Shining City On The Hill
by Hilmar von Campe
There is an enormous confusion in the
American mind about the role and nature of religion, about God, their
relations with each other and to personal life, public policies,
education, foreign policy, peace and war, tolerance toward other
religions, to name only some areas of concern. The question of
tolerance toward other religions has become especially explosive since
the war on terrorism broke out. Practically all terrorists are
Muslims. So what kind of religion is Islam?
However, there are non-Islamic religions that are not state
religions but part of the national identity like Hinduism in
There have been plenty of comments after
the recent elections about the unprecedented hatred that surfaced and
about the verosity of accusations,
which were made. Remarkable also was the unrestrained lying even
using fraudulent documentation through some media outlets like CBS.
Lies and hatred go hand in hand. I have not only seen this hatred here
Questions are being raised as to why
The elections showed that the need for
values and the corresponding votes had the major impact on the results
putting President George W. Bush for another four years in office.
When the losing Democrats discuss what went wrong and talk about
embracing American values, the question remains whether they will look
for a more attractive label or a profound change of their
political platform. Looking at what needs to be done, Republicans and
all of us must not satisfy ourselves with good but secondary
achievements. These four precious years must bring fundamental changes
to American society and policies. At stake are the power of God in
world society and
The Declaration of Independence states:
“We hold these Truths to be self-evident, that all Men are created
equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable
Rights, that among these are Life,
Our liberties in the
But can you effectively establish
lasting freedom anywhere if at the same time you destroy the source of
freedom in your own society? Our government establishments voted into
power by citizen, have during the last century pushed God out of our
schools, out of public policies, out of school books, out of
everything which has anything to do with government.
Furthermore, the Chief Justice of state’s Supreme Court was
fired for posting in the courthouse the Ten Commandments of the One
who is the source of our freedom. Is there anything wrong with “do
not steal,” “do not lie,” “do not murder?”
It is probably the “do not commit adultery” commandment
that gets under the skin of too many Americans, especially if you have
a practicing unrepentant adulterer as president.
It is self-evident that such hypocrisy
cannot bring lasting freedom to the world. We shall win the war in
What is happening in Europe can also
happen in the
Christian religion and God are not
identical even though religion is flourishing and the churches are
full. God was around before any religion existed, before any human
beings existed. God is not an expression of the personal faith of
anybody, and His existence and Commandments are not subject to
approval of any government or any believer or non-believer. Everybody
is free to believe or not, but the Commandments remain obligatory for
In spite of the full churches American
society is not Christian. Who is running the media? Who is running the
education? Who made the murder of the unborn legal, and who blocks any
attempt to make it illegal? What
kind of people are making films that are being shown around the world
resulting in certain impressions to be made about
U.S. District Judge Phyllis Hamilton
declared the Partial- Birth Abortion Ban Act to be unconstitutional.
It is “irrelevant,” she stated in her reasoning, whether the fetus
suffers pain, because the woman’s right to chose “is paramount.”
Who put her into office and why is she not being impeached? What she
says is pure Nazi ideology, one group of innocent people has to be
killed for the benefit of another group.
“Whose God rules nation?” asked
journalist James L. Evans in the Mobile Register describing the impact
of religion on the result of the elections: “the process raises some
troubling questions. For instance, how does the spiritualizing of the
American political system impact the way our government functions? Are
we a theocratic state, ruled by God through a divinely appointed
leader? To whom does a divinely appointed leader answer?” He
concluded that those who are elected answer to the people and not to
God who therefore does not have the last word, - a concept difficult
for Christians to swallow, he thinks.
A theocratic state is not ruled by God
but by man-made rules. Those who make the rules and govern refer to
God or idols but in the final analysis are normally serving themselves
in the first place. There were anointed leaders like Moses in the
Judeo-Christian history but I do not think that that is an issue for
today. Those who are value-oriented voted for Bush in this election
because they thought that he is more likely to implement their values
in his policy than Kerry is. I think they were right.
God guides a nation through people who
listen to him and who apply His commandments in their life and
then implement them in the political, social and legal structures of
society - as our Founding Fathers did. Disregarding those commandments
means that there will be no functioning society, no freedom but death.
Hitler did exactly what the ACLU and like minded enemies of freedom
do, separating God and society. That philosophy destroyed
Being tolerant does not mean making
immorality equal to morality.
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