Worldview Item of the Day
It’s sometimes hard to tell from the distance of national news whether or not a story is everything it appears to be, yet, if this story is being told how it happened, then we are on the last leg of the course that will dismantle the last vestiges of the idea that we live in a Christian nation.
Frankly, I whether or not this particular story is true, I have believed for a long time that we no longer live in a Christian nation. Some people will celebrate that admission without understanding what it means or why it is such an important issue.
What they fail to understand is that the only way this nation–and by nation I really mean the people and the Constitution we pay lip service to–could have come into being is if it was Christian. Modern scholars have tried mightily to make the Founding Fathers irreligious apostates, but their history is clear, and the history of the philosophies and beliefs they held dear is also clear.
It is nearly impossible to imagine another system of belief–one that does not teach loving God above everything and to loving neighbors as ourselves–coming to the conclusion that all people are created equal and deserving of the same inalienable rights. I grant that those ideals were applied imperfectly from the very moment they were conceived, but no other way of thinking in history has produced thinking remotely the same.
So, with the death of our Christian nation also die the ideals that made the pursuit of life, liberty, and happiness through equality and justice for all possible. Our fellow citizens have stopped believing in our God, so why would they continue believing in our liberty?
This is a bittersweet conclusion for someone who does believe because, if one has been paying attention to what the Bible said, this is how it was going to end all along. Now, we all need to pray that we have the endurance for what is coming next.