The question now is, are we still a Christian nation? How do we remain so? Another view of American history may be helpful in answering these questions. America’s journey toward darkness is not new. It may be speeding up, or approaching the darkest of days, but the battle for the direction of the United States has been raging for hundreds of years. Since before July 4, 1776, a culture war was evident. In fact, several revolutions can be recognized in our history. They are sometimes equated with our national growth or military wars, but they are recognizable shifts in American society. How we have viewed ourself and governed our nation has been through a number of editions. We are currently at the far extent of our uniquely Christian identity and expression. We are in yet another release of American culture and governance. Let’s express it as America 6.0.
Like a software giant’s constant upgrading and release of new versions of their product, so has American culture transitioned away from its Godly heritage toward a more humanistic rendition. At least five editions can be generally noted. These editions might not agree with historians epochs of American history or legal scholars degrees of jurisprudence; however, there is a recognizable correlation. After all, the culture rides upon the spiritual war that Christians fight by using Biblical armor and weaponry. Here is a rudimentary yet reasonable breakdown of these editions of American culture:
Infancy Colony vs. Nation 1607 to
1776 Bible culture = Independence
Childhood State power vs. Federal power 1776 to 1865 Enlightenment
culture = Washington D.C.
Regional Power vs. Colonial power 1865 to
1918 European culture = League of Nations
Liberating Power vs. Consolidating Power 1918 to 1945 Empire culture = United Nations
Maturity- Prime Super Power vs. Relegated Power 1945 to 2016 Babylonian
culture = Globalism-G10
Old Age- Decline
2016 to Present
1.0 Liberty v. Licentiousness
After the Revolutionary War freedom of the press, religion, speech and assembly was a two edged sword that liberated Biblical thought but also unchained deism, Masonry, and atheism, as well as pride, personal ambition and greed. The evil seeds of self interest were fought against by every pulpit, but a micro culture of spiritual rebellion was watered in shadows of wantonness.
2.0 Faith v. Reason
After the Civil War, the federation of power rested increasingly in the nation’s capitol called the District of Columbia. Christians were not comfortable with the mythological goddess being personified with the head of government but were satisfied with the term Washington D.C. as an honor to their first and revered president. Reason and enlightenment fought for the culture and sounded, well, reasonable, but Christians recognized the terms as Satanic counterfeits for “reject the Bible as authoritative”.
3.0 Restraint v. Decadence
Following the Great War, America was on par with every other European nation and a recognized colonial power. This new found strength created a hormonal surge that defined a new cultural battlefield. Would we continue as a culture with a lust for success or exercise a Scriptural restraint? Would we follow a chase for wealth, or would we discipline ourselves toward righteousness?
4.0 Evangelism v. Exploitation
World War Two put the United States and it’s culture as second to none. Gen. MacArthur called for missionaries to come minister to Asia. Some responded with compassion, but the greater culture wanted to exploit markets. After all, we had spilled blood to stop tyrants and open doors to American influence. American goods or American goodness was a difficult balance to maintain. The baby boomers that came from this era fought a culture war that likened America to Rome.
5.0 Responsibility v. Self Centeredness
The Cold War was actually very hot. Korea, Vietnam, and the Middle East have all been hot spots for the U.S. A very hot culture war was also initiated around 1968 when the sexual revolution, divorce, rock and roll, and television spread like wildfire. An age of rebellion has put a spiritual battle between self and the Savior on the front of American society. Christians have fought, won and lost in this era. Public prayers, evolution, abortion and homosexuality have overrun the walls of fortress America.
6.0 Light v. Darkness
In an age where pseudo-Christian churches and personalities preach and practice an unholy and unbiblical form of religion, the very definitions of right and wrong, light and darkness are being questioned. Our culture war is now for the clear meanings of Jesus, salvation, gospel, evil, faith, and Heaven. Some are oblivious to this battle. Others have seemingly gone mad and now fight for religious pluralism. Pluralism attempts to lower the true faith into an equal footing with all other opinions, making it a crime to exalt Christ over any other idea.
This journey toward darkness must still be fought. The year 2016 may be a respite, or it may bring forth a final and ultimate battle for religious liberty and Christian culture in America.
Face the darkness in whatever form it comes Fight the darkness whoever carries its’ banner. Forsake the darkness however it restates its’ false promises.