By American Family Association
American Family Association Leader Tim Wildmon Shares the Basic Truths Missing in Today’s Dark and Confused Culture
TUPELO, Miss.—Especially lately, the darkness of the culture seems pervasive.
Why, then, are so few willing to shine the light of truth?
This is the question posed by American Family Association (AFA, www.afa.net) President Tim Wildmon in a new commentary yesterday for Townhall.com.
While many pose solutions to fix the problems of American culture, none get to the root of America’s cultural sickness.
“I believe most Americans know that’s true,” Wildmon says, “even if they can’t or won’t express it. The American Family Association exists to give voice to the foundational biblical truths that have made America the greatest nation in history. And though the forces of hell are bent on turning those truths on their heads, AFA will stand unmoved by the undertow of evil that threatens America.”
As moral darkness engulfs much of American culture now, five truths must be impressed upon our communities and nation as loudly and as often as possible.
1. God matters.
Although not an evangelical Christian, even Thomas Jefferson famously said, “The God who gave us life gave us liberty.” As a writer of the Declaration of Independence, Jefferson acknowledged that God is the bedrock of our national way of life. Since “all men are created equal,” he said, then—and only then—can the American people be said to be “endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights.” The culture war is really a war over God. Without a republic based on the ideas of our founders, it will eventually cease to exist. What house can remain stable and upright when the foundations are overthrown?
2. Absolute truth matters.
In his farewell address, George Washington outlined the dual pillars upon which the nation’s political system would rest: “Of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, religion and morality are indispensable supports.” Both religion and morality, said Washington, were the “great pillars of human happiness.” Rejecting God and His Word has set us on the path of destruction. Washington’s successor, John Adams, added that “we have no government armed with the power capable of contending with human passions unbridled by morality and religion. … Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.”
3. Strong marriages and families matter.
No society can survive without vibrant marriages and resilient families. Yet these bedrock institutions have been under siege for decades. According to Pew Research, less than half (46%) of American children under the age of 18 are living in a home with two married parents in their first marriage. In terms of children born out of wedlock, the trend is just as shocking: 41% of children are in that category. Today, a laundry list of maladies afflicts America as the result of broken marriages and shattered families.
4. The Bible matters.
The ideas of our Founding Fathers were the driving force for greatness, and those ideas cannot be overthrown without devastating consequences. But to address foundations, we must go further back than the Declaration of Independence or the Constitution. The true foundation of America is the Bible, which contains the “ancient paths” of obedience to God. The Lord spoke to His people through the prophet Jeremiah when He said: “Stand by the ways and see and ask for the ancient paths, where the good way is, and walk in it; and you will find rest for your souls” (Jeremiah 6:16).
5. The church matters.
Solutions to America’s problems will not come from Washington, but through revival. The true Christian community must study God’s Word, pray, bear witness to the truth through the preaching of the gospel, and be ready to give a defense for hope. As Paul wrote in 1 Timothy 3:15, the church is “the pillar and support of the truth.” Christians must remain salt and light in these dark times. God is in control, but for His own mysterious purposes and glory, He calls believers individually and corporately to be among the instruments of His will.
“I’m convinced that many in our nation believe these five truths but are too intimidated to say them,” Wildmon concluded. “They know that cultural elitists, political leaders, corporations, schools, and, sadly, even many church leaders will mock and vilify them. But the American Family Association is not afraid to say them.”