And while it will probably get greater exposure there, I thought I'd post it here:
Having lived in two worlds, one rejecting biblical values and the other embracing them, I have long remained in the second. The change came about when I realized that as smart as I am, there was something greater than man at work in the world. And He was trying to get my attention. There is something reassuring about that. To acknowledge His superiority was to realize I must live by His "rule". Many confuse the rigid law of religion with the liberating guidance and enabling of the Spirit. I have found so much satisfaction in life with the latter. And yet I fully understand the position of those who reject both of those.
I said all that to explain that while I realize that others might think I willingly put on a slave collar and gave up my sovereignty to something less proven than the flying spaghetti monster, I have determined that there is a larger logic at work that when recognized brings a relief. I don't have to build a world view by trial and error. That hard work has been done for me. And in general it seems that America prospered by living by that world view. Not by government fiat, but by common societal agreement.