This past Saturday at Miller Park in downtown Lynchburg, several Christian organizations hosted a Rally for Righteousness. There was a nice-sized crowd of enthusiastic people of all races in attendance. One of the speakers was the newly elected Chairwoman of the Lynchburg Republican City Committee, Veronica Bratton. I decided to share (with permission) portions of her impressive speech with you. She said in part:
Like many, in the last two years my eyes have been opened. As I watched the media and politicians divide our country further than I can ever recall over issues of masking, quarantine, vaccines, race, and gender I was outraged by the narrative being pushed by one side [while] the other [side was] forced to be silent or be accused of being a racist, murderer, hater.
I know if you want to change something you have to do more than complain about it, you have to DO SOMETHING. BE a PART of the SOLUTION. I also know in order to affect change on a national level, we have to start at home in our communities, our cities, our state. I decided to get involved….
Righteousness is defined by Merriam-Webster as acting in accord with divine or moral law; free from guilt or sin. In a letter to Patrick Henry after the surrender of Cornwallis at Yorktown in October 1781 George Mason wrote “I congratulate you most sincerely on the accomplishment…. the establishment of American Independence and the liberty of our country. We now rank among the nations of the world, but whether our independence shall prove to be a blessing or a curse must depend upon our own wisdom or folly, virtue or wickedness. Judging of the future from the past, the prospect is not promising. Justice and virtue are the vital principles of a Republican Government, but among us a depravity of manners and morals prevails to the destruction of all confidence between man and man.”
Our founders knew the challenge generations to come would have to maintain the Independence and Liberty they had secured for us because of the depravity of man. They knew righteousness is what would be needed. They tried to set in place for us a framework that would protect us from destruction due to man’s lack of righteousness. They provided a framework in the Constitution and Bill of Rights to protect certain freedoms from an overreaching government. Our Declaration of Independence states that all men and women are created equal. All have the opportunity to pursue life, liberty, and happiness. The opportunity is one of the gifts of liberty, it says I believe in you and your ability to achieve something…. We do not need people to tell us we are free. God tells us we are free.
…We need to bring righteousness back to our government. We need to work together to elect righteous men and women who will uphold the constitution and legislate through a lens of the Judeo-Christian values our nation was founded on. Who we elect is important. It is important that once they are elected, they like Bob Good, remember their constituents are their boss, not the special interest groups. We need to elect people who are there because they want to make a difference and not because they want power. We need people who won’t be enticed by the swamp but will rise above it.
For too long, Christians have sat it out. We have allowed ourselves to be silenced in fear of being disliked or being perceived wrongly if we stood up for what we know is right…. I believe [Jesus] called out evil when he saw evil…. He didn’t look away because he didn’t want to upset anyone. To love your neighbor is to not let them believe the lies of the enemy, the lies of the narrative, the lies that we hate women because we don’t believe babies should be murdered. No, actually, we love women. We know the pain of remorse, the years of therapy many will go through from the guilt and regret of an abortion. We love the future women and men who are being aborted. We want to save their lives.
…Why are so many willing to stand in the gap for an “offensive gospel” but stay silent on politics when the very Judeo-Christian values our nation was founded on are under attack?
…We have been asleep at the wheel, allowed ourselves to be silenced. Many of our Pastors have refused to take a stand, refused to speak out. Now, we no longer face a political problem, we are facing a spiritual problem.
If we don’t respond with spiritual answers to the spiritual problems Veronica describes, none of our political solutions will have any lasting effect. And that’s the truth.
Steve “Doc” Troxel, Ph.D.