Wednesday, July 23, 2008
The Modern Fiery Furnace
Israel My Glory magazine has an editorial this month on the subject of "Who Speaks for Evangelical Christians." But what actually caught me was a couple of comments by the late Dr. Francis Schaeffer and Jewish journalist Don Feder. Here they are:
Christians are the only group Hollywood can offend with impunity, the only creed it actually goes out of its way to insult. Clerics, from fundamentalist preachers to Catholic monks, are routinely represented as hypocrites, hucksters, sadists and lechers. The tenets of Christianity are regularly held up to ridicule.
Don Feder, "A Jewish Conservative Looks at Pagan America"
Does the church have a future in our generation? . . . I believe the church is in real danger. It is in for a rough day. We are facing present pressures and a present and future manipulation which will be so overwhelming in the days to come that they will make the battles of the last forty years look like child's play.
Dr. Francis A. Schaeffer, "The Church at the End of the Twentieth Century"
Don Feder's comments were in 1993. Dr. Schaeffer's comments were written in 1970. Have things gotten better or worse since then? Are believers in America heading for eventual, Nebuchadnezzer-like trouble in the days ahead?