I have become very careful over the past few years about how I use certain terms. The reason for this care is two-fold: 1) these terms are loaded with implications and, 2), most people are ignorant of what exactly these terms mean because they have been co-opted and twisted to fit a certain end. The primary term I have avoided using, without any qualification, is the term “religion”. “Religion” is a term that has lost its meaning, it has lost it’s encapsulating ability to clarify positions, and has become a default term to be rejected.
Whenever we used to speak about “religion” or being “religious” it was automatically associated with the Christian worldview, it still is today although negatively, and what it represented: tolerance, temperance, justice, and compassion. Indeed many nations could once classify themselves under those terms of that religion, although they may not have universally applied them they universally accepted them. Now though, that “religion”, which gave the world those terms and did its best in human terms to give them adequate definition, has had the very ideals stripped away from it by other “religions” in order to promoted their own brands of those ideals.
The ability to define words and their applications requires great amounts of power, political power. Indeed, at one time Christianity wielded great political power and its adherents grew comfortable and lazy and began to assume that everyone thought as they do and forgot that, to borrow from Stan Lee, “with great power comes great responsibility.” When a group with a worldview as subversively powerful as that of biblical Christianity, one that holds people as equals in value and not in behavior, dares to challenge the status quo, the world goes up in arms, but when it relinquishes it’s power to effectively inform people, not only of their value but their responsibility in light of that value, the world has no option but to peel away and run headlong into anarchy.
Most of the critics of the Christian worldview falsely claim that we desire to impose a theocracy, and we who hold that worldview are glad to admit that one day our Sovereign God, who created heaven, earth, and all that lies within those realms, will one day place all this creation back under his absolute reign; but, in the meantime, we acknowledge that God has ordained among men governments to rule in His stead, informed by His Law (what we call the Decalogue) and in accordance with it, and most do, if we are honest in our appraisal (Romans 13:1-7).
Our Founding Fathers knew and understood this, which is why they penned the following:
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—-That to secure these Rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just Powers from the Consent of the Governed, that whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these Ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or abolish it, and to institute a new Government, laying its Foundation on such Principles, and organizing its Powers in such Form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient Causes; and accordingly all Experience hath shewn, that Mankind are more disposed to suffer, while Evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the Forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long Train of Abuses and Usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object, evinces a Design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their Right, it is their Duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future Security. Such has been the patient Sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the Necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government.
Two commandments linger in my mind as I look at what is happening to this nation that I love: honor your father and mother, and do not bear false witness. As a nation, we have done nothing but dishonor our founders, those who came before us, who gave us a great inheritance of freedom that we have deliberately squandered, and for what, “so that we can marry whomever we love”, which is a sick and sad joke expressed in doing things which work against nature and turn people into possessions. We have bore false witness by affirming and complimenting those things which devalue people and denying them the knowledge of who they are and what their purpose is in light of that revelation. It is a matter of which many ought to repent, and ought to seek out the truth of a matter.
I reflect on the words of the Apostle Paul in his letter to his young apprentice, Timothy:
1 But understand this, that in the last days difficult times will come.
2 For people will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, arrogant, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, ungrateful, unholy,
3 unloving, irreconcilable, slanderers, without self-control, savage, opposed to what is good,
4 treacherous, reckless, conceited, loving pleasure rather than loving God.
5 They will maintain the outward appearance of religion but will have repudiated its power[…] (2 Timothy 3)
I only have on other thing to say: “God help us.”