This recent paper has been favorably received by the public:
But fairly early in our country, pietism infected the American church. With pietism, Christianity stopped being the culture-transforming, kingdom-building religion brought here by the Puritans. Under pietism, Christians threw out their salt and put out their lights. The church withdrew from the culture and retreated into their buildings. Religion became a personal emotional exercise where the focus was on one's "heart" condition and one's "personal relationship with Jesus". And Jesus became a sugary wimp who indiscriminately "loves" everybody ("sweet Jesus, meek and mind") instead of the powerful force who made a whip and chased the money changers out of the temple (John 2:13-17) and who minced no words in condemning those who perverted the Word of God. And when the results of pietism were displayed by a declining culture, the church retreated even further from the world and embraced escape (e.g., pre-tribulation "rapture") or defeat in this world ("Yes, things will just get worse and worse until Jesus returns to rescue us".)
I do believe that unless our pastors renounce pietism, renounce their eschatologies (doctrines of future things) of escape or defeat, and rediscover their Salt and turn on their Lights, we are doomed. Step No. 1: Repudiate your church's 501 (c) (3) tax exempt status! Your church is supposed to be an institution established by Jesus Christ and which is answerable ONLY to God. Your church is not supposed to be a non-profit corporation created and licensed by the State! That is how "Caesar" has silenced you! The Question you are faced with is this: God or "Caesar"? "Caesar" is the one who told you to keep your hands off Caesar. But God tells you that you are to rebuke Caesar when he errs!
I know this is late. I am starting at the beginning. I became outraged in the late 60's when Madeline O"Hare got prayer removed from our schools. I was a first year teacher. I put up a religious bulletin board anyway and a student threatened me. I replied his holiday was not for the Easter bunny but because Christ had risen. Did he want to come to school on Good Friday? The board stayed up and nothing was said. I did this for several years and although other teachers backed me - none would follow. Then I was warned by the principal and finally threatened with loss of my job. How many good Christians do you think stood up to support me? NOT ONE! And this was in the Bible belt! Four decades later people are still complaining and where has it gotten them? There is even more suppression of religious freedom! After retirement I have spent Obama's reign on political sites. They are all talk and no action. Meanwhile I have become a State Delegate and the only member in my precinct. All I hear is "Give it up. You can't win." They are right. I can't do it by myself. There is surely more than writing, calling our Congressmen, and voting we can do to make an impact. I am out of ideas and very, very tired. And I am speaking of strictly Constitutional ways! I want to prove our Constitution works when the people do!