Below is a long quote from the third chapter of A Christian Manifesto by Francis A. Schaeffer. This was published in 1981, offering incredible insight into what we are up against today as a culture. His observations and explanation helps us realize that the outward changes we see and experience as a culture are due to a shift that has taken place from a world view that was largely based on Biblical principle to a world view that no longer takes God and Biblical revelation seriously. Such a shift has an affect upon all levels of culture, society and national affairs, not just upon one’s individual character and approach toward life. The solution to our current woes is not to be found in merely addressing specific issues but in rebuilding the foundation upon which specific issues find their logical expression. This is a much more difficult endeavor but necessary nonetheless.
“The law, and especially the courts, is the vehicle to force this total humanistic way of thinking upon the entire population. This is what has happened. The abortion law is a perfect example. The Supreme Court abortion ruling invalidated abortion laws in all fifty states, even though it seems clear that in 1973 the majority of Americans were against abortion. It did not matter. The Supreme Court arbitrarily ruled that abortion was legal, and overnight they overthrew the state laws and forced onto American thinking not only that abortion was legal, but that it was ethical. They, as an elite, thus force their will on the majority, even though their ruling was arbitrary both legally and medically. Thus law and the courts became the vehicle for forcing a totally secular concept on the population.
“But I would say for the comfort of the Christian lawyers, it was not only the lawyers that did not blow the trumpet. Certainly the Bible-believing theologians were not very good at blowing trumpets either. In 1893 Doctor Charles a Briggs had been put out of the Presbyterian Ministry for teaching liberal theology. I would repeat that liberal theology is only humanism in theological terms. Then after Dr. Briggs was put out of the Presbyterian ministry there largely followed a tremendously great silence. Until the twenties and the thirties, few, if any, among the Bible-believing theologians blew a loud horn. By that time it was too late as most of the old line denominations had come under the dominance of liberal theology at the two power centers of the bureaucracies and the seminaries. By then voices were raised. But with rare exceptions, by that time it was too late. From then on, the liberal theologians would increasingly side with the secular humanist in matters of life style and the rulings of sociological law.
“And those Bible-believing theologians who did see the theological danger seemed totally blind to what was happening in law and in the total culture. Thus the theologians did no better in seeing the shift from one worldview to a totally different worldview. Nor did Christian educators do any better either. The failed responsibility covers a wide swath. Christian educators, Christian theologians, Christian lawyers – none of them blew loud trumpets until we were a long, long way down the road toward a humanistically based culture.
“But, while this may spread the problem of responsibility around, that does not help us today – except to realize that if we are going to do better we must stop being experts in only seeing these things in bits and pieces. We have to understand that it is one total entity opposed to the other total entity. It concerns truth in regard to final and total reality – not just religious reality, but total reality. And our view of final reality – whether it is material-energy shaped by impersonal chance, or the living God and Creator – will determine our position in every crucial issue we face today. It will determine our views on the value and dignity of people, the base for the kind of life the individual and society lives, the direction law will take, and whether there will be freedom or some form of authoritarian dominance.”