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The E.Newspaper By Dr. Howdy, Ph.D. A.P.E., N.U.T.
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Cyber-Thought Multiculturalists & Religious Pluralists
Let’s begin with a riddle: What is it that the more you take away, the bigger it gets? The answer is: a hole. When applied to the global gods that have hitched a ride with immigrants to American democracy, we have a growing spiritual hole. The more gods that settle, the more that is taken away from the primacy of Christianity as the ideological ruler of the land.
Of course, for multiculturalists and religious pluralists this is not a problem, indeed this is progress at its best. Multiculturalism is the view that all cultures are equal in value, from that of a spirits-worshiping tribe to that of a nation that bases its way of life on Judeo-Christian teachings. Its sibling, religious pluralism, insists that all gods are also equal.
The hole we find ourselves in is as ironic as it is tragic. The irony is that the very God that taught us to accept all people is now himself rejected from His historic position of cultural rule. Why is this tragic? Because we are unwittingly kicking away our foundation. It is not without reason that G.K. Chesterton called America “the nation with the soul of a church.”
America is not based on some civil or state religion. Our very Constitution is rooted in biblical thought, which explains the largeness of Americanism, a thinking that allows an agnostic or atheist or Buddhist or Muslim or Hindu to be an American citizen with the same equal rights as a Christian.
“But to accomplish that feat is harder than most people realize. The Bible is not merely the fertile soil that brought Americanism forth. It is the energy source that makes it live and thrive; that makes believing Americans willing to prescribe freedom, equality, and democracy even for a place like Afghanistan, once regarded as perhaps the remotest region on the face of the globe. If you undertake to remove Americanism from its native biblical soil, you had better connect it to some other energy source potent enough to keep its principles alive and blooming.”
These notions are not known by global gods. Just look at the countries where they have lived for years, even centuries. All gods have some commonalities. They are missionary by nature. Their fierce competition for first place makes a joke of religious pluralism. And, they all deride postmodernism, the idea that one cannot know absolute truth, as utter foolishness as they make that claim for themselves. As we coexist with adherents of other religions, we must remember that global gods are no match for the God of the Bible. His supremacy is self-evident in many ways, one of which is the culture produced by His Word.
Two premises in our culture originate in the Bible: “First, every member of the American community has his own individual dignity, insofar as he deals individually with God; second, the community has a divine mission to all mankind. Three conclusions [are]: every human being everywhere is entitled to freedom, equality, and democracy.”
Only by convincing others that the inclusive nature of America is only possible because of the exclusive uniqueness and supremacy of our God will we make the hole smaller.Joe Henriques