A country cannot have national character if a majority of its citizens – and nearly all of its leadership – lack personal, individual character. If we retain a compromised spiritual outlook that cannot discern or is afraid to label evil for what it is, then we are once again Lincoln’s house divided against itself (quoted from the Bible). We must be broadly and consistently willing to call evil and good for what they are by their very nature. Many are selfishly and perversely labeling good as evil and evil as good. Subsequently, the evidence of division is all around us and continues to grow with cancerous speed.
America and democracy (we really don’t have or want democracy as a form of government; we have and want a constitutional republic with some democratic processes) are not elements of Christianity; Christianity is always able to stand on its own. Christianity will not be diminished by America’s foolish beliefs and behaviors. It has frequently stood on its own elsewhere around the globe and in other historical times, but America and our form of government have benefited – like none before us – from embracing it. America was never fully a Christian nation, but it was undeniably and verifiably a nation founded on the Bible and Christian principles. It was birthed by people who soundly endorsed both, and the related tenets were practiced or respected by an overwhelming majority of the population. Just as undeniably, God had (still has?) special purposes for America.
The unique form of government forged in America during the eighteenth century was successful here only because of our biblical foundations and practices. That’s why it hasn’t been successful when we quixotically attempted to transplant it into Islamic-fascist cultures such as Iraq, Afghanistan, and the rest of the Middle East, except Israel. That’s also why it will subsequently fail in America if or when our biblical foundations and practices are destroyed beyond God’s extended favor, mercy, and grace.