There are two essential questions regarding education of a nation, state, or society, according to Plato:
“Who teaches the children, and what do we teach them?”
American Christendom will cease to exist, unless she rediscovers her purpose for being. This is because modern-day Christianity has lost sight of the Founders’ declaration of founding America
“for the glory of God, and advancement of the Christian faith.”
[The Mayflower Compact]
Present-day Christianity’s dissipation and impassivity in the public arena is a far cry from Jesus’
“ekklesia, which the gates of Hades will not overpower.”
Power-hungry and aggressively self-assertive jousters now dominate the public square, making contemporary Christendom, generally speaking, irrelevant. Despite the proliferation of Christian radio, Christian television, Christian publishing, and Christian celebrities over the last 75 years, Evangelicalism has barely made a dent in pagan control of secular culture.
President of the Italian Senate from 2001 to 2006 and author of books on science, philosophy, and Christianity, Marcelo Pera views the current situation thus:
Today, politically speaking, liberals have won for the most part
. The West has liberal constitutions, liberal institutions, liberal economies, and liberal systems of education. But we are so far from ‘the end of history’ that the same breach between liberalism and Christianity that shook our civilization a few generations ago is now presenting itself in a new form. Not in the violent forms of Nazism or communism, but in the form of liberal secularism. For the destinies of Europe and the West, this ideology is no less dangerous; it is rather more insidious. It does not wear the brutal face of violence, but the alluring smile of culture. With its words, liberal secularism preaches freedom, tolerance, and democracy, but with its deeds it attacks precisely that Christian religion that prevents freedom from deteriorating into license, tolerance into indifference, democracy into anarchy.”
Here in America, we have both the liberal Warren Court and the absence of
“Salt and Light”
in the culture to thank.
Still and all, Christians are taking countermeasures. Across America, Evangelical and Pro-Life Catholic Christians are moving into the public square. As they do, we call upon His help:
“Jesus Christ, Son of God, Lord of Life, have mercy on us. Please give us Your favor as we attempt to spiritually resurrect America and reestablish the Founders’ Biblically-based culture.”
Gideons and Rahabs are beginning to stand.
American Renewal Project
1. Lone dissenting Justice Potter Stewart wrote: “[The Abington School District v. Schempp decision] led not to true neutrality with respect to religion, but to the establishment of a religion of secularism.”
2. Charles H. Spurgeon, The Treasury of David.
3. Proverbs 1:7 and Proverbs 4:7.
4-5. Bruce K. Waltke, Proverbs Commentary.
6. Marcello Pera, Why We Should Call Ourselves Christians.
7. Herbert Schlossberg, Idols of Destruction.
8. Matthew 16:18.
9. Marcello Pera, Why We Should Call Ourselves Christians.