There are segments of truth in all three ideologies. We do indeed need to be separate from the world. We are to be as Paul said, "Be in the world, but not of the world." There should be a difference in the life of Christ follower and one who doesn't recognize Him as Lord and Savior. The grace, love, and power of Christ are distinguishable and evident. We also need to dialogue with the world to understand their position. We must learn and reach out and not hole ourselves up in a proverbial cave somewhere hanging on to escapist mentality of rapture. We can't win anyone for Christ if we only dialogue with Christians. Thirdly, there are some things that the church has accepted as truth that does need to be reevaluated. The church as a whole has evolved constantly since it first began in the book of Acts. To begin with, the church was only about the Jews. Later it evolved into the Gentiles. It's always been a living, breathing organism that grows and changes through seasons. Many truths remain absolute such as the deity of Christ, His crucifixion and resurrection, and His return. Other "truths" such as cutting hair, wearing jewelry, and the like have found their way to the conviction category instead of absolute truth and rightfully so. Thus, I can appreciate the notion of self-reflection and the church examining its stances as God reveals and speaks.
That said, a war is still a war. When the hearts of a generation hang in the balance and inescapable media propagandize non-Christian values, ideas, and rights, the voice of the church needs to be defining and different. The voice of the church must be distinct. It must be credible. It must be loving and full of grace. It must be grounded in the Word of God. It must be distinguishable. And this voice should be heralded and promoted from the church and Christian schools and colleges, along with other Christian organizations and ministries.
This is why, I am appalled to know that Democratic Presidential Candidate, Sen. Bernie Sanders, was asked and allowed to speak at Liberty University recently. It's even more concerning as an alum from the school having receiving my Masters Degree from there. Exactly what business does a conservative Christian college have giving someone like Sanders a platform? What was the goal behind doing such a thing? Dialogue? There was no dialogue. There was Sanders pushing his beliefs on our young people. Standing on that campus and speaking to a collection of students and supporters, Sanders heralded gay rights and gay marriage. Sanders heralded abortion and a woman's right to choose. And while the cheers and applause was definitely not deafening, one has to wonder what Jonathan Falwell was thinking bringing Sanders on campus.
Let's be straight up and down on the issues. Abortion is murder, and our legal system gives women legal rights to commit murder just simply because having a baby would be an inconvenience. If my wife was pregnant and someone killed her in cold blood, he would be tried for two counts of murder under American federal law, because the law recognizes the fetus as a human life.. But if my wife would elect to have an abortion, the same American federal law doesn't recognize her baby as a living person. It's hypocritical and inexcusable. And every time someone speaks up about this, the pro-choice supporters distract from the question and want to talk about cases of rape and incest. Or they want to nullify the pro-life position by stating that if someone is for war, then you aren't really pro-life. These are all distractions and side roads away from the issue that exists. I'll have those discussions with anyone that wants to have them, but let's have the main discussion first.
We say a person is dead when their heart quits beating. Why don't we agree that they're alive when their heart starts beating. Fetuses feel pain. They feel connected to the mother. They can hear voices and recognize them once born. Fetuses in the womb respond to pain and everything the mother feels. If you have the stomach to watch, there are abortion videos out there where you can literally hear the baby crying as it is dismembered while being removed from the woman's body. You can call me judgmental. You can call me old-school. You can call me hypocritical. You can call me what you will. A born again disciple of Jesus Christ will not and cannot support abortion and will not and cannot support an individual for a position or office in which that individual would use his/her power to protect and/or advance abortion practices.
Why does liberal media seem to promote abortion so much especially to Millennials and the next generation coming behind them? My theory is that as effective as media can be, everything has its limits. If the aborted babies of just the last decade had not been aborted, the population of this up and coming generation would be about 2 million larger. How do you control a movement? You convince as many as possible. You silence those that will not comply. And you limit the number of people to control. More people require more resources. Pharaoh limited the Jewish population when it was getting too big by the killing of babies. Herod sought to rid the world of a Messiah King being born by killing the babies and toddlers. Satan has always targeted children as a means to undermine and destroy God's plan. The church should be the proverbial baskets in the river for these children. We should be the Wise Men of our day who instead of telling Herod where Jesus was, left without returning. Christians have a responsibility to protect the innocent, the unborn, and the helpless. As of today in America, Planned Parenthood has already accounted for almost 300,000 abortions. That's 300,000 babies that have been killed in America this year. Despite the videos that recently came out, hardcore liberals continue to double down on their claim that abortion is a woman's constitutional right. If someone wants to have that Constitutional argument, I'll be happy to have it as well. But for a Christian, right and wrong, rights and no rights, are defined by what the Bible states.
Sanders stands for gay marriage. If you claim to follow Christ, then follow Him. Don't say you're a Christian and then throw your support behind an individual that stands in opposition to Christ's teachings. Jesus said marriage was between a man and a woman. Shouldn't Christians stand for Christ? Shouldn't Christians teach what Jesus taught? Shouldn't Christians believe what Jesus said? The answer to these questions is, "Of course!" Jesus asked, "Why do you call me Lord and not do what I say?" I think He's asking that question of this generation today more so than ever. "Why do you claim to be saved by my grace and washed in my blood and follow my teachings yet speak against what I taught and support those who would work against what I taught?" If you're a Christian and support abortion and gay marriage and the people who may not only protect those ideas, but push them further, how would you answer that question from Christ should He ask that of you? Would you try to sidestep it by pointing out other hypocrisies you think you see? Would you try to excuse based on injustices you've seen or believe based on what media or others believe or broadcast? If you would try skirting it, Jesus would probably keep going back to the basic question again. Because at the end of the day, all the injustices in the world do not change God's Word. All the hypocrites in the world do not make God's Word less true. All of the failures of mankind throughout human history do not nullify the basic tenants of the faith. We can skirt issues and malign scripture. We can choose to interpret it in a way that allows us to do and believe what we want. But none of that changes the truth of what scripture says.
So what then Liberty University were you doing bringing that voice, a voice which vehemently stands against the Word of God, on your Christian campus that we send our kids to? What you did Liberty University is akin to me as a pastor giving a microphone to Planned Parenthood in my church to talk about their beliefs. It's ridiculous and preposterous. As an alum of your school, I'm more than disappointed and shocked. We are quickly being reminded that the best, most secure, place to instill Biblical values in your child's life starts at home. Liberty University serves as a great reminder that outside institutions, including churches themselves, can often fail at promoting God's Word.