Focus on the Family’s President Says It’s Time to “Refocus”
Our culture is in turmoil, says Jim Daly. Once there was cohesiveness. Our moral code was built on Christian principles. Now, we look around and wonder "How did we get to such a place as we find ourselves?”
BY: Rob Kerby, Senior Editor
with types of compromise or some kind of understanding.
“Then there are those who believe it’s all or nothing.
“I think the healthy place is right in the center. If we withdraw we’re doing ourselves and our culture a disservice.
“But there again is the difficult balance. How do you stay engaged, yet have emotional distance? The Word is very clear that this is temporal, this is man’s kingdom and that this will all be wrapped up in at some point in time.
“God’s kingdom is the eternal kingdom. Look at Jesus talking to Pontius Pilate or Paul talking to King Agrippa. There is such a calm peace and confidence in them. The attitude is ‘Before you kill me, can I pray for you? I know where I’m going after I die, but I don’t think you know where you’re going.’
“Today, we lack that because I think we’re putting an ordinate amount of trust in the political process. It will greatly disappoint us.
“We know that all fall short – we’re all sinners. I think that’s the biggest problem that our faith plays out in the political arena. We set up really a difficult paradigm – a self perception that we’re perfect and they’re not. That’s not true. We’re all broken people. That’s clear in scripture. We are all sinners saved by grace. Like Chuck Colson used to tell me, you don’t get angry at a blind man who steps on your foot.
“It’s true about spiritual blindness, such as the person who’s involved in the abortion industry. They believe they’re doing a good thing for humanity. They don’t see that from a Christian point view, they are taking human life.
“What compels me is to share the Gospel with people – even people who would disagree with me. I welcome the opportunity to open their eyes to the possibility that there is a God and that He cares for them. All I can tell you is what God has done in my life and what he has shown me – and what I have lived and what I read in the Scriptures. My enthusiasm is to share that with you.
“That’s what I’m worried about when you get right down to it. I’m worried about the barricade that’s impenetrable on either side.
“We don’t really want to engage them. We don’t want to talk with them.
“They don’t want to talk with us.
“That’s unfortunate, because the way hearts are changed is clear engagement.”
“The bigger question,” says Daly, “is the really difficult balance of ‘How do we participate in a democracy within the environment that we live in today?’ Scripture says time is winding down. We’re in the End Times. God wants us to have a Stephen-like attitude. Can we honestly say, ‘Don’t hold this sin against them’? How often do we say that after an argument or debate?
“We have to understand that we’re not here to win. We’re here to influence as much as possible the heart to the listener.
“It might be a little bit, it might be nothing, or it might be remarkable.
“We need balance. When we strike it, standing for truth with Christ’s heart, all people are attracted to it, both young and old. I don’t think we should bend in principle. Nor can we dilute the truth.
“The Lord calls us to the transcendent values found in the Bible.
“That’s a vision worth refocusing on.”