Years ago while taking a stand against pornography at a local newsstand in my town of Fremont, the owner stated to me,“You’re a teacher aren’t you, Bill? You know you’re the only teacher I know that is against this kind of thing.”
The year was circa 1986. Well, I’m sure that amidst all of the teachers in our school system I wasn’t the only teacher against pornography, though I may have been the only one vocal about it.
It was true, though, that I was and am a committed Christian. Many years have passed since that day. I am thankful that I have taken many personal stands over those years. I have picketed alone against the Playboy Playmates at a county fair. I have debated the ACLU of Michigan on a couple of occasions. I have debated on the campus of Wayne State University in Detroit against several, including the school’s professor of Constitutional Law, on the issue of pornography.
I have similarly stood up in recent years (December 2015) on the campus of Calvin College, expressing concern several times that the so-called “teach-in” on “ISIS, Terrorism and Refugees” was one sided and therefore grossly unbalanced. I was finally told I would not be called upon to ask another question because they did not permit ad hominem participation. With the accompanying statement the professor sarcastically stated to me: “If you even knew what that means.” (Editor’s note: The definition of Ad hominem: directed against a person rather than the position they are maintaining) Let me interject: my comments were not against a person, but the promotion of a false ideology.
So what point am I making? I’m not trying to show what a “stand up guy” I can be or anything like that, only this: God has given me a heart that recognizes that my salvation is precious and that Christ is the way, the truth and the life, the Son of God who takes away the sins of the world.
And so, when I was a father of youngsters and still a teacher in a public elementary school, I became burdened for little ones so vulnerable in a world that was becoming increasingly secular, relativistic, hedonistic, crass, and godless!
I was deeply persuaded that God and God’s Word were under attack - like nothing I had ever experienced in my growing up years.
Back in the 1980s, the Rev. Donald E. Wildmon, founder and former president of American Family Association, framed the battle against pornography and indecency like this: “What we are up against is not dirty words and dirty pictures. It is a philosophy of life which seeks to remove the influence of Christians and Christianity from our society. Pornography is not the disease, but merely a visible symptom. It springs from a moral cancer in our society, and it will lead us to destruction if we are unable to stop it.”
Don Wildmon saw it clearly as he always did. He fought like no one else in his long years as head of AFA and then later with the radio ministry he pioneered, American Family Radio.
We are still engaged in that warfare, but it’s been ramped up and its fronts have expanded to include the satanic conflict with Islam. Satanic? Yes, for Allah is no god and Islam is not just a religion, but a philosophy leading many to hell.
Those are strong words, but they are true.
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