Unfortunately, that is true: Decline of Judeo-Christian America is to a great degree the fault of our religious leaders.
Although this statement may sound strange, misleading or even insulting but that is not so. To understand this statement, we have to understand the difference between the intellectual and dogmatic faiths in both Judaism and Christianity.
Let me describe it in regard to Judaism where my spiritual roots are, and I am sure something similar could be found in Christianity.
The Intellectual Faith is rooted in the Torah (Old Testament) itself.
The ancient tribes found (or created) their own gods who delivered the requested outcome in exchange for ‘gifts.’
At the same ancient times, one of the tribes, the future Jewish Nation, found (or created, for those who despise the word God) the God of Morality – the Morality of the Ten Commandments and Individual Freedoms “in the image and likeness of God.”
The guidance of this God was simple, although not easy to understand: continue My Creative Work along the line of My Morality.
And for the next over millennium timeline the Jewish Nation was learning (with multiple errors) how to do it. The entire Torah (Old Testament) describes this learning process.
Something new happened two millenniums ago that led to the birth of Dogmatic Faith.
What happened was the Great Jewish Exile! The Jews were expelled from the Promised Land by the Romans – expelled to many foreign lands where the danger of forced assimilation and abandoning the life by the God’s morality was real.
And the Jewish religious leaders (about two hundred rabbis over about two centuries) created the Talmud – the well-known 613 rabbinical commandments, the dogmatic Jewish Faith, intended to secure the survival of the Chosen People until the “better times” (the coming of Messiah?).
The better times began coming about three centuries ago with the liberation from the Royal/Clerical despotism in Europe and the USA. That was the time for the Jewish religious leaders to begin the revival of the Jewish Intellectual faith – for both the Jews and the Christians, in spite of the mighty antisemitism. Unfortunately, that was not happened, and that paved the way for the new forces of division and suppression – the forces of various shapes of Marxist Faith (analyzed in detail in this Blog).
Where we are now and what to do
In America, the national Judeo-Christian Intellectual faith is being replaced by an American version of the totalitarian Marxist faith. And the only way to stop it is the return of American religious leaders to the Intellectual Faith and mobilization of their followers for the actions in public arena.
The victory of Conservatives over Liberals may help but not resolve the core issue because Conservatism is trying to preserve everything as it is while the Intellectual Faith guides to continue the God’s creative work that means the Change.
The victory of Republican Party over Democratic Party may help but not resolve the same core issue because a political party in power is legislating with the purpose of preserving its political might – not for restoring and preserving the power of God’s morality.
The victory of fighters for religious freedoms may help but resolve the same core issue because they are fighting for the freedom of worship – not for the freedom to lead the public in the fight for restoring and preserving the power of God’s morality in the government.
The only way to restoring and preserving the Judeo-Christian America is to create a voting majority spiritually fit to elect the government spiritually capable to govern along the lines of Intellectual Faith that is along the lines of the Ten Commandments and Individual Freedoms.
From the news-media:
In his first speech to the United Nations General Assembly, Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett pleaded to see Israel not as forever entrenched in warfare, but as a contributing member of the international community. Israel, Bennett said at the outset, “is a beacon of democracy, diverse by design, innovative by nature and eager to contribute to the world.” “For way too long, Israel was defined by wars with our neighbors,” Bennett said. “But this is not what Israel is about. This is not what the people of Israel are about.”