24 The God who made the world and all things in it, since He is Lord of heaven and earth, does not dwell in temples made with hands; 25 nor is He served by human hands, as though He needed anything, since He Himself gives to all people life and breath and all things; 26 and He made from one man every nation of mankind to live on all the face of the earth, having determined their appointed times and the boundaries of their habitation, 27 that they would seek God, if perhaps they might grope for Him and find Him, though He is not far from each one of us; 28 for in Him we live and move and exist, as even some of your own poets have said, ‘For we also are His children.’ Acts 17:24-28 (NASB)
Over the last few decades (perhaps much longer) our society has been doing all it can to eradicate all remnants of what we call the “Christian Worldview” from everyone’s mindsets. Of course this is being done through education, entertainment, social reforms (in name only) and many other things that put the emphasis of our being on man rather than on God.
Just a week ago or so I forced myself to watch a history timeline series done in England a few years ago about the 50 days that led up the start of the English Civil war 1649. I am a history buff and I know quite a bit about several of the people involved in that timeline such as Charles I, Oliver Cromwell, John Bunyan and John Owen. I have also studied the diary of Samuel Pepys who lived during that period. In any case, another thing I am very familiar with is what made up the Puritan movement. I know what it was about and what it was NOT about. This is why it was so painful to watch this 3 part series because it was done by a group of historians in England who did everything they could to misrepresent the Puritans. One line that the one who did most of the talking said that made me almost throw my shoe through the tv screen was this, “The Puritans were all about making sure that no one was having any fun anywhere at any time.” In other words, they painted them as a group of Self-Righteous bigots whose animosity was against the Roman Catholics and anyone who tolerated them. Sigh, yes, they had a great deal of anxiety about what had taken place during the reign of Queen Mary (Bloody Mary) who attempted to return England to the Pope, but, no, their main focus was on purifying the Church of England and worshipping God the way God intended. Why? They believed that all Christians’ main purpose was to live and walk before God was to bring Him glory.