John Adams wrote:
“Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.”
George Washington wrote:
”Let us with caution indulge the supposition that morality can be maintained without religion. Reason and experience both forbid us to expect that national morality can prevail in exclusion of religious principle.”
I’m afraid we are seeing this played out today in our culture. More and more we are losing the morality and religion that these two great men were talking about. And the more we lose of morality and religion, the more advantage will be taken of the Constitution in the form of demands for any number of rights of any and all sorts — and the subsequent law suites ultimately winding up in the high courts of the land. In short, the Constitution becomes not only irrelevant, but used against itself by those seeking any number of agendas.
And why are we losing the morality and religion Adams & Washington talked about?
Reason 1: A very active atheistic world view has taken root in our educational system – especially at the university level … but it’s there in the lower grades as well. This world view actively seeks to destroy the very idea that God exists, especially the Judeo/Christian God of the Bible.
It seeks this destruction by attacking the idea that God created the heavens and the earth. The Judeo/Christian creation myth is replaced with the atheistic creation myth that something was created from nothing. Very prominent atheist “professors” teach and write about this and thus corrupt young and forming minds – people like Richard Dawkins and Jerry Coyne. In short – “evolution did it”
Church antidote 1: Don’t shy away from teaching Biblical creation from the pulpit and in the Sunday schools. Don’t be intimidated by the name calling that will ensue upon you. Look into and study Intelligent Design and bring these ideas and discoveries to the pulpit and into the church. A well-kept secret is that contrary to the popular belief, there is much controversy over evolution, and the case for “macro-evolution” is very weak – there is no “mountain of evidence” for Darwinian evolution .
I get the distinct impression that the church has given up on this issue and has conceded ground to Coyne and Dawkins et al – don’t give up … these attacks are at the very foundation of Jewish and Christian faith. If there is no god, then there is no creation, and the Bible becomes just a book written by ignorant and ancient Palestinian goat herders. If there is no God and no creation, then Jesus becomes just another myth peddler and liar. If you give up on this, you might just as well close the doors and start selling cars – it pays better anyway.
I was very fortunate at age 36 (and an atheist) that my first pastor was not shy about exposing his congregation to the idea of creation and encouraging us to study the issue. I am forever grateful to him since this controversy of evolution/creation was a huge stumbling block for me.
Bottom line: Teach and preach – often- the very foundation of Jewish and Christian faith – creation …
“In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.”
Don Johnson – June 2015