Born a century ago was the noted Russian novelist, historian and short story writer, Alexander Solzhenitsyn. He was an outspoken critic of communism, the political system of the Soviet Union.

Probably his most famous works were One day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich and The Gulag Archipelago.

In these he wrote with authority on untold cruelty of the communist political prison camps. He had personal experience in their forced labor camps. He paid dearly for his dissenting views.

But let me share with you a quote from Alexander Solzhenitsyn about the root cause of the Russian Communist revolution:

"I have spent well-nigh fifty years working on the history of the Russian Revolution; in the process I have collected hundreds of personal testimonies, read hundreds of books and contributed eight volumes of my own.

But if I were asked today to formulate as concisely as possible the main cause of the ruinous revolution that swallowed up some sixty million of our own people, I could not put it more accurately than to repeat: ‘Men have forgotten God.’"

When we leave God out of the picture, when we forget God, we have no objective standard of right and wrong, we have no sense of purpose and destiny—we don’t know why we are here and we have no hope beyond this life. 

When they refused to acknowledge God, he abandoned them to their evil minds and let them do things that should never be done. (Romans 1:28, NLT) In his pride the wicked does not seek him; in all his thoughts there is no room for God. (Psalms 10:4, NIV)

Dr. Wayne Shaw (R-Grove) has been a member of the Oklahoma Senate since 2014. Prior to that he served as the senior pastor at First Christian Church, Grove, for many years.