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With the 2008 presidential election nearing, The Barna Group investigated what issues concern America the most. What are the biggest problems that the nation is facing? Here is what they found:

  1. Poverty
    >> 78% of Americans
    >> 78% of U.S. Born Again Christians
  2. Personal Debt
    >> 78% of Americans
    >> 79% of U.S. Born Again Christians
    >> 81% of U.S. Evangelicals
  3. HIV/AIDS
    >> 76% of Americans
    >> 77% of U.S. Born Again Christians
  4. Illegal Immigration
    >> 60% of Americans
    >> 68% of U.S. Born Again Christians
  5. Global Warming
    >> 57% of Americans
    >> 33% of U.S. Evangelicals
  6. Abortion
    >> 50% of Americans
    >> 67% of U.S. Born Again Christians
    >> 94% of U.S. Evangelicals
  7. The Content of Television and Movies
    >> 45% of Americans
    >> 60% of U.S. Born Again Christians
    >> 79% of U.S. Evangelicals
  8. Homosexual Activists
    >> 35% of Americans
    >> 49% of U.S. Born Again Christians
    >> 75% of U.S. Evangelicals
  9. Homosexual Lifestyles
    >> 35% of Americans
    >> 51% of U.S. Born Again Christians
    >> 75% of U.S. Evangelicals
  10. The Political Efforts of Conservative Christians
    >> 23% of Americans

What I find most surprising about this research is that American born again Christians, particularly Evangelicals, are more concerned about personal debt than are non-Christians. With such a high percentage of Christians concerned about personal debt, one cannot help but wonder how many Christians are bound by debt to such an extent that it hinders them from doing anything great for the cause of Christ.

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7 Comments

  1. If Christians claim to care so much about poverty and HIV/AIDS, how can they continue to be conservative Republicans.

    I know abortion is a big issue for many evangelicals. But to support war and to fight abortion is backwards. Both are killing.
    Besides, what is going to stop abortion is NOT a law .

    My girlfriend says that the greatest threat to marriage is not gay marriage or gay activists. It is divorce, which is plaguing the church.

    If we believe what we read in Genesis, that we are supposed to work to fight global warming.

    If Christians are going to be political, if they believe that all men are equal in God’s love, then we should support legislation and representatives that will work for the poor, sick, and afflicted. Christians will spend their lives fighting for the rights of the unborn children and something in a test tube that MAY be life, but we won’t defend the poor, the homeless, or the sick. We praise a president who condones the torture of terrorist suspects. We support a war.

    God loves the poor. God loves the sick. He opposes violence and hate. Why then do Christians support such things?

    Just thinking…
    When I really started reading the bible, when I really started asking God to help me see what he is doing in the world, my mind started breaking for different things, and I became politically very liberal.
    I’m not saying that Christians all need to be liberal. But they DO need to be actually informed and ACTUALLY act like Christ toward the poor, needy, sick, afflicted, disenfranchised, homosexual, mothers who have had abortions, etc. etc. etc.

  2. “If Christians claim to care so much about poverty and HIV/AIDS, how can they continue to be conservative Republicans.”

    I believe that conservative Christians (many of whom are aligned with the GOP) give more to charities that help the poor than any other social/religious group out there.

    “I know abortion is a big issue for many evangelicals. But to support war and to fight abortion is backwards. Both are killing.
    Besides, what is going to stop abortion is NOT a law .”

    Not true. Look at the Bible. God obviously doesn’t have a problem with war if the cause is just (of course that issue is debatable concerning the Iraq war). But the killing and murdering of innocent babies He obviously does have a problem with.

    “My girlfriend says that the greatest threat to marriage is not gay marriage or gay activists. It is divorce, which is plaguing the church.”

    I would agree with the first part of that statement, but just because one is a bigger threat, that doesnt negate the threat of another issue (or the growing acceptance of a sinful lifestyle).

    “If Christians are going to be political, if they believe that all men are equal in God’s love, then we should support legislation and representatives that will work for the poor, sick, and afflicted. Christians will spend their lives fighting for the rights of the unborn children and something in a test tube that MAY be life, but we won’t defend the poor, the homeless, or the sick. We praise a president who condones the torture of terrorist suspects. We support a war.”

    I support the poor, afflicted etc. I just dont believe in handouts. Its unBiblical to continually support those who refuse to work for themselves. I believe the Bible speaks of giving a “hand up” not a “hand out”. And if waterboarding a terrorist will force him to divulge information that will save thousands of innocent lives, then Im all for it.

    “I’m not saying that Christians all need to be liberal. But they DO need to be actually informed and ACTUALLY act like Christ toward the poor, needy, sick, afflicted, disenfranchised, homosexual, mothers who have had abortions, etc. etc. etc.”

    I do believe that many conservative Christians are lacking in some of those areas and there needs to be improvement. We are called to serve the poor and minister to the sick and needy and show the love of Christ. But most importantly, while we are doing this, we are called to preach the gospel to them. The gospel of repentance and faith……What good does it do to give someone food or cure a disease if they are going to hell on a full stomach or without the flu? repentance and faith…..not a social “emergent’ message.

