Evangel Presbyterian

Freedom Under Assault!

The West is slipping toward the abyss, losing more and more of its religious essence as it thoughtlessly yields up its younger generation to atheism.” If we do not reverse this soon, freedom and prosperity as we have known it in America will be no more.

Posted by Don W. Rackley on October 2016

Our Declaration of Independence declares it, “Selfevident that we are endowed by our Creator with certain inalienable rights.” Today any such public affirmation of God’s existence is often met with disdain and embarrassment. William Blackstone, the greatest of British jurists, wrote in his famous Commentaries, “That all laws were ultimately based on the law of nature and of nature’s God.” The First Congress ─ the same Congress that debated and proposed the First Amendment, not only retained the first legislative chaplains to pray and to provide spiritual counsel, but the day after proposing the First Amendment called on President Washington to proclaim “A day of public thanksgiving and prayer, to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts, the many favors of Almighty God.” Our second President, John Adams, went right to the bottom line: “Our Constitution was made only for a religious and a moral people and is wholly inadequate for the government of any other.” Were our founding fathers wrong? Are our pledge of allegiance to, “One nation under God” and our national motto, “In God we trust,” also unconstitutional? Are they really violations of the, “Separation of Church and State?” There are two basic philosophies of life competing for dominance of our law, our politics and our very lives. There is the Judeo-Christian world view that begins by affirming God’s existence and as Franklin put it, that “God governs the affairs of men.” We therefore take the teaching of Scriptures seriously. On the other hand there are the ecularists, who pronounce God irrelevant, if He exists. This is what the secularists call, “The American Way.” It issues in a valueless society. Alexander Solzhenitsyn, put it well in his Templeton address in 1983. “Through decades of gradual erosion, the meaning of life in the West has ceased to be seen as anything more lofty than the ‘Pursuit of happiness.’ The concepts of good and evil have been ridiculed for several centuries. The West is slipping toward the abyss, losing more and more of its religious essence as it thoughtlessly yields up its younger generation to atheism.” If we do not reverse this soon, freedom and prosperity as we have known it in America will be no more.