Sins of Omission or Commission
Dr. Everett PiperDr. Piper is the President of Oklahoma Wesleyan University. Associated with Chuck Colson’s Breakpoint and Centurions programs, Dr. Piper is the author of "Why I am a 'Liberal' and Other Conservative Ideas" http://www.whyiamaliberal.com/. He has also authored "The Wrong Side of the Door: Why Ideas Matter. Piper is a frequent speaker on Christian education, Biblical worldview, and applied apologetics in both regional and national venues. For more information go to www.okwu.edu or go to www.everettpiper.com .
- 2011 May 16
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In his book Rediscovering God in America, former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich says, "There is no attack on American culture more destructive and more historically dishonest than the secular Left's relentless effort to drive God out of America's public square."
Citing a number of national leaders from George Washington to Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Gingrich argues that a biblical worldview has actually served as the moral ideal upon which our republic is built and from which our freedoms are derived and defended.
John Adams, for example, once said, “It is religion and morality alone, which can establish the principles upon which freedom can securely stand.”
George Washington added, “It is impossible to rightly govern a nation without God and the Bible.”
FDR made it clear that Christianity was essential in the battle against WWII fascism. In a radio address in 1941, he said the world was in a global conflict "between human slavery and human freedom—between pagan brutality and the Christian ideal." The United States, he declared, would stand on the side of Christianity. In another radio address FDR described Nazis as those who planned to replace "the cross of Christ" with the swastika and the sword.
The evidence of respect for the Bible and for Christianity is so pervasive in our nation’s history that any denial thereof seems at best to be a sin of omission and sadly ignorant, or at worst a sin of commission and strategically dishonest.
So, when our current president says America “is no longer a Christian nation,” when he omits “endowed by our Creator” from the Declaration of Independence, when he forgets that our nation’s motto is “One Nation Under God,” I don’t know which of these sins he’s guilty of, but guilty he is nonetheless.