Published October 26, 2010
"You are worthy, O Lord,
To receive glory and honor and power;
For You created all things,
And by Your will they exist and were created." Rev. 4:11
What would our world be like if there were no Creator God?
Pondering that question is, of course, simply an intellectual exercise because the Bible (and common sense) recognizes and identifies God as the Creator of all we see and know (as in the verse above).
But what if there were no Creator? Our society certainly seems to want to deny the existence of a Creator. And it has prompted a lot of "revisionist history" on the part of our government.
For example, you're familiar with these famous words from the Declaration of Independence: "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness."
But three times in recent weeks not once, not twice, but three times the current occupant of the White House has quoted the Declaration in public speeches, and each time has left out any reference to the Creator. He said, simply, "...they are endowed with certain inalienable rights..." Once? An oversight. Twice? Get somebody new on the Teleprompter. Three times? It must have been intentional especially for someone who says he's an Ivy League-educated specialist in constitutional law.
Excising God from any connection with America's roots seems to be a growing preoccupation in Washington.
Not long ago it took a Congressional directive to include the official national motto, "In God We Trust," at the new Capitol Visitor Center, just down the Mall from the Capitol. Inclusion of the motto had been challenged legally by an atheist group a challenge Jay Sekulow of the American Center for Law and Justice called "...another misguided attempt to alter history and purge America of religious references."
Here's one that, even in these times, is hard to believe. In the U. S. Supreme Court building is a huge relief sculpture of Moses carrying tablets bearing the Ten Commandments, illustrating their foundational role in American jurisprudence. But when visitor Todd DuBord, pastor of the Lake Alamanor Community Church in California, asked an official guide at the Court about the images, he was told the tablets with Roman numerals one through ten represented the first ten amendments to the Constitution, known as the Bill of Rights. The foolishness of this was self-apparent, as the inscriptions seen beside the numerals were clearly Hebrew script. But this was, nonetheless, the official explanation.
Judge Roy Moore, former chief justice of the Alabama Supreme Court, who was removed from office by a federal judge because Moore refused to remove a depiction of the Ten Commandments from the Alabama courthouse, was not surprised by the above. He told WorldNetDaily, "They've distorted history to come up with their own version of things" in order to "divorce ourselves from an understanding of where our rights come from."
You'll certainly recall the continuing efforts across the country to remove the Ten Commandments from public places. You'll also recall atheist Michael Newdow's continuing lawsuits to remove "under God" from the Pledge of Allegiance.
And you've heard of cases where student commencement speakers were denied the right to mention God in their speeches. In one such case, Brittany McComb of Nevada was in the midst of her commencement address when she had the audacity to say, "God's love is so great that He gave up His only Son..." School officials immediately cut off the sound system and left her speaking into a dead microphone. And the Ninth U. S. Circuit Court of Appeals wasted no time in saying that was just fine with them.
Then there's the case of Lincoln's famous Gettysburg Address. Princeton University Professor Robert George says he attended a recent conference and was given a printed copy of the address. Lincoln's words, transcribed by several reporters at the speech and now engraved in stone on the battlefield, include, "...that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth...." The revisionist printing of the address, though, simply omitted the term "under God."
And it's not just in the States. When the European Union drew up their new Constitution, they decided not to include any reference to God, instead using such terms as "spiritual" and "humanistic" to describe the EU's heritage.
So, if, as the government and secularists everywhere seem to want us to think, there were no Creator who is, as the Declaration rightly says, the source of our rights, what would it mean? What would be the mindset of a person who believes such a thing? And what would be the impact if such a person were in government?
- It would mean the source of our rights is not God but the government. And a government that gives such rights such as they are can also take away those rights.
- It would mean that the "right to life" is not an immutable God-given right, but is something that government can easily take away. Such a government would have no problem with abortions (currently about 3,000 a day in the USA), or even the euthanasia of the elderly, if either of those things would be convenient for society at large.
- It would mean that liberty is not a God-given right, but something allowed at the whim of government.
- It would mean that the "pursuit of happiness" would mean anything the government wants it to mean, for whomever the government wants. It would mean that such happiness could take any form perversions, drugs, you name it, because the limits placed on such (false) "happiness" by God would be irrelevant. Anything goes, as long as it engenders "happiness."
- It would mean that "marriage" could be anything the government says it is, regardless of what God says it is and how thousands of years of human history have understood it.
- It would mean that we were not formed in the image of God, but are merely the result of the random and haphazard coalescence of matter over eons of time. (How can anyone espouse this with a straight face? It's patently absurd. And it totally ignores the origin of our souls, which, I suppose, are also denied.) Random human beings have no intrinsic value to humanists other than for what they can contribute to whomever is in charge.
- It would mean the changeless law of God can be conveniently replaced by the ever-changing law of man, subject only to the whims of the current regime.
- It would mean, among many other things, there's no "chosen people" and no "promised land." So Israel is just another little country that has no more significance than Slovenia (which is roughly the same size). That partly explains the hostility of our current government and unbelievers in general toward Israel.
So, it becomes apparent that such things as omitting "by their Creator" is simply evidence of a consistent decision and desire to remove from, in this case, the nation's foundational documents the fact that these rights and, indeed, the formation of this country were ordained by God Himself. And it goes a long way toward explaining why our nation, and the world, are in such trouble today.
For someone who doesn't believe in God, all of the above makes perfect sense. It's all about the "here and now," and not about eternity. Any reference to God, for an unbeliever, simply "cramps their style" and, perhaps, is at least a little intimidating because, well, there's this nagging feeling which they would not admit that there just might be a God Who has rules. "So, let's get Him out of sight and mind as much as possible."
The roots of all this, of course, go back to the Garden of Eden where Satan made it clear he was out to destroy anything belonging to, or favored by, God. And Satan's human followers are simply soldiering on toward this end.
These are difficult times for Christians. Their beliefs are not simply being challenged, they are being actively belittled , ridiculed and phased out from public view. Ignored. Today's generation of students is being taught that God is irrelevant. This is simply the current point on the journey toward extreme persecution of Christians.
If you're as outraged about all this as I am, please remember there is an election in about a week. I believe Christians are commanded by Christ Himself to exert a godly influence on the society in which we live, as "salt" and "light" for the world (Matt. 5:13,14). And one potentially effective way we can do that is by electing leaders who share godly values and by retiring those who don't.
But always remember this: Our faith always needs to remain in God, not government. Because government will change and perish, but God is eternal.
"Some people trust the power of chariots or horses, but we trust you, Lord God" (Psalm 20:7).
See also "The Great Offense."
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