The famous philosopher Betrand Russell reportedly once remarked,
“Most Christians would rather die than think – in fact they do.” 1
“Why are 21st century Christians so anti-intellectual? How did we go from our Puritan roots in colonial America – inclusive of the great minds that framed our constitution – to the sorry state we are in today? For there once was a time when Christians held the intellectual high ground. Pastors were hailed as the intellectual elites of the community, men whose opinions were sought on matters ranging from theology to politics to business and social life. Christians founded the great institutions of higher education – colleges such as Harvard and Princeton. But in 21st century America, this reputation is no more. Christians are now considered emotional, unintelligent people that offer nothing for the serious thinkers. Often for good reason, Christianity has been relegated to the church and the private life – there is no room Evangelicalism elsewhere.” 2
Where are the Christian leaders of our day who, instead of celebrating the inauguration of wicked leaders, have the spiritual backbone to stand up and call these leaders to repentance? That is the question that Francis Schaeffer asked over 30 years ago and a question that still needs to be answered today.
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“I have a question to ask you, and that is: Where have the Bible-believing Christians been in the last 40 years? All of this that I am talking about has only come in the last 80 years (I’m 70… I just had my birthday, so just 10 years older than I am). None of this was true in the United States. None of it! And the climax has all come within the last 40 years, which falls within the intelligent scope of many of you sitting in this room. Where have the Bible-believing Christians been? We shouldn’t be surprised the liberal theologians have been no help — but where have we been as we have changed to this other consensus and all the horrors and stupidity of the present moment has come down on out culture? We must recognize that this country is close to being lost. Not, first of all , because of the Humanist conspiracy — I believe that there are those who conspire, but that is not the reason this country is almost lost. This country is almost lost because the Bible-believing Christians, in the last 40 years, who have said that they know that the final reality is this infinite-personal God who is the Creator and all the rest, have done nothing about it as the consensus has changed. There has been a vast silence!” Christians of this country have simply been silent. Much of the Evangelical leadership has not raised a voice.” – Francis Schaeffer
This address was delivered by the late Dr. Schaeffer in 1982 at the Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church, Fort Lauderdale, Florida. It is based on one of his books, which bears the same title.
1. Bruinsma, Reinder. Key Words of the Christian Faith. Hagerstown: Review & Herald, 2008. Print, pg. 27.