the secular state
by kelechi ajoku
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THE SECULAR STATE
I had no clue it was such a big deal. Call me clueless, maybe old fashion, but I was shocked. Three days after the United States of America celebrated the inauguration of the 43rd president of earth’s greatest nation, I heard about a newspaper columnist who described the president’s speech as “God-drenched”. God-drenched? Where on earth did stuff like that come from? What is it about God that has become offensive to the western world?
In today’s world everything you can think about is acceptable. That which was once bizarre and psychotic is now considered cosmopolitan and contemporary. It’s all-good, as long as we live God out. In today’s world God is an enemy to secularism.
In a time when folks are in desperate need of God in their lives, society is doing a lot of hard work to isolate God and force him out of the equation. The sad result is that nature does not permit the existence of a vacuum. Thus if we force God out, we ask the devil to pitch his tent in our communities. That’s why today’s generation bears the scars of a people in chaos:
-Increase in violent crimes
-Increase in HIV/AIDS and other sexually transmitted diseases with higher rates of morbidity and mortality.
-Schools all across the globe have become battlefields instead of development centers
-Broken homes, destroyed families and hurting kids
-Increase in drug and alcohol abuse
We’ve become a people slowly digging our graves.
I’ve got a theory, maybe a hint of why the mere mention of God makes a lot of folks nervous. In Luke 8, Jesus visits a community and sets a man free from his bondage. Prior, to his freedom the man was in bondage for years. He sat in a dark tomb cutting himself away with stones. After Jesus sets him free, you’d think that the people would be happy to have Jesus around for a little while…right? Wrong. They begged Jesus to leave: “the people who saw this happen told the others how Jesus had made the man well. All the people of the Garasene country asked Jesus to leave, because they were all afraid” (verses 36-37)
There was no room in their hearts for Jesus because they were afraid.
What were they afraid of? My guess is that they were afraid of stuff most folks today are afraid of. We’re afraid because when the divine comes the humane must bow. Divinity and humanity cannot co-exist as Lord. We’re afraid because divinity disrupts the vanity of the mundane. We’re afraid because when we’re reminded of God, we’re reminded of our wrongs.
We’re afraid because in the quest to exist as secular, we’ve sacrificed the largest part of our humanity, that which longs for a relationship with our divine father.
If we let God step into the equation, a lot has got to change. Society is reminded that what we call “politically correct” is simply sin against the Most High God. If God steps into society he’ll disrupt most of our business. In the story of Luke 8 the man’s deliverance, cost the town a herd of pigs.
I’m thinking, how many business in today’s world would need to give way if divinity stepped into our secular affairs? The porn industries, even a large part of mainstream entertainment would be totally disrupted if we allowed Jesus go to far. Multibillion dollars corporations like tobacco and alcohol industries would really feel the jitters.
So what do we do? We tell God to take a hike, and we shut the doors of our hearts behind Him. In America, when God was kicked out of schools, guns and drugs walked in to take His place.
I can understand nations not being ruled based on biblical principles, but on the laws and constitution of the state. A nation that seeks to embrace different people should not be ruled based on the beliefs of a select group.
But I cannot understand why the God of the bible is opposed so vehemently in our secular state. Allah is acceptable, kabala is welcomed, Buddha is cool but something about is Jehovah is uncomfortable. The gay community can parade the streets scantily clothed in honour of gay day, but if church folks march on the streets to proclaim the truth of God’s word then they must be haters.
Our generation is at a crossroad where we must choose between God and whatever the world can offer. Whatever choice we make, we’ll be left to reap its rewards.
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Wow! Quite an amazing piece. I thought it was required my today's medical schools to abandon Christian thought. I am so glad you are in that field! And that you love to write! Keep up the good work. I agree with your column 100%. And I think you should send that article to some newpapers as a guest column. May God continue to bless you. Sincerely, Dan Blankenship