When the Founders of America spoke or wrote of God, they left no doubt as to what or whom they were referring. The god of political forces that moves and directs progressive liberalism was never taken into consideration when those great thinkers penned our foundational documents. It was taken for granted that the Lord of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, the God of the Bible, was their opinion molder. To suggest otherwise is to reject busloads of historical investigation. Denial is often tried (known as historical revision), but it remains weak and feckless, requiring an alternate approach.
When Paul wrote, “For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus; Who gave himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time” (I Timothy 2:5-6), he did so with great finality, offering apologies to no one. Jesus put the capstone on the pyramid of the Trinity when He declared “I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me” (John 14:6). To debate these fundamental truths is tantamount to floundering in theological quicksand.
Having identified the perils of disputing the purpose of the incarnation, (“And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory“ (I Timothy 3:16)), the opponents of Truth determined that introducing competing gods could effectively dilute the pool of belief and confidence in the hammer, anvil and fire of Scripture that forged considerations of freedom. Any god would be acceptable if it provided an opposing view to the One of our forefathers. Hence, the launching of humanism - which is by simplest definition, the elevation of humankind with all of its thoughts about diversity, fairness, recognition and appreciation for its accomplishments. By necessity, this sanctimonious god of self-sufficiency constantly applauds itself regardless of the multitude of insanities that continually part its lips. This religion casts a wide net of appeal because people like to think well of themselves –even if they are inmates in prison!
The Scriptures record several occasions when Israel abandoned their Provider and Protector for the “feelings” of humanism. In (I Samuel 4) the Lord allowed Israel to be defeated and subjugated by the Philistines because of their sin and forsaking of Him. To add insult to miserable injury, the ark (not Noah’s, but the one Harrison Ford was looking for) which had been the centerpiece of Israel’s worship for nearly 500 years, had been captured. Now, the ark was a great thing, but it was not God (Deuteronomy 30:20). All false religions count on things to save them including the Ten Commandments, the Golden Rule, religious traditions, baptism, prayer, meditation and above all, “making the world a better place to live in.” All lost sinners depend upon something to save them instead of somebody. Bible salvation is wholly dependent upon a PERSON (Matthew 1:21).
“When the Philistines took the ark of God, they brought it unto the house of Dagon, and set it by Dagon” (I Samuel 5:2). Dagon was the fish god but just one of many recognized by the Philistines (to the pagan one god is as good as the next.) They set the ark up next to Dagon and appeared to treat it as an equal similar to many 21st century heathens who accept a smorgasbord of gods. It’s reasonable to assume that the Philistines were sincere in their acceptance of another cultural distinctive; they were celebrating diversity, they were broadminded and didn’t believe in criticizing anyone else’s religion – good progressive liberals!
“And when they of Ashdod arose early on the morrow, behold, Dagon was fallen upon his face (oh no!) to the earth before the ark of the Lord” (I Samuel 5:3). In an effort to prove Einstein’s definition of insanity…”And they took Dagon, and set him in his place again.” Depending on which side of the aisle you sit, the story gets better. The next day the same thing happened with the following addendum: “and the head of Dagon and both the palms of his hands were cut off upon the threshold; only the stump of Dagon was left to him.”
Not only was the Philistine deity humiliated but things went from bad to worse. “But the hand of the Lord was heavy upon them of Ashdod, and he destroyed them, and smote them with emerods, even Ashdod and the coasts thereof.” Suffice it to say, it would have been a great time to be a Preparation H salesman in Ashdod. “And when the men of Ashdod saw that it was so, they said, ‘The ark of the God of Israel shall not abide with us: for his hand is sore upon us, and upon Dagon our god.’”
America’s Dagon has not served us well. Long ago he lost his head and led us into unsustainable debt, immigration laws that are ignored, acceptance of dope that destroys the brain, and a deteriorating culture that lacks core values. His broken hands are incapable of providing protection, wisdom or salvation.
The ancient Philistines deserve some credit. They quickly determined they were observing a contest of gods and theirs was the loser. Modern Philistines are a lot slower at the switch. God bless America.. but which America and which god?