, Corbin, KY

December 10, 2012

Keeping American by keeping God

The Times-Tribune

CORBIN — Ten percent of Americans are atheists. The remaining 90 percent  claim a belief in God. This dominance of belief has proliferated the legal structure of the country from its inception. Such faith identified America as a place that has offered equal status and rights to all its citizens regardless of religious orientation or the absence thereof.

We are a pluralistic society representing every human variable found throughout the world; a melting pot of all peoples. America stands as a miraculous marvel of unity before the world.

May our long-standing commitment to be a united diversified people (“ex-pluribus Unum’’– one from many) continue to enhance the greatness of this country; ever open to accommodate each other.

Having said all this it is important to note that America has only a remnant of its godliness. In its place, secularism flourishes — a growing majority of Americans (60 percent) who believe in an abstract, distant, and mysterious deity with whom we can have little understanding or relationship; Americans who believe America should be run independent of any religious influence; Americans whose belief in God (and his revelation-the Bible) is so faint and diffused they have little interest in prayer or worship.

It is further conspicuous to me that if those of us who are God-believing Americans would ecumenically unite (practice what we preach), this rapid erosion of America’s spiritual foundation would cease. A solidarity of all Christians — Catholics, Protestants, evangelicals and fundamentalists — along with all non-Christian worshippers – Jews, Muslims and Hindus —  would securely affirm American’s “one nation under God.”

“How good and pleasant it is when people live together in unity… for there the Lord bestows his blessing, even life forevermore.” [Psalm 133: 1-3]

Overlooking America’s history of unity as an exclusive gift and strength from God, will soon end our blessing of unity and our nation as we know it – “with Liberty and Justice for all.”

The Rev. John Burkhart Ph.D, is a retired Episcopal priest and professor of psychology