February 16, 2021
Friends of Grace,
Yes, as Christians we should absolutely be very concerned about what is going on in our nation!
The time when we could depend upon fairness and decency for all people based upon our American history of a people living as “one nation under God” has passed. The pluralistic culture of our times continues to move swiftly toward individual freedoms, and the belief that a small group can judge others’ actions, beliefs, and history by a present agenda is certainly troublesome.
Historically, in these situations, believers do one of three things:
- We defend, regroup, and seek to outnumber and overpower it politically or socially.
- We withdraw from the dialogue and construct our own systems of education, commerce, and media, and try to live normally without interacting with those who are “worldly” unless absolutely necessary to avoid becoming polluted.
- We adjust our faith and practices to mirror the world and just slowly assimilate its values in an amiable compromise.
The problem is that none of these have proved effective in the past, nor do they have the potential to succeed as American culture becomes increasingly more post-Christian with each generation. The Bible’s impact upon society at large is not growing. Its influence is shrinking to the point where we even see the young people growing up in our own families have no biblical worldview! In fact, today’s youth are twice as likely to be biblically illiterate than the previous generation. So, how do we interact with these aggressive cultural forces?
The Apostle Paul wrote to the Ephesians that the people of this world (flesh and blood) are NOT the enemy: “For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places” (Ephesians 6:12, NASB). These are cosmic powers influencing people for evil and seeking to thwart any purpose of God in this world. So, to battle these we have been given the “armor of God” (Ephesians 6:13-18). These “spiritual forces” have the goal to lure people to anti-biblical thinking, values, actions, and legislation at all levels of our nation and world.
Our deep concern must activate us in this critical time.
- Start with Paul’s words to put on the whole armor of God (Ephesians 6:13-18). Take captive every thought and make it obedient to Christ (2 Corinthians 10:5).
- Exemplify love and goodness to everyone around you and the value and purposefulness of living biblically and for God’s glory (Colossians 4:5-6; Galatians 6:10). Love and value others made in the image of God who do not yet understand the Truth of God’s Word.
- Speak up to show the damaging results of legislature and practices which harm people and are not actually “progressive” to large sectors of our society who we must care for as much as we want others to care for us. One such action is to oppose the dangerous legislation, which is in Congress since last year, which now the Senate seems more likely to pass and our new president has already stated that he is ready to sign into law.
The so-called “Equality Act” currently in Congress is a carefully crafted agenda designed to impose LGBTQ legislation on all religious organizations. It is redefining discrimination and Title II, Title VI, and Title IX to make it illegal for religious organizations to refuse to embrace and accept all LGBTQ rights on their campuses or churches. This would include hiring, paying for sex-change operations, and allowing “self-identified” females to use female-only housing, locker rooms, and bathrooms as well as compete in women’s athletics (and vice versa). As well, it would use federal funds as a tool to deprive financial aid funding to any student attending a Christian university that does not comply with these regulations. As the president of one such biblically guided university, I will be reaching out to our US Congressmen and Senators to express to them the damaging results of such legislation and will plead with them to vote against its passage. I would encourage you to do the same thing. If we can assist you, we would be happy to send you a short guide for writing this letter to your political leaders and pray for a strong reception. The voices supporting the opposition are extremely vocal and our representatives need to hear our voices as well!
Grace Christian University has nearly 1,000 students who attend because Grace stands for, and teaches the Truth of God’s Word in an uncompromising manner. These students depend on federal financial aid for PELL grants and subsidized student loans to pay for over $2 million of tuition costs. Will you align with us to see biblical education continue? Your financial partnership with Grace Christian University at any level is so valuable to continuing to educate Grace students to learn biblical values and prepare them to serve and impact the next generation. Please consider a gracious financial donation to see this ministry continue and grow.
God has always raised up His Church in difficult times to offer a counter-cultural perspective and actions. May we be that voice, prayerfully and lovingly in today’s challenging times.
By His Grace,