Coach Dave Daubenmire
December 5, 2013
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Why is Evangelical Christianity so poorly represented in today's pundit class? Has separation of church and state come to mean separation of Bible-based belief and state?
Can you name ONE talking-head, political commentator, or governmental leader who can clearly articulate a defense of Bible-based Christianity?
Radio and television shape political thought. Rush Limbaugh is conservative America's pastor.
America no longer looks to Matthew, Mark, Luke, or John for an answer to what ails this nation, but rather to Roger Ailes the head of Fox News and the secular solutions that his pundits prescribe. From Karl Rove to Juan Williams, non-Christian “conservative” Charles Krauthammer to loopy liberal Alan Colmes, five-time married Geraldo Rivera to Scientologist Greta Van Susteran, we are served up a steady diet of “experts” who share a common trait. None are Bible-believing Christians...
Don't you find that a bit odd? Wouldn't you expect a “conservative” network to serve up more Christian “experts” to help plot our way out of the mess we find ourselves in? Think I am nuts? Look at this.
Fox News is flush with Catholic voices. O'Reilly, Hannity, Megan Kelly, Eric Bolling, Dana Perino, Kimberly Guilfoyle, Andrea Tantaros, Greg Gutfield, Bret Baier, Steve Doocy, Brian Kilmeade, and Laura Ingraham are all Catholics. Britt Hume is an Episcopalian. Alan Colmes and Geraldo are Jewish. Greta is a Scientologist. Shep Smith's religion is unknown but he is a suspected homosexual.
Perhaps you are catching the drift; Twelve Catholics, an Episcopal, two Jews, a Scientologist, and one unknown closet homosexual are the voices on “conservative” Fox News. Where are the Evangelicals?
Save your emails. This not about Catholics or Catholic bashing. I am simply pointing out that it is hard to find an Evangelical Christian prominently placed anywhere in the Fox News line-up.
Mike Huckabee is an exception, one night a week. So is Elizabeth Hasslebeck...who was raised Catholic but converted...and liberal Democrat Bob Beckel who claims Christianity as his religion of choice. (So does Obama.) Funny, liberal Beckel carries the Protestant banner on the popular show “The Five.”
Who is looking out for you? I thought Fox was fair and balanced? I think we need a bit of affirmative action for Bible believers. Who speaks for Evangelicals? I would like to apply for the job!!
Don't even get me started on MSNBC and CNN...This is FOX!!! The Conservative network!!
Did you know that there are ZERO Evangelicals on the Supreme Court? Zero Protestants!
Roberts, Scalia, Kennedy, Thomas, Alitio, and Sotomayor are Catholics.
• Ginsburg, Kagan and Breyer are Jewish.
Six Catholics and three Jews. No Evangelicals. No Protestants.
What about our political leaders?
Republicans Boehner, and Ryan, Democrats Joe Biden and Pelosi are Catholic.
So are John Kerry and Sebelius. Republican wannabes Jeb Bush, Rick Santorum,
Newt Gingrich, and Marco Rubio are Catholic. Eric Cantor is Jewish.
• Romney and Harry Reid are Mormons. So are Mike Lee, Jason Chaffetz and Orrin Hatch.
Maybe I am paranoid...but who speaks for Evangelicals?
Wait a minute. I do see some “Protestants” in high places...Ron Paul, Rand Paul, Mitch McConnell, John McCain, and Lindsey Graham come to mind.
What is the difference between a “Protestant” and an “Evangelical?” Glad you asked.
Protestant--adherent of any of those Christian bodies that separated from the Church of Rome during the Reformation, or of any group descended from them.
Evangelical--relating to any of certain Protestant sects or parties, which emphasize the importance of personal conversion and faith in atonement through the death of Christ as a means of salvation.
I don't want to drag you into the weeds. Here is a brief tutorial for those who want more clarity. All Evangelicals are Christians, but not all Christians are Evangelical. Many mainstream denominations left the Bible behind a long time ago. Evangelicals, by definition, believe and follow the Bible.
“...it is often difficult to pin down a specific definition of evangelicalism, but in general, evangelicalism represents a loosely confederated movement of Protestants from the eighteenth century to the present believing in the need for a conversion experience, a personal relationship with Jesus, and relying on the Bible as the standard for faith and practice.”
Evangelicals believe that one must be “born again” to enter the Kingdom of God. Not all denominations of Christianity believe that. In fact, some denominations believe that membership in their “church” is the qualifier for salvation. Most mainstream denominations have turned secular.
Here is an interesting chart. According to recent statistics “Born again” Christians make up about 35% of the American Christian population. Nearly 25% of all Americans are Evangelical. That's 100 million people!
So, I ask again, where are the Evangelicals represented in the political debate?
Here is another chart of the religious affiliation of Americans. According to Pew Research:
78% of Americans self-identify as Christian. 51% are Protestants....26%
of which are Evangelical. 24% of Christians are Catholic.
• 1.7 % are Mormon, 1.7% are Jewish, 1.6% are Atheist, 0.6% are Muslim. That's 5% combined of “other” religions in America.
Are you confused yet...or are you scratching your head?
So...help me out here. There are NO Evangelicals in the Fox News lineup listed above. If “affirmative Republicanism” was in enacted the “Fair and Balanced” Fox News lineup should look like America.
12 Protestants...7 of which are Evangelical.
• 4 Catholics.
• 1 pundit divided among Mormons, Jews, Atheist, Muslims, Scientologists, and “others.”
The Supreme Court would be:
7 Protestants...4 of which would be Evangelicals.
• 2 Catholics.
• 1 divided among Mormons, Jews, Atheists, Hindus, New Agers, Jehovah's Witness
• Muslims should be ineligible to serve.
I've often heard it said that Bible-believing Christians are laughed at within the power structure of the establishment Republican Party. They want our votes but they do not share our values.
Can you name even one national talk-radio voice that can clearly articulate a Bible-based political argument? Why do they accept “mainstream denominational” Christians yet reject Evangelical Christians? Could it be that most of the “mainstream” does not think Biblically nor do they want others to? Could it be that “moderates” are secular Christians?
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Blacks, women, and Hispanics have representation. Can you think of a larger constituent group than Evangelicals that have no seat at the table of power? Homosexuals wield power while Evangelicals yield power. Is it any wonder who's values rule the day? What happened to diversity?
Dr. Ben Carson is a Black Evangelical Christian who may seek the Republican nomination for President in 2016. He has impeccable credentials. I wonder what his changes are of getting the Republican machine in his corner?
Let me check with Episcopalian “conservative” guru Karl Rove. He loves Bible-believers. I am sure he will throw all of his support behind Dr. Carson. He'll decide...you get to report.
Who speaks for Evangelicals? Remember...conservatism is Counterfeit Salt.
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