TLAC Video Session 9 - The Christian Worldview of SOCIOLOGY
What makes one society thrive, and another fail?
We would submit to you that the MORAL ideas that a family and a society embraces will determine its destiny. And as we have discussed in our earlier videos, those ideas are the substance of the worldview – or religion – that a we have chosen to live by. In the beginning of the founding of America, for example, the original founders of our culture chose to follow the moral code which proceeds from the Christian religion as found in the Bible. This radical choice resulted in the most prosperous, powerful, and charitable nation the world has ever seen.
At his Farewell Address given in 1796, George Washington warned: “America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves”. He further stated that morality and religion are indispensable supports of any nation. Our second president, John Adams said: “We have no government armed with power capable of contending with human passions unbridled by morality and religion. Our Constitution is designed only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate for any other”.
It follows, then, that all societies rise or fall based upon the moral principles they submit themselves to be governed by.
However, beginning in the early years of the 19th century, the dominant higher learning institutions in America (Harvard, Yale, Columbia, etc.) began turning the nation away from those Biblical roots; and thus, we now live in a post-Christian nation that has embraced the religion (or worldview) of Humanism. This has turned society on its head. As a nation, we have abandoned what had been the moral backbone of our society – the principles and precepts of Truth as laid out in the Bible. Therefore, what is right is now called wrong, and what was always considered wrong is now deemed right. As a result, our society is rapidly devolving.
What can we do to turn this runaway train around? The answer? Return to the basic moral compass as established in the Scriptures.
(Video Length: Approx. 60 Min.)