Wednesday, April 20, 2022

NBC: "What Do You Do When Your God Loses?"

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Yesterday NBC News published a featured article that tells the story of a young youth pastor and his family who have become disillusioned with his Southern Baptist church "and the broader evangelical Christian community to which he had dedicated his life."

Because of his disillusionment, the young pastor is now prepared to move "his wife and three children 3,500 miles away to the weather-beaten northeast of Scotland for a new start."

The disillusioned young man is asking, and NBC is exploiting, the question, "What do you do when your God fails?"

The "god," in this case, is Donald Trump.

The media has no restraint in their advocacy.

Be informed, not misled.

NBC begins: "With their bags packed, Stacy watched the riot unfold, recognizing some of the Christian and evangelical language and imagery wielded by some protesters. He said he saw it as further proof that then-President Donald Trump had taken on a saintly status among some evangelicals." 

They continue: "When your God loses, you have to find a way to get him back on top,” he said. “The whole idea was his man was supposed to be in the White House. What do you do when your God loses?”

Why the disillusionment with God and Christianity?

NBC, first and foremost, is not reporting on this matter because it is "news" or a "personal interest" story. They have published it because it is a story with value in pushing their agenda---particularly ahead of the 2022 midterm elections, and certainly ahead of the 2024 general elections.

The story leaves two false impressions on the uninformed reader. And most readers are uninformed.

First, it "verifies" that youth are leaving evangelical churches en masse. 

That is simply not true when you drill into the polling questions on most surveys and polls that are taken by competent companies.  

Inaccurate polling and reporting are not my point in this article. Youth are leaving churches---but mostly mainline denominational churches that have forsaken the gospel for a social gospel or worse---Paul called it "another gospel" that has no meaningful message for most of today's youth. 

Many youths polled mark "none" on the question about church affiliation or denomination because they have grown weary of the nonsense from the pulpits of many mainline churches. While they consider themselves "unaffiliated," they are attending other churches and serving God. But not fitting the polling matrix---therefore they are counted in most polls as having left the church or abandoned their faith, when in many cases neither is true.  

No question youth are leaving the mainline denominational churches.

There's an abundance of facts to support that migration. While there are young people leaving the faith, the numbers are distorted by the press and accomodating polling companies.

The second false impression is that evangelicals worship Donald Trump. If that is true could it also be true that progressives worship Joe Biden? Or Hillary? What about Barack Obama?

It's about the Jan. 6 riot and the next election. And the advancement of a Secular Progressive agenda.

NBC says:

With their bags packed, Stacy watched the riot unfold, recognizing some of the Christian and evangelical language and imagery wielded by some protesters. He said he saw it as further proof that then-President Donald Trump had taken on a saintly status among some evangelicals. 

When your God loses, you have to find a way to get him back on top,” he said. “The whole idea was his man was supposed to be in the White House. What do you do when your God loses?”

Stacy, 31, is one of a small but growing number of younger evangelical Christians who have left what they see as a religious community led astray from its faith by a fervent strain of Trump-based politics. He and other former evangelicals warn that in a post-Jan. 6 world, the movement faces a challenge in attracting and keeping young, progressive Christians alienated by its relationship with conservative politics.

NBC is using Stacy to make their case. Whether those are Stacy's words or the words NBC put in his mouth---the point is, they are very misleading. Or uninformed.

NBC then pivots to quoting "evangelicals" to further make their point.

The article notes, "As the theologian, Russell Moore, a key figure in modern evangelicalism, wrote in October: 'Many of us have observed, anecdotally, a hemorrhaging of younger evangelicals from churches and institutions in recent years'.”

In fact, Russell Moore is not a "key figure in modern evangelicalism.

He was forced to resign his position as president of the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of his Southern Baptist denomination because he was taking positions that were more and more in conflict with biblical evangelicalism, and more consistent with the positions of the Christian Left.

And yes, his campaign to persuade SBC churches not to vote for Trump---when the alternative was Biden---did not sit well with most biblical Southern Baptists.

"The problem," he said, is “many have come to believe that the religion itself is a vehicle for the politics and cultural grievances, not the other way around.”

However, it's the Christian Left that sees religion as a crutch for those who practice it, and a vehicle for the progressive candidates in the next election. 

But it's the so-called Christian Left---Pelosi, Biden, Harris, Oprah, Hillary, Obama, you know them, who claim deep Christian faith, yet champion the causes of barbarianism that are at war with the very core of biblical teaching: God created male and female, not hundreds of variations of gender; God says thou shalt not commit murder, yet "women's reproductive healthcare"---which is code for "abortion" is the celebrated John 3:16 of the Christian Left.

The Great Commission that Jesus gave His followers was to go into all the world and preach the Gospel to every creature---not seek social justice as a kind of salvation, while virtue signaling one's compassion or work for "women's reproductive rights" so unwanted children can be killed and discarded.

Neither is redefining marriage, which is in direct violation of biblical teaching, a "progress" marker for Christianity. It's an enemy of biblical Christianity.

NBC also quotes Kristin Du Mez, professor of history at Calvin University in Grand Rapids and author of the book, "Jesus and John Wayne: How White Evangelicals Corrupted a Faith and Fractured a Nation."

She says, "Many evangelicals get their news from and form opinions based on a narrow set of media outlets, including Christian talk radio and Fox News---because of a long-standing mistrust of mainstream media."

"So their reality is just so different," she says, "and the conclusions they draw are so different."

Different realities create different conclusions.

People on the Left are outraged when you question their patriotism, their dedication to the nation as founded, and their respect for the Constitution as originally written, but they continually vindicate our concerns.

When the Left is not cherry-picking Scripture to shame people who believe in the biblical teaching of borders and national sovereignty, they are pandering to Christian voters during political campaigns---claiming they too are biblical Christians.

When the Leftists aren't denying their prejudice, they often selectively cite Scripture to "prove" that Jesus Christ was a social warrior or that the Bible mandates open borders.

Barack Obama most infamously attacked the Bible when he told a group of donors in San Francisco, that the gun-toting Americans who live in small Midwestern towns "get bitter (and) cling to their guns and religion or antipathy to people who aren't like them or anti-immigrant."

How about the Left's hostility to voluntary prayer in public schools, their selective removal of Christian history from public school textbooks, their resistance to Christian-themed hymns in public schools, or their dislike of Christmas displays in the public square? How about Leftist Hollywood's routine depiction of Christians as fanatical lunatics? Remember when the Democratic National Committee denounced God in three votes and took the word and concept of God out of the party platform at the 2012 convention? 

You get the point.

How can the Christian Left claim moral superiority because they voted for Joe Biden rather than Donald Trump?

No one actually believes that people see Donald Trump as "God."

It's irrelevant what we would do if our God loses because He does not lose.

It is true. Biblical Christians have different realities than "progressive," relativist Leftist Christians.

Be Informed. Be Vigilant. Be Discerning. Be Engaged. Be Prayerful.