“Of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, religion and morality are indispensable supports. In vain would that man claim the tribute of patriotism, who should labor to subvert these great pillars of human happiness, these firmest props of the duties of men and citizens. The mere politician, equally with the pious man, ought to respect and to cherish them. A volume could not trace all their connections with private and public felicity. Let it simply be asked: Where is the security for property, for reputation, for life, if the sense of religious obligation desert the oaths which are the instruments of investigation in courts of justice ? And let us with caution indulge the supposition that morality can be maintained without religion. Whatever may be conceded to the influence of refined education on minds of peculiar structure, reason and experience both forbid us to expect that national morality can prevail in exclusion of religious principle.”
– George Washington, Farewell Address
I’ve had conversations such as this with an atheist friend who has lamented the increasing depravity in society while refusing to acknowledge it’s connection to religion’s decline (Christianity to be specific) in influence over the last few decades.
If you go to the YouTube page for this you’ll see much of the same. Some comments point to Europe’s secularism and Asian cultures like in Japan as the counterargument to the point this video makes, and it shows how little detractors of religious morality pay attention to what’s really going on.
Europe and America are both in barrels heading toward a massive waterfall. The difference is Europe is way closer to the edge.
Meanwhile in Japan they didn’t have the Christian God compelling them to choose to be good, but there was still a sense in the people of something greater than themselves to cause them to act that way. That kind of self discipline doesn’t just happen, something has to drive it. In the case of the Japanese and other Asian cultures honor is their god and shame is their devil. Our decline in religious morality is offering no alternative whatsoever in place of it…and the leftist ideologues championing this decline sure as hell aren’t interested in honor or feeling shame.
One thing is certain as we head into this apparent abyss, it can’t be said that we weren’t warned.