February 18, 2019
When the 116th Congress was sworn in this past January, it became one of the most religiously diverse delegations in American history, with more than a few lawmakers taking the oath of office while placing their hands on books other than the Christian Bible. Still, according to a new survey from Pew Research, the incoming class of legislators is predominantly Christian, maybe even more so than the country itself. In the current Congress there are 32 Jewish members, 3 Muslims, 3 Hindus, 2 Buddhists and 2 Unitarian Universalists. A recent trend however, is that many newly elected members of Congress either identify as religiously unaffiliated or “refused to specify” a religious affiliation.
So how did we get to the point that the formerly “Christian” United States is becoming one of the most religiously diverse nations in the world, including our law making institutions. History tells us that The Immigration Act of 1965 eliminated the quotas linking immigration to national origins. Since then, Muslims, Buddhists, Hindus, Sikhs, Jams, Zoroastrians, and many others from a variety of religious belief systems have arrived from every part of the globe, radically altering the religious landscape of the United States. This new religious diversity is now mainstream thought pattern, and yet, many Americans, including many evangelical Christians remain unaware of the profound change taking place at every level of our society. I believe to think that the United States, whose foundation was truly based on biblical principles and subject to the Creator’s authority, will continue to be blessed by a Holy God if we as a nation turn away from our belief and dependence on Him, defies the biblical decree, “Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord.”
Many people, including many of the people elected to Congress, seem to believe that the most important question facing Americans today is how people of all faiths and beliefs can engage with one another to shape a positive future. Many of those that hold this position, believe all points of view are equally valid, and that all truth is relative to the individual and his or her environment. They believe that all ethical, religious, and political beliefs are truths that are relative to the cultural identity of the individual. This cultural relativism pervades our society, and teaches that as long as we don’t “hurt” anyone, anything goes. Absolute truth has been discarded along with belief in God and His Word. Science has been elevated to an intellectual level which explains how man can exist without a Creator, which is exactly why the teaching of Creation, for these pseudo-intellectualists, cannot be tolerated in this country any longer.
Our society places a high value on tolerance and rejects the idea of universal right and wrong. Our legislative system is having a harder time defining the laws, and our court system is having an even harder time interpreting them. In just a few short decades, journalists, the entertainment industry, and the universities across our country have pushed the “acceptance” of sexual immorality, late term (and now post birth) abortion, and moral indecency to levels Christians could have never imagined just a short time ago. Our nation’s children are losing any moral compass for their lives and are even lashing out in violence like never before. Should we be surprised that in a country where our public schools and university’s persistently teach that we are an accident of evolution, rather than the creation of a loving God, that we have come to this point in time?
Despite the enemy’s attacks and constant battering of our foundational principles, believers can rejoice today and praise our Creator, just like the psalmist did in Psalms 139:14-16, “I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place. When I was woven together in the depths of the earth, your eyes saw my unformed body. All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.” And the Bible teaches us that even the evolutionist is accountable to the Creator. Romans 1:18-20, “The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of men who suppress the truth by their wickedness, since what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them. For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities-his eternal power and divine nature-have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse.”
Victory for believers doesn’t depend on the results of an election or in the composition of our legislative bodies. Our hope is in the God who spoke the world into existence, without the aid of billions of years, or thousands of mutations. The most incredible truth that we can hold on to is that this awesome Creator loves us and cares about us, right now as we live our lives each day.
But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. I Corinthians 15:57.