While exploring the Centennial Institute website, I came across the Centennial Review archives. They are packed with fascinating articles regarding current events and issues from a Biblical worldview, including a piece titled, Do Americans Worship the State? by Benjamin Wiker. Wiker advocates disestablishing liberal secularism on the grounds that it is governmental imposition of a religion upon the people. (Wiker, 2013). Is this approach good tactics or a straw man argument with insufficient foundation to go the distance? I believe Wiker makes a strong argument that liberal secularism is a political religion marked by worship of the state.
However, despite the undeniable parallels between established religions and liberal secularism, one must have a Biblical worldview in order to connect the dots. Blinded by secular humanism, postmodern man does not understand the meaning of worship, or even the existence of apodictic truth. His perspective is framed entirely within a naturalistic worldview (Sire, 2009). Thus, to him, religion involves worshiping the unknown, a practice only worthy of Neanderthals who didn’t know better. Wiker’s arguments do hold water, but we must remember our audience, and not become weary in well doing as we work to educate our fellow Americans regarding the religion of secular liberalism.
“The worship of the state is the worship of force. There is no more dangerous menace to civilization than a government of incompetent, corrupt, or vile men.” (Von Mises, 1944/2011, p. 55).
Sire, J. W. (2009). The universe next door (5th ed.). Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press USA.
Von Mises, L. (2011). Omnipotent government: The rise of the total state and total war. Retrieved from http://files.libertyfund.org/files/2399/Mises_OmnipotentGovt1579_EBk_v6.0.pdf (Original work published 1944)
Wiker, B. (2013, June). Do American’s worship the state? Centennial Review, 5(6). Retrieved from http://www.ccu.edu/centennial/