Is America More Spiritual?
featuring commentary on a Parade Magazine article on the spirituality of Americans
Army 1st Lt. Brian N. Bradshaw was killed in Afghanistan, fighting in a war to protect all Americans, the same day that Michael Jackson died, prompting a letter to the Washington Post, which the paper published on Sunday, from Bradshaw’s aunt, Martha Gillis, who scolded media priorities:
My nephew, Brian Bradshaw, was killed by an explosive device in Afghanistan on June 25, the same day that Michael Jackson died. Mr. Jackson received days of wall-to-wall coverage in the media. Where was the coverage of my nephew or the other soldiers who died that week? There were several of them, and our family crossed paths with the family of another fallen soldier at Dover Air Force Base, where the bodies come “home.” Only the media in Brian’s hometown [in Washington State] and where he was stationed before his deployment [Alaska] covered his death.
In the letter the Post headlined, “A Life of Worth, Overlooked,” Gillis, a resident of the Washington, DC suburb of Springfield, Virginia, fondly recalled: “He had old-fashioned values and believed that military service was patriotic and that actions counted more than talk. He wasn’t much for talking, although he could communicate volumes with a raised eyebrow.”
She then asked:
He was a search-and-rescue volunteer, an altar boy, a camp counselor. He carried the hopes and dreams of his parents willingly on his shoulders. What more than that did Michael Jackson do or represent that earned him memorial ‘shrines,’ while this soldier’s death goes unheralded? It makes me want to scream.
Kudos to the Washington Post for printing the letter and making it the top one in the letters section on Sunday.
—Brent Baker is Vice President for Research and Publications at the Media Research Center
I have become very concerned over the fascination with the book and film Twilight, especially among “Christian teens”. Caryl Matrisciana offers a wonderful review and commentary on the Twilight phenomena. Here’s an excerpt:
It is deeply disturbing that Christians and youth leaders are undiscerning in biblical doctrine validating Christian youth to participate in vampirism, which is idol worship. Col 2:18-19 warns, “Do not let anyone who delights in….the worship of angels disqualify you for the prize. Such a person goes into great detail about what he has seen, and his unspiritual mind puffs him up with idle notions.”
Biblical warnings against tampering in occultism are replete…..
“There shall not be found among you anyone who makes his son or his daughter pass through the fire, or one who practices witchcraft, or a soothsayer, or one who interprets omens, or a sorcerer, or one who conjures spells, or a medium, or a spiritist, or one who calls up the dead. For all who do these things are an abomination to the LORD.” (Deut.18:10-12)
Unfortunately, many churches and Christian organizations downplay the reality of the supernatural war being waged by “dead” spirits and neglect the reality of abusive spiritual warfare by demonic authorities. If only those who confess Jesus Christ as their Lord would learn to “abide” in His Spirit and “know” Him through HIS word then they would be better equipped to discern error from truth, and get involved in the “good fight” we are called to, and WARN against rather than encourage fads like Twilight.
Augustine once said, “If you believe what you like in the Gospels, and reject what you don’t like, it is not the Gospel you believe, but yourself.” What is Christian and what isn’t? Mike draws comparisons featuring audio and commentary on the inaugural prayers by Rick Warren and Joseph Lowery, as also the ridiculous behavior and ministry of Ed Young Jr. during an interview with Steven Colbert. Finally, you will hear sound biblical teaching from John MacArthur
After the move…and the unpacking, and a new assignment…and the unpacking….Mike presents a brand new program. Today he comments on issues such as McCain/Palin and calling Obama to account; also ….
- Rather than boycott the Bill Maher film, put it in it’s place…
- PCUSA theologian claims Bible does not condemn homosexuality
- 12 Theses on missions in 21st Century
- and A Hollow Confession, Eric Landry article on the fall of orthodoxy
A listener is New Zealand writes, “I personally think Christians are far too involved in trying to redeem the culture rather than proclaiming the Gospel to all the lost within the diverse cultures. It is people that are redeemed not cultures.It is people Jesus saves not cultures.”
A great point! So how do we approach cultures? Mike shares citing an article by John MacArthur and audio from a sermon by Alistair Begg.
- How to Confront the Culture-John MacArthur
- The Gospel in Contemporary Culture-Alistair Begg
- Michael Horton interviews R.C. Sproul on the state of Evangelicalism in America