"But as for my enemies who did not want me for their king, bring them here and execute them in my presence." Luke 19:27
Sin is defined as separation from God. Each of us have been given the free will to choose to be with God or to turn from Him. Many of the consequences of sin can be traced to sin. One of the saddest days in U.S. history is the day our very own Supreme Court decided that our children could no longer pray to God in public school. God no longer has a place in our constitution, our public buildings, and in our government. We even eliminated God in a quote from Franklin D. Roosevelt when the phrase, "so help me God" was purged from a Word War II plaque.
Madalyn Murray O’Hair is the woman who filed the law suit to eliminate school prayer. When she convinced the Supreme Court to eliminate prayer from public school, not a single christian group filed a brief in opposition. Because she alleged that astronauts were government employees, she attempted to outlaw prayer in space (see yesterday's post).
O'Hair's attacks against God were relentless. As hard as she worked to keep God out of her family, one of her sons, William J. Murray, discovered Jesus. It is the same son that was the subject of school prayer in the lawsuit. He became a christian on mother's day and his mother disowned him.
One day, Madalyn O'Hair and her entire family, with the exception of the son who was disowned, disappeared. $500,000 was also unaccounted for. There were many suspects, as O'Hair employed unrepentant criminals in her American Atheists organization.
It took 3 and 1/2 years to finally discover the mutilated bodies of Madalyn and her family. The only living descendant is William who is now the chairman for the religious freedom coalition. Here is what he had to say about his mother:
"When I was a young boy of ten or eleven years old she would come home and brag about spending the day in X-rated movie theaters in downtown Baltimore.... My mother’s whole life circulated around such things... It was love of power over people that finally caused not only her death, but the deaths of my brother and my daughter... My mother was an evil person... Not for removing prayer from America's schools... No, she was just evil. She stole huge amounts of money. She misused the trust of people. She cheated children out of their parents' inheritance. She cheated on her taxes and even stole from her own organizations. She once printed up phony stock certificates on her own printing press to try to take over another atheist publishing company....Regardless of how evil and lawless my mother was she did not deserve to die in the manner she did."
Being separated from God causes spiritual blindness. We become like lost children. Even in the most evil families, God is searching for us and calling us. Jesus touched William J. Murray and led him out of the dark cave he was forced to live in by his own mother. Do not let God's absence from our country cause you despair. There is still time to turn to Him and repent and there is still hope for our country. There is still time to elect new leaders who can give us back our freedom to worship whether in a school, a public building, or even on the moon.