Shane Idleman’s Indictment against Hollywood and Washington: We Are Not Progressing

It’s clear that America has lost her moral compass and is imploding as a result. I’m not writing as a Democrat or as a Republican but as a citizen concerned about the moral fabric of our union.

Consider recent headlines: Robert Redford recently said that “we have a president who degrades everything he touches.” He also penned an op-ed calling on people to vote Donald Trump out of office so we can “choose civility and progress.” Lady Gaga told Mike Pence that he is “the worst representation of what it means to be a Christian.” And one political party wants to strike the oath “so help me God” taken in front of a key House committee.

In response to Mr. Redford, countless Americans disagree with his definition of progress. Is progress murdering children in the womb, even up to nine months? Is progress teaching kindergartners to embrace homosexuality while allowing a transgender to read to them? Is it okay to let men share restrooms with girls as we abandon traditional male-female roles? We promote sexual sin and wink at pedophilia, but we throw a tirade when a border wall is being considered to filter crime.

Is civility giving a comedian a pass to hold a lifelike severed head of the president in her hand? Was Peter Fonda encouraging civility and unity when he said that President Trump’s son should be separated from his mother and put “in a cage with pedophiles”? For most to remain silent simply reveals the inconvenient truth: We are no longer concerned about honesty and decency. “The wicked freely parade and prance about while evil is praised throughout the land” (Psalm 12:8).

America’s deadly moral decline must be addressed before real change can take place. We must promote hope rather than fear and truth rather than tolerance (watch a short clip here). To quote former President Obama and President Trump: This is the “Change We Need” to “Make America Great Again.”

America’s civil unrest is directly related to media bias and a rejection of God. The elephant in the room is clearly in the newsroom and on Sunset Blvd. Most news outlets, actors, and politicians have unbridled hatred and disdain for biblical truth. Love him or hate him, President Trump and some members of Congress and the Senate are the only things standing between religious freedom and severe persecution of those who hold to biblical values.

What is Lady Gaga’s understanding of Christianity… biblical Christianity? There is no “Christianity” where sin, repentance, and the fear of the Lord are avoided in the hope of not offending.

To pastors who are reading this, the Bible reminds us that the goal of preaching is faithfulness to God, not crowd appeal (read more and listen here). The church as a whole may have forgotten the fear of the Lord, but it doesn’t follow that we should. Thank God for His love and grace, but we cannot embrace sin under the banner of love and grace. Biblical truth is absolute and unchanging. Times change, truth does not.

We are so worried about offending others, but have we stopped to consider that we may be offending God? “When we become so tolerant that we lead people into mental fog and spiritual darkness, we are not acting like Christians, we are acting like cowards” (A.W. Tozer). We love people enough to tell them the truth. That is real Christian love. (For more information, watch a sermon clip here.)


Regarding striking “so help me God” from the oath, our hope is found in returning to God, not removing Him. We live in the greatest country in the world, but the success we cherish is not the result of chance. Many early Americans understood that in order for a nation to thrive and prosper, God’s Word must provide the foundation for government and society. In the sobering words of Vice President Henry Wilson: “Remember ever, and always, that your country was founded by the stern old Puritans whose first act on touching the soil of the new world was to offer on bended knees thanksgiving to Almighty God.”

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Source: Christian Headlines