Guest: Soeren Kern, geopolitical analyst, Gatestone Institute
“You will be hearing of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not frightened, for those things must take place, but that is not yet the end” — Jesus (Matthew 24:6).
While the Middle East has always been known for its volatility, the region has been especially on fire recently. In Iraq, where the United States recently withdrew its military after spending more than ten years and trillions of dollars and lost thousands of lives, an Al Qaeda associated group called ISIS is quickly and brutally taking over the country.
Similar atrocities are taking place in Syria, Africa, and Egypt as Islamic jihadists kill each other and Christians.
Who and what is behind all these conflicts? How does the Sunni Muslim vs. Shia Muslim divide come into play? What should the United States be doing? How will Israel be impacted? Where is this all going?
Our guest this weekend on The Christian Worldview is Soeren Kern. Soeren is a Christian, an Air Force veteran, an essayist, a senior fellow at the Gatestone Institute, and a worldwide traveler (he has visited more than 100 countries including most of those in the Middle East). Be sure to tune in for analysis that you won’t hear in the mainstream media.
What is really wrong in America? This is David Wheaton, host of The Christian Worldview.
The biggest problem in America is not our huge national debt, high unemployment, illegal immigration, ambiguous foreign policy, humanistic media and schools, racism, or even abortion or same-sex marriage.
These are all troubling symptoms of a much bigger problem: the scarcity of God-fearing fathers.
When a nation is characterized by intact families led by a God-fearing father, all of these other ills will be minimized. Why? Because the God-fearing father seeks and obeys the Lord, lovingly leads his wife, and raises his children “in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.” And that is God’s recipe for a stable and peaceful nation.
This weekend we’ll discuss what is going on in the Middle East.
Guest: Bruce Wheaton, David’s 82-year-old father
“Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord” (Ephesians 6:4).
The biggest problem in America is not our $17 trillion-plus national debt, high unemployment, government dependency, loss of privacy, racism, illegal immigration, weak and ambiguous foreign policy, failing public schools, partisan politics, “homosexual marriage,” abortion, or the legalization of marijuana.
Our biggest problem is not President Obama. He and these other troubling problems are just symptoms of a much bigger problem: the scarcity of God-fearing fathers.
When a nation is characterized by intact families led by a God-fearing father, all of these other ills will be minimized. Why? Because the God-fearing father seeks and obeys the Lord, lovingly leads his wife, and raises his children “in the discipline and instruction of the Lord” (Ephesians 6:4).
How can a father do this? Join us this weekend on The Christian Worldview as my 82-year-old father and I discuss “Seven Fundamentals for the God-Fearing Father.”
Are you a man of passionate pursuit? This is David Wheaton, host of The Christian Worldview.
Men can be intense about their work and hobbies, whether it’s growing a business, playing or watching sports, fishing, hunting, or driving cars.
Work is a divine calling and hobbies can be beneficial for relaxation and fellowship. But if our pursuits become so prominent that they diminish our key relationships and responsibilities, terrible consequences result, such as divorce, leaderless homes and churches, and spiritual malnourishment.
Men, we need to, as the Apostle Paul says, “Be on the alert, stand firm in the faith, act like men, be strong” (1 Corinthians 16:13).
In other words, put faith and family above all else.
This weekend, my 82-year-old dad joins us.
“Be on the alert, stand firm in the faith, act like men, be strong” (1 Corinthians 16:13)
We men love our hobbies, whether playing or watching sports, fishing, hunting, gardening, driving cars and motorcycles, or any of the other endless list of pursuits that attract men’s time and attention.
Hobbies can be good for relaxation and fellowship; they can even foster spiritual growth. But here’s the big “IF” — if these pursuits grow to a point where they distract men from their most important relationships and responsibilities in life, all manner of bad consequences result such as broken marriages, leaderless homes and churches, and spiritual malnourishment.
Pastor Zeke Pipher from Nebraska is one who knows about the “hyper-hobbied” man. He loves sports, fishing, and hunting, and is an outdoor writer. He joins us this weekend on The Christian Worldview to talk about men and their hobbies in light of his book, Man on the Run — Helping Hyper-Hobbied Men Recognize the Best Things in Life.
