My first opportunity to vote for President came in 1980, when America elected Ronald Reagan. As a young college student, these were exciting times as America was feeling good about itself again getting our people back to work, seeing the freedom of those that had been held hostage in Iran and citizens were seeing the possibilities of regaining some of the moral values that had been squandered in the hippy, free love (sex) movement. A Pastor in Virginia, named Jerry Falwell had, just a few years before, began a movement that would literally shake the liberals in their tracks. That movement eventually became known as the Moral Majority. The organization was made up of many staunch conservatives and evangelicals, some names of which included Dr. D. James Kennedy, Jesse Helms, Tim LaHaye, Trent Lott, Pat Robertson, Charles Stanley and other notable names. The purpose of the Moral Majority was to rally conservative Americans to be involved politically and to vote for candidates and issues that would bring America back to its core values.
The Moral Majority was later disbanded by Jerry Falwell in the late 1980’s, however it saw a resurgence by being reinstated by Dr. Falwell under the name of Moral Majority Coalition in 2004, which was short lived due to his death in 2007.
Now, here we are in December of 2015, Jerry Falwell Jr., son of the Moral Majority leader and now President of Liberty University, makes a brief speech on his own campus last week that has refueled a fire within conservatives and brought hate speech and traitor accusations of aiding and abetting the enemy from liberals such as Hillary Clinton. Her accusations are like the proverbial pot calling the kettle black.
The quote that has brought so much controversy by Falwell was simply this, “If more good people had concealed carry permits, then we could end those Muslims before they walked in.”
First, was Falwell talking about all Muslims everywhere? Absolutely not! In the full context of his speech, a person would understand he was addressing the killings that took place in San Bernardino by a Muslim terrorist couple. Yes, they were Muslim. They were not Buddhist, Hindu, Shinto or some other type of religion terrorist. They were Muslim.
Secondly, is it wrong to encourage students of the largest Christian University in the world, which would be a very appealing target to Muslim terrorists to acquire concealed carry permits, so that they can protect their campus should an attack ever be attempted? Again, we have to say an emphatic, No! To the contrary, Jerry Falwell Jr.’s comments resonate so well, because people, not just in America but globally, are afraid for their lives. We have seen what happened in Paris, we have seen was is happening to Christians in majority Muslim countries and we have seen what happened in San Bernardino and all our President can do is call for more gun control?
Jerry Falwell’s comments make me think of Nehemiah in the Bible. Nehemiah had gone back to Jerusalem to rebuild the temple, but not without opposition. Sanballat, Tobiah, the Ammonites, the Ashdodites and the Arabians were there to stop Nehemiah in his tracks though he was working under the written orders of the King Artaxerxes of Persia. Sanballat sought to kill Nehemiah and to destroy all efforts to rebuild Jerusalem and the temple, but Nehemiah had a plan. We find part of that plan in Nehemiah 4:17, “They which builded on the wall, and they that bare burdens, with those that laded, everyone with one of his hands wrought in the work, and with the other hand held a weapon.”
Nehemiah’s solution was not a concealed weapon permit, but open carry and you know what? It worked. Tobiah and all of his consorts had to think twice about attacking Nehemiah and the Israelites. The result was Jerusalem and the temple were rebuilt.
Jerry Falwell Jr. has made his dad proud, because he has taken leadership much like Nehemiah did. By his comments, he made a statement to those that would seek to disrupt our American way of life. We’re not backing down and to those that would attempt to disrupt it, we are prepared.