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Mark Daniels Christian Blog and Commentary

Mark Daniels

Talk Show Host

The Last Generation?

We’ve begun a discussion on the morning show about new research that reflects what we already sensed: a huge number of Americans under the age of 30 is not only unchurched, but claims no religious affiliation whatsoever. Some call them “Generation None.” 3 of every 4 of those people say they seldom or never attend a church service! This has dire implications for the church today, and going forward! And I realize that it’s mostly older dudes like me who sit behind microphones, or have positions of authority in the church…so I want to ask the next generation of church leaders: what do we need to do and say to reach millennials and Generation Y for Christ? Or, if you’re part of that younger cohort…what is so unappealing about the Christian faith in general, or the American church in particular, that might be keeping you away? These aren’t rhetorical questions; as a church elder myself, I’m looking for real answers! So many people believe we have to blow up the church model, or compromise what we believe to become more attractive and inclusive for today’s new breed of sinners! Pastors, you can let me know what’s worked for you to keep the next generation in the church! I’m looking for everyone’s feedback! You can email me, or post on my Facebook™ page, MarkDanielsShow. Leave a message on my direct line at (610) 729-1216. How do we keep Generation “None” from abandoning Christianity, and the church? I’d love to hear from you…

Psalm 144:4 "One generation will commend Your works to another; they will tell of Your mighty acts."

So my first WFIL 6a-12p show is in the books! I’m going to make it my goal to connect, in some way, with each and every person who listens in the morning to WFIL. I want to hear from you personally, so I’m firing up my social media accounts; if you follow me, I’ll follow you back on Twitter! My handle is @MarkDanielsShow And if you “like” me on Facebook, you’ll find all kinds of stuff there, including some photos from my latest trip to Israel. My page at Facebook is called MarkDanielsShow

My goals in the morning show are to honor God…to connect with you…and connect with pastors and churches, as well! God has seen fit to show me a lot over the past few weeks and months especially…and it’s abundantly clear that many, if not most of His choice servants are struggling…and struggling HARD! So, I want to be here to pray for you, and with you. I know that the kind of people who listen to Christian Bible teaching on the radio are some pretty special believers; you don’t just tune in to hear a song and feel good about yourself—you tune in to learn about God’s Word, and His character! You’re probably part of that 10 or 20 percent that every church and every ministry leans on! So, I want to make sure that you’re prayed up and encouraged to meet the tough road ahead, every day! And pastors--it’s my goal to sit across the desk from each and every one of you, so you’ll be hearing from me! But if YOU want to take the first step, you can email mark@wfil.com, and we can make an appointment! So bless you…thank you for listening…and join me every morning for your favorite programs on AM 560 and WFIL.com!

In light of Thursday's (11/20/14) speech on immigration...for those who were wondering about the President’s Scripture reference…his speechwriter was lifting a quote from Exodus 22, verse 21: ”Do not mistreat or oppress a foreigner, for you were foreigners in Egypt.” In context, God was giving the Hebrew people—3 months removed from their slavery in Egypt—a number of dictates on how to live. Chapter 22 is an extension of the Exodus 20 discourse that produced the 10 Commandments.

But where the NIV in Exodus 22 uses the word “foreigner,” other translations offer a more precise translation of the Hebrew word: sojourner, which denotes a traveler, visitor, or temporary dweller. Giving law breakers mostly unconditional amnesty is a bit more extreme than offering hospitality, IMHO.

Remarkable to consider also that this is the same president who intoned, as a senator back in June 2006, that America, “whatever we once were, we are no longer a Christian nation.” The future Chief Executive continued, “Even if we had only Christians in our midst, if we expelled every non-Christian from the United States of America, whose Christianity would we teach in the schools? Would it be James Dobson’s or Al Sharpton’s? And which passages of Scripture should guide our public policy? Should we go with Leviticus, which suggests slavery is OK – and that eating shellfish is an abomination? Or we could go with Deuteronomy, which suggests stoning your child if he strays from the faith.” It was a statement reminiscent of “President” Bartlett’s speech years before on NBC’s West Wing.

Yet, in the same chapter Mr. Obama quoted Thursday, the Hebrew people were reminded in verse 16 that, “If a man seduces a virgin who is not pledged to be married and sleeps with her, he must pay the bride-price, and she shall be his wife.” How does THAT line up with the President’s party’s ideals about safe sex, and male-female relations?  Or verse 29, where the people are told that “You must give me the firstborn of your sons.” Shall we rip that verse out of context, and use it as an excuse to offer our children as human sacrifices?

2 Timothy 2:15 reminds us to “correctly handle the Word of Truth” (Scripture). 2 Peter 3, Psalm 56, Jeremiah 22 and other passages address the penalties for misusing God’s Word, as the “untaught and unstable” tend to do. Whenever a politician quotes the Holy Bible to make a point, he or she takes a risk beyond what he or she might be capable of comprehending. We must be as the Bereans of Acts 17, and examine the Scriptures to “see if what we’re hearing is the truth.”

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