There is a monumental war raging for the heart and soul of America. According to our President, we are no longer a Christian nation. In many ways he is right. We have abandoned our Judeo-Christian heritage, replacing it with a worldview of politically correct tolerance for just about every belief system—just as long as it isn’t Christian. In our laws we repudiate the beliefs of our ancestors; and in our school curricula, we revise history, expunging the values of our earlier generations in favor of a secular interpretation of events. Millions of school kids have no idea what Americans believed at the time of the Revolution, the Civil War, or even World War II.
Those who want to revise history have come to power and have been busy revising our laws as well as our beliefs. In many ways, what they are doing is similar to the French Revolution, where anything involving Catholicism was ruthlessly purged from society. In that revolution, many lost their lives because of their beliefs.
In the American Revolution, it was the exact opposite. The clergy, especially the Calvinist ministers from New England, provided the justification for rebelling against the legitimate King of England. Without the biblical justification for sedition, our revolution would never have gained the popular support necessary to succeed. Our forefathers, however, believing that God was on our side and that our cause was just, fought the King, winning our independence from our motherland.
As a result, the role of God in the founding of the United States was considered paramount, and our early leaders saw God’s hand in nearly everything we did. Consequently, our laws favored religious expression and were never hostile to it. As the generations passed, Americans were free to practice religious diversity, which they did. Unlike France, our beliefs and our laws favored the free expression of religious beliefs. For nearly two centuries, religious diversity thrived in America.
In the last half century, however, things have changed. In the media and in our laws, hostility toward our Juedo-Christian heritage has become so pronounced that the popular culture is now openly contemptuous of people of faith, considering them to be ignorant and intolerant. We have come to follow the French model rather than our own heritage. Our prevailing civil religion is accepting of religious beliefs—just as long as they are not Christian.