Never one to mince words, the Reverend E.W. Jackson took the stage last week at the Family Research Council’s Watchmen on the Wall event to decry the state of Christian persecution. “It bothers me to think my own country is a strange land,” Jackson at the pastors’ retreat. “I never thought there would be a day when my nation would persecute the Bible-believing Christian for standing for what the word of God says and reward those who come against it as if they are heroes; as if they are great Americans for standing up against God, but that’s where we are.
Much of Jackson’s speech was aimed at the widespread acceptance of gay marriage, but that wasn’t his only concern about the fate of the nation. “I never thought that I would see the day when people would brag about their ability to destroy children in the womb, but that’s exactly what we have today. And not only brag about it, but demand that your taxpayer dollars go to support the destruction of unborn children,” he said.
Jackson also illuminated a point that will likely strike a chord with cultural conservatives, saying that the problems facing America today were not just political in nature. He insisted that they were spiritual at their core, and that it would require a “spiritual solution” if we wanted to get past them.
Naturally, this is an argument seldom heard in the secular media. Our broadcasters have determined that they would prefer a godless America, and they have done a damn fine job of making their vision come true. It’s hard, after all, to justify all of that wasted time in front of the tube if you’re really living for a higher purpose. Hard to justify needing all of those “things” they sell in between the content. Harder to justify the content itself, for that matter.
But the media’s role in it aside, there’s no question that the United States is not the Christian nation it once was. For a country that was founded in part by people seeking religious freedom, we have excised God from nearly every aspect of our lives. This in itself is a monumental liberal victory that we hardly ever talk about anymore, simply because it’s all many of us have ever known. Many kids today would find it as strange to see the word “Christmas” in an advertisement as they surely find Linus’s speech in the annual Charlie Brown special.
Problem is, can you ever put the cat back in the bag? A new study says that millennials may be the least religious generation in history. You can’t convince people to come back to God with an “it would be good for society” argument. You can’t convince atheists to believe in Christ by appealing to their sense of patriotism. For one, that’s not the way faith works. Two, these people do not see gay marriage and abortion as bad things. Quite the opposite, in fact.
These things do swing back and forth with some regularity. But this particular turn away from God may not see a rebound. What that means for the future of America remains to be seen. Loathe as the left is to admit it, we were born a Christian nation. As a Christian nation, we thrived. Without that spiritual component, we head into uncharted waters. And as the old maps used to say, Here There Be Dragons.