Some people may believe that the most dangerous and fearful war that America faces is the war against terrorism. That indeed is a fearful concern but we face an even greater danger and a more fearful concern for the future of our nation. It is a philosophical evil war between two divergent philosophies within our culture. In fact, it is really a cultural war. It’s a battle between cultural conservatives and cultural radicals. The conservative philosophy ascribes great value to the accumulated wisdom of the culture and considers disciplined behavior most likely to bring happiness in the long run. The radical philosophy praises novelty, diversity and experimentation, and tends to find its satisfaction in immediate gratification.
Our founding fathers assuredly would have taken sides with cultural conservatism, for they often insisted that Christianity and government must work together to “raise the virtue and morality of the people to a level at which they are sufficiently public-spiritual and self-restrained so that the republican government can work.” (Christianity and the Constitution p295) The ethical standard of Western Civilization at the founding of our nation was the Bible.
Cultural radicalism is set against those Judeo-Christian values and are unwilling to discipline themselves by any standard beyond themselves. Cultural radicals abhor moral limitations, that is, religiously based values, and exalt the quest for individual rights as their greatest good. How can over 300 million people pursuing their own rights ever produce the glue that will hold their society together?
Democracy will only work when virtuous people are willing to place the common good above self-interest. The great Bible preacher O. James Kennedy stated several years ago that “in our nation the cold air mass of unbelief has collided with the warm air mass of Christianity, producing a severe storm front. Indeed, there are two basic, divergent systems of thought. One begins with God, but the other proudly revels in unaided human intellect, assuming that religion is hopelessly backward, and medieval, embarrassing, or irrelevant.”
The apostle Paul contrasts these views in I Corinthians 1:20,21 “Where is the wise man? Where is the scholar? Where is the philosopher of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? For since in the wisdom of God the world through its wisdom did not know him, God was pleased through the foolishness of what was preached to save those who believe.”
America’s future is in God’s hands. As much as evangelical Christians deplore the cultural crisis, they do discern it’s source! “For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world.” (Ephesians 6:12)
The culture war is a spiritual one. To keep our nation “one nation under God”, true bible-believing Christians must advance their convictions into the political arena and in the public square. They must pray fervently for God’s righteousness to rule the land. Those who stand for nothing will fall for everything. God bless all of our military men and women today
God bless our nation!