Editor’s note: The views expressed here are solely those of the author.)
God is dead.
Hear me out, my neo-conservative Christian friends. I grew up in the Bible Belt, Alabama to be specific, and fully understand the importance of personal spirituality and the core faith so many enjoy in the United States. Since the liberals began their all-out assault on the Republican Party, and more importantly its faithful Christian-based wing during the Vietnam War, our country has moved at a rapid pace leftwards As a result of this political movement, a secular seed was sown and has taken over the proverbial Garden of Eden.
Americans have eaten the forbidden fruit and continue to return to the tree ridden with evil. Social issues have now shaped our country and have become the battle cries screamed at any minority willing to take the pitch, rather than economic and fiscal responsibility. Abortion, birth control, fairness, gay rights, legalized marijuana; these are all terms we have grown overly familiar with during the previous election cycle. When few of these things mattered to an American populace during arguably the worst recession in our history, we chose to fight rather than deflect.
We sit and complain when the ACLU attacks religion and wants to remove God from our schools, money, and public buildings. We whine as the courts remove public prayer from our school and sporting events. Slowly and methodically, our country has stabbed God and allowed him to bleed profusely. Now the secular portion of the leftist electorate have pushed through some policies long held at bay by the religious right. The final slash to His heart may have been cast. Catholics around the country continue to vote for leftist candidates, the very folks who castigate them for their beliefs. Some protestant groups have flocked to liberal candidates, casting their votes without thought like moths jumping around an open flame.
As a result of turning our backs on God by allowing our elected officials to remove prayer and religion in public settings, and by forcing faith-based institutions to pay for contraception when it flies in the face of their personal religions, we have allowed The Almighty to become what the secular left has wanted: a myth.
Can this trend be reversed? I am doubtful that we will be able to turn this around, but it may be possible. Educating the voting base is a must! The electorate votes for the candidates, so it only stands to reason that an educated electorate will vote for someone with similar beliefs. African Americans and Latinos are ferocious Christians; yet they have flocked to Barack Obama. Many will point to race as the primary factor, but a more important factor has been our party’s inability to teach and spread our message.
Until we play a wiser and more strategic political game, however, God will remain dead in America; and that is the cold, hard truth.