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The Quiet Warriors of the Culture War

Posted by Adam Graham on November 27, 2005

This season is being overshadowed by the “War on Christmas”, for to the modern secularist barbarians, nothing is sacred. Many Christian Conservatives are concerned about the assault on marriage, as well as the President’s low approval rating, and the possible ascendancy of pro-abortion leaders on the national ticket.

Looking at events in isolation, there’s reason to be concerned by our cultural decay. Yet, there are signs of a reversal. There are people who are making a difference, they’re making America better, and turning the tide one day at a time.

The Debt Free Church

Why does Hollywood make so many anti-religion films that end up being financial failures? They’ve got money to blow and attacking the Church is worth it to them. A lot of left wing political organizations are funded by moneyed liberals with cash to burn. Meanwhile, most Christians can’t afford to tithe or even give much to their local church due to poor financial management. Listen to some Christian radio stations or watch commercial Christian TV and you’ll notice most ads are tailored for broke people in trouble. A disproportionate number of Evangelical Christians fit into that category.

Enter Dave Ramsey who dishes out financial advice on a three hour radio program and also teaches a 13 week seminar called, “Financial Peace” in churches across the country. While I don’t endorse every recommendation Ramsey makes, his general rule of saving for emergencies and avoiding unnecessary debt is sound. The results of his program has been sound as well, as individuals have started saving money and gotten out of debt.

It has started to spread beyond individual success. In one church in Georgia, where Financial Peace had been running for three years, member got together to pay off the Church’s mortgage. The result is that the Church now has more than $300,000 per year extra in its budget for outreach and ministry programs in its community.

Ramsey has crossed over into secular markets, frequently appearing on programs such as CBS’ The Early Show. The answers Ramsey provides are grounded in a solid Christian worldview and he doesn’t tone it down regardless of the forum.

The Medicine of Laughter

Many Christians when encountering obstacles are easily dissuaded, as they conclude that their vision “must not have been the will of God.” Thankfully, Greg Robbins has more tenacity. Robbins wanted to do a Christian sitcom called “Pastor Greg”, yet he found both secular producers and religious broadcasters resistant to the idea. He kept pushing the series until after nine years, the Cornerstone Television Network agreed to produce it. Since then, its been picked up by dozens of secular stations and TBN.

The series strikes a delightful balance between reverence for God and the Church and showcasing the frailty of the characters. Its breaking the decades old mold of Christian Television being nothing more than preaching and kids shows. On the heels of Pastor Greg, veteran Christian films producer Dave Christiano is preparing a new drama series called, “7th Street Theater.” Slowly but surely, an efforts is underway to redeem the cultural sewer that’s television.

The Next Generation of Leadership

The most important people are the ones that history glosses over and such is the case with Home Schooling families. The presence of kids who were Homeschooled in the 1980s and ’90s is beginning to be felt more and more in our cultural life. Dr. Brien Ray did a fascinating study on homeschoolers and found that 73% of homeschoolers 18-24 vote compared to 29% of all people their age. The voting percentage goes up to 95% for people above age 25 and they’re three times more likely than their fellow citizens to give political contributions. 74% of homeschoolers have taken college courses, compared to only 46% of the general population. Ironically, homeschoolers who were predicted to be social misfits, are more active and involved in their community’s politics than the general population.

Parents who chose to make extraordinary sacrifices to ensure their children aren’t led astray by the dominant culture are getting extraordinary results as 94% of homeschoolers are holding to their parents religious beliefs.

The Homeschooled kids of the ’90s will be the leaders of the next century because of hard work, sacrifice, and loving families. I was homeschooled, but am hardly the best or brightest of the bunch. I never thought about it much as a kid, but having been around both homeschooled and public school kids as an adult, I’m struck by the general courtesy, kindness, and advance vocabulary of homeschooled kids. They’re a shining beacon of hope in this present darkness, and a reminder of God’s abiding faithfulness.

Others

This could stretch into a book, which is not my intent. There’s so much more to be thankful for and hopeful about.

Organizations like Rescue Missions and Prison Fellowship are bringing a hand of healing to the poor and downtrodden of our society, providing them with necessary tools to break the cycle of violence and poverty, rather than wallowing in its continuance as government welfare bureaucrats do.

America’s divorce rate is down, as is the abortion rate. The premarital sex rate is also down. Young people from high school, up through college are becoming more pro-life.

There’s reason to be encouraged, and to take heart. It has been a long night, but over the horizon, I see dawn beginning to break.

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4 Responses to “The Quiet Warriors of the Culture War”

  1. Michael [Visitor] said

    Enter Dave Ramsey who dishes out financial advice on a three hour radio program and also teaches a 13 week seminar called, “Financial Peace” in churches across the country
    Adam
    Adam. This stuff is potential gold. Now you know I am not a believer in miracles and such. But sound financial advice is worth listening to. It also deserves a continuing thread of its own and is a feature I would include in my own web site.

    I care little as to how you acquire the information. If it has a religious context or is secular matters little to me. The fundamentals of wealth building are simple and can be applied to just about annoys situation.

    Any individual or Church is in a better position if they are financially solvent. I like to compare personal health to financial health. Perhaps you can make the connection with spiritual health as well. being poor won’t make you closer to Jesus. You are more capable of helping yourself and others when you are financially viable.

    Foundations. I believe it is in Corinthians. You need a solid foundation on which to build a life.

  2. Adam Graham [Member] said

    Poverty can make you closer to Christ as the Persecuted Church can attest. However, American Christian’s poverty is not the result of some great persecution or pietistic act of giving away goods to the poor. Its the result of living beyond your means, failing to save, and ignoring biblical principles. I believe it was Larry Burkett who made the point that Jesus talks more about money than anything else.

    As for 1. Corinthians, the made thing I found on foundations was this:

    According to the grace of God which is given unto me, as a wise master builder I have laid the foundation, and another buildeth thereon. But let every man take heed how he buildeth thereupon.

    For no man can lay another foundation than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ.

    Now if any man build upon this foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble,every man’s work shall be made manifest; for the Day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire, and the fire shall test every man’s work of what sort it is.

    If any man’s work abide which he hath built thereon, he shall receive a reward. If any man’s work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss; but he himself shall be saved, yet so as fire.1. Corinthians 3:10-15

    Not sure if that was what you were looking for.

  3. Lisa Gilliam [Visitor] said

    Hey,Adam did you notice that most of the conservative media outlets particularly those affiliated with the homeschool movement ignored a recent national case that reflected negatively on you all’s movement.They also have a snobbery that I can’t stand either.

  4. Adam Graham [Member] said

    Lisa, yeah we were covering up for all major networks covering the stories. The actual story doesn’t make homeschoolers in general look bad, it makes those kids in particular look bad. Of course, public school kids NEVER kill anyone. Of course, if a public school kid does kill his parents, it makes local news, it never makes national news. What makes the news is rarity because that which happens every day isn’t news.

    Second, I’ve known a lot of homeschool kids with great attitudes and I’ve known a lot of public school kids with snotty attitudes. Hope, you can get used to homeschoolers. In about 30 years, they’ll be running everything.

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