"Gradually, that which had become the basic thought form of modern people became the almost totally accepted viewpoint, an almost monolithic consensus. And as it came to the majority of people through art, music, drama, theology, and the mass media, values died."
Those are the words of one of my mentors, the late theologian Francis A. Schaeffer, in his seminal book, "How Should We Then Live?"
Schaeffer was lamenting the fact that Christian ideals and traditional moral standards that had defined this nation for most of its great history were gradually being replaced by arbitrary absolutes that have no basis in history or religious doctrine.
The result was an ever-changing system of standards that could be easily modified as unconditional social policies were altered. Subsequently, abortion became the law of the land, the theory of evolution became fact in academia, and sexual deviancy became conventional behavior in secular society. In addition, biblical standards that were central in defining American law and social guidelines were treated spitefully by those who adhere to situational ethics and readily flexible moral beliefs.
As we celebrate the 227th birthday of America on Friday, we do so grieving yet another crucial court decision that has wounded our once diligently protected religious freedoms.
The U.S. Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals agreed this week with a federal trial court that the Ten Commandments memorial placed in the rotunda of the Alabama Judicial Building by state Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore must be removed.
Judge Moore authorized the memorial as a reminder that the biblical laws stand as the moral groundwork of American law.
The Thomas More Law Center, a national public interest law firm based in Ann Arbor, Mich., responded to the decision by noting that the Ten Commandments "clearly form the basis of the judicial code of this country, and it is proper and permissible for a display to appear on public property that includes the Ten Commandments." The Law Center argued that the First Amendment "mandates an accommodation of religious faith and is not restricted to only the secular."
Edward L. White III, associate counsel with the Thomas More Law Center, observed that the Eleventh Circuit's decision came less than one week after another federal appellate court, the Third Circuit (based in Philadelphia) upheld the display of the Ten Commandments on the wall outside of a courthouse.
Our Founding Fathers consistently spoke of the need for utilizing the Bible and Judeo-Christian values in defining and preserving this nation:
I could observe a host of similar examples confirming that America was founded as a Christian nation with sincere respect for and adherence to biblical values.
Last year, Congressman Roscoe Bartlett (R-Md.) gave a "Special Orders Speech" before his colleagues in the U.S. House of Representatives.
In that speech, he asked, "Are we better off today? Since we banished God from public life ... and allowed a vocal group of humanist activists to tell us our faith is dangerous to [the] liberties of this nation - are we better off?"
I say the answer is a resounding no!
May Christians in this nation rise up and reclaim the religious freedoms that our Founders assured for us. If we do not, as Francis Schaeffer so clearly noted, the values of our forefathers will surely die.