As American Christians our reasons for optimism and hope are hidden in plain view. First, the major news story of the 21st century — which the secular press is not reporting – is that Christianity is winning the world and secularism is losing. Christianity has become a major force in every region of the world and on every continent. It is both the fastest growing religion and the first worldwide religion in history. Even in the Middle East, “hundreds of thousands of Muslims are converting to evangelical Christianity and are celebrating their first Easter this year…even under the constant threat of persecution or death,” as documented by bestselling author, Joel Rosenburg. And the godly converts from Africa and Asia are moving back to evangelize Europe and America, since Western Christians have lost their zeal. In England some of the largest churches are led by pastors from Nigeria.
Secularism, which dominated much of the 20th century, is dying. The institutions that were corrupted by this hollow philosophy are collapsing and leaving devastation in their wake Communist China, North Korea Russia and Cuba are poster children, of secularization and are regimes doomed to failure. The humanism of Western Europe and America has given us failed welfare states, cultural and educational systems in moral and intellectual freefall and societies that scarcely desire to produce children. Professor Peter Berger of New York University, premiere expert on religion and culture, says that our technological era has created a “myth of secularization” which fails to meet the needs of the human heart.
The great pillars of Western Civilization have been increasingly hidden from plain view in America for the past one hundred years. Secular humanists have been promoting an unsustainable illusion that Western values, such as freedom and family, can be maintained without their Christian foundation. Dinesh D’Souza, a scholar at the Hoover Institution at Stanford, warns us that America’s values are based on Christianity and that we destroy Christianity at our own peril. He says, “Unfortunately for the critics of Christianity, even values they care about will . . . eventually collapse. Consider our beliefs in human equality and the value of human life. We may say we believe in human equality, but why do we hold this belief?
It is the product of the Christian idea of the spiritual equality of souls. We may insist we believe that all human life has dignity and value, but this too is the outgrowth of a Christian tradition in which each person is the precious creation of God. There is no secular basis for these values. And when secular writers defend them they always employ unrecognized Christian assumptions.”
A second reason for optimism, especially in America, is that we are the heirs of the greatest heritage of liberating truth the world has ever known. The kingdom of God, working through believers, has progressively revealed His pattern for societal success. Christianity was the foundation of English Alfred the Great, in the 9th century. Magna Carta, signed by King John in 1215, written by a minister and built upon the common law tradition, systematically codified a biblical view of society. This treasured document ensured the freedom of the church from through believers, has progressively revealed His pattern for societal success. Christianity was the foundation of English Common Law, instituted by the believer, Alfred the Great, in the 9th century.
Magna Carta, signed by King John in 1215, written by a minister and built upon the common law tradition, systematically codified a biblical view of society. This treasured document ensured the freedom of the church from state tyranny, the freedom of individuals to a just trial, the right of private property, no taxation without representation and the right to bear arms.
By the time we come to America and the Mayflower Compact, the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution, these principles were well refined and understood by a people who knew the Bible. The form of government and the laws of our nation were squarely centered upon the biblical model for success. By His grace, in spite of unrelenting attacks, these documents are still revered today by millions and the Constitution is still the law of the land. Of all the people in the world we should be the most optimistic, because we have the pillars of the Constitution on our side. But we must study and work through our representative system to correct the laws that are unconstitutional that have swept into our government since Christians abandoned the leadership of society. We are the government in our political system and God will hold us accountable for how we govern. Then, as we become engaged again, we can train, elect and support representatives to uphold the limitations already inherent in the Constitution.
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