I've been involved in some pretty heated debates on other blogs lately involving issues of religion, judicial powers, abortion, gay marriage, and filibusters. It seems to be the hot topic for this media cycle. On one side you have people like myself who believe God rules all and the evil nature of man means he cannot be trusted to rule himself. On the other side you have those who suggest the rules of man must take precedence to protect us against those who kill and oppress in the name of God. These are complex issues that seem to be taking center stage today, but they are not new issues. In 1992, Pat Buchanan, gave his famous Culture War Speech
at the Republican National Convention. At the time he was laughed at by the media. He was labelled an extremist. A radical. A fundamentalist. Whether or not you agree with his positions, you have to agree he was a visionary. Take the time to read his speech and you wouldn't be able to tell it was written 13 years ago.
We are involved in a culture war. It is being faught on several fronts in several venues every day. The major issues are: abortion, gay marriage, socialism, moral values, separation of church and state. We think they are all separate topics that should be debated independantly. But they are all held together by one major point. It all comes down to one principle. Do you believe in God?
If you believe in God, then you must believe in heaven and hell. If you believe in God then you must believe that he represents all that is good and pure. Afterall, Adam and Eve were expelled from the Garden of Eden after sinning and polluting their bodies. So clearly God has an intolerance for anything un-pure. So if you believe that God represents all that is good, then you must believe that there is an anti-God. An evil force in the world that works to undemine God's work. So in short you must believe in good and evil if you truly believe there is a God. There is no middle ground.
In the context of our Culture War, the debate is not a struggle between good and evil. What we are seeing is an argument about whether or not there is a good and evil, or if we truly live in a Godless world where everything is relative.
Those who believe in relativism are threatened by the thought of God. They abhor the thought that their actions could be classified in one of only two catagories: good or evil. They detest those who judge them based on the teachings of a God they do not believe in. So they work to undermine the name of God. They try to remove him from the public view. They dress up their agenda with catch phrases like "civil rights" and "freedom of choice". And they attack those who believe in God by calling them extremists, fundamentalists, and radicals. But most of all they try to establish the rules of man above the laws of God. As such they turn to the governments of men. These are their God's. These are their institutions. These are their temples. These are their weapons.
If you could sum up the position of the seculars in one phrase, it would be "separation of church and state". This is their primary goal. They say they don't want one religious group dictating their values on the rest. But what they really want is ideals of good and evil removed from government. But if you don't have a government based on principles of good and evil, right and wrong, what do you have? You have a government set up to allow people the freedom to do as they choose without fear of being judged or punished. And as I said before, when men are allowed to govern themselves nothing good can come from it because we are all selfish by nature. The founders of our country new this. In the Declaration of Independence
it says "all men...are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights...That to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men." They understood that our rights come from God first, and that governments, who derive their powers from God, are only instituted to protect these rights.
So taking this into the context of what is happening today. The seculars in this country are trying to convince us that this is a new fight. The "religious lobby" in this country has just all of a sudden decided to band together and take away the rights of anyone who does not believe as they do. But this is not the case. Clearly it goes back as far as 1992 as evident with Buchanan's Culture War speech. But it goes back even further than that. In fact it has probably been going on forever. There have always been doubters of God. Those who believe that this life is all we have. What a depressing view of life. I was watching Larry King the other night and they had an interesting discussion called "What Happens After We Die?"
He had a panel of several religious leaders of diffent religions. Included in the panel was an atheist who held firm to the view that this life is all we have so just live every moment for what it is. I can't imagine how someone gets the drive to get up and go to work in the morning with a view like that. But it's no wonder why these people tend to be pro-abortion, pro-gay marriage, socialist, and anti-war since they worship community and love their fellow man.
So I guess to wrap this up I'll just throw out a little thought for you to go away and chew on for awhile. Let's say the atheists are right. Let's say there is no God. Let's say all we have is this life. We're free to do as we please without fear of ever being judged when we die because all that will happen is we will cease to exist. At the end of their life they die and that's it. Now suppose the atheists are wrong. Which side of the fence do you want to come down on? If you choose not to believe in God, folks, just be aware of what you may be signing up for.