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Psalm 78
. . . we will tell the next generation the praiseworthy deeds of the LORD, his power, and the wonders he has done. .
so the next generation would know them . . . and they in turn would tell their children.
Then they would put their trust in God and would not forget his deeds but would keep his commands.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Fighting without Ammo

A couple of years ago I gave a devotional to a group of homeschooling moms and encouraged them to value the integration of faith in learning. The Truth of Jesus Christ impacts all facets of life and learning. When this Truth is denied in education, the education becomes useless.

We live in a time in which truth of any sort is discarded as an outmoded concept and the Truth of Christ is scorned. This isn't news--it has been happening for over a generation. But, now we are witnessing the consequences.

Recently CNN's Campbell Brown opined in her Commentary (available on CNN's website) that the whole dust-up about Obama being a Muslim or not is silliness.

So what if Obama was Arab or Muslim? So what if John McCain was Arab or Muslim? Would it matter?

When did that become a disqualifier for higher office in our country? When did Arab and Muslim become dirty words? The equivalent of dishonorable or radical?

Her opinion illustrates perfectly my point: Once we discard Truth, we are ineffectual in our fight against the Lie.

I'm saddened to realize that unless Western Civilization changes direction, we are witnessing its end. When a progressive anchor woman declares that a Muslim President of the United States shouldn't be a problem, it is a sign of two things:

First, intellectuals have lost the will to preserve Western Civilization. For surely, even if you do not accept Christianity, someone who values Western Civilization cannot pretend that a Muslim President is qualified to be the leader of the Western World. Ms. Brown goes on to argue in her commentary that there is a big difference between radical Muslims and "Muslims who want to practice their religion freely and have normal lives like anyone else." It sounds to me like Campbell Brown needs to enroll in a World Religions class. Even Muslims who do not endorse jihad against America hardly live "normal lives like anyone else." Perhaps she is unaware of the pockets of Europe that must endure Sharia law because they, too, are impotent in the intellectual fight.

Second, people naively persist in thinking that everyone thinks like them. Ms. Brown no doubt keeps her faith (Wikipedia reports that she is a converted Jew, but her university education was from the Catholic Regis University) compartmentalized from her intellectual life and imagines that everyone else does the same. How else to explain that she honestly believes the Muslim faith of a potential Presidential candidate wouldn't impact how he governs and leads? It is even more stunning that she identifies with Judaism and yet still is convinced that a Muslim leader would intend no harm to her.

Even as we Americans fight a military war on terror, our intellectuals are fighting the war of ideas without any ammunition. Or worse, they have just quit fighting.

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