• Pushing Back: Liberty University Opens Falkirk Center to Fight Attacks on Jesus, Constitution

    Surge Summary: The announcement that Liberty University is launching a think-tank devoted to battle back against the forces intent on indoctrinating young people – and young Christians – into the ways of socialism and secularism is good news indeed. With care, it can model something the world desperately needs to see lived out.

    One hopeful development of the past couple decades is the increasing willingness of political and cultural conservatives to come up with creative, combatively pro-active means of advancing their causes.

    Over at the Washington Examiner, Paul Bedard lets us in on a fresh example of same:

    Growing concerns in conservative circles that liberals are trying to convert young Christians into socialists by distorting the Bible and U.S. Constitution have prompted Virginia’s Liberty University to form a new center to push back on the media, academics, and Democratic politicians.

    The new think tank, announced Saturday in Lynchburg and previewed to Secrets, was co-founded by two key leaders in the Christian youth movement, Liberty President Jerry Falwell Jr. and Turning Point USA founder Charlie Kirk.

    The Falkirk Center for Faith and Liberty, a combination of their names, will “play offense” against efforts by liberals to water down Judeo-Christian values in the Bible and Constitution in their bid to build support for big government, said Kirk.

    “The fastest-growing religion in America is atheism and secularism and with that is the rise of leftism and statism and, as people veer away from the church and veer away from the Judeo Christian values that built our country, people are more likely to embrace statism,” he said in an interview.

    Doubtless, there are times truth needs to “play offense” and conservatives have forsaken those times too predictably in days gone by.

    A biting question Kirk hopes the center will answer is one he gets often: “was Jesus Christ a socialist?”

    Said Kirk, “We’re in a culture battle right now where you have to fight and play offense, and part of this effort is to try and play offense against the secular Left.”

    Falwell contributed this observation,

    “As attacks on traditional Judeo-Christian beliefs grow in frequency and intensity, the need has never been greater for a national revival of our foundational principles throughout our society and institutions in America.”

    The center’s strategy is to develop an aggressive social media campaign to rebuff what Kirk described as the Left’s effort to

    “try to convert young Christians into socialism and to intentionally misrepresent the gospel and the teachings of the Bible to try to convert young people to be further on the left.”

    Liberty characterized the need for the 501(c)(3), Liberty-owned center this way:

    “The need for the Falkirk Center has grown as powerful voices and institutions are increasingly seeking to eliminate Judeo-Christian principles from American culture and society. The news media, elected officials, academic institutions and special interest groups have used their platforms to deny America’s legacy of foundational Judeo-Christian principles and replace them with the creeds of secularism, influencing upcoming generations of Americans at alarming rates.”

    The plan to go on offense is similar to how President Trump operates, and it’s no coincidence that both Falwell and Kirk are leading defenders of the president.

    Which, along with this welcome news, prompts a caution: here’s hoping that, for all of Kirk’s talk of “going on offense” with conservative, small-government, constitutionalist, Judeo-Christian verities, “similar to how Trump operates” – the center he’s announcing will opt to not engage in needless offensiveness (something the president, regrettably, often favors.) Can “truth” be promoted aggressively while eschewing unproductive name-calling and viciousness? The “Judeo-Christian” philosophy Kirk and Falwell, Jr. endorse would suggest: Yes, it can be!

    So would the modus operandi modelled by the Savior whom they both worship.

    The Falkirk Center for Faith and Liberty possesses a priceless opportunity to demonstrate as much. Here’s hoping they’ll forgo any temptation to take up some of President Trump’s more unfortunate stylistic tendencies and, instead, fight for our founding ideals without sinking into some of the childish and unsavory antics to which he often recurs.

    Truth doesn’t have to be defended with nastiness. Strength doesn’t require hatefulness.

    “Respond with gentleness and respect” (1 Peter 3:15/BSB)

    “Malign no one … be peaceable, gentle, showing every consideration for all men.” (Titus 3:2/NKJV)

    Kirk, who stressed that it was an “honor” to work with Falwell in the bid to “organize an army of believers in faith and liberty,” said he expects to be attacked as he and Liberty’s president have for their support for Trump.

    In fact, he joked that the best way now to win positive coverage is to join the Never Trump effort that the media plays up.

    “If you want to be loved today as a political conservative, go against the president. You’ll get the best press you could ever possibly imagine. But if you want to stand for what’s right, if you want to stand for truth, defend our country, then you have to stand behind this president,” said Kirk, who has been accompanying Donald Trump Jr. during his book tour to colleges and universities to promote Triggered: How the Left Thrives on Hate and Wants to Silence Us.

    Praying this project will lift up what is currentlyneeded in our generation, in our nation, and play a signal role in helping turn America back to what formerly made her great.

    H/T: Washington Examiner/Paul Bedard

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