The photo shows my mother and her sisters. It's probably from the later 1930's.
My great-grandmother, Maria Dorothea Gruenwald, was a German-speaking native of Russia. She came to the USA in about 1914, before Russia's Communist revolution of 1917, and she died in the later 1930's. She said to one of her granddaughters, "The day will come in this country when they will say to you, 'Deny Jesus, or I'll shoot you.' I hope that you'll say, 'Then shoot me.'"
I'm thankful that in this country we've not yet reached the depth of persecution that she envisioned, but it appears that we're headed in that direction. My nation seems to be headed rapidly toward the criminalization of godliness.
What's a believer in Jesus to do? There isn't a political answer. The courts have proved repeatedly that they no longer even think about the words in the Constitution when deciding whether a law is "constitutional." Once the courts decide that the Constitution's words don't matter, but their own words do, there are no words (such as amendments) to fix the situation.
The only solution is for us to try to live godly lives, to pray, to be the Lord's witnesses, and to prepare for persecution. Unless the Lord grants revival, the future of the United States of America is ugly.
I love my nation's heritage of freedom and godliness, while recognizing its many sins over the centuries. I pray for revival. I prepare for persecution. My friends, the day may come in this country when they will say to you, "Deny Jesus, or I'll shoot you." I hope that you'll say, "Then shoot me."
When he opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of those who had been slain for the word of God and for the witness they had borne.
(Revelation 6:9 ESV)