Zeke’s second book, a 90-day devotional for outdoorsmen titled In Pursuit, just released. Either of his books would make a great Father’s Day gift.
What to make of Duck Dynasty? This is David Wheaton, host of The Christian Worldview.
The Robertson family featured on Duck Dynasty is watched by millions of people. As professing Christians, they are ambassadors for Christ, especially with their broad influence.
So how well are they representing the faith? They certainly model a close family, are forthright about their faith and values, and they produce a relatively wholesome program.
But “relatively” is where I think the Robertsons could do better. Their use of soft curse words and sexual innuendo on the show doesn’t match with Ephesians 5 which says, “there must be no filthiness and silly talk, or coarse jesting, which are not fitting.”
Every Christian needs to carefully consider his/her words because God has called us to a high and holy standard.
This weekend, we’ll discuss men and their hobbies.
“Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were making an appeal through us” (2 Corinthians 5:20).
Duck Dynasty, the hit reality TV show on A&E Network, follows the lives and duck call business of the Robertson family, who live in West Monroe, Louisiana.
The Robertson family—Phil and Miss Kay, Willie and Korie, Jase and Missy, and of course Uncle Si to name just a few—have become a national phenomenon in entertainment, business, culture, and politics.
And also within the church. The Robertsons are professing Christians, with some members being outspoken about their beliefs. The family is watched by millions of people every week—some laud the family as embodying everything good about traditional Christian America while others loathe them for their “hillbilly, backward values.”
With a family and television show wielding this much influence and representing Christianity to millions of viewers, the question should be asked: “What kind of ambassadors are the Robertsons for Christ?”
Join us this weekend on The Christian Worldview as we grow our beards, grab our shotguns, and get into the duck blind with the Robertsons and Duck Dynasty!
So how should we respond to our Christian celebrity culture? This is David Wheaton, host of The Christian Worldview Radio Program.
We have our share of quote unquote “Christian celebrities” in America—pastors, authors, musicians, athletes—who have large platforms and prominent ministries. There’s nothing wrong with that.
The problem occurs, though, when a moral or ethical failing takes place and the response from those who have a vested interest in the man or ministry is one of protection, rather than accountability. This is bad for everyone—for the man, for those who follow him, for those in the outside world who mock, and most of all, for the name of Christ.
No man or ministry should be viewed as untouchable because no one is above God’s law.
This weekend, we’ll discuss Duck Dynasty.
Guest: Janet Mefferd, host, Janet Mefferd Show
Each one of you is saying, “I am of Paul,” and “I of Apollos,” and “I of Cephas,” and “I of Christ.” Has Christ been divided? Paul was not crucified for you, was he? Or were you baptized in the name of Paul? (1 Corinthians 1:12-13).
Perhaps you have noticed the tendency of “regular” Christians to follow Christian “celebrities.” The celebrity could be a pastor on radio or TV, a musician, an author, or any public figure.
In the best case, we can benefit spiritually from well-known Christian leaders. In the worst case, we get led off course by the person and even wrongly protect him when he does something wrong. A big church, national ministry, and lucrative book sales often get in the way of accountability.
The Christian celebrity culture is nothing new. The Apostle Paul addressed it in his letter to the Corinthian church. And there are several examples of it taking place today—for good and for bad—that we will discuss this weekend on The Christian Worldview.
Janet Mefferd, nationally-syndicated radio host, will be our guest to do just that. Recently, she has covered several issues related to this, such as a plagiarism scandal with popular pastor Mark Driscoll and confusing comments about Christian radio by Russell Moore, president of the Southern Baptist Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission. I hope you can join us this Memorial Day Weekend.
What do students face in college? This is David Wheaton with The Christian Worldview.
The secular campus is the most God-rejecting environment in America. Whether it’s the postmodern, truth is unknowable worldview preached in the classrooms, or the sexual immorality and drunkenness that occurs in the dorm rooms, the college experience is too often a University of Destruction for those who enter with Christian values.
The good news is that Christians can be overcomers on campus. When a student is genuinely saved and has the power of the Holy Spirit within, and commits to obeying God and His Word above all else, he or she will be able to be like Christ who says, “In the world you have tribulation, but take courage; I have overcome the world.”
This weekend, radio host Janet Mefferd joins us to discuss the Christian celebrity culture.