Meet Michael Smith. He and his wife Heidi, a teacher, along with their two daughters, Victoria and Caroline, began their day just like any other.
Victoria would give her daddy a hug and Michael always said goodbye to his lovely daughters. But this particular morning would change their lives forever. One news outlet reported that Caroline remembered that her daddy said to her, “What if this is the last time you ever kiss me or hug me?” No one knew that Officer Michael Smith of the Dallas Police Department along with four other officers would be ambushed that day in what would be the nation’s deadliest day for law enforcement since 9/11.
Since then, more officers have been ambushed in Louisiana.
As the news broke nationwide of the Dallas ambush, one news anchor asked with desperation and disbelief, “How did we get here?”
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The answer to that question is pretty easy. Here is how we got to this point:
▪ Prayer is taken away: Although it would be near impossible to pinpoint an exact date for the country’s departure from God, nevertheless, June 25, 1962, seems to be the culprit. It was on that date that the United States Supreme Court ruled in Engel v. Vitale that prayer in public schools violated the First Amendment. The prayer in question, approved by the New York Board of Regents, read, “Almighty God, we acknowledge our dependence upon Thee, and we beg Thy blessings upon us, our parents, our teachers, and our country.” Dissenting Supreme Court Justice, Potter Stewart remarked, “I think to deny the wish of these school children to join in reciting this prayer is to deny them the opportunity of sharing in the spiritual heritage of our Nation.”
Then the following year, 1963, the Supreme Court decided in Abington Township School District v. Schempp that school-sponsored Bible reading and recitation of the Lord’s Prayer was unconstitutional. What happens when a nation turns away from God and the Judeo principles on which it was founded should not shock us?
▪ Abortion is legalized: One of the saddest days in American history is Jan. 22, 1973. The Supreme Court declared in the, Roe v. Wade decision that a mother had the right to murder her unborn baby in the name of privacy. Since then, 58,586,256 babies have been aborted in the United States. This has had the chilling effect of cheapening life in general. Whether unborn, young, or old, every person has been affected by the culture of death in this country.
Would it shock you to discover that some abortion providers have sold fetal tissue?* Why were the Dallas police ambushed? In part, because life means almost nothing to a culture that allows the abortion of its most helpless citizens.
Pray for revival. The Church has been asleep for too long. While the followers of Christ were busy on the playground laughing and enjoying the fun and games, our culture has been captured by the devil who came “…to steal and kill and destroy” (John 10:10). Recess is over! The people of God must seek the Lord Jesus Christ like never before. It’s time to hit our knees and come clean with God. We must repent. We must ask God’s forgiveness. The Author of Life is the only One who can rescue us from ourselves.
It’s not too late for God to intervene, but we must come to Him and humble ourselves.
*Editor’s note: Federal law allows agencies that handle aborted tissue to charge a fee that covers expenses for transferring the tissue, but the agencies are prohibited from profiting from that transaction. Women who undergo an abortion must give their consent to have the tissue used for research.
Brad Ferguson is pastor of Tega Cay Baptist Church: @bradferguson623