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Pluralistic Society Or Christian Nation?
AUTHOR: Unknown
PUBLISHED ON: March 19, 2003
DOC SOURCE: CCN
PUBLISHED IN: Christian Living

Question #7

      ISN’T  IT BETTER TO LIVE IN A PLURALISTIC SOCIETY
              RATHER THAN A CHRISTIAN NATION?

The question above can be answered only if we come to grips with the
myth of the greatness of the pluralistic society. Many Christians today
have been taught that it is good to live in a “do your own thing”
society where “anything goes” because that protects their liberty to
worship and preach the Gospel. The argument goes like this: “I’ll
protect your right to sell pornographic literature and movies as  long
as you will let me preach Jesus.”

            The Counter Culture Blues

Barbara Morris in her book, Change Agents in the Schools, points to the
fact that the public schools have become value changers, not just tools
of education. In “values clarification” classes students are taught
that there are no more absolutes in our “evolutionary,” pluralistic
world. For example, our children our taught that while we may not think
it is right to kill grandmothers “by cultural consensus” (at least not
yet), it may be fine for some cultures which have practiced it as a way
of life for centuries. that is the type of reasoning used.

Oftentimes the Christian who finds the philosophy of relativism
personally offensive gives in to it culturally because he has been
conditioned by his education to accept the non-Christian culture as the
norm.

To complicate the problem, many Christians in the twentieth
century have been taught that the world (GOd’s created world) is evil
and under the control of Satan. We, as Christians, are relegated to the
status of misfits who can only hope to be a counter-culture. As a result
of this attitude, many Christians pre-suppose the impossibility of a
Christian nation because they believe the above distortions. The Bible
teaches the opposite to be true.

    Every nation is called upon to obey Jesus Christ (Psalm 2:10-12):

    “Be wise now therefore, O ye kings: be instructed, ye judges of the
    earth. Serve the Lord with fear, and rejoice with trembling. Kiss
    the Son, lest he be angry, and ye perish from the way’ when his
    wrath is kindled but a little. Blessed are all they that put their
    trust in Him.”

This is not a call to build pluralistic societies but godly ones, which
become disciples of our Lord: in other words, Christian nations.

In fact, in the Great Commission in Matthew 28:18-20 where we are given
our marching orders, Jesus calls us to teach (make disciples of ) the
nations, teaching them to obey all that He has commanded.

There is no neutrality with God, Either a nation will be built upon a
foundation of God’s Word or it will be destroyed by “kindling the Son’s
wrath.” A pluralistic society is just another term for a Christian
nation that is on its way to becoming a humanistic society devoted to
war with the Gospel. English historian E.R. Norman has observed:

    “pluralism is a word society employs during the transition from one
    orthodoxy to another “

Whether you are a Christian or not, as you read this study guide,
consider this warning: If we abandon our Biblical roots for pluralism,
we will soon lose all the attending benefits of Christian civilization
such as law, absolute moral standards, a sound economy, a limited
government, and any vestige of liberty that we still maintain.

The restoration of our land will not be accomplished by bartering with
the devil for equal time. We must lead out society through the strength
of our character, our Biblical reasoning and action, and our financial
resources if there is to be liberty for either the righteous or the
unrighteous. Proverbs 29:2 says that “when the righteous are in
authority, the people rejoice: when the wicked beareth rule, the people
mourn.”

As a Christians we cannot hide behind the excuse that Satan rules
the day, because he does not. We must work to restore our Republic which
rightly belongs to God, not the devil. Unbelievers also should come to
grips with the facts of history which show that only in a Christian
Republic will their liberty of conscience be guaranteed. Pluralism, on
the other hand, will lead us to tyranny. For its chaos of relative
values leading to anarchy will ultimately succumb to some form of
tyranny.

Some will say, “don’t we have greater liberty today under pluralism?”
Not true! Our founders would stand on another Lexington Green if they
were here today and saw us submitting to 40% confiscation of our
property through government taxes, the murder of 15 million babies
through abortion taking from them their lives and liberty, and the State
propagandizing the youth of our nation in the religion of secular
humanism while forcing the Bible and prayer to be taken out of our
schools. We are not truly free today. Worse is coming if we do not
restore our Christian nation through rebuilding the character of the
American Christian.

Dr. Jedediah Morse, on April 25, 1799, summarized the decision that we
face today:

    “To the kindly influence for Christianity we owe that degree of
    civil freedom and political and social happiness which mankind now
    enjoys. In proportion as the genuine effects of Christianity are
    diminished in any nation, either through unbelief, or the
    corruption of its doctrines, or the neglect of its institutions; in
    the same proportion will the people of that nation recede from the
    blessings of genuine freedom, and approximate the miseries of
    complete despotism.”

The following statement by the eminent professor and theologian, Charles
Hodge, Princeton Seminary, in 1876, illustrates the cognent and balanced
thinking that once prevailed concerning our nation and its purpose. If
we are to restore our nation, we must heed the words of men such as Rev.
Hodge:

    The proposition that the United States of America are a Christian
    and Protestant nation, is not so much the assertion of a principle
    as the statement of fact. The fact is not simply that the great
    majority of the people are Christians and Protestants, but that the
    organic life, the institutions, laws, judicial, or executive, is,
    and of right should be. and in fact must be, in accordance with the
    principles of Protestant Christianity.

    “When Protestant Christians came to this country they possessed and
    subdued the land. They worshipped God, and His Son Jesus Christ as
    the Saviour of the World, and acknowledged the Scriptures  to be
    the rule of their faith and practice. They introduced their
    religion into their families, their schools, and their colleges.

    They abstained from all ordinary business on the Lord’s Day, and
    devoted it to religion. They build churches, erected school-houses,
    and taught their children to read the Bible and to receive and obey
    it as the Word of God. They formed themselves as Christians into
    municipal and state organizations. They acknowledged God in their
    legislative assemblies. They prescribed oaths to be taken in His
    name.

    They closed their courts, their places of business, their
    legislatures, and all places under public control, on the Lord’s
    Day. They declared Christianity to be part of the common law of the
    land. in the process of time thousands have come among us, who are
    neither Protestant nor Christians..All are welcomed; all are
    admitted to equal rights and privileges. All are allowed to acquire
    property, and to vote in every election, made eligible to all
    offices, and invested with equal influence in all public affairs.

    All are allowed to worship as they please, or not to worship at
    all, if they see fit. No man is molested for his religion or for
    his want of religion. No man is required to profess any form of
    faith, or to join any religious association. More, however, is
    demanded.

    The infidel demands that the government should be
    conducted on the principle that Christianity is false. The atheist
    demands that it should be conducted on the assumption that there is
    no God, and the positivist on the principle that men are no free
    agents. The sufficient answer to all this is that it cannot
    possibly be done.”

                               

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