Elisabeth Hasselbeck now supports gay marriage ...and is confused about abortion.
It wouldn't matter so much what she thought or said, except that millions of viewers watch ABC's "The View" television program and have come to know her as the "conservative" on the show. They have also seen her on FOX News with Hannity and others.
In 2008, she strongly supported California's Proposition 8 and marriage as only between one man and one woman.
Now she says she has changed her mind.
She told Adam Buckman at FANCAST, "I actually support gay marriage," and said she is conflicted about what she believes about abortion.
Hasselbeck told Buckman, "I would rather change a heart than a law. Always trying to mandate, mandate, mandate this or that is not the way that I believe this country should be run."
I have spent my entire life introducing people, privately, from the pulpit, and on radio and television to a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. A relationship that truly changes the heart.
That is the Great Commission of Christianity.
But I am well aware that morality can and must be legislated, until all hearts are changed.
The apparent change in her beliefs are disappointing, not only because she has caused people to believe she was a conservative, but a biblical Christian as well.
But there is an alarming back story to this that reflects a deep concern to many, including myself.
She said, "There are so many gray issues, be it abortion or gay marriage---there's a lot of discussion to be had."
No moral absolutes.
She continued, "I wish there was more focus on the in-between, gray area than [just] smacking a label on somebody."
None of us like labels, but these comments reveal a deeper issue within the Christian community. As people seek the "gray" area, they are usually seeking a verbal cover, due to tolerance turned on its head, for their embrace of relativism. And a safe social position.
In a study of more than 3000 youth and their take on moral, religious and theological issues, those taking the survey coined a new phrase that they thought best described their findings---"Moral Therapeutic Deism---the New American Religion" and called this generation the "Whatever" generation.
The lack of true biblical teaching in so many Christian churches has led to a confused, re-branded form of civil Christianity that emphasizes self reliance to a point that it bleeds over into a rather narcissistic focus on therapeutic benefits to its adherents. And a "whatever" attitude toward fundamental social issues.
This new brand of Christianity believes that:
1. A god exists who created and ordered the world and watches over human life on Earth.
2. God wants people to be good, nice and fair to each other, as taught in the Bible and by most world religions.
3. The central goal of life is to be happy and feel good about one's self.
4. God does not need to be particularly involved in one's life except when God is needed to resolve a problem.
5. Good people go to heaven.
The researchers found that most teens and adults for that matter had little to no idea as to what the basic theological tenants of biblical Christianity are about.
The researchers found that the deity behind Moralistic Therapeutic Deism is very much like the deistic God of 18th century philosophers rather than the biblical God.
They concluded that this seductive, but radical transformation of Christian theology and Christian belief replaces the sovereignty of God with the sovereignty of the self. Relativism has replaced biblical absolutes and sin is excluded from the picture while doctrines as fundamental as the justice of God and the sanctity of life are discarded as out of step with the times and an obstruction to self actualization.
They learned that Truth has been sacrificed on an altar of a relativistic understanding of truth, Christianity has, in too many cases, been actively colonized from within its own institutions of faith by a replacement that bears little resemblance to the "faith once delivered" and Christian institutions have accommodated themselves to the contemporary dominate culture to a degree that there are hardly any distinctions between the two.
According to the researchers, we have failed to teach our children basic biblical doctrines while they have become indoctrinated with a very non-biblical worldview and a new version of paganism.
Which leads us to more focus on the so-called "gray" issues.
We have lost our way because we have declared the Moral Compass to be obsolete and not compatible with our culture.
We need a great spiritual awakening.
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