In his Farewell Address, Washington reminded Americans that:

“Of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, religion and morality are indispensable supports. In vain would that man claim the tribute of patriotism, who should labor to subvert these great pillars of human happiness, these firmest props of the duties of men and citizens. The mere politician, equally with the pious man, ought to respect and to cherish them.”

Knowledge of the Bible, the Great Reformation (1517-1648), and the American experience inspires individuals to become self-governing and, on a broader scale, inspires communities and the nation as a whole to overcome the tyranny of moral confusion.  Even the German atheist Friedrich Nietzsche understood the source of freedom for his way of life when he wrote:  “Remove Christianity and the ideas fall too.”  (Cited by Dinesh D’Souza, “Created Equal:  How Christianity Shaped the West,” Hillsdale College Imprimis, November 11, 2008).

Failure to acknowledge the benevolent laws of God and creation’s nature and conform to moral truth guarantees harmful consequences.  When God’s benevolent provision is rejected in any particular, the rejecter bears the price of that sin against himself and the will of God.

A most insightful analysis has been presented by Marvin Olasky.  As a Marxist intellectual, he was highly regarded by the chairman of his PhD academic program and dissertation committee at the University of Michigan.  Marvin Olasky, who became disillusioned by the shallowness of socialistic panaceas, became a solid convert to Christianity. (Marvin Olasky, “God Doesn’t Give Up,” World Magazine, May 23, 2009, 64-67).

Olasky concurs with Whittaker Chambers, who came to believe in God after being a Communist Party member in the 1920s and 1930s.  In the autobiography Witness, Whittaker Chambers writes:  “A Communist breaks because he must choose at last between irreconcilable opposites–God or man, Soul [conscience] or Mind [emotions], Freedom or Communism ….”

The crisis of the Western world exists to the degree in which it is indifferent to God.”

 

~ David Norris

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