New Evangelical Viewpoint ... 06
From Jerry Beavan ... here is your copy of NEV-6, the current edition of New Evangelical Viewpoint ... a bit late, perhaps, but we have never set a definite schedule for this condensed version of the former weekly ANC (American News Commentary).
So here we are ... we have watched the crystal ball descend on the shivering hundreds of thousands in Times Square, and then followed the new year 2014 as it made its way Westward across the United States to the Pacific coast and on to Hawaii. We have handled the removal of Christmas decorations and the disposal of the Christmas tree. Now we have reached, or are about to reach, the time for the abandoning those always short-lived "New Year Resolutions." And we have learned to write 2014 on our checks. So now we get into NEV-6.
But first, this brief personal word from me. The "occasional schedule" of
issues of NEV was interrupted by the month of December during which I spent
all but a few days in hospital or rehab facility. And my allowable time seated at
the computer has been drastically reduced. But some great fellow Christian
friends have stepped up and a wireless lap-top will soon be available to me,
and I will be able to produce NEV from my bed. But developments in Washington
under the rule of Barack Obama have so concerned me, that I have put together
this sharply focused review of the disastrous path down which he is attempting
to take our nation. So please consider this an emergency issue of NEV, and give
it the same wide forwarding circulation you have given the previous 5 issues.
Statements expressing the convictions of our nation's Founding Fathers
always seem appropriate to introduce an opening thought or theme. Consider
this quotation from Samuel Adams in 1781: "Let each citizen remember at the
moment he is offering his vote that ... he is executing one of the most solemn
trusts in human society for which he is accountable to God and his country."
Surely this is an appropriate viewpoint to hold when we are criticized for
getting involved in "politics." John Jay, our nation's first Chief Justice of the
Supreme Court said in 1816: "Providence has given to our people the choice
of their rulers, and it is the duty, as well as the privilege and interest of our
Christian nation to select and prefer Christians for their rulers." Remember
that Jesus said we were not only to be the light of the world, but also the salt.
(Matt 5:13-14) So involvement as Christians, in "politics"— even if it is simply
to exercise our privilege to vote—is an important responsibility, particularly for those of us who profess to be Evangelicals.
And consider also this quotation in 1833 from Noah Webster, who is rightly
called a Founding Father, as he looked back over the first 50 years of the new
American nation: "The moral principles and precepts contained in the Scriptures
ought to form the basis of all our civil constitutions and laws. All the miseries
and evil men suffer from vice, crime, ambition, injustice, oppression, slavery
and war, proceed from their despising or neglecting the precepts contained in
the Bible." Thus it is evident that the founders of our nation clearly held to the
conviction that the Bible-based Christian faith should prevail in these United
There were 56 signers of the Declaration of Independence which was the
primary document leading to the birth of this new nation. Of those 56 men, 32
were Anglican (Episcopal), 13 were Congregationalists, 12 were Presbyterians,
2 were Quakers, 2 were Unitarians and 1 was Roman Catholic. Obviously a
rather heavily Christian-oriented group—and one with certain exceptions:
there was not one atheist among them, and not one Muslim (Islamist). This
despite President Obama's claim: “I also know that Islam has always been a
part of America’s story.” Hmmm . . . "Always, Mr. Obama?"
But that statement shouldn't have surprised us. One of his first pronouncements
in 2009, his first year in office, was "I consider it part of my responsibilities as
President of the United States to fight against negative stereotypes of Islam
wherever they appear." Strange—that obligation doesn't appear in Article II
of the Constitution where the responsibilities of the president are clearly set
forth. An even after all the terrorist attacks by Muslims/Islamists, he offered
this word of assurance: "The United States is not and never will be at war
with Islam." It's difficult to explain that promise to the families of our military
who were killed in wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
We have never called this president a liar, but we have often said that he has
a credibility problem. And this is particularly true with respect to his views of
religion. On his first trip abroad after becoming president, he went to the Islamic
world and again and again declared, "What ever we once were, we are no
longer a Christian nation." This is obviously his prevailing opinion. In a
recognition of the 150th anniversary of Lincoln's Gettysburg Address, the
president, in his recitation of the address, omitted "under God." Lincoln wrote,
"that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom," but Obama
said, "that this nation shall have a new birth of freedom." Of course, he has a
long history of omitting references to God, such as his repeated omission of
"endowed by our Creator" when referencing the Declaration of Independence.
His lack of credibility as to his views of religion is as evident at the personal
level as at the national level, where on a personal basis he claims: "I am a
Christian, and I am a devout Christian." Yet he supports same-sex marriage
and assists in aiding and abetting the LGBT legislative agenda, and fulfilled
his pledge to repeal DOMA (Defense Of Marriage Act). He has refused to
make any observance of the National Day of Prayer, but each year holds a
gala White House observance of Ramadan, an important element of the
Islamic faith. This is indeed strange, because the 43 presidents who preceded
him all professed to be Christians and gave deference to the faith embraced
by the vast majority of American citizens.
