My previous post notes that on the corruption scale almost all the nations in the top, “very clean,” category possessed a Protestant heritage. Sadly, the United States was not among them, landing in the second tier with nations like Botswana.
We observed that a1984-style communism brutally imposed atheism on nations such as Russia, largely eradicating their Christian heritage, leaving them morally deficient. We concluded that the second tier corruption level of the United States resulted from our opting for a post-Christian culture beginning in the sixties.
America, however, did not abandon its Christian heritage by force of a totalitarian regime but almost eagerly, under the influence of a Brave New World,-type soma, preferring hippie culture pleasures to Christian morals: guidance by feelings vs. mind and will, doing one’s own thing vs. the mandate of Scripture.
Because, in contrast to communist countries, the American sixties culture was not imposed, the church was free to function as a force for morality in our society. This latitude of the American church to influence culture makes us wonder why the evangelical church, the American Protestant cutting edge across the past half-century, failed to maintain morality. Could it be that the seemingly vibrant American evangelical church exerted less moral influence on our culture than the dying embers of British, German, and Scandinavian Protestantism did on those nations? The corruption scale cited in my previous post suggests that conclusion.
This outcome is especially difficult to understand since America seems to be much more committed to Christianity than secular Europe, and American evangelical Christianity seems to exert much more influence than European churches. Why, then, did American evangelicalism fail to restrain the forces of corruption in our society? Tomorrow’s article provides an answer.