What role is left for religion?

Having left the most creative and inventive century in all of human history and now being a full decade into what has the potential of being a more creative and more inventive century, what role is left for religion in such a “brilliant and Borowsself-sufficient” humanity? Now into my seventh decade on this planet earth, I cannot remember a time when religious beliefs and Biblical ethics and morality have been under such frontal attack from so many venues. What then is the role of religion in this Orwellian Period of human history?
We know there is a role, for even the most casual observer can see what the movement away from religious belief and Biblical ethics and morality has done to this world and nation in which we live. Though many people still try to live by their religious beliefs and the ethics and morality that comes with our beliefs, there is enough attack on all things Biblical that we have been left with an open chasm of fear and rootlessness. In many of life’s arenas, humanity is like a house without a foundation.

A survey taken just a week before the elections showed that 65 percent of people who vote favor voting everybody out of Congress and starting over. I don’t report that statistic in any partisan way (purposely not publishing this column until after the election) — for it is not a partisan statistic. The main thing the statistic says is that many people with a variety of viewpoints and agendas agree they have lost their confidence in the state.
And the church (religious institutions Judeo-Christian and non-Judeo-Christian) does not fare much better. We have religious leaders and denomination convention delegates editing their beliefs and doctrines according to the cause of the day or their own personal passions and desires. Several denominations now follow a policy they call “bold conscience” which means all views must be accepted if the person expressing those views hold them firmly in their own conscience — even if they conflict with the most basic beliefs and doctrines of the church.
What can be said of the church and the state can as readily be said of the media and even in some areas our institutions of learner and higher education. Is the foundation of our society and its institutions built on truth or political correctness?
What then is the role of religion and why do we need it?
The dictionary defines religion as “a system of rules of conduct and laws of action based upon the recognition of belief and reverence for a superhuman power of supreme authority.” That’s a fair definition — though I would lay a greater emphasis on that Supreme Authority and the personal relationship a person believes that Supreme Authority has established with him or her and the lifestyle growing out of that relationship.
The religion a person has is that person’s connection with God through time and eternity.
And in the area of ethics and morality, there can be no ethics or morality without a foundation that a person’s religion provides. The United States history provides a dynamic example. From God’s bestowing of our inalienable rights to the foundation underlying our entire legal system, our founding fathers built our nation upon a Judean-Christian model. Each day we see the results of all the movements away from that foundation — especially when those movements usually are more politically correct and personal agenda driven than truthful.

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