America’s Religious Majority in Decline:
Is This the End of the Constitution?
When you look at something like Pew Research Center’s recent article “America’s Religious Majority is in Decline,” it’s hard not to wonder: is this the end of the U.S. Constitution as we know it?
Most will not make this correlation, honestly. But I think it’s time to connect the dots.
And, truthfully, the goal of Rocking God’s House has always been to avoid political rhetoric. However, I have received several emails after this article surfaced, and the emails were all asking, “What does this mean for Christians in America?”
But there’s more to it than just numbers dropping on a statistic sheet. It’s not just about decline.
During a recent online debate with a proclaimed atheist, I declared on LinkedIn that, as a Christian, I feel discriminated against in this country. Christianity is not only on the decline in the US, but it is under attack. Our schools and colleges are allowed to openly berate Christianity, and they are permitted to squelch the views of students, and place young Christians on the spot when those Christians are defiant of their professor’s opinion.
That atheist’s response has resonated with me for several months because it disclosed a frightening motive.
I am paraphrasing her response, but this was the gist of it: the discrimination is against her as an atheist and others in this country who do not support Christianity. She stated that the Founding Fathers of the United States based all the founding documents upon their religious beliefs. Therefore, the reconstruction of the country’s founding documents as they exist is necessary. In this atheist’s view: Christianity has too much presence in the political realm; it should have none. According to her, Christianity is an imposition of Biblical morality that is not representing all Americans. Is she alone in her thinking, or is this the next trend against Christianity?
This is a very well spoken, intelligent woman who marched as a part of the 99% movement that has trended in this country.
She is correct in that many of the Founding Fathers were deeply rooted in Christianity.
So what does this mean for the Constitution?
Although the First Amendment states, “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances,” yes, they were written by religious men.
Kirk Cameron’s website offers an article by Douglas V. Gibbs titled “The U.S. Constitution and Biblical Principles.” To quote the author of the article:
“Biblically speaking, there is no reference to democracies and republics. But when one speaks of the Constitution being based on Biblical principles, that is not what is meant. Democracies and republics are not Biblical principles, but instead styles of governance. The principles being referred to that are in the U.S. Constitution are how our laws were inspired by the moral principles of the Ten Commandments, and how the Blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity (principles of freedom) were inspired by the biblical principles of free will, individualism, personal responsibility, moral conduct, and so forth.”
Here’s my issue. Although religious, the Founding Fathers worked to prevent religious establishments from dictating their beliefs upon those the government was intended to serve. Her problem with this premise is that as religious men, they were biased in their influence over government.
Does it mean then that because I believe that Jesus Christ is my Lord and Savior, I should not have an opinion or be allowed to vote or hold office?
This thought was addressed in an earlier article I’d written call “Who Defines Morality: God or Government”? Those who do not have a Biblical foundation for their belief system will live in a subjective range of morality because they have no definitive, absolute foundation; everything is subjective and subject to change according to what is currently wanted or popular.
America is now a socialist country formatted on a political correctness that must benefit all, and infringe upon the will or emotions of none — unless, of course, you’re a Christian, in which case society has every right to infringe upon your will, your beliefs, and your emotions — according to the atheist mentioned above. This subjective morality is wildly hypocritical.
The teachings of Christ have opened the doors for some of the most wonderful societal improvements in human history. To a Christian who genuinely follows Christ, God is the Author of Life, who, while preserving the free will of every person on earth, pursues humanity with a relentless love. Christ — God — came to earth as a man. He washed the feet of his friends and followers. He served them. He is a God of compassion and love.
The Christians in the United States are either afraid to claim their faith, or they are actually in decline, but whichever case it is, one thing is certain: Christianity is an open target. Christians may still be the majority, but a new season is on the horizon.
And the church needs to wake up and stand tall for their faith — the sooner the better.