The Bible and Congress

If you don't know, Congress doesn't like the Bible. Well at least most of Congress. Rep. Paul Broun (R-Ga.) has introduced a bill that would make the year 2009 “the Year of the Bible.”

Very few congressmen want to touch it. No surprise to me, but what bothered me was the following quote.

“Right now, we’re seeing atheism on such a rise,” said David Silverman, vice president and national spokesman of American Atheists, a group dedicated to fighting for the civil rights of atheists.

“We are seeing Christianity on such a dramatic decline that we’re not particularly worried about it. We’re thinking that this kind of old-style George W. Bush Republicanism is about to go away,” Silverman said, referring to the latest Pew Forum survey of American religious life, which showed nonreligious Americans as the fastest-growing group.

First of all, nonreligious doesn't mean atheists. The author of this article needs to understand what she is writing about a little better. Atheism means that one does not believe in God. Nonreligious means that you don't pick a particular religion to identify yourself with.

So does Congress see organized Christianity becoming a thing of the past in our culture? They don't need to pay attention to Christians or people of faith anymore? The purpose of the bill was to help people remember what this country was founded on. Christian principles and values. It's purpose isn't to promote the Bible. So what's wrong with that?

So let's bottom line it. What should we do as Christians to influence our culture? Culture doesn't follow congress. Congress follows culture. If we want to change our world, then we have to influence it with what we have. The love of Christ, the grace of God and the power of the Holy Spirit. You can't lose with that combination.