Just recently, Secretary of State John Kerry announced the formation of a new office. This one is called the Office of Faith-Based Community Initiatives. The purpose of the office, as described by the State Department, is to act as a “portal for engagement with religious leaders and organizations around the world.”
Now, this must be a good thing, right? Well, not so much! Appointed to head this office is Shaun Casey, a former religion advisor to the president’s 2008 campaign. Casey is a professor of Christian ethics at Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, DC. He is known as a liberal professor who has expressed his opinion that he is, frankly, glad that American civil religion is dying. In other words, he advocates for a national moral and spiritual foundation which is not based on Christian values. Casey’s goal is not to make sure America’s traditional values remain strong and effective in the lives of Americans, but to seek “common ground” between all religions.
So, what do we really have here? We have another person who claims to be a Christian, works in an institution which claims to be Christian, and serves in a position which is supposed to promote the values of religious faith. The problem is, it is all a front. His real agenda is decidedly not Christian. He has a naturalistic agenda which is clothed in a Christian veneer.
In the PC speak of today’s culture, the concept of “faith based” does not mean Christian. This is merely another attempt of the wolf to mingle with the sheep by putting on sheep’s clothing. The goal is not to promote anything Christian. In fact, just the opposite. The goal is to destroy what is overtly Christian and turn it into a meaningless religious mush pot.
This is simply one more example of how those in political power are seeking to undermine the worldview principles which are the foundation stones of American culture. The antidote to this is for true Christians to understand the truth and exert energy to push back by expressing the truth. We do it by walking the walk personally, by voting into office people who hold biblical values, and by actively sharing the gospel with those who don’t know Christ. Anything less will allow the push to fundamentally change American culture to succeed.