This word kulturkampf came from the time of Otto von Bismarck5 when the emerging German nation campaigned against political Catholicism in 1873.
Kulturkampf can be translated as a struggle or battle between state and religion; secularism vs. theocracy. The struggle can be described as a cultural conflict in which a body of atheists vies with a body of people of faith for control of a state.
Secularists say theocracies are oppressive and theocrats say the same of secular governments. Surely, only one side can be right. Right?
Can you consider the possibility both sides are wrong?
May I suggest the struggle between secularists and theocrats is a consequence of dyslexic worldviews?
Q. What does a dyslexic agnostic insomniac do?
A. He stays awake nights, wondering if there is a dog.
Taking a zip-line tour of the Bible, the first ruler of all the world, in fact, all the universe was Elohiym (Genesis 1:1). The first culture war began when Satan seduced Eve to choose to share with her husband the fruit of a tree that was designated off-limits.
God quickly evicted Adam and Eve from a perfect home in an idyllic gated community. At this point, the population boom began. As the population expanded, governments were instituted to maintain good order.
As mankind expanded over the next 2,700 years, divergent governments arose, various kingdoms with designated kings.
But the descendants of Jacob (as in Abraham, Issac, and Jacob) throughout the formative years lived under the umbrella authority of a genuine, dyed-in-the-wool theocracy over which the Original Manufacture ruled through His designated priests, judges, and prophets.
Around 1046 BC, Jacob’s descendants, the Jews, decided they wanted an earthly king like all the surrounding nation-states.
Right at 3,248 years later on, “a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal1” was birthed on the North American continent.
The Founding Fathers designed a social compact that constituted an imperishable “government of the people, by the people, for the people2“.
Fundamental to the design of the social compact is a framework of a federal government to unify the individual nation-states with a distinct and unique 5-level hierarchy:
So, you ask, where in this social compact is God?
In the preamble, the phrase “the Blessings of Liberty” was a commonly recognized reference to God. Read the first sentences of the second paragraph of the Declaration of Independence:
“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.–That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed…3“
Throughout the American Revolution, the top influencers were pastors, theologians, and Christian military leaders. Few were the deists and atheists.
in the intervening years between the Declaration of Independence and the writing of the present-day Constitution, like Israel, America forgot God’s role in our government.
It was that “least religious” founding father Benjamin Franklin who drew the attention of the framers of the Constitution back to God’s miraculous interventions that gave us victory over England.
Benjamin Franklin, reminding the delegates that “God governs in the affairs of men”, made the following motion.
“I therefore beg leave to move, that henceforth prayers imploring the assistance of Heaven, and its blessings on our deliberations, be held in this Assembly every morning before we proceed to business, and that one or more of the Clergy of the City be requested to officiate in that service.4“
The motion was seconded and accepted. It was out of those daily prayers the framers gained the wisdom to craft our Constitution.
Truly, God governs in the affairs of men and faith in God cures dyslexic worldviews.