America is experiencing the collision of two entirely incompatible worldviews; the secular and the biblical. Secularism says all that exists evolved by natural causes, there is no God, and no spiritual realm, therefore mankind must save itself. There is no meaning in life, there is no purpose, everything is relative, there are no absolutes. The biblical worldview says there is a self-existent, uncreated, intelligent being who created and sustains all that exists, creating humankind in his image and giving meaning to life.
The secular worldview envisions a godless state as the supreme authority enforcing its relativistic dictates upon its inhabitants. Since there is no God, the state becomes our sovereign God, which is ever expanding, permeating every aspect of our lives. The biblical worldview envisions its citizens as self-governing with an internal moral compass established in biblical principles, with strict limitations on the power of the state. Both are submitted to the sovereign authority of God, with the church being neither the master nor the servant of the state, but its conscience.
“We have staked the future of all of American civilization…(and) our political institutions, not upon the power of government, far from it…(but) upon the capacity of each and all of us to govern ourselves according to the Ten Commandments of God,” said James Madison, fourth president and father of the Constitution.
“Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other. It is religion and morality alone which can establish the principles upon which freedom can securely stand,” said John Adams, second president.
“Of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, religion, and morality are indispensable supports. True religion affords to government its surest support,” said George Washington, our first president.
Robert Winthrop said it this way; “Men…must necessarily be controlled, either by a power within them, or by a power without them; either by the word of God, or by the strong arm of man; either by the Bible, or by the bayonet.”
According to America’s founders, civil, political, and religious freedom can only be assured by a people and government submitted to God. Without the moral compass of biblical principles, such as those found in the Ten Commandments and the Sermon on the Mount, what consensus moral compass does a secular state have? The biblically hostile multicultural relativism of the secular state has created a divided America, which will ultimately fail unless Americans, once again, acknowledge our dependence upon God. Only then can this nation begin to heal and unify as “One Nation Under God.”
Richard L. Ross, Owosso