“I think we have more machinery of government than is necessary, too many parasites living on the labor of the industrious.” ~Tomas Jefferson
By Alden L. Benton
According to the United States Census Bureau and the World Bank, the population of the United States last year (2014) was 318.9 million people.
In 2012, a Gallup survey found:
“The large majority of Americans — 77% of the adult population — identify with a Christian religion, including 52% who are Protestants or some other non-Catholic Christian religion, 23% who are Catholic, and 2% who affiliate with the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.”
In fact, according to a 2011 Pew Research Report, there are more Christians in the United States than in any other nation. (See chart below)
I am not a religious scholar. In fact, I am a relatively new (2+ years) Christian. However, the basics of Christian faith, and the Judeo-Christian ethic upon which our nation is based, is simple and to the point. It is based on one thing: the teachings of Jesus Christ.
He taught us how to live and how to act. He gave us guidelines, moral imperatives, for living a life filled with meaning and service to Him and to others.
Now fast-forward 2,015 years since His birth.
- Headlines from around the world scream the latest brutality, the latest atrocity from the far reaches of the globe. In the United States, the fabric of our society seems to be unraveling.
- False claims of racism and discrimination incited the citizens of a Missouri town to riot and burn their city.
- Advocates of the homosexual life-style choice seek out businesses that choose not to support their choices and target them for destruction, using Nazi Gestapo-like tactics (including death threats) to achieve their goal.
- Black teenagers roam the streets looking for vulnerable white victims to assault or even murder for no reason other than their race.
- A vast number of individuals in our country feel they are “entitled” or have a “right” to live off of someone else’s money, whether stolen from the productive by individuals or by force of government.
If more than 246 million Americans are Christian, how did this happen — what went wrong?
As a Christian and a Conservative, I see two root causes of the decline of civility and ethical behavior in the United States.
- More than 100 years of secular (read Godless) progressive domination of education, news, and entertainment, and
- The rise of the Christianity-lite church
The secular-progressive movement at its core is Godless. Its adherents consider themselves flawless and the most highly evolved of our species. They cannot, indeed will not accept that they are less than perfect and that they are not the source of all knowledge. As a result, they have no respect for the wisdom of the past and no respect for the elderly or their life experience.
Moral relativism is the basis of the conduct of secular-progressives, in public and private life — if it feels good, do it and, the ends justify the means. This lack of character breeds immorality, corruption, and deceit. To the secular-progressive, a lie is not a lie if it serves to attain some goal.
Our culture, through the mass media, entertainment, and educational establishment, has been indoctrinated with these relativistic, Godless, destructive concepts since Woodrow Wilson became president in 1913, and continues with the reign of Barack Hussein Obama today.
Traditional Christianity, rooted in the teachings of the Bible, provides the tools to resist the tyranny of the left (secular-progressives).
Traditional Christianity gives us a moral foundation and a highly developed, and unchanging, ethical framework to determine right from wrong. There is no relativism — something is inherently right or wrong — there is no grey.
As Christians, we learn that we are not perfect, but rather we are broken (sinful by nature) and live in a broken world.
Christianity teaches us that all actions have consequences — good decisions bring rewards, bad decisions bring punishment. Followers of Christ learn how to live a meaningful life, a life that values others as well as life itself. We live a life that values family, hard work, and raising upright and God-fearing children.
So what happened?
Distracted from the teachings of the church by the noise of the secular-progressives, many people have left traditional churches and have joined churches I call Christianity-lite.
These churches give lip service to scripture. They gut the meaning and gloss over its messages and teachings so as not to offend anyone. They want to make you feel good, so they tell you what you want to know, not what you need to know.
These churches are charlatans. They are the false teachers of whom the apostle Paul warned us. They are secular-progressives cloaking themselves in carefully selected scripture. They offer cheap, relativistic options based on a foundation of quicksand — anything to fill the pews and keep the collection plates full.
The Christian majority has been duped. We have allowed this to happen.
The only way I can see to fix the problems we face as a nation is to return to traditional Christianity, return the leviathan that our government has become to its far smaller Constitutional limitations, and by so doing, destroy the secular-progressive movement.
Jim Miller, my pastor, told me that we must remember that Jesus will win in the end. He is correct. However, until then, we must act according to His principles and help establish the Kingdom.
In God We Trust!
“There are more instances of the abridgment of the freedom of the people by gradual and silent encroachments of those in power than by violent and sudden usurpations.”
~James Madison, speech to the Virginia Ratifying Convention, June 16, 1788
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