Letter From Hank

Hank HanegraaffJune 2017

Dear CRI Partner:

Saving the future.

While some might dismiss the thought as hyperbole at best or megalomania at worst, it’s exactly what I think you’re helping to do.  Because, as Western Christians, we’re in the fight of our lives — and for now, we’re losing on multiple fronts.

And given that June is vitally important to our work together through CRI to help save the future, I’m compelled to continue sounding an alarm.

Unlike some, I’ll never piously claim that saving our future as Christians and free people is “all up to God.” That’s not only naïve and misguided theology but also makes a mockery of our calling to be stewards of God’s creation and to be faithful in the use of the resources of time, talent, and treasure He has entrusted to us.

On the other hand, unless the Lord builds the house, we labor in vain (Psalm 127:1), and apart from Him, we can do nothing (John 15:5). That said, let’s be clear that while we cannot do His part, He will not do ours.

What’s more, I fear that the nonstop bombardment of information today and the deafening noise of competing narratives could easily distract us from the deeper and more dangerous spiritual and moral undercurrents that are reshaping our future.

While I could fill pages with all the factors presently eroding the Judeo-Christian foundations of Western culture, let me highlight just one excerpt from The Benedict Option: A Strategy for Christians in a Post-Christian World:

“The light of Christianity is flickering out all over the West. There are people alive today who may live to see the effective death of Christianity within our civilization. By God’s mercy, the faith may continue to flourish in the Global South and China, but barring a dramatic reversal of current trends, it will all but disappear entirely from Europe and North America. This may not be the end of the world, but it is the end of a world, and only the willfully blind would deny it. For a long time we have downplayed or ignored the signs. Now the floodwaters are upon us and we are not ready.” 

And what might that future be like if we fail to wake up, stand up, and speak up?

Personally, I don’t think anyone has painted a more chilling potential post-mortem than the late, great Malcolm Muggeridge:

“So the final conclusion would surely be that whereas other civilizations have been brought down by attacks of barbarians from without, ours had the unique distinction of training its own destroyers at its own educational institutions, and then providing them with facilities for propagating their destructive ideology far and wide, all at the public expense. 

With a prescience that is sobering, Muggeridge raised an alarming spectacle:

“Thus did Western Man decide to abolish himself, creating his own boredom out of his own affluence, his own vulnerability out of his own strength, his own impotence out of his own erotomania, himself blowing the trumpet that brought the walls of his own city tumbling down, and having convinced himself that he was too numerous, labored with pill and scalpel and syringe to make himself fewer. Until at last, having educated himself into imbecility, and polluted and drugged himself into stupefaction, he keeled over — a weary, battered old brontosaurus — and became extinct.”

Please understand. In no way am I accepting this portrayal of the future as an inescapable given. I flatly reject any fatalistic notion of a future that awaits us regardless of what we do.  

On the other hand, I am chilled to the bone with notions of what could await us if we do nothing.

Will we succeed in turning the tide of secularism, godlessness, and anti-Christian sentiment that is rising steadily each day? In all truthfulness, I don’t know. The answer to that question will have to await the verdict of future historians. 

But what is not in doubt is that I am committed with every fiber of my being to standing for God-given life and truth and against those forces that now rage against righteousness and truth and threaten even our fundamental religious liberties.

That’s why your role is so vital. And why, through your convictions, your faith, your prayers, and your generosity, I believe you are genuinely helping to save a much brighter future for generations to come.

It’s true that at CRI, the defense of truth and Christian values is a “24/7” reality.

It’s also true that because June is the end of our fiscal year, this month plays a key role in determining CRI’s financial health headed into a new fiscal year.

That’s why I won’t be bashful in asking you to stand with me today in our collective calling and our fight to save the future. “ABCD”gifts — Above and Beyond the Call of Duty — will make a real difference not only this month but also in the months to come.

You can help guarantee — any time of day, any day of the week, any month of the year — that CRI’s arsenal of radio broadcasts, interviews, Christian

Research Journal articles, e-Truths, podcasts, and ever-expanding resources are available to millions of fellow believers at the click of a mouse or the tap of a smart phone.

To be candid, I never dreamed I would actually witness the advent of a “post-truth” culture. Or that the social headwinds against common sense and basic decency and civility would ever be so ferocious.  

But reality is what it is — with all the challenges and opportunities this presents to Christians of faith and conviction who are willing to be agents of change for the kingdom.

I hope you’ll do all you can this month to multiply the impact of your partnership in so many lives.  Together, uplifted by His grace and empowered by His Spirit, I do believe we can help save the future!

God bless you richly for standing faithfully for truth.  And my deepest personal thanks for all that your partnership means to those who are daily fighting the good fight on the front lines.

 

Because Life and Truth matter…

Hanksignaturegold
President

P.S. Because I believe we’re in the fight of our lives as Christians who have now lost the culture wars and stand to lose a great deal more, the resources we have to wage this fight are now critical.

That’s why I want you and thinking Christians everywhere to get two very timely books: Onward: Engaging the Culture without Losing the Gospel, by Russell Moore, and The Benedict Option: A Strategy for Christians in a Post-Christian World, by Rod Dreher.

 

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