As much as some Christians don't like to do this, we have to fight in the political arena, because we have to have a climate of political and religious freedom in order to even evangelize, and to honor the Great Commission. So while some Christians want to sit on their moral high horse and say, 'This is a spiritual battle, we should not dirty our hands in the world of politics,' I say it's a good thing the framers of our Constitution did not subscribe to that passive worldview. They believed that they had a duty to implement protections and safeguards in our Constitution against encroachments against religious liberty.

But I also think Christians have to demonstrate a Christ-like example and be salt and light, and we have to try to evangelize through our conduct, and how we live our own lives. It's one person, one soul, one convert at a time, and it is not going to be an easy fix.

And it may not even happen. While I am not an alarmist, and I don't think the sky is falling yet, I am also not confident that we can turn it around. I'm optimistic, but I realize that it is an uphill battle because our culture is so violently opposed to Judeo-Christian values that it's going to be tough to turn it around.

I do see an increased polarization in our nation. Some people say, 'Well, I see a revival going on. I see a return to a faith-based society.' Well, I see that, too, but I also see on the other end of the spectrum an increasing extremism against Christianity. So that's why I say I think we're becoming increasingly polarized.

How can we expect to reinvigorate the culture when major Christian denominations, like the Episcopal Church and the United Methodist Church, are in chaos?

One of the primary places that is under assault in this country is the church, and of course, what better place to undermine Christianity than at its heart. That's been going on, and we've seen a corruption in our theology, a slipping away from the truth, from Scripture, and a corruption of our church hierarchies.

If we don't clean up our churches, we don't have much of a chance to clean up the culture proper. Any long-range solution has to begin with taking back the churches for the truth and the Bible.

This story appeared in the June 2004 issue of AFA Journal, a monthly publication of the American Family Association.

David Limbaugh is a lawyer, nationally syndicated columnist with Creator's Syndicate, political columnist, and author of the New York Times bestseller, "Absolute Power." The brother of radio talk-show host Rush Limbaugh, David's columns can be found on his website (

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