The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars, but in ourselves…. (from Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar. Act I, Scene 3.)
We did it and we are to blame.
Christians are forever complaining about the increasing secularization of America. To listen to them in the year 2019 one would think the “old days”–say, some fifty years back–were the golden time of perennial revival.
The only problem is I lived through those days of the ’50s and 60s. I can tell you the preachers were constantly railing against the decline in religion, the weakening of the churches, the surrendering to the world.
There has never been a golden age of faith in this country or any other that I have heard of. Men have always loved darkness rather than light because their deeds were evil. The narrow way is always trod by the few while “broad is the way that leads to destruction.”
Don’t be overly impressed–or too discouraged–by statistics and percentages showing the swings of church attendance, the number of Christians in Congress, and such.
The greatest mistake of the past generations of Christians in this country was trying to Christianize the culture without evangelizing the people. We put prayer in the schools, made the church the social life of the community, instituted blue laws so that no liquor could be sold on Sundays, and basically shut down secular life on the Lord’s Day. We protected the morality of the cities and towns. The citizens were no more Christian than previously, but we were making them behave like it.