There's a buzz around the news world that special interest groups are trying to convince the President to get rid of the Bible, traditionally used for the purpose of 'swearing in' the President, during his Inauguration. Whether this is true or not is debatable. If this is true, it would certainly mark President Obama as a willing first Post-Judeo-Christian President, and challenge anyone (who gullibly states that all things in America are hunky-dory) to rethink their position.
It would also pose a question: what, exactly, are we losing when we hide the Bible?
MSNBC talking-head suggests dissing Bible: http://dailycaller.com/2013/01/11/lawrence-odonnell-get-rid-of-bible-on-inauguration-day-video/
Very slowly, quite insidiously (for the majority of lukewarm Americans, to include millions of progressive Cafeteria Catholics, and Christians--those who voted for Obama) freedoms are beginning to shrink. First, although the above mentioned luke-warmers didn't mind, the right to Life was further weakened in the re-election of Barack Obama. Second, by re-electing Barack Obama, the looming HHS affront to religious freedom continues to sneak up on us. Then came the false pious attack on our Second Amendment Rights. Now, we could witness the public disavowing of Christianity from our government.
No bible at the inauguration? http://video.foxnews.com/v/2090871014001/remove-the-bible-from-presidential-inauguration
So what would lukewarm America lose from the Bible? Much! To begin with, and to aim at being succinct, honing in on the gospel message, particularly the parables of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, would be a good start! Where will America go without the 'Good Samaritan' and the Father who forgave the prodigal son? We will probably go to utilitarian socialist medicine where people are healed if it is economically warranting. We will probably go further down the road of relativism, since, in the message of atheist secularists, there is no Heavenly Father, there is no objective morality, no need to feel sinful, and no need for conversion. Oops! Then there would be no real hope, and no grace, and national despair would manifest itself in class warfare, depressed entitlement, senseless violence, and rampant immorality.
Oops again! It's already here!
What good has Christianity done? http://christiangoodinsociety.blogspot.com
Without the gospel Jesus seeking out the sinners and the tax collectors there would be a public opinion that some lives were less worthy of respect. Oops! We already have that in abortion, euthanasia, attacks on traditional marriage, and attacks on religious freedom. And most importantly, without the suffering, dying, and Rising Christ, we would have a society always seeking to run from suffering, always seeking to run from uncomfortable responsibility, always seeking to hide sickness and weakness and age. We would have a society which sees no dignity in suffering, always running away in materialism and pleasure, self-medicating itself from reality.
Statistics of American religious life: http://religions.pewforum.org/reports
Redemption would be found solely in the popular, in the material, in the pleasure...and in the end, they will have lost their soul. Isn't this already the case?
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