Sometimes I read columns by Christian right figures in which they pretend that America is a nation overrun with humanism and secularism and think, “If only that were true.” It’s amazing to me how they’ve managed to convince themselves that they are a poor, persecuted minority in a country they still largely (though not entirely) control. Mychal Massie’s latest column is a perfect example, as he complains about our “godless nation” that is doomed.
We as a nation have slowly accepted and pompously come to believe that wisdom begins and stems from us. Secularism is the view that all things religious should be excluded from daily public living, specifically pertaining to political and social concerns.
This is the kind of thing the wingnuts always do, use vague phrases like “daily public living” (or the even more popular “public square”) to make it sound as though we evil “secularists” want to make it illegal to say anything religious in public. And that’s a lie. But then he goes even further and claims that we’re trying to ban religion from the home too:
Thanks to secularism, the mindset today is that God and religious opinion should be relegated to a church on Sunday morning. Courts have ruled with increasing frequency that, depending on the circumstances, religion has no place in the home.
Really? Which courts, exactly, and in which cases? Good luck finding them.
The created have determined they are above the Creator. Dennis Fisher writes: “Every age has its own thoughts, ideas, and values that influence the culture, ‘the spirit of the age.’ It is the kind of growing consensus that morally lulls us to sleep, gradually causing us to accept society’s latest values. This is the world’s peer pressure – a satanically inspired system of values and ideas that cultivates a lifestyle that is independent of God.” (“The Spirit of the Age,” ODB.org, Dec. 3, 2012)
Boy, isn’t that true! Like how the “spirit of the age” in the latter half of the 19th century lulled people to sleep and made them accept the satanically inspired system values and ideas that taught that slavery was wrong and should be illegal, in direct contradiction to the commands of God in the Bible. And then the “spirit of the age” a few decades later when we actually gave women the right to vote. And to get divorced. And to think and have careers and stuff. And then later we actually allowed different races to get married and treated those of other races as legally equal. And now we’re treating gay people as human beings, not as people merely to be killed by stoning. Hmmm. Those seem a lot better values and ideas than the ones offered in the Bible. I think we should keep them.
And funny that this argument about man elevating himself above God was used, virtually word for word, to oppose all of those things. Funnier yet that those who use them today pretend that they were never used to support slavery because they have now accepted those terrible humanist values themselves on all the older issues we’ve already fought out. It’s like every new battle over civil rights is a day in the movie Groundhog Day, with no one aware that they did the same things the day before.
In my column “No foundations, no future,” I wrote, “I defer to Thomas Jefferson – governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.” (WND.com, July 22, 2003)
An expanded understanding of Jefferson’s words is that government reflects the mores of society. We have become a humanist society, and our government reflects same.
From your lips to God’s ears (irony!).