Ten Fallacies About Faith in America

By Bill ShulerPastor, Capital Life Church, Arlington, Virginia

It has been said that all that is needed to destroy a people is to erase their history. The United States has a rich history steeped in faith yet faith in America has been under attack of late. It isn't that we have outlawed faith, we have simply privatized it. Like a family secret, we have removed faith from public settings. The following are 10 fallacies about faith in America:

1. "Separation of Church and State" means people of faith should mute their convictions in the public forum.

2. We should stamp out all prejudices in America except for those pertaining to God, Jesus and the Bible.

3. One person's offense or disagreement should be allowed to suppress the faith DNA of a nation.

4. National discourse should avoid all illusions to faith because the highest goal in America is not to offend.

5. We owe no allegiance to the faith that shaped our nation.

6. The faith that once inspired and motivated many of our Founding Fathers should now be relegated to church buildings on Sunday mornings.

7. We should continue to revise American history by subtracting faith because our most valued virtue is political correctness.

8. Having faith in God is a minority view shared by few.

9. Faith should be kept in our national closet until our next national crisis.

10. The mere expression of faith in the public domain is an act of intolerance.

George Washington wrote a letter on March 11, 1792. In that letter he stated, "I am sure that never was a people, who had more reason to acknowledge a Divine interposition in their affairs, than those of the United States: and I should be pained to believe that they have forgotten that agency, that was so often manifested during our Revolution, or that they failed to consider the omnipotence of that God who is alone able to protect them."