A Plea From a Heathen

Look around you. In the past few hundred years our discovery of the structures, laws, and ways of almost all the natural world has been astounding. From the very large expanse of the universe and the space/time continuum to the very small weirdness of the quantum world, we have put almost everything into a known, interlocking and interconnected fabric of reality where not a single fact contradicts any other. 

We have defeated all but a handful of viruses and bacteria that used to terrify our ancestors. Rather than starvation, obesity is now the far bigger problem and where hunger is an issue, it is almost always the result of bad government. 

On economics we’ve known what works and what doesn’t for decades—small, limited government and free individuals work—long-term, nothing else does. Government is expansive by nature—much like a parasite—and it must be consciously controlled and limited lest it consume all.

On the path to these discoveries almost all early scientists were religious and although they were just opening the door to all the discoveries this science-way of thinking would discover, they still worshiped God. They considered their work and the discovery of the truths of the natural world to be in honor of God. In fact, they believed God specifically desired us to discover these truths.

Today the vast majority of scientists are non-religious, with many actually being quite anti-religious. Few have any direct experience with religion at any level. This often leads to the propagation of a sad caricature of a religious people by those who have little to no real understanding of how the religious truly act and believe. At least that’s true of the experience of the religious folks I know.

And to the detriment of science, now rather than worshiping God, many of these scientists often seem to worship themselves. Many loudly proclaim themselves to be atheists, which is simply a childish anti-religion religion that consciously ignores the facts in front of us. 

Given all we know, we should be living in Paradise—and in many ways we are. Our material wealth has never been this high. We live longer, healthier lives than ever before.

Yet trouble and strife abound. Millions are spiritually lost. It seems as we have discovered more and more of the physical world, we have grown more and more distant from our metaphysical existence—our basic being. 

Along this path we have also seen the diminishment and retreat of Christianity. Any honest observer would note that open bigotry and discrimination of only one religion is allowed in the modern United States and Western Europe—Christianity. (Although that old evil of antisemitism seems to be ever lurking in the hearts of some.) 

This heathen believes there is a direct correlation and relationship between diminished Christianity and the intellectual and spiritual wasteland we have created. 

Christianity must end this retreat and again become an expansive, vibrant, driving force—a loving and joyous force. A Great Awakening may be the only thing that saves this country, and perhaps the entire world.

People of all ages, even children, are sick to their souls. It’s not a new toy or more distractions required but a healing of the soul which comes with an embrace of God.

And it is amazing how few of today’s secularists and atheists understand that most of their beliefs regarding equality, freedom, human rights—the inherent worth of every individual—are in fact Christian beliefs. Christianity is the reason they exist in the United States and Europe. Yes, some of these thoughts might go back to ancient Greeks but ancient Greeks aren’t the ones who propagated these beliefs for the modern world—that was the work of Christianity.

One of the most profound insights from Jesus was his abandonment of tribe. Today we underestimate the truly historic insight this was—how it was stepping outside all thought of the time. It was one of the greatest paradigm shifts in the history of humans.

And it led to a transformation of human thought. I agree with Thomas Jefferson who considered the teachings of Jesus as being “the most sublime and benevolent code of morals which has ever been offered to man.” One can accept Jesus as the Messiah or not, but we must regrasp the wisdom he unleashed.

But far too many have become unmoored from this beauty as we witness the re-tribalization of peoples—judging people by this or that physical trait or on the basis of the origins of their most recent ancestors. The classification of a whole person based solely on a single belief he or she professes is another species of the same old poison of “it’s in the blood” and notions of collective guilt and innocence. This old idea is making a frightening comeback.

In addition, it seems when people aren’t bound by more fundamental truths, they often begin to consider themselves almost demi-gods—having the power to alter reality based solely on their wishes and beliefs. We see this in today’s woke insanity and since few of us are saints, it is a guarantee this way of thinking will lead to future atrocities.

The most fundamental truth that we all are the sons and daughters of God is being lost. Christians cannot allow this to continue—you are our last defense.

Thus, my plea. Do we agree on everything? Of course not, who does? But we agree on enough and it is quite clear that you all are needed now, perhaps more than ever.

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About John Conlin

John Conlin is an expert in organizational design and change. He holds a BS in Earth Sciences and an MBA, and is the founder and President of E.I.C. Enterprises, a 501(c)3 non-profit dedicated to spreading the truth here and around the world, primarily through K-12 education. He has been published in American Greatness, The Federalist, The Daily Caller, American Thinker, Houston Chronicle, Denver Post, and Public Square Magazine among others.

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