Just recently, in reflecting on the anniversary of Roe v. Wade, he reconfirmed
his support of that Supreme Court decision by stating: “Every woman should
be able to make her own choices about her body and her health. We reaffirm
our steadfast commitment to protecting a woman’s access to safe, affordable
health care and her constitutional right to privacy, including the right to
reproductive freedom." And he expressed some very liberal views on the
decriminalization of marijuana in an interview in the New Yorker magazine by
voicing his support for Colorado and Washington’s legalization of the drug,
saying that "It's important for it to go forward."
And seemingly to cap all of those anti-Bible, anti-Christian actions, his own
religious views are being asserted as his defense department has issued a
new directive regarding accommodations for religious apparel, grooming and
appearance, body art, and exercise of religion, including allowance of beards,
skull caps, turbans, tattoos and piercings—obviously to be friendly to Muslims
and Sikhs, because since its inception, the military has observed a strict code
of requiring soldiers to be clean cut and maintain a strict uniformity as a part
of their discipline. (This is in sharp contrast to limitations and restrictions
placed upon Christian chaplains). But his own religious views have just gone
one step further, in a posting on the White House's “We the People” site in
which readers are urged to sign a petition to President Obama, including
these words: “With the growing population of Muslims in the United States
of America ... we believe it is high time that Muslim holidays are recognized
by schools throughout this nation ... Muslim school children and staff
deserve the same benefits afforded to the followers of other faiths. We call
on President Obama to support this petition and advance the
inclusiveness of our great nation.”
(This, too, is in sharp contrast to the ban
on any mention of God, any public prayers, any reference to the Bible in our
schools—where even the names of Christian holidays have been changed;
for example: "Christmas holiday" has become "Holiday Break" or
"Mid-Winter Recess" and "Easter Holiday" has become "Spring Break" or
"Spring Recess.") Yes, that message was circulated from the White House
site ... and who is in charge at the White House?
But what about the Obama administration's many other problems?
(A few examples would include Obamacare with its goal of destroying the
world's finest health care system ... our never-ending failed foreign policy
blunders in Egypt, Syria, Sudan, Iran, Libya, to name a few ... and siding
with the Palestinians and shabbily treating our long time ally, Israel ... and
the almost unbelievable increase in our national debt, and mishandling the
economy to the point where record numbers of Americans are on food
stamps ... and the failure to implement an effective immigration policy to deal with the millions of illegal aliens ... but why go on?) However, our
concern is not with the overall problems facing our nation, but rather our
primary concern is with those of a religious, or specifically Christian nature.
And how does the Obama view work out through his administration?
Consider just this one example from his top person in foreign policy, the
Secretary of State, John Kerry, who just condemned a new law in Nigeria
(the international leader in Christian genocide. Note just this past Sunday's
report: in north-eastern Nigeria at least 22 worshippers died at a church
in Yola, while 300 homes were burnt down in a village in neighboring Borno
state and at least 52 people were killed.) banning same-sex marriages,
in this statement: “The United States is deeply concerned by Nigeria’s
enactment of the Same Sex Marriage Prohibition Act ... Beyond even
prohibiting same sex marriage, this law dangerously restricts freedom of
assembly, association, and expression for all Nigerians.” Note that he
expresses no concern over the slaughter of Christians in Nigeria, but
expresses concern only about Nigeria's action in not going along with the
Obama-preferred practice of same sex marriage.
After this brief, singular focus, we return to the old question which
we have asked in every issue of NEV: "Where is the voice of the church?"
First it must be noted that the voice of the church is much less effective
today than in years past when the Bible-based Christian faith was a
powerful force in instituting and developing this great nation. Overall,
Christianity is still the largest religion in the world by far, with currently some
2.2 billion Christians. So Christianity is not in danger of disappearing any
time soon, and in some areas of the globe it is experiencing absolutely
explosive growth. But in the United States, the situation is different. Almost
all churches are shrinking in membership, skepticism is growing and apathy
about spiritual matters seems to be at an all-time high. Recent surveys have
disclosed that 15% of all Americans say they have "no religion"mdash;up from
8% in 1990. It is reported as recently as 2004 that only 17.7% of Americans attend church on any weekend. And among our young people the decline is even greater, with the highly respected Barna report disclosing that in the
age group 15–29 years, 60% have left the church and have no religious
None of this negates the promise of Jesus in Matthew 16:18, that on the
rock of Him being the Son of the living God He would build His powerful
and militant church. Is there a positive solution to this apparent enigma?
There is indeed! The promise of our eternal, almighty God still stands:
"If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves,
and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways, then will
I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land"
(II Chron. 7:14).
Be of strong heart, American Christians! The present day anti-God, anti-Christian movement will not prevail—but it is our responsibility as God's
people to lead our nation back to the renewed faith of our Founding
Now in closing, please use your "Forward" key and send this issue to your personal mailing list. And as soon as possible, we'll be sending NEV-7.