In doing so, we achieve a spirituality that connects us to the significance of life and provides an immutable foundation from which to judge right and wrong. This foundation is not transient like the vain and materialistic trappings of life. It is eternal because it connects us to God. Even during the worst hardships, when the other things in our lives seem to crumble, we can still find peace in the eternal love of God. People who understand this will feel God's love reflected back. That is to say, we cannot love God without loving ourselves.
This is a spirituality that is well beyond the vain and egocentric trappings of modern politics. It is a spirituality that requires us to purge our own eccentricities so that we may enjoy the truly beautiful possibilities of life.
That is why it is disturbing when politicians use this kind of spirituality as an instrument to control the masses. And that is why it is also so disturbing when we follow along - because it suggests not that we lack the ability to believe in God, but rather that many of us have simply spared ourselves the rigors of seeking genuine spiritual enlightenment. We call ourselves Christians because our parents call themselves Christians. This is not religion. It is inertia. And it represents the sort of decadence that has preceded the fall of all great civilizations.