Dear CRI Partner:
The role you’ve played in CRI’s ministry has been vital. Now it could well be more critical than ever.
Let me briefly explain just two reasons. Along with why I believe your help today could well be pivotal to the battles we fight.
First, it will come as no surprise to you that CRI’s mission of equipping Christians to “think and live Christianly” is crucial. But what hasn’t registered on many believers is that this mission and all our outreaches are arguably more important today than ever before.
Why? Because current trends in the United States and Canada — indeed much of the Western world — point to a protracted civilizational suicide. And where once a nation largely grounded in biblical truth could effectively stem the tide, now biblical literacy has dangerously evaporated. Consider just the following:
- Fewer than half of all American adults today can name the four Gospels.
- Many professing Christians cannot even identify more than two or three of the disciples.
- 60 percent of Americans cannot name even five of the Ten Commandments.
And elevating this tragedy to the level of tragic comedy…
- 12 percent of adults believe that Joan of Arc was Noah’s wife.
- A survey of graduating high school seniors revealed that more than 50 percent thought that Sodom and Gomorrah were husband and wife.
- A considerable number of respondents to one poll indicated that Billy Graham preached the Sermon on the Mount.
If the implications of this biblical illiteracy weren’t so spiritually and culturally deadly, those statistics would be worth a hearty belly laugh. Instead, they’re enough to make caring Christians weep.
But what really makes the current situation so acute is that just as the spiritual pillars of our nation are crumbling from the corrosive acids of secularism, a cultural storm of hurricane-force winds is battering us on all sides…
In Canada, for example, we cannot read a Bible verse on-air now without being censored. And in the US, even hinting that you don’t support same-sex marriage can evoke howls of bigotry and hate mongering.
While the assaults on decency, civility, and our religious freedoms are reaching once-unimaginable levels of viciousness, many Christians span a continuum from clueless helplessness to wanting to make a difference but not knowing how.
And that takes me to the second reason your support is so vital. And why I’m praying that this month you can join other friends in making an “ABCD” gift: “Above and Beyond the Call of Duty.”
You see, just as the value of vaccines increases during the outbreak
of a deadly disease, so also when assaults on our faith
and freedoms mount, the outreaches of CRI
become that much more critical.
That, in turn, makes believers like you – those who are actually willing to stand up and speak up – that much more crucial. Very simply, there is nothing – I repeat nothing – that CRI does that would be possible without partners like you.
From broadcasts to podcasts and from the Christian Research Journal to CRI’s vast website resources accessed by more than 200,000 users each month from America to Zimbabwe, it’s no exaggeration to say that these would all quickly disappear without friends like you.
And because June is our second most important month of the year (next to December) and giving has dipped dangerously in the last few months, we’re praying for a serious rally and outpouring of support. The thought of ever having to curtail any of our outreaches is a painful one, especially when the need for these outreaches has never been greater.
Because an increasingly militant, intolerant, and hostile secularism would love to silence us, I’ll simply ask you to do all you can this month to help “turn up the volume.”
For all that your partnership means at this critical time as we strive to stand courageously for life and truth, I’m deeply grateful!
Because Life and Truth matter…
P.S. Because truth and knowledge are indispensable weapons in the battles now being fought for our future as a free people, we’re offering four handpicked books this month to make sure that Christians are never outgunned. Whether for yourself or as a gift to equip a fellow believer to stand strong in these battles, I hope you’ll use these to continue making a difference in our stand together for life and truth!