NOTE: Since we shall be moving this week from Affton, MO, near St. Louis, to Salem, IL, about 2 hours east, I will be offline for a good portion of the time, so here are some odds and ends that I have collected.
Blasphemy on TV–Nothing New: On July 22, 2008, Donald Wildmon of the American Family Association sent the following e-mail. New PBS program says Bible isn’t true, stories made up: Your tax dollars helped fund "The Bible’s Buried Secrets. The Public Broadcasting System (PBS), probably the most liberal network in America, will present a program this fall that says the Old Testament is a bunch of made-up stories that never happened. "The Bible’s Buried Secrets" says the Bible is not true. It is scheduled to air on November 18. Producer Paula Apsell said: "…It’s (The Bible’s Buried Secrets) designed for intelligent people who are willing to change their mind. …it will give intelligent people who want to read the Bible in a modern way a chance. If we insist on reading the Bible literally, in 25 years, nobody will read it any longer." Among highlights of "The Bible’s Buried Secrets":
• The Old Testament was written in the sixth century BC and hundreds of authors contributed.
• Abraham, Sarah and their offspring didn’t exist.
• There is no archaeological evidence of the Exodus.
• Monotheism was a process that took hundreds of years.
• The Israelites were actually Canaanites.
• The Israelites believed that God had a wife.
I have often said that PBS should not receive tax dollars. "The Bible’s Buried Secrets" is simply one more reason Congress should stop supporting PBS with our tax dollars. Congress gives PBS hundreds of millions of tax dollars to help support the network. [Note: It is obvious even from the producer’s own statement that the purpose of this so-called "documentary" is not to present facts but to change people’s minds about the Bible. The truth is that most of the "highlights" listed are same, old, tired objections that Bible critics have offered through the years with no basis in real fact but simply the imaginations and speculations of unbelievers. They have been dealt with time and time again in the past and have been shown to be without any foundation. AFA is asking people to sign a petition urging Congress to stop using tax dollars to fund PBS and make PBS operate like every other non-commercial network, raising its own money from its viewers instead of using tax money. If you would be interested in that, you can go to www.AFA.net . It is true that PBS has many wonderful shows for children, and each person has to make his own choices, but should Christians support something that seems so diametrically opposed to faith in Christ? WSW.]
Change Is Not Necessarily Better: Democrat Presidential candidate Barak Obama says that what we need more than anything else in this country is "Change" and that he is the candidate of "Change." My friend Jeff Asher, a gospel preacher in Carthage, TX, sent me the following item. Years ago, there was an old tale in the Marine Corps about a lieutenant who inspected his Marines and told the ‘Gunny’ that they smelled bad. The lieutenant suggested that they change their underwear. The Gunny responded, "Aye, aye, sir, I’ll see to it immediately!" He went into the tent and said, "The lieutenant thinks you guys smell bad, and wants you to change your underwear. Smith, you change with Jones, McCarthy, you change with Witkowskie, Brown, you change with Schultz. Get to it!" The moral: A candidate may promise change in Washington but don’t count on things smelling any better. (Besides, can this nation afford the kind of "Change" that Obama has in mind?)
Homeschooling in the Country: Country Magazine and its companion Country Extra have always presented a very positive picture of homeschooling, possibly because in many places homeschooling is very popular in rural areas. In the Aug./Sept., 2008, issue of Country Magazine, Roger and Carolyn Beers and family of Bozeman, MT, wrote, "Our grandma, Marion Beers, gives us Country magazine as a Christian gift every year. We always enjoy it! We homeschool and use some of the articles and pictures in our lessons. Last year, you provided us with a fun family drive, too. In the Aug./Sept, 2007, issue, there was an article about Pass Creek School near Bozeman, Montana (‘Readin’, Writin’ and a Touch of Arthritis,’ page 16). We live in Bozeman, so we took a drive and found the school. We had fun playing on the playground and saw some pretty country we hadn’t seen before. Thank you, Grandma, for the gift, and thank you, Country, for the fun!"