We live in a land with a great Christian heritage, a land made free and prosperous because so many of its citizens once cherished their belief in God and His Word, the Bible. Yet there has been an astonishing reversal. The old Paganism, vanquished the better part of two thousand years ago, is rising once again. How is that possible?
Look at what is happening to our culture. Our schools are secular. Our government is secular. Our entertainment industry is secular. Our businesses are secular. You name it, and it is secular. Even many of our churches have trouble focusing upon God and His Word. Therefore, many people, wondering what possible purpose a secular church could serve, have forsaken them.
Secular? What has that got to do with Paganism? Let’s consider the matter.
We don’t usually think of the old Pagans as secular, but as a practical matter that is what they were. Instead of trying to explain the world with science, the Pagans turned to idols. They created a god for every purpose. So, they had many gods. These included gods that gave them sex, wealth, knowledge, and government (their emperor). To elevate themselves, they worshiped gods designed to give them what they wanted. Therefore, instead of worshiping God, the old Pagans used their gods as magic to get the things they wanted. Instead of worshiping the One True God, the old Pagans put their desires — their self — before God.
The new Pagans, the Pagans of our time, worship gods similar to what those old Pagans worshiped, gods designed to give them what they want. Put as succinctly as possible, they worship sex, stuff, science, state, and self.
What is the consequence of the new Paganism? Doris, a poster here, addressed that concern in Ignorance is Bliss | Prince William-Manassas Family Alliance (familyallianceonline.org), and she made an obvious point. If we ignore the One True God, He will ignore us.
In an interview (In Order to Influence, We Must Engage: Steve Arterburn with Ralph Reed | The Christian Outlook), Ralph Reed made a more specific observation. Reed observes that even though Christians make up a large part of the electorate, relatively small groups have been much more effective in promoting their poltical agenda. That is, so many of us don’t care even a small group of radicals can steamroll us.
Look at what small groups of committed radicals have accomplished. They have been turning our society into a hedonistic mess.
- Abortions by the tens of millions.
- Sexual promiscuity that includes perversions that just a few years ago would have been unbelieveable.
- Schools focused on building Self Esteem, Critical Race Theory, and Transgenderism instead of the 3 R’s.
- Rapidly increasing crime rates.
- Wildly out of control government spending.
- Fear fraught economic and school lockdowns supposedly designed to prevent the spread of a horrible disease. When children have little problem with COVID-19, think about the fact we are shutting down schools and requiring them to wear masks.
- Climate Change/planet worship hysteria.
- And so forth.
Is there an easy solution for this new Paganism? Reed claims to be optimistic. Should he be? Will our society regain its Christian heritage? How many of us would it take? What would it take? Here is how the late Pastor Tim Crater began an article.
During my years in Washington I’ve encountered a peculiar notion among evangelicals about government and the work of government, called “politics”: Government is a nuisance, and politics is dirty, beneath the concern of the children of God. To be involved with it is to devote precious time and energy to re-arranging chairs on the Titanic. Now, aside from any particular political agenda or issue, the Bible is clear–Government is of God. It is as much a God-ordained institution as marriage and the family, both of which, at times, can lapse into unpleasant and dreadful conditions and yet we don’t forsake and dismiss them with the cavalier attitude we do with government. We try to restore them.Continued => Citizenship | Prince William-Manassas Family Alliance (familyallianceonline.org)
In his article, Pastor Crator called for an attitude change. He explained something many don’t find obvious, why we have a Christian obligation to participate in the governance of our country. The institution of marriage is not perfect. The church is not perfect. Government is not perfect. Yet for our benefit God gave us all three of these institutions, and we glorify our Lord when we do our best to make these institutions work as He intended.
How did God intend our government to work? Contrary to what many claim the Bible has much to say about government. To determine what the Bible says, we each need to read and study the Bible (See BibleGateway.com: A searchable online Bible in over 150 versions and 50 languages. for an online version.)
The Old Testament contains much history and a large part of that history shows us how Israel governed itself. That includes something as basic as Exodus 20:1-17 NASB – The Ten Commandments – Bible Gateway. As The Ten Commandments demonstrate, our laws should honor our Maker and require us to respect the life and property of our neighbors.
Even the New Testament has much to say about government. That includes making it clear which parts the Old Testament law still require our obedience as Christians. As Pastor Crator observed, just as Apostle Paul used his Roman citizenship to spread the message of the Gospel throughout the Roman Empire we should use our American citizenship to spread the message of the Gospel throughout the world.