Protestants, Catholics, Jews, and people of many different faiths can flourish when society maintains the traditional understanding of God's 3 covenantal institutions: the family, religious congregation, and government. The government has existed throughout history to protect the sanctity of life, property rights, and religious liberty (i.e., fundamental rights in the Declaration of Independence and writings about natural law). When the government uses its proper police and justice powers to protect fundamental rights, families and religious congregations can build strong and productive relationship in ecclesiastical, educational, familial, commercial, judicial, and other spheres.
Since the 1970s, Christian leaders, such as James Dobson (Focus on the Family) and Bill Bright (Campus Crusade), have talked about how families and religious congregations (churches) can flourish in 7 cultural areas referred to as "7 mountains." These efforts have been maligned as examples of Christian nationalism and dominionism. Such characterizations are unfair. In a land that protects religious liberty, people of all faiths can thrive on the "7 mountains" pictured here and increasingly depicted in campaign literature from conservative candidates.
While all faiths can flourish on the 7 mountains, the orthodox Protestants and Catholics have some of the best templates for building churches and families that have thrived across time. These templates are based on time-tested teachings about Scripture, the Gospel, doctrine and covenants. When there is a solid foundation for family and church relationships, these institutions can work together to promote successful relationships in the classroom, boardroom, courtroom, family room, etc. Strong relationships in these rooms can undergird healthy connections with God and one another on the 7 mountains.
When church, family and governmental leaders promote fundamental rights, all faiths will have ample opportunities to build educational, religious, governmental (judicial), business, arts, media, and family institutions that honor God. Faiths without proven templates in these 7 areas will struggle and turn to the government for help with what the family and religious congregation can do best. Faiths with proven templates can show that there are familial and religious solutions to overcome the problems throughout culture. To learn more about these proven templates for strengthening relationships on the 7 mountains, see the following diagram, which explains how God (as He makes Himself known through the means of grace, doctrines of grace, and covenant of grace) undergirds the government, family, and church (www.covenant.net/3Institutions) as well as "rooms" where Godly people gather while affirming the Lordship of Christ. See, e.g. www.Covenant.net/5Rooms. For more information about how these 3 institutions and 5 rooms form a foundation for God-honoring culture, see www.Covenant.net/1000Points.