What Are Our Values?

Ramon Arias | July 10, 2017

The counsel of the Lord stands forever, the plans of his heart to all generations. Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord, the people whom he has chosen as his heritage! The Lord looks down from heaven; he sees all the children of man; from where he sits enthroned he looks out on all the inhabitants of the earth,
Psalm 33:11-14 (ESV)

The speech delivered by President Donald Trump, July 6 in Warsaw, Poland, focused on Western Civilization values. The left-wing media and the Hollywood crowd went berserk and the bombardment of criticism, as expected, went on non-stop condemning Trump for not upholding American values in Poland. At the same time, the haters of biblical values and anything that is true conservatism called the speech racist for upholding Western values.

Western civilization would not exist without Christianity. Yet, Christianity is under severe attack in many places including those of the Western block. Those who hate God, the Bible, and Jesus Christ, despise that He is the only way to restore human beings and nations, and ignore and underestimate the powerful and positive contribution of Christianity. The United States of America's cultural heritage is undeniably deeply rooted in the biblical principles.

No person that has ever lived, is living and will live in the future can escape the influence of ideas; every person acts upon what they believe, and that is called a worldview.  W. Andrew Hoffecker, gives the following definition: “One’s worldview gives coherence to how one thinks and lives, provides moral parameters, and directly motivates behavior.”1

The promoters of COEXIST envision the brotherhood of nations where all worldviews become equal, it is a novel idea but one that history rejects. Worldviews are different and collide one with the other for the simple reason that the ideas can never become one. Western civilization most definitely has a Christian foundation in spite of all its flaws. With this in mind, I selected portions of President Trump's speech in Warsaw, Poland. Not only did the Polish welcome Trump’s historical message, but also many in the United States, mostly conservatives, are very proud of it:

Through four decades of communist rule, Poland and the other captive nations of Europe endured a brutal campaign to demolish freedom, your faith, your laws, your history, your identity -- indeed the very essence of your culture and your humanity.  Yet, through it all, you never lost that spirit.  Your oppressors tried to break you, but Poland could not be broken. 

And when the day came on June 2nd, 1979, and one million Poles gathered around Victory Square for their very first mass with their Polish Pope, that day, every communist in Warsaw must have known that their oppressive system would soon come crashing down.  They must have known it at the exact moment during Pope John Paul II’s sermon when a million Polish men, women, and children suddenly raised their voices in a single prayer.  A million Polish people did not ask for wealth.  They did not ask for privilege.  Instead, one million Poles sang three simple words:  “We Want God.” …

As I stand here today before this incredible crowd, this faithful nation, we can still hear those voices that echo through history.  Their message is as true today as ever.  The people of Poland, the people of America, and the people of Europe still cry out “We want God.”

Together, with Pope John Paul II, the Poles reasserted their identity as a nation devoted to God.  And with that powerful declaration of who you are, you came to understand what to do and how to live.  You stood in solidarity against oppression, against a lawless secret police, against a cruel and wicked system that impoverished your cities and your souls.  And you won.  Poland prevailed.  Poland will always prevail. …

Finally, on both sides of the Atlantic, our citizens are confronted by yet another danger -- one firmly within our control.  This danger is invisible to some but familiar to the Poles:  the steady creep of government bureaucracy that drains the vitality and wealth of the people.  The West became great not because of paperwork and regulations but because people were allowed to chase their dreams and pursue their destinies.

Americans, Poles, and the nations of Europe value individual freedom and sovereignty.  We must work together to confront forces, whether they come from inside or out, from the South or the East, that threaten over time to undermine these values and to erase the bonds of culture, faith and tradition that make us who we are. If left unchecked, these forces will undermine our courage, sap our spirit, and weaken our will to defend ourselves and our societies.

But just as our adversaries and enemies of the past learned here in Poland, we know that these forces, too, are doomed to fail if we want them to fail.  And we do, indeed, want them to fail. They are doomed not only because our alliance is strong, our countries are resilient, and our power is unmatched.  Through all of that, you have to say everything is true.  Our adversaries, however, are doomed because we will never forget who we are.  And if we don’t forget who are, we just can't be beaten.  Americans will never forget.  The nations of Europe will never forget.  We are the fastest and the greatest community.  There is nothing like our community of nations.  The world has never known anything like our community of nations. … 

We reward brilliance.  We strive for excellence, and cherish inspiring works of art that honor God.  We treasure the rule of law and protect the right to free speech and free expression.

We empower women as pillars of our society and of our success.  We put faith and family, not government and bureaucracy, at the center of our lives.  And we debate everything.  We challenge everything.  We seek to know everything so that we can better know ourselves.  …

what we've inherited from our ancestors has never existed to this extent before.  And if we fail to preserve it, it will never, ever exist again.  So we cannot fail. …

Our citizens did not win freedom together, did not survive horrors together, did not face down evil together, only to lose our freedom to a lack of pride and confidence in our values.  We did not and we will not.  We will never back down. 

 As long as we know our history, we will know how to build our future.  Americans know that a strong alliance of free, sovereign and independent nations is the best defense for our freedoms and for our interests. …

The fundamental question of our time is whether the West has the will to survive.  Do we have the confidence in our values to defend them at any cost?  Do we have enough respect for our citizens to protect our borders?  Do we have the desire and the courage to preserve our civilization in the face of those who would subvert and destroy it? 

We can have the largest economies and the most lethal weapons anywhere on Earth, but if we do not have strong families and strong values, then we will be weak and we will not survive. 

Our own fight for the West does not begin on the battlefield -- it begins with our minds, our wills, and our souls.  Today, the ties that unite our civilization are no less vital, and demand no less defense, than that bare shred of land on which the hope of Poland once totally rested.  Our freedom, our civilization, and our survival depend on these bonds of history, culture, and memory.  

So, together, let us all fight like the Poles -- for family, for freedom, for country, and for God.

(Emphasis added)

If you are interest in reading the entire message to the people of Poland go here.

What are our values? Most definitely they are not the ones dominating most of the American culture at present. The Biblical principles are the foundation of these United States of America clearly stated in the Declaration of Independence.  Without a shadow of a doubt, the people in 1776 manifested their values based upon the belief and faith in the God of the Bible. Officially, they recognized and affirmed that the existence of God is a "self-evident" truth. America was born as God's nation. It is for this reason the Declaration of Independence mentions God five times: God is the Creator of every person, God is the Supreme Lawmaker, God is the only source of human rights, God is the Supreme Judge of all the world, and God is our Provider and Protector.

If America wants to be great again, then, we must restore the biblical worldview in all of our culture. Anything short of this is unacceptable to Him who is the legal owner of the world and the universe.