They declared their independence from man and their dependence on God.
Now we as God fearing Americans need to be vigilant because the very things the founding fathers declared to be free from is the very thing we are being brought back into.
Not to mention that the voice of Bible Believing Christians has been silent for too long and that is why we are going away from God and His Word faster than we realize.
During WWII there was a man that set in motion the state church of Germany to stand against Hitler and his Nazi party of the Third Reich. That man was Dietrich Bonhoeffer.
Now we understand that Hitler still came into power and caused millions of Jews and Christians to be put to death in one of the most horrific ways possible. And, since WWII, Germany has never completely recovered from the rise and fall of the Third Reich. However, a man of God rallied Christians together to take a stand against one of the most evil tyrannical leaders in history. Why can we not do the same thing?
Bonhoeffer had a original threefold plan to govern the government. I believe if we do the same thing, and do it now, we can curb an American Version of the Third Reich.
Please note this has been taken from BONHOEFER PASTOR, MARTYR, PROPHET, SPY but I have reworded it to make it applicable to modern day America. This is what Mr. Bonhoefer said to do concerning the government:
- We must speak out against the government.
“The first, already mentioned, was for the church to question the state regarding its actions and their legitimacy— to help the state be the state as God has ordained.”
We need to bring awareness to what is going on in our Country, the good and the bad. The media tends only to report a slanted view of the bad, but we need to publish the good things that are done also.
We need to call accountability to those that are in authority for two reasons: (1) They are in authority because we put them there. (2) Authority unchecked will become absolute.
- We must stand with and help those we can.
The second way— and here he took a bold leap— was “to aid the victims of state action.” He said that the church “has an unconditional obligation to the victims of any ordering of society.” And before that sentence was over, he took another leap, far bolder than the first— in fact, some ministers walked out— by declaring that the church “has an unconditional obligation to the victims of any ordering of society, even if they do not belong to the Christian community.” Everyone knew that Bonhoeffer was talking about the Jews, including Jews who were not baptized Christians. Bonhoeffer then quoted Galatians: “Do good to all men.” To say that it is unequivocally the responsibility of the Christian church to help all Jews was dramatic, even revolutionary.”
3. We must act against the government because the government is to be governed by the people.
“At some point the church must directly take action against the state to stop it from perpetrating evil. This, he said, is permitted only when the church sees its very existence threatened by the state, and when the state ceases to be the state as defined by God.”
We must not be silent in the dark day of legalized wickedness and outlawing of righteousness.
Even though I do believe there could be a time to have to physically fight for freedom once again, I by NO MEANS believe that is God’s perfect will for His people to do.
The first step is to let righteousness be heard throughout all the land. Let people know what God demands from a nation.
Some of us may be saying, “Well, other than a few, small, isolated instances the government has not interfered with the church as a whole. Why take a stand?”
And, that may be somewhat true, but let us learn from history and from a man that said “I will only do something when it directly affects me.”
“Many years later, after [Pastor Martin] Niemöller had been imprisoned for eight years in concentration camps as the personal prisoner of Adolf Hitler, he penned these infamous words:
First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out— because I was not a Socialist. Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out— because I was not a Trade Unionist. Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out— because I was not a Jew. And then they came for me— and there was no one left to speak for me.”
We not only have the responsibility to take a stand (the Constitution) but have the authority to take a stand (God’s word). We, as American’s, have a greater responsibility than those in Germany had because our nation was designed for its citizen’s to take control if and when the government gained too much power.
And if American’s in general have a bigger responsibility, then Christian American’s have that much more. Whether our churches are under persecution or not, we should be taking a stand.
Now, it is important to understand what the proper way to stand is. I think it is right to stand up for the Constitutional Rights of the People, however, as Christians we do not stand up for the rights of something that God has condemned (Homosexual marriage). We can and should stand up for things with other likeminded people within the boundaries of Scripture.
We do not need to be unequally yoked with groups that do not hold biblical values, but what we do need to do is stand. We need to be the light and the salt.
What about being a Modern day Bonhoeffer?
One man will not change a nation, but one man can rally a nation around Bible principles. One man can make the difference; one man can make the sacrifices needed to inspire others to stand for RIGHTEOUSNESS. One man can make up the difference and change the course to turn the tide here in America, the land that I love.
Hitler, one of the most wicked men on the face of the planet, changed the entire direction of a country. He changed the world view of people, not just in Germany, but all around the world in regards to the nation of Israel.
Churchhill, through his passion and resolve, rallied his nation to stand against Hitler.
There will always be men like Hitler, who want to stand above everyone else, and what there needs to be is a man standing in front (on point) for everyone else.
Will you be a Bonhoeffer?
 Metaxas, Eric (2011-08-29). Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy (p. 153). Thomas Nelson. Kindle Edition.
 Metaxas, Eric (2011-08-29). Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy (pp. 153-154). Thomas Nelson. Kindle Edition.
 Metaxas, Eric (2011-08-29). Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy (p. 154). Thomas Nelson. Kindle Edition.
 Metaxas, Eric (2011-08-29). Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy (p. 192). Thomas Nelson. Kindle Edition.