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|Fighting The Culture War||10/05/2007|
"Too many Christians, James, are sitting this out," O'Reilly says. When it comes to issues like gay marriage, law enforcement, abortion, border control, education and health care, "[Christians] don't like what's happening," he says, "but they don't know what to do about it."
The solution he shared, with which I am in agreement, is to "stand up and say, look, I don't want legalized drugs. I don't want [offensive] rap music in my home. I don't want internet garbage coming in. And the companies that put it out, I'm going to hold those companies responsible. We get a lot of things done by pinpointing corporations that cooperate with pernicious behavior."
This sort of social activism can be productive and I applaud those who dedicate their time and energy to make such a stand. Christians should stand up for what is right. We must not be silenced. But I would like to take this fight one step further.
When I read the Bible's claim that "we wrestle not with flesh and blood," it makes me realize that people, despite their destructive social or political positions, are not my enemies. I strongly oppose the radical redefinition of marriage, but homosexual activists are not my enemies. I believe that abortion destroys a human life, but abortion doctors are not my enemies. I would never trust the government to take care of my health (can you think of a single government agency that is run better than every private company?), but presidential candidates who propose socialized medicine are not my enemies.
Our "enemies" are ideas that destroy the foundational truths upon which this country was built, such as the idea that there is no right and wrong, the widespread acceptance of sexual debauchery and the self-centered lifestyle that has become the norm. We should know the positions of every political candidate from the president down to our local school board, but electing someone to office will not save or destroy our nation. Allowing bad ideas to go unchallenged will be our downfall.
And perhaps the most important aspect of this point is that we must fight bad ideas with good ideas! It's not enough to say, "Abortion is wrong." We must say, "Here's what's going on in the womb...here's the heartbeat, the brain activity, the face, the hands...it's a life!" And as Christians, we must also say, "Do you need help during and after your pregnancy? What can we do?"
These are good ideas. They will defeat bad ideas. This is what it means to "let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds," as Jesus instructed. Which brings me to my second point: Christians must be the "salt of the earth" and the "light of the world." People enjoy salt and light. They make life better. But too often, religious people make life harder on others because of a lack of both compassion and courage!
When Christians provide solutions to the world's pain, we become the light and the salt. When we add to others' problems, we are not acting as we should. Of course, there will always be critics who contend that whatever we do is a "problem," but loving others, alleviating suffering, giving comfort and caring for people will always win in the end.
"This is a good nation," O'Reilly says and I agree. He continues, "The reason it is a good nation is because we have a sense of good and evil, right and wrong. We need to keep that."
Knowing the difference between right and wrong is the first step to victory in this "culture war." Standing against evil is also part of the battle. But the most effective weapon in winning this war is love--not the false love that the world portrays, but the kind that transcends humanity. True love is patient, kind, selfless, humble, forgiving and unconditional. These are the "weapons" that will win this culture war.
As a highly visible news commentator, O'Reilly is doing his part to help expose and fight evil in our culture. As Christians, we need to do our part in the natural and the supernatural. May God help us all.
Author: James Robison
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About the author: James Robison is the founder and president of LIFE Outreach International, a Christian media ministry and mission relief organization. He and his wife, Betty, host of the television program Life Today; He has authored numerous books, including The Absolutes: Freedom's Only Hope and True Prosperity.
Media Contact: Randy Robison, editor at jamesrobison.net
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