There is a battle happening for your soul, or so many religious leaders tell us. There are atheists, agnostics, and various other liberals out there who apparently want to destroy the power of religion and turn America into a secular nation. The way they tell it, you’d think there’s a full blown war on religion happening in America. And you know what? They’re absolutely right.
Followers of the Christian religion aren’t taking this sitting down, though. For example, fundamentalist Christian Alex McFarland recently claimed that “Humanists, Atheists, Muslims, and Homosexuals are out to secularize and destroy America,” and he wants to stop them from succeeding. To do this, he wants to promote personal evangelism, lots of prayer, and biblical literacy among followers of the Christian religion. McFarland isn’t the only one trying to do this though. He’s just one of many religious leaders who have been working, both publicly and behind the scenes politically, to tear down the wall of separation between church and state.
Of course what most people who want to return America to its supposed Christian roots don’t seem to consider is how unlikely it is that their denomination or particular flavour of religion will get to be the one making the rules. Nor do they seem to realize just how horrible every single theocracy or nation based on religious rules is to live in, both now and throughout history. There is truly nothing more horrifying to those who truly love freedom than the totalitarian nature of a nation ruled by religion. Those of us who actually know the value of freedom recognize that no religion should be allowed to dictate the laws of any country.
What religious Christians also forget is, if there’s one thing the Apostle Paul (and Christ through him) was against, it was religion. He condemned the rules of the powerful religions of his day, and favoured love and grace over “the law” (referring to religious rules, not secular laws). Since the power of sin is the law, the most Christian thing one can do is reject religion in favour of Christ’s way of grace and love.
With that in mind, I’d love to see true Christians (meaning religionless Christians) working together with atheists and other humanists to put an end to religion once and for all, at least here in the the western world (to begin with, anyway).
To do this, I suggest the first step should be taken from a page of our opposition’s own play book: more biblical literacy. There’s nothing more harmful to the Christian religion than actually understanding what the Bible says. When one really studies the scriptures in depth, they quickly realize just how much their own church completely ignores what the scriptures actually say, and how their leaders so often teach the exact opposite of what is written in there.
Expect opposition if you enlist in the war against religion. Remember, nobody likes to lose power, and religious leaders will fight their hardest to hold onto the control they love having over others. Remember too that, while we must be as peaceful as Jesus and Paul were, the religious will often use whatever force and violence they feel necessary to keep their grasp on power (even going so far as torturing and killing those who oppose them, as history has shown us time and again). But we have an advantage. Logic, science, and basic common sense are on our side, not to mention truth itself, and humanity is slowly evolving to a point where we realize the value of these things over blind acceptance of religious dogma. If we keep pushing for reality and freedom over religion in public policy, and continue to educate ourselves, our children, and those around us to the truth about what the Bible actually teaches, we just might one day accomplish a truly religion-free North America. Remember, the Christian religion is already a failure, so let’s help make the truth of that failure even better known.