Secularism means the separation of the parts of life, for example, education, politics, economics, and the family, from their center which is God. Each department of life is considered as having absolute autonomy and in no way to be brought under the sway of ethical principles of the sovereign law of God.
Condemnation of the secularism of the Western World is not condemnation of the Western World. There is the same distinction between them as between a sick man and his disease.
-Address delivered on January 17, 1943, by Msgr. Fulton Sheen
Those people who believe in this modern secularism are diseased with the idea that the founders of America wished to have a separation of church and state, though such is not true and is written nowhere in our government documents. They believe that imposing religious values on matters of government, though supported by the natural order, as disordered, and irreligious views are reasonable. But what reason is there to impose one’s non-religion rather than one’s religion? Why is one logical and the other irrational?
Those who espouse a total separation of the society from God wish only to spread their own disdain for God on a societal level, desiring full participation by the masses. They wish to compete in the arena of ideology, and gut the opponent before spectators who would do nothing. Unfortunately, few Christians in the Western Word even know that they are in the arena with a madman.
As it always has been so, that the God-loving yield and yield until finally the Christian ideology is impaled by the oppressive ideology of secularism. Every system that seeks to replace God, whether it is communism, socialism, imperialism, Marxism, or liberalism, finds total hatred for God’s creation and followers. How could one oppose God and not be filled with hate? If God is love, and one opposes God, then one opposes love that is God.
What are these unloving acts by people who oppose God in this secular society? The biggest example is the murder of the unborn disguised as “choice”. Another example would be liberal sentences for repeat offenders, releasing hardened criminals into the streets out of perverted false compassion. Yet another example is the false compassion for the elderly and infirm, preferring to kill them instead of care of them. It is in the nature of those who oppose God to oppose love.
You will tell me you know many loving atheists. And, though that might be true to an extent, the atheist has such intense inner turmoil, disgust, and oftentimes rage against the beauty of God and His creation, or at minimum, a low tolerance for God talk. One distinct difference between the Christian ideology and the secular ideology is this: the Christian will permit the secularist to live secularly, but the secularist cannot permit the Christian to live Christianly. Prayers are taken down from government buildings and schools all the time, but teachings on gay rights, feminism, and relativism are abundant. There can be no compromising with the secularist; it is our way of life he hates. To compromise would be to submit, throw off the Christian armor, and put on the secular tunic.
At last, I will leave you with this call to action. I commit myself as I ask you to do the same, to say one prayer every day for this secular West, that it will pivot from its current downward spiral. Then, once prayed, do one beautiful act every day, so that those who see you might see the inner workings of our Blessed Lord.
Destiny waits in the hand of God, not in the hands of statesmen. -T. S. ELIOT, Murder in the Cathedral