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Our New Worldview

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Secular humanism, the antithesis of Judeo-Christian thought, is nothing new, but until the latter years of the twentieth century, it was not the prevailing worldview in the United States. The Age of Enlightenment in Western Europe, following the Dark Ages, was the intellectual response to suppression of free thought by the power of the “church.” The emerging free thinkers claimed that human beings were capable of organizing themselves and solving world problems with science and reason, not needing the wisdom or power of God. He was merely the figment of peasants who needed superstition and mysticism to deal with life, because they were not intelligent enough to understand science, and reason things out for themselves.

For almost a century humanists have targeted our nation’s children, teaching them that scientific theories are fact, but God is imaginery, that believers in God are uninformed, illiterate and angry. In 1930, Charles F. Potter wrote “Education is thus a most powerful ally of humanism. What can a theistic Sunday school’s meeting for an hour once a week and teaching only a fraction of the children do to stem the tide of the five-day program of humanistic teaching?” (Charles F. Potter, “Humanism: A New Religion”, 1930) It’s no wonder that our schools were attacked in the early sixties, the generation after these ideas began to infiltrate our society.

Today, many adults believe the fabrications they were taught as children. Skepticism abounds, while morality has all but disappeared. Politicians can easily manipulate the public with a biased media or with passionate speeches filled with distortion and untruth, because very few people think for themselves any more.

Before We the People continue any farther down the path we’re on, we should examine which worldview produces the more satisfying, industrious, productive, free society. We must compare the fruit of the Judeo-Christian principles in our country pre-1962 with the fruit of secular humanism since. That’s what a free thinker should do. Right?

Therefore, as a free thinking individual, I have a choice to make. I can either believe that God exists, He first created a well-ordered universe, and then, life to inhabit it. He involves Himself in my life because He loves me and wants the best for me. Or, I can believe that I am my own god and don’t need anything bigger than myself. This physical world is all that exists, and it, and all life on it, evolved from nothing. Though humanists totally discount faith, to me, it takes much more “faith” to believe the latter. What about you?

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Times They Are A’Changin’

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Everyone has a worldview, a set of beliefs that guides his or her understanding of the realities of the world.  As I have researched, read, processed, and most importantly, prayed about our country in the last few weeks, the thing that has crystallized in my thinking is that the changes in America are a direct result of a changing worldview.

Judeo-Christian principles prevailed from man’s arrival on the shores of this new land until my adulthood. This excerpt from Benjamin Franklin’s address to the Constitutional Conventional states it eloquently, “I have lived, Sir, a long time, and the longer I live, the more convincing proofs I see of this truth–that God governs in the affairs of men. And if a sparrow cannot fall to the ground without His notice, is it probable that an empire can rise without His aid?”

The convention gave us a government that is subservient to We the People, the rule of law that superintends the individual, and, as a result, a nation of individuals free to pursue life in any way they choose as long as they do not violate the rights of others. Stipulating that there have been failures along the way, especially in the area of civil rights, these beliefs led to what is known as American ingenuity and the American Dream. Individuals free to compete, fail, take risks, suffer injury and succeed have made us who we are as Americans, and people from all over the world have flocked to our shores to get a chance to become Americans, too.

In 1962, the Supreme Court ruled in Engels v. Vitale that corporate prayer in school was unconsititutional. The following year in the infamous Madalyn Murray O’Hair case, Abington v. Schempp, the court added Bible-reading to the list of no-no’s. These two cases prevented school children from being allowed to practice their religion freely as guaranteed by the First Amendment. Not only were prayer and the Bible-reading removed from schools, but it was necessary to rewrite the history of our country and demonize American heroes to cleanse our culture of the influences of Christianity.

John Wesley, the founder of Methodism, said, “What one generation tolerates, the next generation embraces.” My generation dropped the ball. Why? I don’t know. We were involved in life, not realizing the changes that were occurring in our children’s schools, expecting that they were learning the same things that we had learned. We didn’t want to be accused of being “war mongers’, “racists”, and now “homophobes.” We were tolerant of others because that’s what our faith teaches.  We knew that it was impossible to force our faith on someone else, because faith is a matter of the heart, between an individual and his God.

Now, right is viewed as wrong, and wrong, right. The lie has become the truth. Christians today are accused of being mean-spirited hate-mongers. Amazingly, if you really listen carefully, most of the accusations seem to come from mean-spirited hate-mongers.

Is it too late? I believe the answer is a resounding “No!” We have a chance to turn things around because some of us Baby Boomers remain who have experienced both sides of things.  But, if we are to save the American Dream for succeeding generations, we must fearlessly pick up the ball now.