From the Desk of Pastor Rick Scarborough
IS UNCLE SAM REALLY UNCLE
In the wake of the Asian Tsunami disaster (which left an
estimated 140,000 dead and hundreds of thousands homeless), the
elite – which loves to scorn its own country – is indicting
America as stingy, tight-fisted, and a nation of skinflints
willing to spend trillions on defense but reluctant to
contribute pennies for disaster relief.
It’s true that, initially, the Bush administration pledged $35
million. But that was when the death toll was thought to be
closer to 10,000. Currently, our commitment stands at $350
million, and could rise to $1 billion.
The United States gives more in foreign aid than any other
country – over $16 billion in 2003 alone. Moreover, private
entities (including churches, charities and foundations) gave
over twice that amount – more than $35 billion last year. The
day after the earthquake, CARE provided food and water
purification supplies for 8,000 in Sri Lanka.
Although Indonesia is the most populous Moslem country, the Arab
world has not been conspicuously generous. Oil rich Kuwait dug
deep in it pockets and came up with a measly $2 million – during
a year when the nation is running a surplus of $10 billion.
When it comes to disaster relief – and international giving
generally – America can be proud of its record. Others may talk
compassion – the US practices what it preaches.
Vision America is challenging pastors across the USA to lead
their congregations to work through various Christian relief
efforts and sponsor a village in a Moslem country. What better
way to sow the seeds of the Gospel than to give in the name of
CHRISTIANITY IN DECLINE
Christian pollster George Barna has been taking the nation’s
spiritual pulse for decades. His recent findings are cause for
Based on 10,000 telephone interviews conducted in 2004, Barna
ascertained that the number of “unchurched “ Americans (those
who seldom or never attend services) nearly doubled in the past
decade – growing from 38 million adults to 75 million.
This trend is most pronounced among men, individuals under 40,
singles and residents of the East and West Coasts.
In part, according to Barna, the problem lies with the fact that
many evangelical churches fail to inspire members, and many of
the mainline Protestant churches have abandoned Christianity.
Barna found that only 51% of all senior Protestant pastors have
a Biblical worldview – i.e., believe that God is omniscient and
omnipotent, that Jesus never sinned, that Satan is real, that
the Bible is unerring, that salvation is only through Christ,
etc. When pastors abandon Biblical absolutes, how can the laity
be inspired to believe?
Amidst these grim findings, there are glimmerings of hope. There
seems to be a modest revival underway where it’s most needed. In
Washington state, Oregon and California, daily Bible reading
increased from 29% in 1994 to 44% in 2004 – a 52% increase. In
the same states, church attendance rose 24%.
Significant majorities of the American people favor “one nation
under God” in the Pledge of Allegiance, public display of The
Ten Commandments (as well as other religious symbols) and the
teaching of creationism in the public schools. Sizeable
majorities also oppose same-sex marriage and the ordination of
Barna demonstrates that at heart our cultural crisis is a
spiritual crisis. Rather than despairing, we should be
encouraged to work all the harder – and all the smarter – for a
genuine revival in America.
SECULARISM – AMERICA’S ESTABLISHED
In an article in a recent issue of Christianity Today, Jewish
scholar David Klinghoffer unmasks America’s most influential
religion – secularism.
This “denomination” now has the allegiance of 7.5% of the
American people – and growing. Its adherents tend to be young,
unmarried, affluent and overwhelmingly liberal. (Almost 80
percent of secularists describe themselves as left of center.)
Klinghoffer says it’s time to treat secularism for what it is –
a dogma using “aggressive means in advancing their political
agenda and spreading their faith.” The secularist creed includes
Darwinism, abortion-on-demand, feminism, homosexual rights and
the radical transformation of the family.
Says Klinghoffer, “Young children are plainly being targeted for
conversion to Secularism.” The primary medium of secularist
proselytizing is the public schools – whose funding is extracted
Through sex education, values education, diversity training and
evolutionism, secularists are indoctrinating future generations
in their anti-Christian belief system.
It’s good to see a Jewish intellectual acknowledging what some
committed Christians have long known – the so-called separation
of church and state is not meant to apply to the left’s favorite
GREASING THE SKIDS FOR ALTERNATIVE
For further evidence of the take-no-prisoners approach of
homosexual activists – and their fellow travelers – consider the
controversy that’s erupted over Gay Ski Week (Feb 26-March 6) in
The Telluride Ski Resort, sponsor of the downhill orgy, is quite
indignant over warnings posted on a local website -- an online
guide to the community, operated by resident Al Heirich.
Heirich posted a notice on his site, warning tourists with
children that they might want to avoid Telluride at that time.
The town goes all out to make sodomites feel welcome during Gay
Ski Week, with events like The Pleasure Hunt, Drag Races and a
dance with a title that can’t be repeated here.
The Telluride Ski Resort called Heirich’s warning
“discriminatory” and demanded that he remove all links to the
resort from his site. For his part, Heirich calls the move a
Heirich isn’t demanding that homosexuals not visit the town. He
isn’t even asking the town not to engage in its highly
questionable promotional activities. He’s simply saying that
parents who don’t want their 5-year-olds exposed to
cross-dressers on skis have a right to be told what’s going on.
The Telluride Ski Resort is one of many businesses eager to
pander for profit. In the name of inclusion, it’s fully prepared
to facilitate the decline of public morals. Christians would be
well advised to avoid the Telluride Ski Resort not just that one
week, but throughout the year.
Al Heirich is a voice of reason on a mountain slope of insanity.
More than ever, now is the time for Patriot Pastors to join
Vision America and collectively say: “Enough is enough!” America
needs revival, and revival will come when God’s people put their
faith into action.