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Why Christians are losing the culture

There are many reasons Christians are losing the culture.

I could go on and on with reasons Christians are losing the culture. In fact, I would have to say they’ve already completely lost it. Abandoned it would be more accurate.

Into this sad state of affairs comes the “refocused” Focus on the Family, a truly great Christian ministry founded by a truly great man, Dr. James Dobson.

But like many great cultural institutions founded by great Christian men – Harvard, Yale, Princeton, Columbia, the New York Times, yes, even the United States of America – it lost the Christian vision and passion of the founders.

What am I talking about?

I’m talking about the new non-confrontational, wimpy, smiley-faced, lukewarm Focus on the Family as personified by its new leader, Jim Daly, who seems all-too eager to distance himself and the organization he now heads from the legacy of Dobson.

Dr. Ken Hutcherson, another great man of God, first warned about this more than two years ago in WND in a column he wrote called “I lost my Focus on the Family.” I had hoped he was wrong. But he wasn’t. He was prescient.

After the Nov. 6 election, Daly told the Los Angeles Times that the Christian right lost the fight against same-sex marriage in four states because it is on the losing side of a cultural paradigm. In other words, it’s a lost cause.

Jim Daly

He said the evangelical community made a mistake a long time ago but standing up for borders and the enforcement of duly enacted immigration laws because “we were led more by political-think than church-think.”

He said Christians need to stop thinking of themselves as being in the midst of a “culture war.” He added that Christians need to “engage the culture with winsomeness and with great patience and confidence.”

Daly’s answer is to find common ground with people who understand they are indeed in a culture war – those, for instance, who promote same-sex marriage and advocate unrestricted abortion. We’ve got to be more “ecumenical,” to “win over friends, not make more enemies.”

But perhaps the funniest thing Daly said in this interview was: “If the Christian message has been too wrapped around the axle of the Republican Party, then a) that’s our fault, and b) we’ve got to rethink that.”

What’s funny about that is: a) Daly sounds just like the leadership of the Republican Party who, like him, don’t want to stand up forcefully and passionately strong for biblical values, and b) what he’s really talking about is giving up on one of the few cultural and political institutions in which Christians even have a voice and a seat at the table.

That’s how fast Christians lose cultural institutions. Just a little over two years ago, James Dobson was presiding over Focus on the Family. After he was abruptly put out to pasture and his courageous voice removed from his nationwide radio broadcast, the effort to “refocus” Focus on the Family began. Not surprisingly, the title of Jim Daly’s new book is “ReFocus.”

It’s good advice – for Jim Daly and Focus on the Family.

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