On this date 236 years ago, 56 courageous men, most of who were devout Christians, placed their lives, their family’s lives and all of their worldly possessions on the line when they signed the Declaration of Independence.
Their goal was to rid themselves of the oppressive tyranny of England and King George III. These brave founding fathers sought freedom from British taxation and freedom to worship as they pleased, not how the monarchy dictated.
The American Revolutionary War had started a year earlier on April 19, 1775 and finally ended nearly 8 ½ years later on September 3, 1783. Between the war and diseases such as smallpox that swept the colonies from 1775 to 1782, it is estimated that over 155,000 colonists died (130,000 alone due to smallpox).
Finally, the United States of America was a free and independent nation and the first President, General George Washington, hurriedly gathered the political leaders and went to a nearby church to thank God for His providence in helping them through the time of turmoil. Washington also asked God to continue to watch over America as the nation began its journey through history.
Now, 236 years later, America has turned from God and it is obvious that His blessing has been withdrawn from our land. Our national leaders no longer look to God’s Word for guidance and direction. In fact, they have passed law after law banning any mention of God from public places. In His stead, the government has turned to a sinful way of life that mocks God and Jesus Christ.
In what I believe to be the final acts of defiance to God, President Barack Obama and his administration has struck down traditional marriage of one man and one woman and have replaced it with all kinds of perverse relationships. And trust me, this has not gone unnoticed by God.
The Apostle Paul warned us about this nearly 2,000 years ago when he wrote to the Romans saying:
For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth. For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them. For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse. For although they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened. Claiming to be wise, they became fools, and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images resembling mortal man and birds and animals and creeping things.
Therefore God gave them up in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, to the dishonoring of their bodies among themselves, because they exchanged the truth about God for a lie and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever! Amen.
For this reason God gave them up to dishonorable passions. For their women exchanged natural relations for those that are contrary to nature; and the men likewise gave up natural relations with women and were consumed with passion for one another, men committing shameless acts with men and receiving in themselves the due penalty for their error.
And since they did not see fit to acknowledge God, God gave them up to a debased mind to do what ought not to be done. They were filled with all manner of unrighteousness, evil, covetousness, malice. They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, maliciousness. They are gossips, slanderers, haters of God, insolent, haughty, boastful, inventors of evil, disobedient to parents, foolish, faithless, heartless, ruthless. Though they know God’s decree that those who practice such things deserve to die, they not only do them but give approval to those who practice them. Romans 1:18-31.
The words of Paul seem to be written about America today. Not only do our people do these sinful and abominable things, but they are now approving of them. And I fear that America will suffer the similar wrath of God that He rained down on Sodom and Gomorrah. Mighty Rome also embraced a decadent and debauched lifestyle and it too was brought down by the wrath of God. It seems that once a nation embraces homosexuality as a norm, the end of their greatness is not far off.
As you watch the parades, fireworks and enjoy the festivities, please reflect on how far our nation has drifted from its foundations and from the God who blessed it 236 years ago. Reflect on the thousands of lives that have been shed to protect us from harm during that time and ask yourselves if it was all in vain.
If Christians don’t start praying for America, our leaders and then take action to elect Christian leaders to replace the pagan worshippers we have now, America just may be celebrating its last Independence Day.
When Idaho legislator Curtis Bowers wrote a Letter to the Editor about the drastic changes in America’s culture, it became the feature story on the evening news, people protested at the capitol, and for weeks the local newspapers were filled with responses. He realized then that he’d hit on something.
Ask almost anyone and you will hear, “Communism is dead! The Berlin wall came down.” But although the word communism has fallen out of favor, Marxism continues to have a powerful influence upon our nation, as this new film quickly reveals. Join Bowers for a fascinating look at the people and groups that have successfully targeted America’s morality and freedom in their effort to grind America down.
It’s not just another conspiracy theory. It’s a well-documented agenda.
The 93-minute documentary exposes the plan of communists to destroy the moral underpinnings of Western civilization, and shows how successful they’ve been as Americans have failed to pay much attention over the past several decades.
In fact, according to the film, social changes in the past 50 years have followed a communist checklist for encouraging moral rot and undermining free enterprise in the West: homosexual “rights,” extremist environmentalism, government growth, promotion of obscenity and immorality, the increase in availability of abortion, feminism and the Marxist domination of our public school system.
Agenda unflinchingly shows the connections between communist/socialist organizations and prominent politicians present and past. And by the end, it offers a solution and a mission.
Curtis had his own educational curve in learning about the continuing effort to undermine our nation.
He started in 1992 by attending a meeting of the Committees of Correspondence, a communist organization that was in the process of splitting from the Communist Party USA, in order to find out what was being discussed there.
He thought the plans for changing culture that he heard that day were “crazy,” especially the idea of using the environmental movement to “take down the entire free enterprise system in America,” and that their efforts would never come to pass.
Utilizing his degrees from Colorado Christian University and the University of Colorado, he spent the next several years in business, running three fondue restaurants until he was appointed to fill a state representative’s unexpired term in Idaho in 2007. Toward the end of that term in January 2008, he was writing a letter to the editorial page of the Idaho Press Tribune about the impact of communism and socialism on the United States when the memory of that meeting and its emphasis on using the environmental movement came back to him.
“They had a three-part agenda,” he wrote. “They would use their manpower, influence and funds to back anything that would destroy our families, businesses and culture.”
As he “dug into” the topic, he realized that using a variety of avenues to harm the Western culture was something they had been pursuing as early as the 1930’s. “They’ve been trying to take over our schools, our media, Hollywood and all the institutions of influence. They want to try to influence us to become people who love big government and who want government involved in our lives.”
“I just learned how the plan of the Left, the progressive, socialists, communists – whatever, they all work hand in hand – just how comprehensive their plan had been since the 1930’s to break down our morality, to make us just rot on the inside as a culture, a country,” Curtis says.
Agenda was made as a tool….a great starting place to get people motivated for action.
“Agenda is the most powerful expose of the communist, socialist, progressive attempt to take over America produced so far.” Ted Baehr, Movieguide
“Best of Festival” at the 2010 San Antonio Independent Christian Film Festival
Behind the Film:
Although Curtis produced, directed and wrote the film, Agenda was a family effort. Curtis’ wife and several of their 8 children pitched in as crew members. The Bowers also had to rely on God for financial provision. For 22 months, the family worked on the film full time. They used their life savings for the cost of producing the film, but to live on as well.
Editing the film was a much more involved process than the Bowers had realized it would be. Also a painful process, Curtis says. “I had so much great material, but I had to get it to 90 minutes, and it was tough cutting it down. I had 4 1/2 hours of great material from interviews.” When the Bowers finished Agenda and ordered the first set of copies, the family had about three weeks’ worth of savings left to pay the bills. They were able to meet the deadline to enter Agenda into the 2010 San Antonio Independent Christian Film Festival – and took home the Jubilee (Best of Festival) Award!
DVD video; 93 minutes