Hopefully none of my two or three readers will have ever heard of the group American Vision, which is a group which self-confessedly wants conservative evangelical Christianity to take over the United States. The group is made up of pseudo-scholars, Baptist homemakers (doubtless trained at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary), and a general pool of morons whose ignorance of history and theology is matched only by the loudness of their whining.
Their vision statement is as follows. I have underlined some of the particularly ridiculous, insane, and generally stupid claims it makes.
I. America’s foundation was once built upon the Bible
Gary DeMar, our president, has written several best selling books on the Christian history of our nation. From America’s Christian Heritage to America’s Christian History, Gary produces pages of evidence that our founding fathers believed that our rights and laws came from the God of the Bible. Our best selling book this year, The Christian Life and Character of the Civil Institutions of the United States of America, was republished after 140 years. It contains more than 1,000 pages of source material that is sending the enemies of Christianity into shock. There is no serious debate on this subject. America was built on the Bible. America was founded as a Christian nation.
After America won her independence, she gradually became the most prosperous and powerful nation in world history. As the psalmist writes, “Blessed is that nation whose God is the Lord:” (Psalm 33:12). There’s no question that America’s success was the result of her obedience to God.
II. America is losing this Biblical foundation
Things began to change, however, when Christians allowed enlightenment thinking and higher criticism to infiltrate our universities and seminaries. Once thoroughly Christian colleges like Yale and Harvard gradually slid far away from their noble Christian purpose of educating men to advance the Kingdom of Christ. By 1925, the Theory of Evolution effectively replaced Biblical Creation in government schools. Christians retreated from the public sphere. Meanwhile, the Scofield Bible was propagating a new view on Bible prophecy called dispensationalism. This view took the emphasis away from the work of Christ and His Kingdom and focused on the nation of Israel. It also taught that the world would grow darker and darker before Christ returned and rescued a few remaining Christians from utter defeat.
As a result of these evil influences, Christians have lost their vision for the future. Christianity has become a sub-culture in Western nations. And while the liberals are playing political games with our freedom to secure power, Islam and Militant Atheism are destroying Christian civilization brick by brick.
III. The Bible must be believed and applied from Genesis to Revelation
As discouraging as all of this sounds, we are quite hopeful. Why? God is sovereign and Christ is on the throne of David (Acts 2:30). He shall continue to reign until all of His enemies are under his feet ( 1 Cor. 15:25-26). God has allowed these events in American history to happen to purify His Church. Jesus told us that the gates of Hell will not prevail against His Church. So, what can American Vision do?
America’s foundation can be restored when we teach Americans to believe the whole Bible from cover to cover and apply it to ALL areas of life. We must start with the foundational doctrines of Creation and understand the ultimate plan of God, which is to fill the earth with His Kingdom (Isaiah 9:7). The Bible speaks to every subject between Creation and Revelation, including business, economics, education, government, politics, science, art, and more.
American Vision’s mandate is to produce and distribute training resources, which will give a truly Biblical worldview to the people of our nation. In the last three years, the Lord has enabled American Vision to quadruple the production and distribution of resources around the world.
VISION: An America that recognizes the sovereignty of God over all of life and where Christians apply a Biblical worldview to every facet of society. This future America will be a “city on a hill” drawing all nations to the Lord Jesus Christ and teaching them to subdue the earth for the advancement of His Kingdom.
Now, of course it would be easy to claim that these people represent a small fringe group of wackos out somewhere in east Texas. But, I would contend that what we have here is simply a large segment of the evangelical political ethos made explicit where it usually remains implicit.
There is one or two good instincts in Christians such as those of this group. The first is that they recognize that dispensationalism and quietism is the wrong posture of Christians in the world. Second is that they recognize that the kingdom of God should order every aspect of living. Where they go wrong is in confusing America with the church and our moral effort with the gracious action of the Triune God. This kind of “theology” rests on a heretical ekklesialization of America as God’s people and a Pelagian confusing of the Christian’s work with God’s eschatological action. It’s sad that obscene views such as this still exist in Christian circles, and I pray for the day when these heresies are put to rest.