One of America’s most pressing problems is the spread of secularism. The reason that swelling secular sentiment imperils us all is because beliefs have consequences. The consequences occur when people act upon their beliefs.
Powerful ideas can be false and lead to great evil. When enough people believe in a powerful idea, subsequent social and political trends march in step with that idea. It was a political genius who thought up the idea of advancing homosexuality by labeling everyone who considered it sinful, as hateful and intolerant. When enough people adopt that idea politicians and pundits sense the groundswell and can be counted upon to help validate same sex marriage.
Change people’s hearts and you change the way they vote. One of my regular radio mantras is, “Politics is nothing other than the practical application of people’s most deeply held beliefs.” Secularism uses emotionally charged words and slogans to promote itself . Even if you are not religious yourself, you should be very scared of a secularized culture.
The American poet, T. S. Eliot who won the Nobel literature prize in 1948, put it this way during a speech at Oxford University in 1939.
“As political philosophy derives its sanction from ethics, and ethics from the truth of religion, it is only by returning to the eternal source of truth that we can hope for any social organization which will not, to its ultimate destruction, ignore some essential aspect of reality. “
Belief in secularism leads inevitably to results that contradict reality. Often, good people don’t foresee the calamitous consequences of secularist policies. One way to clarify where one best fits is to ask oneself which of the following two choices in each of the three sets comes closest to how one feels.
- Humans arrived on the planet by a process of unaided, materialistic evolution. It follows that humans are no more than sophisticated animals.
- God created us in His image and placed us here. Humans are unique creatures touched by the finger of God.
- There is no outside source of wisdom and truth. People should look into their own hearts for moral guidance.
- People are born knowing no more about morality than about calculus. Most of us are born with an appetite for evil, and we find good by knowing God, loving Him and obeying His Word.
- The ‘g’ of government is nearly always good while business is nearly always bad. Without government regulation, business would run amok. Driven by greed, business relentlessly exploits employees, customers, and the environment.
- The ‘G’ of God is always good. Business is about serving customers and customer service is related to worship service because serving His children is closely related to serving Him. Business has less potential to tyrannize than government because you can choose not to give your money to a business.
As these three examples of secular belief have become more and more accepted, they have significantly changed the way we lead our lives. Yes, beliefs do have consequences and in these examples, not for the better.
Take the first belief, that humans are really nothing more than sophisticated and evolved chimpanzees. It follows from this that like all other animals, humans are also incapable of true creativity. If I seize a banana, there is naturally one less banana available for you. The zookeeper must supervise distribution of bananas among all the primates. Thus, redistribution of wealth and complete economic equality become ultimate values to be achieved by confiscatory levels of taxation aimed at those chimps with too many bananas. Have you noticed how ‘rich’ has become a pejorative in America?
The second belief is that nobody else may tell you what is moral or immoral, good or bad. That is for you alone to decide. Among the consequences of this belief is that villains are seen as virtuous or at least blameless while the truly virtuous are portrayed as villains..
The third belief, that government solves problems while business creates them, encourages governments to increasingly tax business in order to fulfill its own unkept promises. Furthermore, government schools teach your children to believe the worst about how you earn your living. Know-nothing street rioters protest an economy they don’t even begin to understand. All they know is that profit equals plunder and business is bad.
Yes, beliefs do have consequences and when wrong-headed ideas become popular we all suffer. One might think of those who promote these evil ideas as fellow travelers crossing a dangerous ocean with us on a small ship. To our dismay, we notice some of them drilling holes through the hull. In response to our horrified protests, they insist that they are merely drilling holes under their own seats. In other words, they wrongly claim that their beliefs are nobody else’s affair. Ancient Jewish wisdom explains this is why the entire nation of Israel was told to be holy.
Speak to the entire assembly of Israel and say to them, Be holy…
We can certainly protest the consequences of secularism. We can campaign against increased taxation. We can wring our hands at soaring rates of illegitimate births even as we know that many of today’s babies without fathers are tomorrow’s children without futures. We can object to our schools collaborating with homosexual recruitment programs and encouraging sexualized lifestyles for fifteen-year-olds.
However that is locking the barn door after the priceless racehorse has escaped. A better target for our energies would be the bad beliefs in the first place that led to these undesirable consequences.
The best way we can all help defeat false and evil ideas is by promoting true and good ones and nowhere are they more easily found than in the Book that created civilization and must now come to its defense. That’s right; let’s spread the Biblical blueprint to banish the sordid scourge of secularism. Let’s combat secularism with life-affirming Bible-based Judaism and Christianity.
Current cultural trends make my two CD audio program with study guide, The Gathering Storm: Decoding the Secrets of Noah, look prescient. This is an amazing tool to help you see and combat the results of secularism. I implore you to equip yourself with this ammunition.