For much of its history, America’s public policies were securely built upon Christian principles, the necessary bedrock for the nation’s freedoms to flourish. Recently, that blueprint has changed. Now a culture in decay stares back at the Christian citizen in America, waiting to pounce at any public mention of the “G”-Word.
God is the number one enemy of the state, says Mario Diaz, Esq., a Christian minister and legal counsel for Concerned Women for America (CWA). In his new book, Be Spent: Winning the Fight for Freedom’s Survival, Diaz argues that hope and change depend on a movement of spiritual renewal in America, starting with the Church.
“There is a clear disconnect between what some of us say we believe, the way we live, and the policies we support. We must therefore question whether we really believe what we say we believe,” Diaz wrote.
Be Spent offers a back-to-basics handbook for how to maintain a strong Christian witness as our culture attempts to suppress God and His principles. But as Diaz explained, “Suppressing those principles is suppressing freedom.”
Diaz began the book with the crux of the American Revolution. He paints the scene of a bitterly cold Northeast, perceived suicidal missions, and senseless military endeavors in the Continental Army battle against seemingly insurmountable odds. Despite the impossible, Diaz said God’s Providence shone bright.
“America’s Founders went to battle with a full understanding of the impossibility of their task. They knew they needed more than military might to achieve the freedom and liberty they sought,” Diaz wrote. “The Founders went into battle, largely on faith, believing that if they aligned themselves on God’s side, that Just, Supreme Being would come to their aid. And He did!”
Evidenced by the Founders’ personal letters and public speeches, Diaz recounts remarkable incidents displaying the hand of Providence, which ultimately led to victory and the birth of the United States of America.
Diaz, a constitutional lawyer, makes the case that “religious freedom is born out of religious soil” through careful examination of the U.S. Declaration of Independence and Constitution. Despite their personal faith, the Founders understood the necessity of building the new republic on the bedrock of Biblical principles including life, justice, equality, morality, and liberty.
“There would simply be no America without God’s principles – only those principles bring true freedom and liberty, for they come from He who created us in His image. Neither freedom nor liberty can survive, much less thrive, without God’s principles,” Diaz explained.
For Such a Task as This?
Diaz wrote his book to help Christian citizens understand how God’s Providence and His self-evident truths played the starring role in the birth of our nation. He also sought to equip Christian citizen to articulate the continued necessity of those truths for a broken, unstable society in desperate need of hope.
A breath of fresh air, Diaz avoids doleful handwringing in Be Spent. Instead, he focuses on practical ways Christian citizens can take up the task of influencing society.
For example, Diaz called on Christian citizens to faithfully apply the Ten Commandments to their lives. Christians’ lack of obedience to our own moral laws corrodes our own liberties.
“This exercise is incredibly profitable for our understanding of freedom’s survival,” he said. “[T]hese principles are just as relevant today as they were at the time of our founding. As relevant as they were from the beginning of time and as they shall be to the end.”
In Be Spent Diaz described exactly what sort of opposition Christian citizens will face in our era of moral decline. He explained while passionately defending freedom: “Moral relativism is a hopeless, dark, empty, enslaving, unreal, unworkable, incoherent philosophy that provides no answers, no structure and no help for life whatsoever.”
On top of this discussion, Diaz added humor to his serious subject matter by examining the inconsistencies between opponents to God and His principles. “The modern skeptic is actually willing to consider some alien form in order to explain the evidence pointing to God, yet it will never consider the idea of God. It will consider god-like creatures, but not a god-like god,” Diaz wrote.
Agents of Hope and Change
Throughout Be Spent, Diaz used historical and scriptural accounts to remind Christian citizens to avoid the temptation of coasting along awaiting others to usher in hope. The Christian citizen cannot rely on government or smooth-talking politicians to fix the nation’s problems. The task falls to followers of Christ.
“[W]e engage in civil society and government, not to look for hope, but to bring hope. We have the hope that this hurting world needs,” Diaz explained.
Diaz inspires Christian citizens through Be Spent to get up and speak up as they watch opponents of God attack small business owners, charitable nuns, and public service officials for their faith. He challenged Christians to go out and spend themselves as public witnesses for the sake of their fellow Believers, their American freedoms, and above all, for the glory of the Almighty. “Let us be agents of change for the glory of God and the good of the people,” Diaz wrote.
Be Spent serves as a powerful reminder of how God’s guidance and hope has and will spread when His followers are willing to “be spent” as a witness for His glory. It also offers a powerful warning about what will happen if we bend to the mounting pressures of secular culture.
Right now in America, Christians cannot afford to bend. We must be spent.
For more information on Mario Diaz, Esq., his writings and Be Spent, please visit www.BeSpent.com.Google+