“Make America Great Again,” Donald Trump’s oft-repeated campaign slogan that still can be seen with emblazoned white words on t-shirts, hats, bumper stickers and signs that reflect the sentiments of many Americans. For different people, that vague four-word phrase has taken on different meanings; however, all who have repeated and believe in this concept believe America to have lost something that formerly made it great. For some, this idea reflects a longing to return to the “glory” of the Reagan era, while others are nostalgic to return to the Jim Crow era, while others still, which make up a large percentage, it means making America “moral,” devout, even dogmatic, wherein the church dictates to the state to enforce its decrees, a time period in which Sunday laws were in effect. Individuals longing for restoration of morality and peace in America recoil in horror at the prevailing depravity, the existent vileness and increasing crime, citing them as reasons for churches to become active in politics, thus removing the separation of church and state. President Donald Trump is just the man to remove that separation just as he promised during his campaign; and he is swiftly moving toward it. Politicians from countries around the world are taking note of this, and are also desirous for their respective nations to return to what they consider their former greatness, which involves a return of “Christian” values to government. Hungary and Poland are such countries; in fact, the entire European Union is calling for a return to its “Christian roots.”
A Brietbart headline reads as follows: “Hungary: Governments should be dedicated to ‘Christian Values’ that made Europe Great.”1 In other words, Hungary wants to return to the “greatness” that Europe formerly possessed because of its union of church and state. This was during the time that Roman Catholicism was in the ascendancy and not only ruled the church but also the state. Let us not infer, but allow the Hungarian Prime Minister to speak. “Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán said that after decades of being under the control of ‘anti-Christian, internationalist powers’ the country needs a government ‘based on the teachings of Christ’ which ‘made Europe and the Hungarians great.’ Speaking at a celebratory event marking the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, the conservative Fidesz party leader said that it was a duty of his government to protect ‘the ways of life that have their roots in Christianity’, including human dignity, the family, the nation, and faith communities, adding that Christian Europe needs a spiritual and intellectual renewal.”2 Make no mistake about it, Europe will have a spiritual renewal, a return to its “Christian,” Roman Catholic roots, following in America’s footsteps; but it will be anything but great. It will involve the restriction of civil and religious liberty and the enactment of Papal decrees, specifically, a Sunday Law. “The decree enforcing the worship of this day [Sunday] is to go forth to all the world. As America, the land of religious liberty, shall unite with the papacy in forcing the conscience and compelling men to honor the false sabbath, the people of every country on the globe will be led to follow her example.”3
In the Brietbart article, Poland is mentioned among the European nations calling for the restoration of religion into politics; and it is mentioned in conjunction with a Roman Catholic Feast, so we know exactly whose “Christian” values these politicians are desiring to implement in their governments. “Last month, fellow former Soviet satellite state Poland celebrated another important date in Christian history, with the Catholic Feast of the Holy Rosary that marked the anniversary of the Battle of Lepanto where ‘the Christian fleet overcame the Muslim armada, saving Europe from Islamisation.’”4
Just a few days ago (December 14), Poland’s Prime Minister essentially repeated the words of Hungarian Prime Minister as the headline conveys, “New Polish PM sees return to Christian roots as only way to stop Europe’s decline.” In the article can be read the following: “Mateusz Morawiecki, the new Prime Minister of Poland, spoke about re-Christianizing Europe during the first interview after his nomination… Speaking about Polish mining and the problematic EU climate policy, he said, ‘we want to transform Europe.’ He digressed that his dream is to ‘re-Christianize Europe.’ Morawiecki specified that, ‘unfortunately, in many places, not only are Christmas Carols not sung, but churches are empty, and some are even turned into museums.’ Morawiecki welcomed the interviewer, Redemptorist Brother Piotr Dettlaff, with the greeting “Szczęść Boże...” It is still used today when addressing priests and members of religious orders.”5
However, it is not only the political leaders of Hungary and Poland that are calling for a return to “Christian” roots in Europe, a re-union of church and state, but also religious leaders across Europe. In fact, they are the ones inspiring the political leaders. Note the following news headlines: “Europe will be 'adrift' if it loses Christian roots, faith leaders warn;”6 Pope Francis sees hope for European Union, urges leaders to return to roots;”7 “Pope Francis reminds EU heads of their Christian roots;”8 and “Pope Francis Reminds Emmanuel Macron of France’s ‘Christian Tradition.’”9
Just as Hungary, Poland and the European Union is following America’s lead in making their countries “great again,” it should be understood what it was that did make America Great at its establishment, the principles of Republicanism and Protestantism. “Republicanism and Protestantism became the fundamental principles of the nation. These principles are the secret of its power and prosperity. The oppressed and downtrodden throughout Christendom have turned to this land with interest and hope. Millions have sought its shores, and the United States has risen to a place among the most powerful nations of the earth.”10 Once these principles are completely done away, neither America nor any other country that rejects these principles will be great; and national apostasy will be followed by national ruin.
3 White, Ellen. Maranatha (1976), 214
10 White, Ellen. The Great Controversy (1911), 244