If God Is Sovereign, How Can the Secular Exist?
To be sure, God is sovereign and the secular does exist. In fact, there are things that happen outside of God’s will. It was not God’s will for Adam to eat from the forbidden tree, but Adam ate of the fruit anyway. If is not God’s will for anyone to spiritually perish, yet people perish spiritually every day. It is God’s will for everyone to repent, yet there are millions of people who do not.
If God is sovereign, how can anything outside of His will take place? The answer is found in an act of God’s sovereignty,
The highest heavens belong to the Lord, but the earth He has given to man. (Psalms 115:16)
One cannot fully understand the world in which we live outside of understanding the God who created it. It is He who chose to set the world up in such a way as to be governed by people. Those who govern have the choice as to whether they will submit to God’s way or go their own way. There is even the choice to deny the existence of God altogether.
In his book Nonbeliever Nation, David Niose wrote,
As secular Americans have emerged over the last few years, one of the most fascinating and exciting areas within the movement has been the phenomenon of student activism. Religious skepticism on college campuses is nothing new, but what’s happening today is truly unprecedented. Across all lines of wealth, ethnicity, gender, and sexual orientation, students are standing up together to identify as personally secular.
America was founded upon principles contained within the Bible. It is increasingly being governed by contemporary principles that are in opposition to those of our founders. If the leadership of America chooses to take the nation down such a path, God will allow it.
Throughout history, blessing and prosperity have reigned where God has been acknowledged. The opposite has taken place where God has been either denied of ignored. Consider our declining moral condition, the sagging economy, the political division, the family meltdown, the mental confusion. Are these downward changes trying to tell us something a little further below the surface than comprehensive policy reform is required in order to change course?