Connie, a school psychologist from Louisiana with a Specialist degree, responds to Say Goodbye to America and National Consensus: On What Basis? This is what she has to say:
When moral relativism and absolutism of self are taken to the extreme as we see in American culture, the "love of fellow man" quickly erodes.
One of the greatest things about America has been that we love and care for our fellow man. Neighbors have always helped neighbors. Now, many people don't even know their neighbors' names.
In 2004, the U.S. gave $38 billion in world aid - 10 times that of any other nation in the world per capita. Had those monies not been squandered or pocketed by corrupt foreign leaders/governments who would see their own people starve, it would have been enough money to resolve world hunger for years to come.
I'm saddened by the rapid decline that I've seen in the moral fabric of our nation just since my adulthood 20 years ago. Even more sad is the fact that people seemingly appear ignorant of the basic history of our nation. Twenty or so years of re-writing American history to fit political correctness (i.e., moral relativism, self, secularism humanism, etc.) will do that!
Apparently one of the most misunderstood articles of our Constitution is the provision so often quoted as "separation of church and state." What a misnomer! It should be noted that 56 of the founding fathers who signed the Declaration of Independence were strong, professing Christians! They never would have dreamed that we would be anything but a Christian nation, though they provided for the freedom of others to believe whatever they choose to believe. The "separation of church and state" provision simply meant that our Government would not adopt an official religion and enforce it upon the people.
Patrick Henry wrote, "It cannot be emphasized too clearly and too often that this nation was founded, not by religionists, but by Christians; not on religion, but on the gospel of Jesus Christ. For this reason, peoples of other faiths have been afforded asylum, prosperity, and freedom of worship here." (May 1765 Speech to the House of Burgesses)
In a letter to Abigail Adams on the day the Declaration was approved by Congress, John Adams wrote, “The general principles upon which the Fathers achieved independence were the general principals of Christianity...I will avow that I believed and now believe that those general principles of Christianity are as eternal and immutable as the existence and attributes of God.”
In October 1798, John Adams wrote, "We have no government armed with power capable of contending with human passions unbridled by morality and religion. Avarice, ambition, revenge, or gallantry, would break the strongest cords of our Constitution as a whale goes through a net. Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other."
It is easy to see that when left to our own designs, we will destroy our own nation. We need not worry about outside attacks. In a few years, the great country we once knew will be no more. It will have been destroyed from within.
Charles Carroll, signer of the Declaration of Independence, wrote, "Without morals a republic cannot subsist any length of time; they therefore who are decrying the Christian religion, whose morality is so sublime and pure...are undermining the solid foundation of morals, the best security for the duration of free governments."
I am hopeful, however, that it's not too late. I see a generation of youth who are stronger and bolder than we were. They are seeking the Truth. Perhaps they will carry the torch into the darkness. (Examine Josh McDowell's writings on Absolute Truth).
For anyone interested, the Bible speaks clearly of this Godlessness in the last days "But mark this: There will be terrible times in the last days. People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God - having a form of godliness but denying its power. Have nothing to do with them. They are the kind who worm their way into homes and gain control over weak willed women, who are loaded down with sins and are swayed by all kinds of evil desires, always learning but never able to acknowledge the truth." (II Timothy 3:1-7)
Connie, thanks for this thoughtful response. I hope that you will visit Ethics Forum often and leave other good comments.
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