Religion and Culture Expert Dr. Alex McFarland Writes Oped
Stating That Liberals Really Think That God is ‘Deplorable’;
Gives Americans 8 Considerations Before Voting on Nov. 8
CHARLOTTE, N.C.—September is likely a month Hillary Clinton would rather forget.
On Sept. 9, the Democratic presidential candidate called Republican hopeful Donald Trump’s supporters a “basket of deplorables,” stating during a speech to an “LGBT for Hillary” event, “…you could put half of Trump’s supporters into what I call the ‘basket of deplorables.’ Right? The racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, Islamophobic—you name it.” Then on Sept. 11, she left the 9/11 memorial service early for a medical issue that was captured on video.
Nationally known religion and culture expert Dr. Alex McFarland (www.AlexMcFarland.com)—also a radio and television host, and author of 17 books, including his newest, “Stand Strong America”—has written an oped touching on Clinton’s now-infamous “Deplorables” comment, stating that her thoughts reflect an even broader scope, namely how liberals and progressives view God.
“I have learned in hundreds of media interviews with leftist journalists, as well as interactions with the academic elites of the left, that they—like presidential candidate Hillary Clinton—truly believe that people of faith are ‘deplorable,’ because they, deep down, find the idea of God and morality deplorable,” McFarland wrote in the new oped. “The notion that we are accountable to a moral law and the reality that we will—all of us—one day give account for our actions and face a holy God is met with scorn and derision.
“Hillary Clinton believes that Christians and moral people are deplorable, because we are reminding the left of something they really don’t want to think about—God—the ultimate Moral One.”
McFarland added that in a world becoming more secular with each passing day, God is being pushed further from the center of people’s lives—or He does not have a place at all.
“I’ve spent more than 20 years on college campuses and in the media interview circuit,” McFarland continued. “I have been a part of countless debates over the years that question God’s existence. When the cameras stop rolling, many people look me in the eye, searching, and ask, ‘Is God real?’ But in front of the camera—and in the classroom and courtroom—the fight against God is on.
“Pastors, religious leaders and churches help restore the moral and Christian fabric of our nation,” McFarland continued. “The left is trying to abolish that which they find deplorable—God. But when America has been ‘sanitized’ of speech and people deemed ‘unfit’ and deplorable, who, along with God and morality, will be ‘dealt with’? You and me. People of faith. I have dialogued and debated hundreds of leading leftists, and frankly, pleaded with them for their very own souls. Some are honest enough to admit their desire for God and to talk with me about their spiritual questions. But most, in their desire to legitimize things that deep down they know are wrong, dig in their heels for the fight against God. And the target they are firing at most are people of faith, people of values, churches, pastors in their pulpits, religious schools, soup kitchens and ministries. You know, all of us ‘deplorable’ people.”
In the days leading up to the election, Americans must ask themselves several critical questions before they head to the polls on Nov. 8:
- Remember that “the perfect is the enemy of the good.”
- God can use any presidential candidate for His purpose; all candidates are flawed. Will we allow these flaws, which we all have, to make us cast a protest vote or not vote at all?
- Will my life be better or worse under this president?
- McFarland has been gathering responses for his own “2016 Malaise Index,” an online survey that gauges Americans’ outlook on society. Hundreds of responses have been submitted at www.AlexMcFarland.com/survey. For example, when asked, “My outlook on the culture as a whole compared to 10 years ago is…,” about 97 percent reported they felt “WORSE” about the culture, with the remaining reporting they felt “BETTER” or “THE SAME.”
- Will this president protect my religious freedom?
- What are the candidates’ plans for preserving the religious liberties on which the country was founded, especially as more and more freedoms are being taken away?
- How will this candidate protect life?
- Abortion, euthanasia and other life matters have historically been important issues for voters—and 2016 is no different. While the Republican platform is one of the most pro-life in the party’s history, the Democratic platform asserts that a woman has the right to abort her unborn child—a black mark on the nation since Roe v. Wade in 1973.
- Will this candidate protect our country?
- The safety and defense of the country is of paramount importance. National security and recognition of those who seek to harm America must be a priority for the next president.
- Who will this president appoint to the Supreme Court?
- Appointments to the Court have longstanding impact and is perhaps one of the most important considerations of the election. Justices appointed under the next president—whether liberal or conservative—will make long-lasting decisions for several decades.
- Will this president protect the financial resources with which God has entrusted us?
- Many people are struggling in today’s economy, and many policies could be enacted to ease the financial burden on Americans. All human beings long to have the dignity that comes with providing for their family.
- Will I feel good about the decisions this president will make?
- Overall, will I still be proud that I voted the way I did in four or eight years? And more importantly, did I carefully consider my vote in prayer?
McFarland’s newest book, “Stand Strong America,” co-authored with evangelist and apologist Jason Jimenez, addresses the idea that Americans are weary of the poor character and decisions of their leaders, who make laws that may not coincide with many Americans’ faith. The book is available at AlexMcFarland.com.
He is also the author of “The God You Thought You Knew: Exposing the 10 Biggest Myths About Christianity,” in which he dispels the myths and untruths about Christianity and replaces that with the truth of who God really is, as well as “10 Questions Every Christian Must Answer,” “10 Issues that Divide Christians,” “10 Answers for Skeptics” and the “Stand” series of devotions for teens. McFarland is an expert in the field of apologetics—the practice of defending the Christian faith in a world where faith in Christ is plummeting at alarming rates.
McFarland has spent years working with young people and takes their questions to heart. He has preached in more than 1,300 churches and has been featured at conferences such as the Billy Graham School of Evangelism, Focus on the Family’s “Big Dig” and California’s “Spirit West Coast,” sharing the platform with Chuck Colson, Eric Metaxas, Josh McDowell and others. He also serves as Director for Christian Worldview and Apologetics at the Christian Worldview Center of North Greenville University (www.ngu.edu) in Greenville, S.C.
Part evangelist, part apologist, part educator and part broadcaster, McFarland focuses on communicating the message of salvation through the Lord Jesus Christ. He co-hosts the daily, live radio program “Exploring the Word” on American Family Radio’s Talk Network, heard on approximately 140 stations across the country, and the weekly television show “Viral Truth,” airing on the National Religious Broadcasters Network, which he co-hosts with Jason Jimenez.
For more information on Dr. Alex McFarland, visit www.AlexMcFarland.com or follow him on Facebook or on Twitter @AlexMcFarland.
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