Letter From Hank

Hank HanegraaffFebruary 2018

Dear CRI Partner:

You might want to sit down to read this.

Quite frankly, just contemplating the speed of our descent into cultural oblivion makes me a bit dizzy.

But before I address the madness that is engulfing us, let me make a critical point:

This is no time to surrender. Instead, it’s time to mount a sustained
counteroffensive. There is simply too much at stake to do otherwise.

As a heads-up, in reading what follows I think you’ll see that the stakes in our culture war have risen dramatically.

You see, until recently, I thought that we were just engaged in a war on conventional notions of truth and life. I now think we’re witnessing an all-out war on reality.

While space here precludes even the mention of all the philosophical, theological, historical, and experiential factors that for millennia have given human beings a reliable sense of what constitutes reality, I will say this much:

When a group of misguided zealots who have deified “choice” substitute their deranged preferences for common sense, it’s troubling to say the least.

But when these preferences become enshrined as law, we’ve gone beyond “troubling” to “terrifying.”

Although I’m going to strongly recommend a resource for you that addresses the issues in more detail, for now let me just get your attention with some rude wakeup calls. Actually, these are more like deafening trumpet blasts to those who have ears to hear, but far too many Christians appear either to be unconscious, indifferent, or just too busy to be bothered with what could be the death knell of reality as we’ve known it.

If you’re like most folks, you’ve understandably got issues a lot more pressing to deal with than transgenderism. Yet, believe it or not, transgenderism is just one “front” in the broader war on life and truth as you and I have known it in the West.

Just consider a tiny sampling from Nancy Pearcey’s new blockbuster book, Love Thy Body: Answering Hard Questions about Life and Sexuality:

“In 2015 British columnist Katie Hopkins began to call literally for euthanasia vans. ‘We just have far too many old people,” Hopkins said in an interview. ‘It’s ridiculous to be living in a country where we can put dogs to sleep but not people.’ Her proposed solution? ‘Easy. Euthanasia vans – just like ice-cream vans – that would come to your home….They might even have a nice little tune they’d play. I mean this genuinely. I’m super-keen on euthanasia vans.’”

Far-fetched? I wish.

In fact, a Dutch right-to-die organization provides “mobile death squads” with “teams traveling around the country to deliver lethal drugs or injections to patients whose own doctors have ethical objections to helping them die.”

And have you heard the term gendercide? It’s the term for sex-selection abortion, the specific targeting of baby girls. Pearcey notes that, “The United Nations estimates that 200 million women are demographically missing” as a result. As a documentary on the problem puts it, “The three deadliest words in the world are, ‘It’s a girl’” (emphasis added).

Closer to home, the traditional family is now also squarely in the crosshairs along with the right to life:

“In Canada it is now considered ‘discriminatory’ for state entities (like public schools) to argue for male/female marriage or parenting. In the province of Alberta, the government has issued guidelines instructing teachers and school administrators not to use the terms ‘mother’ and ‘father’ when talking to students. Instead they must use only non-gendered terms such as ‘parents/guardians’ or ‘partners’ or ‘caregivers.’”

Well, if by chance the very human instinct for denial has kicked in and you’re thinking, “Yes, but that could never happen here,” think again. While we were sleeping, the toxic tentacles of transgenderism reached dangerously into even our laws.

  • “In 2011 the Obama administration’s State Department announced that it was replacing ‘mother’ and ‘father’ on passport applications with ‘Parent One’ and ‘Parent Two.’”
  • “In 2016 the New York City Human Rights Commission released a list of thirty-one terms of gender expression – androgynous, genderqueer, non-binary, pangender, gender fluid, third sex, two spirit, and so on – which employers must use or face exorbitant fines of up to $250,000.”
  • What’s more, trans-activists have even protested “the use of terms like man and woman because some males identify as women, and vice versa.” Believe it or not, “The Midwives Alliance of North America changed their literature to delete the word ‘mother’ and substitute ‘pregnant individuals’ and ‘birthing persons’….It is now deemed transphobic to say ‘breastfeeding.’ You must say ‘chestfeeding’ to be inclusive of trans men.”

I put on the envelope, “You’re not going to believe this….” Well, I trust you’ll pardon my candor, but as a Chinese proverb puts it, “The beginning of wisdom is to call something by its right name.” And these assaults on life and truth are insanity, pure and simple.

The problem is that the insanity is apparently contagious,
and my prayer and fervent hope is that more people will come to their senses
and let their voices be heard to halt the epidemic before it becomes pandemic.

You’re no doubt familiar with Edmund Burke’s quote: “All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.” I think in light of today’s increasingly mindless assaults on reality, we could paraphrase Burke and say, “All that is necessary for insanity to triumph is for sane people to remain silent.”

That’s why your partnership with CRI is so vital these days. Through the growing reach of our media platforms, we provide a massive megaphone to ensure that your Christian convictions are heard. And more than that, the equipping resources you help to make possible ensure that Christians don’t look like deer in the headlights when issues vital to our future as a free people are being vigorously debated.

What we are witnessing here is the power of a very dangerous worldview, and one that must be contested with all our resolve and withstood with all our might if we’re to halt the momentum of “Western de-civilization.” We simply cannot call ourselves Christians and allow these evils to flourish unchecked.

We work constantly to find cutting-edge resources by top-drawer thinkers to equip you and fellow Christians to fight the good fight, and Love Thy Body is among the best.

Believe me; the difference your partnership makes is considerable. And knowing that you’re standing shoulder-to-shoulder with me is a real morale booster, especially when the going gets tough.

 

 

Because Life and Truth matter…

Hanksignaturegold
President

 

P.S. If more Christians really grasped the truths so brilliantly illuminated in Love Thy Body, I think it would be a game-changer. While I don’t elevate many books to a “must read” status, this book by an award-winning author and first-class evangelical scholar just should not be missed.

 

 

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Best of BAM: Hank Unplugged, Nancy Pearcey, and Love Thy Body – Part 2

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Valentine’s Day, Lent, and Q&A

Cultural Deterioration, Nancy Pearcey, and Q&A

Best of BAM: Hank Unplugged, Nancy Pearcey, and Love Thy Body – Part 1

Encore: Hank Unplugged with Joe Dallas

Encore: Speaking of Homosexuality with Joe Dallas

Hank Unplugged, Nancy Pearcey, and Love Thy Body – Part 2

Hank Unplugged, Nancy Pearcey, and Love Thy Body – Part 1

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