By Tom Quiner
Donald Trump won’t turn the culture around.
This was the sentiment expressed by Catholic talk show host, Al Kresta. He was commenting on how Trump won the Catholic and Evangelical Christian vote. But if you voted for Trump in the hope of cultural transformation, get ready to have your heart broken.
Kresta has said on many occasions how to fix the culture: “build the church and you build the nation.” The question is: how?
Secular forces are ravaging organized religion, evidenced by declining church attendance. And yet faith in God is vital to a democracy according to one of our nation’s Founders, John Adams:
“Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.”
George Washington agreed:
“Religion and morality are the essential pillars of civil society.”
A flawed vehicle like Donald Trump can make a cultural difference if he vigorously opposes human abortion.
Cultural erosion is partially, but significantly, driven by the scourge of moms and dads denying their children their fundamental right to life by aborting them.
It is driven by boyfriends who don’t want the responsibility of a kid and pressure their girlfriend to abort.
It is driven by potential grandparents who pressure their daughters to abort because they didn’t want their family name besmirched by an out-of-wedlock grandchild. (The notion of a stigma attached to illegitimacy seems quaint these days, doesn’t it?)
But the elixir of death, known as human abortion, corrodes our society from top to bottom. Our democracy was formed on a foundation of fundamental rights, beginning with Life. Human abortion shatters that foundation.
The very notion of abortion does more: it corrodes our collective souls, separating us from the very Creator in whose image we were made.
Can Donald Trump fix the culture? No … but he can help by following through on his campaign promise to oppose the scourge of the killing of inconvenient life. He can do it by the judges he appoints, by the way the Executive Branch spends money, and by the pro life legislation he signs.
The churches need to do their part by stepping up their vocal support of the dignity of human life from conception to natural death. We would not have abortion in this country if the faithful didn’t allow it.
The culture can’t be fixed as long as we live under state-sanctioned human abortion.