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Are We Christian America?

By Doug Harrell

Mitchell CountyDoug Harrell Mitchell County


As I write this Life Lessons my mind is going back over some of my life experiences over the past seventy-nine years.  I am thankful for a childhood that was filled with good memories, fun times, and also a work ethic that was instilled at an early age.  I am thankful for being brought up in a church setting that taught me the values of strong faith in God with Christian values that have stood me in good stead over the many years of my life.  I dream about days when the vast majority of people I knew or heard of were in church on Sunday, that believed in the teachings of the Bible and that there was not even a question about the sex of a child, marriage was not even thought of unless it was a man and a woman, that there were grades A through F in school and that you received what you worked for.

I have just been reading about the latest vote purchases that are taking place in our country. Folks that borrowed money to go to school are having the debt wiped away. What about all those through the years that have worked hard and repaid a debt owed?  How does this action affect them?  Where has the pride of being independent and taking care of yourself and your family gone?  Granted, we need some social programs to help those that are in real need, but have we crossed the threshold of socialism to the degree that we are doomed as a result of the movement?

Have we reached a point where having pride in America and pride in being an American is taboo?  Are we just sitting on our butts and waiting for China or some other country to come to take us over? Is there no longer pride in doing a good day’s work and getting paid, and having the resources to pay our bills and pay them on time?

I know this has been a series of questions rather than really writing about life experiences, but we are truly at a crossroads in our country that is going to determine if that great country is going to remain one nation under God’s guidance and direction, that has enabled this to be the greatest nation that ever existed.  If we want to remain a free people that have the ability to provide for and protect ourselves we sure need to get out and vote in mass this fall.  If we fail to do this and fail to make substantial changes in our government we are doomed to cease to exist as you and I have known over the years.

I guess the moral of the story for this life lesson is that if it is to be, it is up to me, and that is you and me.  We can sit on our Christian haunches and do nothing and we are doomed, or we can wake up, put on the armor of God, take up the sword of faith and prepare for victory in Jesus by being soldiers of the cross.  It is time to not expect someone else to do it. We must prepare to build with one hand and have our sword in the other hand. The enemies will not be silent nor will they cease to push their agenda down our throats if we allow it.  As Paul Revere is said to have called out years ago, the British are coming, the British are coming, it is now, evil is coming, evil is already here!  Pray for God’s guidance as we fight to maintain our Christian heritage and values.  To God be the glory!


Doug Harrell is a life-long resident of Mitchell County, Owner of Harrell Hill Farms, a member of Bear Creek Baptist Church, and former publisher of Blue Ridge Christian News. You can find him on Facebook at

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