I obviously agree with Franklin Graham’s recent overarching point on the nation turning its back on God.
But I do not believe he places the blame in the right place.
In an interview on NewsMax TV, he said: “In the last four years, we have begun to turn our backs on God. We have taken God out of our education system. We have taken him out of government. You have lawyers that sue you every time you mention the name of Jesus Christ in any kind of public forum. What has happened is we have allowed ourselves to take God out everything that we do. And I do believe that God will judge our nation one day.”
But who is “We?” Who is he pointing the finger at? “The far left” is the answer.
“They want to shut the mouths of evangelicals. They want to shut the mouths of Christians,” Graham told NewsMax. “One hundred years ago, political leaders in every community were the pastors. They were the voices that were heard. They were the voices that had the influence. Politicians know that and the government knows that — and they are trying to shut the mouths of especially evangelicals.”
Throughout the interview, Graham refers to “them” and “they.” But I think that is not the core of the problem. It is “us” and “we.” Christians, those who claim the name of Christ. Those who profess to be followers of Him, have the Holy Spirit and believe the Bible is exactly what it claims to be.
As I posted yesterday, if we Christians had not given place to more and more of the world at the cost of less and less of the spiritual, there would be no place for the far left to exist. Some would always be there opposing Christ, but they would not control all the halls of influence in our nation and have attained the power over the culture they currently do without Christians having voluntarily vacated the space to do other things.
Consider the decline of the big mainline denominations, which have lost members by the millions as the country has gained population by the tens of millions. Whose fault is it that the Episcopalians and Presbyterians and Lutherans and Methodists chose to more and more chuck the Bible and follow the culture? Leftists? This is most obvious with the acceptance and even ordination of gays. But that is mostly the final straw in a long retreat from holding to the word of God and evangelizing the lost. A little compromise begets a lot of compromise. None of that was due to lawyers or leftists.
Graham said that Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney is “a very good man, and I like the man very much — but I don’t think he was exciting or charismatic enough.”
Is that really justification for Christians not showing up? Is that really the reason that a three-percentage-point majority chose leftist secularism? It could not be bound up in much deeper, foundational issues? The question is rhetorical. Christians need to acknowledge that a far deeper drift from Christ is what should properly be placed at the center of the finger-pointing. That drift open the gates for this re-election.
I just cannot help but think the future pivots on our understanding of how we got to this moment. It is not about the rise of leftist secularists. It is about the voluntary decline of Christians that allowed the rise of leftist secularists.