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Worldview Made Practical - Issue 4-4

Worldview Made Practical - Issue 4-4

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Published by Freddy Davis
How Non-Christian Worldviews are Changing America
How Non-Christian Worldviews are Changing America

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Introduction
We know that America has radically changed. Do you realize that the reason for the change is religious? A large percent-age of Americans have converted from a Christian understanding of reality to a Naturalistic view. This is a real problembecause a nation’s foundational worldview will be expressed in the way society operates. In this case, the change hasbeen very dramatic.The remedy is the same as what has already happened. We need nothing less than a reconversion. This will not happenby simply fighting against symptoms. As important as it is to stand against homosexual marriage, abortion, sexual immo-rality and the like, nothing will change until hearts and minds are converted to faith in Christ. To deal with this, it will benecessary to gain an understanding of worldview. Today’s article gives us some insight into the need.I want to thank you for all of the support you have given to MarketFaith Ministries. We are continually and diligently work-ing to produce new materials to help Christians understand the practical implications of worldview. Our purpose is to cre-ate tools which can make you more effective in sharing your faith with those you engage in the marketplace. Can I askyou a favor? We are trying to expand the reach of this e-letter. Would you encourage your Christian friends to sign up?
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Would you say that there is a problem in America todaybased on the direction our country is moving? Would yousay that these problems are reflected in the country’s moralfiber, educational development and legal system? Wouldyou say that America today is a radically different place thatit has been in the past?
What is the Problem?
Just how much has America changed over the last coupleof decades? In many ways, that is hard to measure. But alook at some of the current headlines gives us an indicationthat the change is very real and very dramatic. Just takenote of some of these news stories.
Gator Christian Life
, an officially recognized Christiancampus organization at The University of Florida lost itsofficial status when it refused demands to adopt theschool’s non-discrimination policy and allow in activehomosexuals.The city of Pittsburgh enacted an ordinance which re-stricted access to and speech within public areas sur-rounding abortion clinics.A pastor in Oakland, CA faces jail time for expressinghis pro-life views by carrying a Christian sign in front of an abortion clinic.The Arkansas legislature is considering allowing hold-ers of concealed weapons permits to carry their guns inhouses of worship after a shooting in a church.A television station in Grand Rapids, MI has banned aTV special showing how the media is silencing Chris-tians. The show was pulled after complaints from ho-mosexual activists.
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MarketFaith Ministries is an equipping ministry which is focused on helping Christians become more effectivein living out their faith in the midst of the increasingly diverse worldview environment of modern society.
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Volume 4 Number 4 February 25, 2009
How Non-Christian Worldviews are Changing America
 
