans to take positive action to help our country.)
As Christian recording artists
and authors, my sister and I recently sang at a special event at which Governor Mike Huckabee spoke. One of his statements
stood out like a beam of light: "Folks, it is not the number of people that stand against God that determines the battle.
It's one person standing with God that will win the battle every single time." He expressed the truth about
winning the battle with firm faith, love, and (of course) non-violence as we rise up to defend Christian rights in America.
"Folks, it is not the number of people that stand against God that determines the battle. It's one person standing with
God that will win the battle every single time." "Folks, it is not the number of people that stand against God that
determines the battle. It's one person standing with God that will win the battle every single time."
this serious question is posed to each American: Will you stand up and cry out about it now or will you be silent and cry
about it later? How you answer will determine our country's very existence. And that, fellow Americans, is not an exaggeration.
One way to stand up is to stand with the 9/11 cross. We are hosting an event online to allow every American
to make a difference and allow our voices to be heard. Join our event by clicking here. Invite your friends. We can unite the USA once again for freedom!