(Updated December 29, 2020)
In a two-minute tweet, Joe and Jill Biden gave a Christmas-day message that called for acts of charity without acknowledging the biblical principles that enable them—namely, that true charity comes freely from the kindness of those who love God, not from coercion or intimidation from those in power (methods that are inevitably doomed to fail, since they ignore human nature).
Suggesting we are all “called” to help each other as part of our “humanity”—with no mention of Him who calls us to follow His example of selflessness—the Bidens emphasized the depth of suffering caused by Covid without offering hope of anything but a scientific or governmental remedy, as though the Creator Himself had little or no power to intervene, bless, or heal.
The entire two-minute video was couched in this kind of overt secularism—which is the insistence on removing God from all important human endeavor.
Such godless thinking is akin to atheism, of course, but is in many ways worse. Whereas atheism (which literally means “without God”) is the lack of belief in or reliance on God, secularism is the deliberate banishment of God from human affairs, even by those who may profess to acknowledge His existence.
Both maladies, common to modern times, are described by Paul in Romans 1:
For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness;
Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them.
For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:
Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened.
Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools,
And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man....
Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen....
And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind…. (Rom. 1:18-23, 25, 28)
In recent times, secularists have tended to call themselves “progressives”—a term the Bidens (and their fellow Democrats) can identify with. But as conservatives point out, a more correct term for such thinking would be “regressives,” since the secular mind seeks to undo the very premises of Western Civilization, the most vital of which derive from the Bible.
Which brings us to America’s unique calling among God’s creations in this challenging and paradoxical world—
America was founded upon the reality of God and His self-evident truths, as discerned through the teachings of the Bible. On that safe foundation, our Founders wrote the historic Declaration of Independence to ensure that those biblical principles that are indispensable to just and decent government served as the basis of the republic for which our forebears fought and died.
The result was our divinely inspired Constitution, by which each individual's God-given rights are to be secured and protected from overreaching government.
To hear the Bidens’ message, unfortunately, none of these transcendent truths are evidently of any consequence.
But here is the most revealing element of the Bidens’ words:
Not only did their Christmas message ignore the most important truths at the core of our nation’s life, but that message failed even to mention the birth of Jesus Christ, without which Christmas has no significant meaning, much as the Bidens' uninspiring message lacked substance throughout. By deliberately leaving out God, such deliberate secularism clearly has no power to save, temporally or spiritually.© Stephen Stone