Rise of Secularism
There is a pretty simple philosophy: Don’t sell your car until you know the next one will provide you with the same means as the first one.
If you sell a car that works fine and gets you from point A to point B without problem, and then discard it before knowing if the next one is able to do the same, then it is very appropriate for anyone to call you an imbecile.
But on a moral scale, that is exactly what we have done.
We’ve sold our Christian values in exchange for secularism. Even without accounting for the fact that we had (and still have) absolutely no idea what values secularism entails.
Now, before we get deeper, I’d like to answer the obvious objection: “Well, Christian values weren’t perfect.”.
No, they weren’t. Because humans aren’t perfect. But much similar to our above philosophical analogy, they worked. So long as they worked, we should not sell them until we know the next one would provide us with the same means as the Christian values.
If we sell our cultural and moral values, they are not gone forever. They have to be replaced.
And they were replaced.
They were replaced with The Rise of Secularism™. And all the awful values that spread from that transition.
We sold our good guiding principles in exchange for something that we had no idea how it would work out realistically. In hindsight, it was a terrible idea.
The Decline of Morality
With Christian values, we had a clear moral code to abide by. Ethics, values, and philosophy all aligned relatively fluently throughout society.
When these moral codes and values were put to the wayside in the interest of secularism, we lost them.
And what did we gain in its place?
- No universal moral codes
- Subjective ethical interpretations
- Decline of marriage
- Rise of divorce
- Dismantling of property rights and the understanding of the “Shall not covet” philosophy
- Destruction of the family unit
- Increases in adultery and pornographic proliferation
- Promiscuity and other weaponized sexuality
- Big gov receives the praise and worship
- Rejoicing in criminality
There is a common theme among these examples of moral degradation. And that theme is subjectivity.
This secular morality, “New Morality”, has been described by advocates as:
A subjectively based morality focused on self-fulfillment.
But a subjective morality is ever-changing and dependent on each individual person. It is not sustainable on a civilizational level.
Of course, they always print this in a positive light.
But how is a subjective morality a positive attribute of a society? There are no universal drawn lines, no common understanding of good versus evil.
Without a shared value system, a functioning society is impossible.
And the focus is even worse. “Focused on self-fulfillment”?
So, focused on indulgence and decadence. Over-consumption and the vice of degeneracy.
Yes, let’s better ourselves by throwing all morals to the back-burner to satisfy a human’s never-ending cycle of lust for more.
No more do we follow the example of “You shall not covet your neighbor’s house, nor anything that is your neighbors”. But instead, we do the exact opposite and covet everything everyone has, and promote redistribution and socialist dogma.
No more do we follow the example of “you shall not make for yourself any likeness of anything that is in the heaven above, nor shall you bow down to them nor serve them”. But instead, we also do the exact opposite and attempt to create a utopian society with full worship of big government.
77% of Americans believe that morality is on the decline in this country.
And anyone with eyes and a historical understanding would agree with them.
This rise of moral decline is directly proportional to the rise of secularism.
And with it, a move to a subjective moral code where everyone is free to choose their own personal right and wrong, without regard for anyone else, since it is based only on fulfillment.
The Christian values weren’t perfect. But we sold them before we knew what would come from that act.
Now we see that it was a terrible choice. We could have made them better. We could have fundamentally changed the negative aspects to adapt for the modern time. But instead, we abandoned it all. Even the good aspects.
And we don’t have a backup plan.