Harvard University, founded in 1643 “to the glory of Christ,” recently appointed a new head of Chaplains. But Greg Epstein, voted in by a majority the University’s forty chaplains, does not believe in God.
The author of, Good Without God: What a Billion Nonreligious People Do Believe, was ordained in 2005 as a Humanist Rabbi by the International Institute for Secular Humanistic Judaism. A graduate from the Harvard Divinity School with a Master of Theological Studies, Epstein has stated that while he is not anti-religious, “he is happy to work with the religious left to help beat off the fundamentalist religious right.”
It is another sign of what is happening in America, a wake-up call pointing to where we are headed as a society. When the spiritual advisor to one of the most sophisticated student bodies in the nation need not believe in God, you agonize for a society that has lost its way.
The evangelical community has been warning of this day, but no one seems to be listening. Our status as a nation has been questioned by our friends and challenged by our enemies, and has disclosed to the world we don’t have the old-fashioned guts to stand on principle and command respect.
Character, honesty, and integrity are becoming ever more difficult to find in America. The degeneration of the national psyche did not happen overnight. A generation of Americans, born and bred in the liberal ‘60’s has taken the Bible from our schools, reframed the Christian roots on which this nation was established, and called for separation between the Church and government that is not supported by our Constitution.
And the fall-out has been astounding. Marriage is no longer defined as a union between a man and a woman, our babies survive birth only at the choice of the mother, one’s gender is by choice, and now, our religious leaders need not believe in God. And what can I say about our politicians? Although I seldom say anything about another man’s sanity, I must admit Mr. Biden is pushing me. Hundreds of Americans, prevented from getting to the Kabul airport, and thousands of loyal Afghanis whose life is now on the line, have been left behind in the precipitous pull out that has left America looking weak, vacillating, and irresponsible.
I am not sure Jesus had this day in mind, but you can now see how it will happen. “As it was in the days of Noah, so it will be at the coming of the Son of Man. … people were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, up to the day Noah entered the ark” (Matt. 24:37-38). And there is no end in sight. I have no clue where we are to see new signs of our national alienation from God, but I fear for the future of America. When the best leadership our nation has to offer is found in Washington luminaries like Joe Biden, Kamala Harris, and Nancy Pelosi, you know we are in deep trouble.
It is time for the evangelical community to speak up, stand out, and oppose in every way possible, the direction America has taken. I am a writer … and I will give you my best take on what is happening … but I fear I am but a “voice in the wilderness,” on stand-by until America wakes up and decides this foolishness has gone far enough!