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What Kind of Society is Better?

ISN’T IT BETTER TO LIVE IN A PLURALISTIC SOCIETY
RATHER THAN A CHRISTIAN NATION?

The question above can be answered only if we come to grips with
the myth of the greatness of the pluralistic society. Many Christians
today have been taught that it is good to live in a “do your own
thing” society where “anything goes” because that protects their
liberty to worship and preach the Gospel. The argument goes like
this: “I’ll protect your right to sell pornographic literature and
movies as long as you will let me preach Jesus.”

The Counter Culture Blues

Barbara Morris in her book, Change Agents in the Schools, points
to the fact that the public schools have become value changers, not
just tools of education. In “values clarification” classes students
are taught that there are no more absolutes in our “evolutionary,”
pluralistic world. For example, our children our taught that while we
may not think it is right to kill grandmothers “by cultural consensus”
(at least not yet), it may be fine for some cultures which have
practiced it as a way of life for centuries. That is the type of
reasoning used.

Oftentimes the Christian who finds the philosophy of relativism
personally offensive gives in to it culturally because he has been
conditioned by his education to accept the non-Christian culture as
the norm. To complicate the problem, many Christians in the twentieth
century have been taught that the world (God’s created world) is evil
and under the control of Satan. We, as Christians, are relegated to
the status of misfits who can only hope to be a counter-culture. As a
result of this attitude, many Christians pre-suppose the impossibility
of a Christian nation because they believe the above distortions. The
Bible teaches the opposite to be true. Every nation is called upon to
obey Jesus Christ (Psalm 2:10-12):

“Be wise now therefore, O ye kings: be instructed, ye judges of
the earth. Serve the Lord with fear, and rejoice with trembling.
Kiss the Son, lest he be angry, and ye perish from the way’ when his
wrath is kindled but a little. Blessed are all they that put their
trust in Him.”

This is not a call to build pluralistic societies but godly ones,
which become disciples of our Lord: in other words, Christian nations.

In fact, in the Great Commission in Matthew 28:18-20 where we are
given our marching orders, Jesus calls us to teach (make disciples of)
the nations, teaching them to obey all that He has commanded.

There is no neutrality with God, Either a nation will be built
upon a foundation of God’s Word or it will be destroyed by “kindling
the Son’s wrath.” A pluralistic society is just another term for a
Christian nation that is on its way to becoming a humanistic society
devoted to war with the Gospel. English historian E.R. Norman has
observed:

“Pluralism is a word society employs during the transition from
one orthodoxy to another ”

Whether you are a Christian or not, as you read this study guide,
consider this warning: If we abandon our Biblical roots for pluralism,
we will soon lose all the attending benefits of Christian civilization
such as law, absolute moral standards, a sound economy, a limited
government, and any vestige of liberty that we still maintain.

The restoration of our land will not be accomplished by bartering
with the devil for equal time. We must lead out society through the
strength of our character, our Biblical reasoning and action, and our
financial resources if there is to be liberty for either the righteous
or the unrighteous. Proverbs 29:2 says that “when the righteous are
in authority, the people rejoice: when the wicked beareth rule, the
people mourn.” As a Christians we cannot hide behind the excuse that
Satan rules the day, because he does not. We must work to restore our
Republic which rightly belongs to God, not the devil. Unbelievers
also should come to grips with the facts of history which show that
only in a Christian Republic will their liberty of conscience be
guaranteed. Pluralism, on the other hand, will lead us to tyranny.
For its chaos of relative values leading to anarchy will ultimately
succumb to some form of tyranny.

Some will say, “Don’t we have greater liberty today under
pluralism?” Not true! Our founders would stand on another Lexington
Green if they were here today and saw us submitting to 40%
confiscation of our property through government taxes, the murder of
15 million babies through abortion taking from them their lives and
liberty, and the State propagandizing the youth of our nation in the
religion of secular humanism while forcing the Bible and prayer to be
taken out of our schools. We are not truly free today. Worse is
coming if we do not restore our Christian nation through rebuilding
the character of the American Christian.

Dr. Jedediah Morse, on April 25, 1799, summarized the decision
that we face today:

“To the kindly influence for 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.”

The following statement by the eminent professor and theologian,
Charles Hodge, Princeton Seminary, in 1876, illustrates the cognizant
and balanced thinking that once prevailed concerning our nation and
its purpose. If we are to restore our nation, we must heed the words
of men such as Rev. Hodge:

“The proposition that the United States of America are a
Christian and Protestant nation, is not so much the assertion of a
principle as the statement of fact. The fact is not simply that the
great majority of the people are Christians and Protestants, but that
the organic life, the institutions, laws, judicial, or executive, is,
and of right should be, and in fact must be, in accordance with the
principles of Protestant Christianity. When Protestant Christians
came to this country they possessed and subdued the land. They
worshipped God, and His Son Jesus Christ as the Savior of the World,
and acknowledged the Scriptures to be the rule of their faith and
practice. They introduced their religion into their families, their
schools, and their colleges. They abstained from all ordinary
business on the Lord’s Day, and devoted it to religion. They built
churches, erected school-houses, and taught their children to read the
Bible and to receive and obey it as the Word of God. They formed
themselves as Christians into municipal and state organizations. They
acknowledged God in their legislative assemblies. They prescribed
oaths to be taken in His name. They closed their courts, their places
of business, their legislatures, and all places under public control,
on the Lord’s Day. They declared Christianity to be part of the
common law of the land. In the process of time thousands have come
among us, who are neither Protestant nor Christians. All are
welcomed; all are admitted to equal rights and privileges. All are
allowed to acquire property, and to vote in every election, made
eligible to all offices, and invested with equal influence in all
public affairs. All are allowed to worship as they please, or not to
worship at all, if they see fit. No man is molested for his religion
or for his want of religion. No man is required to profess any form
of faith, or to join any religious association. More, however, is
demanded. The infidel demands that the government should be conducted
on the principle that Christianity is false. The atheist demands that
it should be conducted on the assumption that there is no God, and the
positivist on the principle that men are not free agents. The
sufficient answer to all this is that it cannot possibly be done.”

The preceeding articles were excerpted from:
American Covenant..the Untold Story
by Marshall Foster and Elaine Swanson

Computers for Christ – Chicago

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