“Man has forgotten God, that is why this has happened.”
Those stark and chilling words are from Russian author and Nobel Laureate Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn. As a prisoner for eight years in Soviet forced labor camps, he experienced firsthand the depravity that human beings are capable of.
Reflecting on the unprecedented carnage and devastation wrought by rampant godlessness, he said,
“If I were asked today to formulate as concisely as possible the main cause of the ruinous revolution that swallowed up some 60 million of our people, I could not put it more accurately than to repeat: ‘Men have forgotten God; that’s why all this has happened.’”
Although many Christians would certainly find this a painful reminder of the power of evil, they would contend that this could never happen again. Not in this century. At least certainly not in the United States.
Well, anyone believing that has learned precious little from history. And apparently knows little of the nature of fallen man.
You see, history is vividly and painfully clear that
evil and the assault on life and truth know no boundaries.
In fact, regardless of the century or the continent, evil advances only as righteousness retreats. Godlessness advances only as godliness retreats. And heresy advances only as orthodoxy retreats.
I share these candid thoughts with you, Susan, because my concern for truth goes way beyond mere academic curiosity. Truth — biblical truth — is like a great seawall holding back an ocean of unspeakable human misery. Once that wall crumbles, the flood of consequences can be appalling.
Think Hitler’s “final solution” … Stalin’s gulags … Or the killing fields of Cambodia.
Think ethnic cleansing in Bosnia … Rwandan genocide … Or hijacked planes hitting the Twin Towers or the Pentagon.
Because you know me and you know CRI, you know that I’m not delusional or paranoid. Neither am I inclined to dwell on the negative: our God is too good and too powerful for me to succumb to negativity and despair.
On the other hand, neither can I stick my head in the sand in a suicidal act of denial and pretend that the attacks on truth and Christianity in America today are anything but dreadfully ominous.
From militant secularism to hostile atheism and from the unrelenting slaughter of the unborn to the frontal assault on biblical precepts of marriage and morality, the trends are foreboding.
As Christians, we had better awaken quickly from our individual and collective slumbers and resolutely man the ramparts of truth or there will be hell to pay.
Speaking personally and candidly, I want my grandchildren to ask,
“Grandpa, what role did you play in turning the tide in the battle for Truth?”
Not “Grandpa, why didn’t you and other Christians
do more while the tide could still have been turned?”
That’s why, for you and for countless others, the Bible Answer Man broadcast and CRI’s growing array of outreaches have never been more needed than they are today. And that’s also why I won’t be shy in asking you to prayerfully consider making an even greater impact in this battle for life and truth by increasing your monthly commitment as a member of the Bible Answer Man Monthly Support Team.
You see, your monthly support has already confirmed that you understand the criticality of standing shoulder-to-shoulder with us day-in and day-out. And when you’re fighting on as many key battlefronts as CRI is, there’s just no substitute for that kind of faithfulness and dependability.
What you might choose to do beyond your current commitment is clearly between you and the Lord. Needless to say, I trust that you know you’ll be making a critical difference at any level.
What is vitally important is knowing that I can continue to count on your support
each and every month to proclaim Jesus Christ and equip His followers
to stand boldly for Truth in the public square.
To say thank you for standing with me through your monthly commitment and considering what additional impact you might have, I want to encourage and equip you in specific ways that you can read about here.
So please … while we still have time, will you prayerfully consider this heartfelt invitation to further expand your impact in the lives of men and women across our country and around the world?
I believe with my heart and soul that the battle we are fighting for life and truth is one with staggering implications. For now and for eternity.
And no matter how you respond today, may God continue to bless you as you help us
reach out with “gentleness and reverence” to proclaim Him and His Truth.
…because Life and Truth matter,
P.S. Solzhenitsyn’s sobering conclusion as to the reason for the unfathomable miseries visited on the Russian people could well have been a distant echo of the prophet Hosea’s warning: “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge … And since you have forgotten the law of your God, I also will forget your children.” (Hosea 4:6)
Your faithful monthly support helps to turn the tide of this battle and ensures that CRI’s potent voice for truth will not waver. May we never forget the law of our God. And may God bless you and future generations for your courageous stand for Life and Truth!
Call 1.888.7000.CRI (1-888-700-0274), or click here to join the Christian Research Institute Support Team.