By Mark Lozier
Good day. I’d like to introduce myself. My name is Mark Lozier. I live in Greenfield with my wife, Kimberly. I’m a lifelong Hoosier with Christian and conservative values, but some would say I’m a bipartisan Republican.
I’m going to start by asking the question, do you know why we became America? To help out the folks who didn’t know the answer, we left England to escape religious persecution. In 1639 the Pilgrims hoped they could start a new colony and be safe to worship as they wanted. America was founded on religious freedoms, not Christianity.
The Constitution of the United States says, “Congress shall make no laws respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.”
Fast-forward to Nov. 7, 2016, when the American people elected candidate Donald J. Trump as our 45th president. President Trump won the election because he received numerous votes from white evangelical Christians.
Why is this important? This is what Hancock County is made up of. We have approximately 54,000 adults over the age of 18 living in Hancock County. According to ShareFaith data, we have approximately 25,619 adult Christians who live in Hancock County, meaning approximately 50 percent of Hancock County’s adults are of a faith-based denomination.
So where is all of this going? #blesstheworld.
Majority rule? It seems like minorities rule the states, counties, cities and towns. Majority does not win. We bow to the pressures of the few to be politically correct. I thought we would make a stand as Christian conservatives when we elected President Trump. So here we are in Hancock County with 50 percent of our population holding Christian values, but we are fearing the minority.
To my knowledge, no one complained about #blesstheworld. When will we, the majority, make our stand? The minority opinions made their stand and didn’t have anything to do with it.
The school board talked about the word “bless” being “used in a Christian church service.” Yes, the word “bless” is used in the Christian world, so it’s not offensive. Or is it the hashtag that is offensive (which, incidentally, back in my day, was the pound sign used on the telephone)?
Irving Berlin wrote “God bless America” in 1918 when serving in the U.S. Army. In 1938, with the rise of Hitler, it was rewritten. In 1940 “God Bless America” was the official campaign song for President Franklin D Roosevelt. On July 21, 2011, “God Bless America” was used as the final wake-up call for space shuttle Atlantis. So far the American people have not been offended by “God Bless America.”
I now ask, will the Greenfield-Central School Board hereby officially remove the song “God Bless America” from all performances from here on out? It has already “unofficially” stopped playing it. We as a majority must take a stand, and now is the time to take this stand.
So, as Christian conservatives, we should tell our friends and neighbors who planned on giving money for the football field that they might want to think seriously about it and use this opportunity to take a stand.
Take this stand; show what America is all about. Our forefathers sacrificed a lot leaving their homes, so they could establish religious freedom. We need to show them Majority Rules.
God bless America.
Mark Lozier is a Greenfield resident; he can be reached at marklozierrpa.com.