What is equally obvious is that the conflict between good and evil, right and wrong, the moral and the immoral—the conflict which the world’s great faiths and devoted religious believers have historically tried to address in their efforts to hold things together—is being intensified in our time and is affecting an ever-wider segment of our culture. And let there be no doubt that the outcome of this conflict truly matters, not only in eternity but in everyday life as well.
We should be genuinely concerned over the assertion that the single most distinguishing feature of modern life is the rise of secularism with its attendant dismissal of, cynicism toward, or marked disenchantment with religion.
So I bear witness of religion being the principle ingredient—not the only, but the principle ingredient—that has kept Western social, political, and cultural life moral to the extent these have been moral. And I shudder at how immoral life might have been then and now without it. Looking at least at American history, other men wiser than I have shuddered as well.
But I am no doomsdayer. Our collective religious heritage and our traditional religious beliefs—varied as they are—are remarkably strong and resilient. May we honor and cherish religion and encourage its good effects everywhere.
Because my faith, my family, my beliefs, my covenants—in short, my religion—means everything to me, I thank my Father in Heaven for it and pray for the continued privilege to speak of it so long as I shall live.