Letter to the Editor: Two clear views defined for 2020


Wednesday, September 18, 2019

This is to help us understand ourselves a little better. It’s about our worldview. Everybody has one.

It is who we are and dictates what we do. Ask oneself, “What is mine?” One’s world view is formed early in childhood, from the family or lack of it, and later by events unique to each person. It dictates our thoughts that turn into actions.

It was the Christian worldview that formed the United States of America and is written into our founding documents, the Declaration of Independence and Constitution. Christians of several denominations fled Europe to find freedom to practice their religion apart from the state religions of other nations. In the new nation, the USA, they had self government. Whereas the Constitution provides an entirely new structure of government, self government, never before permitted by any existing monarchy or ruler, the first Ten Amendments guarantee the freedoms we enjoy.

No other worldview encompasses anything like this. Some other worldviews are religious, like Muslim, Buddhism, Confucian, Taoist, Hinduism, etc. Some are political, like the democratic/republic we have, socialist, communist or a combination like the U.K., with a monarch and a representative parliament.

In 1949, author George Orwell looked at the erosion of the Christian worldview and wrote the book, “1984.” In it he described a government like Communist Russia, and what it was like living in a society ruled by “Big Brother” who replaces God as the divine ruler and giver of all life’s necessities.

It took the election of 2020 for the candidates to define these two positions as options for voters to choose. All the Democrat party candidates espouse socialism as their political goal. They, like Big Brother, would give free health care to everyone, free college education to all who want it, a basic salary to everyone regardless of whether they have a job or not, etc., each candidate promising more than the other. So far no one has offered anything different.

Reading or hearing someone’s opinion, I can discern that worldview — where he is coming from. Most people consider the U.S. a Christian nation. But have we really thought about what that means? We will choose in the 2020 election.

Janice Gravely

Rocky Mount