In my earlier post on a worrying development in Newburyport and in the country is the growing hatred of those who are faith-based.
Our country was founded on the assumption and embracing of the Judeo-Christian Ethic.
We have staked the whole future of American civilization, not upon the power of government, far from it. We have staked the future of all of our political institutions upon the capacity of mankind for self-government; upon the capacity of each and all of us to govern ourselves, to control ourselves, to sustain ourselves according to the Ten Commandments of God.
-James Madison, June 20, 1785
This does not mean that everyone has to be a Christian but that the ethical and moral foundation must be set on this one concept. Belief systems that accept other codes of conduct must not be allowed to co-exist lest it cause chaos in our society. Unfortunately, our recent history has ignored our founding father’s principles and we are becoming a society where the Ten Commandments are totally disregarded. Concepts such as Sanctity of Life, Truth telling and marital fealty are increasingly being disregarded. The Puritan work ethic has been replaced with a self-serving society in which an expectation that the government will do everything for you and provide for you is the new normal.
Like putting jet fuel on a bonfire, this whole abandonment has been spurred on by a drive by the homosexual community to be fully ‘accepted’. Like it or not, homosexuality is a sin under the Judeo-Christian Ethic. It is not enough in our pluralistic society to be free to practice the ‘gay’ lifestyle, they want to be fully ‘accepted’. To do that, the Ethic that our society is founded on must go! That means pressuring from within and without to campaign against Judaism and Christianity (and Islam too!)
Thankfully, decent citizens, straight and gay, realize that such intolerance only begets more intolerance and I predict that political pressures will resist the extreme elements who want to tear apart our society.
But the divide goes beyond that. We actually have a large citizenry that is ‘secular’ not only in practice but in belief – there is no personal God and there is no such things as the supernatural or even spiritual. They replace God with the physical universe as self-creating and self-perpetuating. Instead of the invisible hand of God, they believe in the invisible hand of evolution.
Then there is the faith-based person. This person believes not only in God but in His control over the universe. They also believe that God has a ‘plan’ for humanity and that there is an after-life and an accountability for their actions.
As Apostle Paul puts it, there are those who worship the Creation and there are those who worship the Creator.
Regardless of where you may stand or have varying degrees of belief, faith-based institutions have had a tremendous affect in our society and have contributed to our society advancing into a better American lifestyle.
I was gratified that after the extremists tried (and thankfully failed) to exorcise God at the Democratically controlled convention, the following plank was re-affirmed in the platform:
“Faith has always been a central part of the American story, and it has been a driving force of progress and justice throughout our history. We know that our nation, our communities, and our lives are made vastly stronger and richer by faith and the countless acts of justice and mercy it inspires. Faith- based organizations will always be critical allies in meeting the challenges that face our nation and our world – from domestic and global poverty, to climate change and human trafficking. People of faith and religious organizations do amazing work in communities across this country and the world, and we believe in lifting up and valuing that good work, and finding ways to support it where possible. We believe in constitutionally sound, evidence-based partnerships with faith-based and other non-profit organizations to serve those in need and advance our shared interests. There is no conflict between supporting faith-based institutions and respecting our Constitution, and a full commitment to both principles is essential for the continued flourishing of both faith and country.”
-Democratic Platform 2012
The point of my discussion is simple – there should not be animosity between those who do not live by faith (They actually do live by their version of ‘faith’.) and those who live by faith. I may disagree with what you believe and welcome intellectual debate but respect for each other must be sustained in our free society.
I will also provide a fascinating dissertation sometime on why science is not the ‘answer’ and that Scientism (The religion of Science) will not only be an utter disappointment but will end in failure every time.