Yes, I know all the protests. “We weren’t doing all that well when everyone at least paid lip service to the Creator. And some people can be good without faith.” I’ve heard it all a thousand times.
But this I know: When a society thinks humiliation is entertaining (such as in our “reality” shows) . . .and when people are outraged that zoo keepers killed a gorilla to save a child’s life. . . and when political candidates stand for nothing but the joy of insulting others . . .and when unborn babies are killed in their mother’s womb . . .and a thousand other signs tell us human dignity is becoming obsolete. . . then isn’t it time to ask, having disowned and dismissed God, the loving and righteous judge of the universe, how is it working out for us?
Despite the strong image of the Daniel Boones and the John Waynes, we in fact are not merely individuals. We are who we are in relation to one another and especially in relation to our Creator. When we declare God dead, when we reject God and our accountability to God, we cease to be the persons we were created to be. We’re no longer at home in the Garden of our creation but have been cast out. Lost and alienated, we are turning against ourselves and against each other.