Don Wildmon | AFA Founder/Chairman
A friend of mind went to see the doctor some years back. He didnt
want to hear what the doctor told him. And I doubt very seriously
that the doctor looked forward to telling my friend the bad news.
But he did tell him and my friend did listen. He was told he had
None of us want to hear bad news. None of us want to believe it.
But truth is true and we best listen to it and act on it. Unfortunately,
like Armenian King Tigranes the Great, if we dont like the
message, we are often inclined to kill the messenger.
As we move toward the 27th anniversary of AFA, I guess it is time
to reiterate something that I have said for the last 20 years. There
is the possibility that I may make some, perhaps many, angry.
For me, the easy thing to do would be to ignore what Im going
to say. Just forget it. Why bother when I know that it will bring
a negative reaction?
I do not consider myself a prophet. I do not consider myself to
be wiser than others. I guess the only thing that sets me apart
is that I have more than a quarter of a century of experience in
dealing with the problem.
And just what is the problem, the bad news? Basically this: our
country is on a downward spiral of immorality like none we have
ever seen before. Special rights for homosexuals have become the
latest project for Hollywood and the liberal elite. Pornography
fills our Internet, our TVs, our movies. Killing of the unborn continues
unabated with our younger generation calling it murder but, in the
same breath, saying it should be legal.
Drugs rape and ravage our society. Promiscuous sexual activity is
a game. Public education, to a large degree, is deteriorating in
a continual exercise of political correctness. Violence is a means
of resolving an argument or just an activity for sheer enjoyment.
The institution of marriage is under severe attack.
And who is to blame for this downward spiral? It isnt the
pornographers. It isnt Hollywood or the liberal elite. It
isnt Planned Parenthood. It isnt the people who make
the guns. It isnt the people who run our schools. It isnt
the drug dealers. Theyre only doing what is expected of them.
Unfortunately, we Christians are not.
As the comic character Pogo said, We have met the enemy and
he is us.
Am I saying that we as individuals have caused all this moral decay?
No. Absolutely not! But what I am saying is that we collective Christians
members of the Church have retreated into our houses
of worship and turned them into houses of comfort. Those of us who
stand in the pulpit and sit in the pew have withdrawn from the public
square so much and so often that we are no longer allowed in the
Am I painting with a broad brush? Sure I am. Am I indicting everyone
who calls himself a Christian? Of course not. But I am saying, taken
as a whole, we have abandoned our responsibility to society.
Our efforts have basically been designed to make Christianity popular
and comfortable. And in the process we are no longer salt and light.
We have built our buildings, hosted our activities, boasted of our
numbers and sought endless ways to entice people to join our church.
We have, to a very large degree, turned our efforts to getting people
into church instead of getting the Church into people.
Is there still time to turn this ship around? Maybe. Maybe not.
But one thing is certain. The Church cant do it by following
the path we have been on for the past half-century.
If you are one who stands behind the pulpit or sits in the pew,
take a long look at yourself in the mirror and ask yourself the
question: Is he talking about me?
Am I writing this to make someone angry? No. Am I writing it with
the hope that it will make someone take inventory and get involved?
Let me close by speaking to myself. You can personalize what I have
to say if you desire. Individually I cant do everything. But
I can do something. And by the grace of God I will do what I can.
And I will start today.