Americans live in a divided society. Many people still follow the biblical world view of reality. A biblical world view dominated the understanding of those who established America. They believed that people were created beings, who were accountable to a moral, righteous, and just God. God has spoken to us through the Holy Bible to impart His standards and the path to wholeness and life. He also makes it clear that all of us violate His standards in word, thought, deed, or lack of deed. He offers mercy, forgiveness, and reconciliation to those who repent and submit to Him.
On the other side there are those who rejects biblical reality and moral boundaries. They reject the Bible as the foundation for understanding what is right and wrong. Some people whose family roots included Christianity or Judaism may try to adhere to many of the moral principles taught in the Bible, but reject the God of the Bible. Others give credence to the Bible but they twist the Scripture to allow for their particular sins or others’ sins. Or they may deny the idea of sin all together. This non biblical religious/secular humanist community is often, but not always, liberal in their political beliefs. In reality they have their own religious worldview. They reject “the old way” of established biblical Christianity, and are out to establish a “new reality” that is fairer (in their estimation). In their reality it is human understanding that reigns. What the Bible calls sin they call natural behavior. In their reality they try to persuade people that the shame and guilt they feel for what the God calls sin should be accepted as good and natural. They believe they can create a new reality through the government or anarchy.
The liberal government in the name of equality, steals money from productive people in order to “level the ground.” The communist and socialist societies of the Twentieth Century tried this experiment on a large scale. Except in a few very small countries these experiments have created dictatorships, misery, and corruption. Often these experimental societies have seen Christianity as an obstacle because of its emphasis on the value of the individual as our Declaration of Independence proclaims “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” Those who formed America’s constitution also has a great regard for private property including personal wealth, and an individual’s responsibility to be self-supportive through work and productivity. The founders of America frowned on the socialist ideals of the French Revolution and believed it was wrong to force productive people to take care of willfully unproductive folks. Christianity has always believed it was proper to help the widow, orphan and other truly needy people. America’s founders could not have imagined that people in America would be forced through taxes to support people who choose to have many children out of wedlock through different non-supporting men, or people who are poor because of choosing to be self-destructive through addictions, disregard for education, and lawlessness.
It was through the church that charities were established to help the poor. Christianity is not indifferent to those in need, but does not encourage blindly helping those who could help themselves. Not all Christianity has followed this biblical world view of the individual’s worth, private property, and productivity. But, where it has been proclaimed and practiced societies have prospered. Now, some of you might be thinking of all the inequities and injustice that has occurred in Christian societies (i.e. slavery, and racism) but these were not Christian ideas but man’s sinfulness. At the same time many of these problems were addressed by faithful Christians like William Wilberforce in England (24 August 1759 – 29 July 1833) who dedicated his life to the abolishment of slavery, and the Quakers in early19th century America who spoke out against slavery in the South.
We’re in a time when the biblical and non-biblical world views are clashing. This is not a live and let live situation. The secular world wants the biblical world to acknowledge that sinful behavior is good. This is not possible. That is why eventually, if the secular worldview dominates, it must try to make Bible believers conform to secularism. In other words oppress us. The idea that God is to be left out of the public realm and religion is strictly private is a newly invented reality. Religious or secular views form values that effect a person’s political views, habits, work ethics, sexual mores, and in truth all aspects of life. The idea that one can segregate God faith from the rest of everyday life is not real.
Hold the line God believers, the world wants to minimize your faith bit by bit. Don’t be like the frog who is put in cold water and then the water is slowly heated until the frog is cooked. The frog grows accustomed the water getting warmer and doesn’t save itself by jumping out of the pot. We can’t jump out of America, but we can refuse to cooperate with ungodly demands of government or society. I urge everyone to look at the Manhattan Declaration which chooses to put God first to the point of civil disobedience if the government demands citizens goes against their religious values like the Department of Health and Human Services has recently tried to do with the Catholic Church’s institutions. Be ready to hold the line for God. Prepare your mind and heart, urge your pastor to speak on the interface between government the church. In my next posting I will be talking about this issue more.