How America Turned Into a Nation of Small Gods
By TOM GILSON | November 18, 2017 | Excerpted from The Stream
America has moved beyond Christianity, beyond post-Christianity, to a new religion of small gods everywhere. How did we get to this point?
I’m not talking about old-fashioned self-worship. This isn’t merely, “I’m more important than you.” Individuals are assuming the very power of God to create their own realities and command others to comply. As I’ve written recently,
What else besides a claim of godhood is going on, after all, when a man declares himself a woman, and insists that his new sex (“gender”) is reality, not only for himself but for everyone else? What else explains his demand that everyone kneel in obedience to the new reality he has created? How else do we make sense of doctors and judges claiming they can decide whose life is worth living?
We could trace this all the way back to Satan’s suggestion to Eve that she should become like God. But at least four modern streams feed this movement.
1. Discarding the True God
The first is the West’s gradual discarding of the true God. Not long ago I was with a group of men doing Bible study together. One of the older men said he could remember saying the Lord’s Prayer in public school. The younger men in the group were visibly surprised that anyone could recall such a thing Continue reading