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A young woman basketball player at Central Michigan University had her scholarship revoked by the coach who wasupset because she was not homosexual.The police in Wildwood, NJ informed a Christian man that he could not distribute Christian literature on a public side-walk without a permit.Two Florida high school students in Jacksonville, FL are suing the school board because they are not being allowedto form a Gay-Straight Alliance club.The parents of a child in Bayport, NY were grilled by the school’s attorney for applying for an exemption for their chil-dren from having to receive certain required vaccines. After the interview, the attorney denied their petition indicatingtheir beliefs were not “sincere” enough.The University of Cincinnati is hosting UC Sexploration week, a week long event promoting pornography.The membership of the National Christian Broadcasters association are having actual discussions about how to re-spond if the “fairness doctrine” is revived requiring them to broadcast shows which have non or anti-Christian con-tent.The White House is considering a policy to no longer enforce federal drug laws against marijuana in states whichhave legalized it.The biological mother of a six-year-old girl is being sued by her former partner for unsupervised visitation rights after she became a Christian and left the homosexual relationship.The just passed stimulus bill contains a clause which will force colleges and universities to throw religious clubs off campus if the schools receive federal funds.An openly homosexual persona has been chosen as the new CEO of the Chicago Public School system.The 9
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US Circuit Court of Appeals in California has ruled that the US Government must pay health benefits to thesame-sex partners of federal lawyers.All of these stories appeared in articles within the last few weeks. There are literally dozens and dozens more that couldhave been included. There are cases of people being arrested or told to quit sharing their faith or giving out informationon public sidewalks. There are cases of people losing their jobs, being vandalized and even physically attacked for say-ing they don’t believe in homosexual marriage. There are cases of business being charged and fined for following their conscience and not catering to homosexual clients. There are cases where hospitals have had to choose between per-forming abortions or closing down. There are cases where adoption agencies have chosen to close down rather thansupport homosexual adoptions. Then there is the case of a Methodist camp losing its tax exemption for not allowing ho-mosexuals to use their facilities for weddings. This list could literally go on for pages and pages.
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Simply forward this e-mail to your list and ask them to sign up. Of course, there is no charge. Thanks so much for your help with this.Also, if you would like to contribute financially to this ministry, you may send your contribution to MarketFaith Ministries,321 Anton Dr., Tallahassee, FL 32312, or you can contribute via our secure website at www.marketfaith.org. Simplyclick on the “donate” button. If you have any thoughts, opinions or suggestions, feel free any time to call (850-383-9756)or e-mail (info@marketfaith.org). I am here to serve you.God bless,Freddy
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Does this sound like the America that we have always known? There is a dramatic upheaval that is currently taking placeand it is affecting the very core of our culture. So, just what is the cause of these kinds of changes? It is nothing less thana change of worldview.Historically, American culture was founded on a Judeo-Christian foundation and represents a solidly Theistic approach tounderstanding reality. This foundation is not just a reflection of the fact that most Americans have always been Christians.While that is true, there is something at play that runs much deeper. The fact is, the founders of the American form of gov-ernment specifically created it to reflect a belief in God. It was not simply that they, themselves, believed in God, but theycreated the structure with a conscious understanding that the nature of God was holiness, that man tended toward sin,that man’s sinful nature needed to be checked and that power needed to be disbursed in such a way as to mitigateagainst corruption. They also consciously created a society which recognized that God created mankind to be a particular kind of persona and endowed him with certain rights. The conscious and intentional establishment of a society foundedon faith in God is overtly and prominently expressed in all of our founding documents.But beginning around the 1950s, Naturalism began blasting its way into American life in a way that is causing our Theisticworldview to be pushed aside. The headlines above are exactly the thing you would expect to see based on that shift.A Naturalistic worldview asserts that there is no God, or any supernatural reality. As such, there is not a way that societyought to be ordered. Rather, Naturalists believe that any system is morally equivalent to any other, and it is the ones whoare able to grab the reigns of power who may put their preference in place.
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are availablefree of charge in .pdf (Acrobat) format in the archives athttp://www.marketfaith.org.PERMISSION TO REPRINT: If you wish to reprint thismonth’s article in your own print or electronic newsletter,please include the following paragraph:Reprinted from
Worldview Made Practical
; a free e-zineproduced by MarketFaith Ministries featuring practicalteaching and life tools to help Christians become more ef-fective in their faith life. Discover MarketFaith Ministries atwww.marketfaith.org.To Naturalists, mankind is not a person created in the im-age of God with certain inalienable rights. Human beingsare simply the animal creature with the most highly evolvedbrain. There is no inherent worth in humanity as man is nomore special than any other animal on earth.Additionally, there is no such thing as a transcendent moralcode since there is no transcendent being to give one. Mo-rality is nothing more than the consensus of those who par-ticipate in the social order – at least the consensus of thosewho have the power to enforce a moral code.So, what do we have with a Naturalistic approach to gov-erning?1. There is no such thing as sexual immorality, so homo-sexuality, bigamy, polyandry, bestiality, polygamy and anyother relationship grouping are perfectly okay as long as itis not threatening the survival of the species.2. Since mankind is not special, the rights of individualsneed not take precedence over the desires of those whohold the reigns of power.3. Law is not based on transcendent principles, but on thedesires of those who hold power.With these three principles in place, and with people whobelieve in them holding the positions of power, all of theheadlines above are to be totally expected. And you canexpect to see more of this in the future.
What is the Cure?
So, are we without hope? Have we passed the point of noreturn? It has not happened yet, but unless something dra-matic transpires, the Naturalistic worldview will completelytake over. But if it is not yet too late, just what kind of reme-dy will be necessary?
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