Noah Webster, Define: Religious Fanatic

The father of the modern dictionary, Noah Webster, forgot to add a much used term in today’s lexicon . . . “religious fanatic.” It could be that two hundred years ago, that phrase was non-existent because, by today’s standards . . .everyone was a religious fanatic.

Even Noah himself said, “If we abide by the principles taught in the Bible, our country will go on prospering. But if we and our posterity neglect its instructions and authority, no man can tell how sudden a catastrophe may overwhelm us and bury all our glory in profound obscurity.”

If you look at the movies Hollywood holds up as icons of American culture we can see the prophetic substance of Daniel’s words. When the best picture that Hollywood can offer America is one that creates a caricature of lifestyles that are at best, political hyperbole, elevating decadence and self-consumption . . . then you know our glory has been buried in profound obscurity. And to express this view, based on values and absolutes as taught in the Bible, is to invite the moniker . . . Religious fanatic.

At least religious fanatics today are in good company . . . they have the same timber and resolve as the founding fathers of this nation. That’s not shabby company to be associated with.

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