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There’s Still Hope for America

I decided on the title for this post after receiving a message from a young man I have grown to love and respect over the short time I have been blessed to get to know him. The young man I am referring to is Seth Barron. He is a 16-year-old from Camden, AR, and he attends high school at Smackover High School. He is the owner/operator of “Seth’s Snow To Go”…a snow cone stand in Camden. I met Seth a couple of years ago while shopping at his snow cone stand. I remember asking him who owned the stand while he was busy serving me up a Blue Coconut snow cone.  He politely told me that he was the owner and just kept on working on my order and making conversation. I was very impressed by his manners and the degree of professionalism he displayed, especially since he was barely a teenager at the time! Well…here we are a few years, and several tasty snow cones later, and Seth is still in business and doing great! He recently came to my barber shop on Cash rd. in Camden and asked me if I would be willing to let him rent a space on my parking lot to put up his snow cone stand. We both agreed that it would be a good idea and now I can just walk outside and get snow cones anytime I get the urge!

 I have been so blessed to be around Seth the past few weeks and I can’t begin to tell everyone how proud I am to know him. He is not only a good businessman but very intelligent too. He recently had to write a paper for school and he chose to write about our nation and what he believes needs to be done in America to help us get back on the right track. Seth sent a rough draft of his paper to me via Facebook and I was very impressed with this young man of God. I asked him for permission to post a portion of his report on this blog and he said that would be fine. I hope you enjoy reading what this young man has so boldly declared. I would also like to ask you to help me direct as many people to this blog as possible because I think this message is worth sharing with others! If more young people, and adults, would let this message sink into their hearts…America could still have hope. Thank you Seth for being such an American patriot and for taking a bold stance for Christ. I know that it can be extremely hard to do what you do in the world that you teenagers live in but God will reward you for your faithfulness! 

“Separation of Church and State”

By: Seth Barron

I believe America is on a road to destruction and we need to get back to the Christian roots of our founding fathers. Separation of church and state is usually a misinterpreted statement that has been taken way out of context. That statement was not meant to keep religion out of government and government institutions, it was meant to keep the government from running the church. Many people have heard the famous statement “Separation of church and state,” but few have heard and understood the full statement.

January 1, 1802 Thomas Jefferson, President of the United States, said “The First Amendment has erected a wall of separation between church and state, but that wall is a one directional wall; it keeps the government from running the church, but it makes sure that Christian principles will always stay in government.” U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice, John Jay, said “Providence has given to our people the choice of their rulers and it is the duty as well as the privilege and interest of a Christian nation to select and prefer Christians for their rulers.” This shows that Christianity was intended to always be in government, according to our founders.
The definition of unconstitutional is, “Not in accord with the principles set forth in the constitution of a nation or state.” So what does it mean when the Court declares something to be unconstitutional? It means that the Founding Fathers would have opposed it and would not have wanted it.

 James Madison, the chief architect of the Constitution said “We have staked the whole future of American civilization not on the power of government, far from it. We have staked the future of all of our political institutions upon the capacity of each and all of us to govern ourselves according to the Ten Commandments of God.” So how can anybody say that religion in the government, school, or anywhere else is unconstitutional?

I have noticed that if something is said often enough for long enough, it will be believed to be true. Some people have said that religion in government and government institutions is unconstitutional so many times that many people have started to believe them. This it totally backwards!

 Patrick Henry said ” It cannot be emphasized too strongly or too often that this great nation was founded, not by religionists, but by Christians, not on religions, but on the gospel of Jesus Christ!”
French writer Alexis de Tocqueville, who was a profound atheist, said after he visited America in 1831 “I sought for the greatness of the United States in her commodious harbors, her ample rivers, her fertile fields, and boundless forests–and it was not there. I sought for it in her rich mines, her vast world commerce, her public school system, and in her institutions of higher learning–and it was not there. I looked for it in her democratic Congress and her matchless Constitution–and it was not there. Not until I went into the churches of America and heard her pulpits flame with righteousness did I understand the secret of her genius and power. America is great because America is good, and if America ever ceases to be good, America will cease to be great!” He also says “There is no country in the whole world in which the Christian religion retains a greater influence over the souls of men than in America, and there can be no greater proof of its utility, and of its conformity to human nature, than that its influence is most powerfully felt over the most enlightened and free nation of the earth.”

The Bible says that a nation that turns away from God will lose His blessings and reap the consequences. If even an atheist can see that  America is great due to the people of the nation following Christ and the Bible, why are we turning away? My biggest concern for our nation is the question I often ponder: “If we continue to allow ourselves to separate church and state what will happen to our country?”


3 Responses to “There’s Still Hope for America”

  1. Seth,
    Thank you for having the heart and willingness to write your convictions. They are right on. My family will be supporting your business as much as possible! Keep the faith and stay strong!

  2. Hey Josh… Was thinking and praying for you this morning and remembered I had started reading this blog a few days ago on the iphone. So I thought I better finish reading it! I really enjoyed this blog. Seth seems to be an amazing young man that has a desire to really seek out the Lord Jesus Christ! Praise the Lord! We need more young men to stand on the princples that where set forth in Scriptures! And to Seth, if you read this, (if not Josh, remind him of this verse) always remember 2 Timothy 1:5-14 esp verses 6-9 “This is why I remind you to fan into flames the spiritual gift God gave you when I laid my hands on you. For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline. So never be ashamed to tell others about our Lord. And don’t be ashamed of me, either, even though I’m in prison for him. With the strength God gives you, be ready to suffer with me for the sake of the Good News. For God saved us and called us to live a holy life. He did this, not because we deserved it, but because that was his plan from before the beginning of time—to show us his grace through Christ Jesus.” May the Lord Jesus Christ bless the both of you and remember to stay “In His Grip”!

    In His Grip,

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