Pope: Fall of Communism Proved Man Needs God
Ending his first trip to the Czech Republic, Pope Benedict XVI declared Monday that communism's end was "proof that God cannot be excluded from public life," Reuters reports. The country celebrated the 20th anniversary of Velvet Revolution, which ended decades of communist rule, during the pope's visit. The pope reminded the crowd of 50,000 young people "of powerful figures who had apparently risen to almost unattainable heights" but suddenly "found themselves stripped of their power." Speaking on St. Wenceslas's feast day, a national holiday, he continued, "Today there is a need for believers with credibility, who are ready to spread in every area of society the Christian principles and ideals by which their action is inspired." The country has one of the lowest proportions of religious people in the world, according to Reuters.
I personally like this story. Communism created a system where the people worshiped they're leaders, and tried to purge any other religious pursuits from its people. Religion was seen as a "crutch for weak people." That concept failed, because man was created for a relationship with God. We cannot reach our fullest potential without that relationship, and more importantly, without the God who created us.
More and more, I see America drifting further away from God. In fact, industrial countries all over the globe are drifting away from God. The concern is, if communism proved that trying to exist without God will fail, why are so many "intelligent" countries trying it?