In 2008, during Obama’s first national campaign, Barack Obama is on record saying that America is not a Christian Nation.
“Whatever we once were, we are no longer a Christian nation – at least not just,” Obama said. “We are also a Jewish nation, a Muslim nation and a Buddhist nation and a Hindu nation and a nation of non-believers.”
He then continues by saying,
“I think it’s time we joined a debate about how to reconcile faith with our modern pluralistic society.”
Is multiculturalism a good thing or a bad thing for our American society?
You might not realize it, but this is a very important question.
The current “politically correct” viewpoint argues that pluralism – the acceptance and celebration of differing religions, philosophies and ideologies — contributes to the strength of America.
You can see this in the widespread attempt to sanitize schools, courts and courthouses, and public buildings and public places, of any reference to God, Christ and the Bible.
This agenda is based on the notion that we are a more stable, prosperous society because we embrace diversity, toleration and acceptance of anything and everything.
But is this true? Those who founded and fought for our American culture and our American form of government didn’t think so. In fact they had a very different view.
You are probably familiar with the name of Samuel F. B. Morse. He was the inventor who developed the Morse Code.
But his father, Jedidiah Morse was a pretty famous person as well. A Yale graduate, he was an educator who is still known as the “Father of American Geography.” His work in that field included a textbook called “Geography Made Easy” which was used widely in schools, colleges, libraries and thousands of American homes.
Here’s what he said about the importance of Christianity to the culture and the administration of government:
“To the kindly influence of Christianity we owe that degree of civil freedom, and political and social happiness which mankind now enjoys. In proportion as the genuine effects of Christianity are diminished in any nation, either through unbelief, or the corruption of its doctrines, or the neglect of its institutions; in the same proportion will the people of that nation recede from the blessings of genuine freedom, and approximate the miseries of complete despotism…
Whenever the pillars of Christianity shall be overthrown, our present republican forms of government, and all the blessings that flow from them, must fall with them.”
Was Jedidiah Morse right about this?
Asked another way, how is this multiculturalism working out for our culture.
As we see the role of Christianity diminished in our country — as we see our institutions abandon or corrupt its doctrine — are things getting better or worse for us?
When we eliminate all moral standards – When nothing is really considered to be “wrong” anymore, do we have greater freedom?
If Morse was right, America is in trouble.
Our Founding generation fought for and died for something. If we now believe that there is nothing that is wrong, then what did they fight against and what did they die for?
Or did they know something we have forgotten?
Psalm 33:12 reminds us, as it informed them,
“Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord.”
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