There was a new poll out yesterday asking American’s who they admire most. The 2,634 respondents were not given a list of names, but instead offered names spontaneously. The majority of those polled responded with “President Obama” as their #1 choice, followed by Jesus Christ and Martin Luther King #3. When asked to explain their choices the top responses were:
Doing what’s right regardless of personal consequences: 89%
Not giving up until the goal is accomplished: 83%
Doing more than what other people expect of them: 82%
Overcoming adversity: 81%
Staying level-headed in crisis: 81%
What does this say about our society and the direction it’s heading? Mr. Obama has barely been on the job a month and has made some less than popular decisions already. Even the most successful presidents have failed policies. Jesus has been on the job for over 2000 years and His policies in the Bible have never failed. Let’s make some things very clear: only Jesus died on the cross for our sins. These were the sins of those that crucified him, those that mocked and ridiculed him, and those of us who weren’t even born yet. His personal consequence was death, yet he did not give up. No one on earth expected Him to die on the cross, yet He did because that was the only way. Only Jesus rose again on the 3rd day. How could there ever be more adversity than that to overcome? Only Jesus is the King of Kings. Psalm 46:10 says, “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.”
This same poll was conducted in 2001 and the #1 answer was Jesus Christ. I talked about this shift of worldview from the cross to man in the Are we living in the time of Samuel post and I think this poll is yet another indicator that a shift is definitely underway. I want to reiterate the quote I used in that post, “Unless the people can return to their roots and mission, they will crumble from within.”
Isaiah 40:28-31 “Have you not known? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He does not faint or grow weary; his understanding is unsearchable. He gives power to the faint, and to him who has no might he increases strength. Even youths shall faint and be weary, and young men shall fall exhausted; but they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.”
I promised to keep everyone up to speed on the atheist bus ad saga going on in the U.K. You can get caught up on the story here: Thrown Under the Busand here: Atheist Bus Ads Follow Up Well, here’s the latest, offices of a conservative Christian political organization were vandalized after the launch of their rebuttal campaign that there is a God. There slogan reads, “There definitely is a God. So join the Christian Party and enjoy your life.” Additional bus ads are scheduled to begin in Scotland.
Some of you might have been following this story and wondering what does it have to do with me? Well here’s what I what to impress upon you. This is happening in the United Kingdom. We’re not that far removed from them as a country. They too operate as a capitalist democracy, albeit with their own governmental intricacies. There is a Christian persecution under way in the U.K. and it’s on a much grander scale than bus ads. In upcoming posts, I’ll begin updating you on what’s happening there. Again, this isn’t taking place in Darfur, it’s not a radical Muslim state, it’s Great Britain; our closest ally. If Christian persecution can take place there, are we to believe it can’t happen here also?
Matthew 5:11-12 “Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.”
I Peter 4:12-14 “Dear friends, do not be surprised at the painful trial you are suffering, as though something strange were happening to you. But rejoice that you participate in the sufferings of Christ, so that you may be overjoyed when his glory is revealed. If you are insulted because of the name of Christ, you are blessed, for the Spirit of glory and of God rests on you.”
Romans 12:14 “Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse.”
A few weeks ago I wrote a post about the British atheist bus ads having the slogan, “There’s probably no God. So stop worrying and enjoy your life.” In that post I made the comment that I thanked those folks responsible for the bus ads because I knew it was putting God into the mainstream news and that this would allow Him to shine His light and reveal the truth. Get caught up on the story here: Thrown Under the Bus Well, Sunday at Time Magazine’s online publication the latest news is allowing God to do just that. http://www.time.com/time/world/article/0,8599,1877658,00.html
Several Christian groups have launched their own retaliatory bus ad campaign with such statements as, “The fool hath said in his heart, there is no God. Psalm 53:1″ and “There definitely is a God, so join the Christian Party and enjoy your life.”
Backers of the atheist campaign responded to the pro-Christian ad by saying, “It just proves that we’ve had an impact” and they’re absolutely right. Only I don’t think they’re having quite the impact they anticipated. Something tells me this debate is only beginning. I’ll be sure to post updates as they occur. Perhaps the most profound statement of the article was the opening line by the author, “The word of God is on the move in London…” It certainly is and I’m sure God will continue to use this as an opportunity for His glory.
Psalm 139:12 “even the darkness will not be dark to you; the night will shine like the day, for darkness is as light to you.”
Proverbs 13:9 “The light of the righteous shines brightly, but the lamp of the wicked is snuffed out.”
II Corinthians 4:6 “For God, who said, ‘Let light shine out of darkness,’ made his light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ.”