  3. On giving,

    1. “If your brother becomes poor and cannot maintain himself with you, you shall support him as though he were a stranger and a sojourner, and he shall live with you…You shall not lend him your money at interest, not give him your food for profit. I am the Lord your God.” Leviticus 25:35-37
    2. “If among you, one of your brothers should become poor, in any of your towns within your land that the Lord your God is giving you, you shall not harden your heart or shut your hand against your poor brother, but you shall open your hand to him and lend him sufficient for his need, whatever it may be…You shall give to him freely, and your heart shall not be grudging when you give to him, because for this the Lord your God will bless you in all your work and in all that you undertake. For there will never cease to be poor in the land. Therefore I command you, ‘You shall open wide your hand to your brother, to the needy and to the poor, in your land.’” Deuteronomy 15:7-11

    As far as I know, the bible never says, “Give and be generous, only to those who will agree to work.” God does NOT help those who help themselves. He despises them, because they refuse to trust him.
    President Bush and conservatives like him, including the likes of Mike Huckabee and many more, support economic plans that help wealthy businessmen, but hurt the poor proletariat workers. This is not godly politics.

    On War, Bonhoeffer says,

    “The Reformers offered a decisively new interpretation to this passage [in the beatitudes], and contributed a new idea of paramount importance. They distinguished between personal sufferings and those incurred by Christians in the performance of duty as bearers of an office ordained by God, maintaining that the precept of nonviolence applies to the first but not to the second. In the second case we are not only freed from obligation to eschew violence, but if we want to act in a genuine spirit of love we must do the very opposite, and meet force with force in order to check the assault of evil. It was along these lines that the Reformers justified war and other legal sanctions against evil. But this distinction between person and office is wholly alien to the teaching of Jesus. He says nothing about that. He addresses his disciples as men who have left all to follow him, and the precept of non-violence applies equally to private lfe and official duty.”

    George W. Bush, who claims to be a believer, has sanctioned wars, and evangelicals have supported him. He supports torture of human beings, and evangelicals suport him. That support if opposed to the teaching of Jesus. While I agree that Jesus holds the lives of the thousands as precious, I also don’t think he would sanction the unloving, unchristian abuse of men whose greatest need is to hear the gospel of truth.

    In many things from the Old Testament, Jesus says, “You’ve heard it this way, BUT I SAY….” This is true of war. In the OT, God put his people to war, BUT NOW, Jesus has a better way for his people.
    “Blessed are the peacemakers.”

  4. Adam, the church and the govermnet are separate entities. Christ never instructs man made government to do the work of the church. Christ instructed his followers to care for the poor. He intended for them to become personally involved in their lives. Our bloated, wasteful government bureaucracy can’t do it. The US government runs up huge amounts of debt every year. What do the scriptures say about debt?

    Government forcefully redistributing wealth is called socialism not Christianity. It doesn’t work. It just makes liberals feel good.

    What do you think about governments role as stated in Romans 13:1-5 and 1 Peter 2:13-15? God is a God of law, order and justice. That justice is not always saved for the judgement seat at the end of time. Sometimes it is meted out here and now.

    Should the US free terrorits prisoners because you feel sorry for them? They are murderers. I didn’t read anything in your posts about what Islamic radicals do to US military personel when they capture them. They cut them up into little pieces. You should write a 10,000 word post about that before you write one word about the “torture” of Jihadis.

  5. Adam

    You discount the relevance of the OT when I support my position with it, then you use it in your opening paragraphs to support your position. Go figure. Gods character is unchanging yesterday, today and forever. Different covenants yes, different nature, no.

    Looking at your post, you are very confused about basic economic policies…..AnywaysIm not going to get into it on Pastor Sams website. Id be more than happy to continue this via email. davisgordon1@gmail.com Thanks!

    Davis

  6. Adam, Paul was very clear in 2 Thess when he said “If anyone will not work, neither shall he eat.” And actually in the OT , the word brother was used. God does tell us to take care of our brothers in the church (and in light of the verse I just stated who are in NEED and not looking for a hand out that enables them to stay needy) so that the world can see our love for one another and know that we are Christ followers. It’s been proven over and over that the govt is enabling the poor to stay poor by their “help”. Real love requires change. Do children who are given everything and work for nothing turn out spoiled and unable to do for themselves? Yes. So do the poor who sit and wait on someone else to provide for them instead of getting out and earning a living. There are real needs and socialism isn’t the answer. Christian love is. I’m for all of us being what Jesus has called us to be — out there leading the world to saving knowledge of Him. Not for the impersonal govt to redistribute money enabling people to become dependent on it.

  7. I urge each of you to consider Dr. Ron Paul for president. http://www.ronpaul2008.com. He is a devout christian, pro-life (his record of voting and the fact that he delivered over 4000 babies–never oncee seeing the need for an abortion or performing one) and his message of sound money and freedom for all is exactly what America needs. Ron Paul follows the constitution and stands up for civil liberties. He is what conservatives use to represent — small government and sound money – civil liberties for all including the unborn — only go to war as needed and never if it is undeclared by congress according to the constitution (IRAQ war). He was for finding Osama Bin Laden and any terrorist involved with 9-11 (most from Saudi Arabia). He was against attacking IRAQ–they did not attack us and it turned our attention and resources (4,000 military and trillions of hard earned American tax dollars) away from getting the terrorists.

    The media is doing its best to keep Ron Paul’s message quiet. I urge you to go to his website and join the millions of others who are working to spread his message of peace and freedom!


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