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Forgetting the Prize

It is a most lamentable thing to see how most people spend their time and their energy for trifles, while God is cast aside. He who is all seems to them as nothing, and that which is nothing seems to them as good as all. It is lamentable indeed, knowing that God has set mankind in such a race where heaven or hell is their certain end, that they should sit down and loiter, or run after the childish toys of the world, forgetting the prize they should run for. Were it but possible for one of us to see this business as the all-seeing God does, and see what most men and women in the world are interested in and what they are doing every day, it would be the saddest sight imaginable. Oh, how we should marvel at their madness and lament their self-delusion! If God had never told them what they were sent into the world to do, or what was before them in another world, then there would have been some excuse. But it is His sealed word, and they profess to believe it.

Richard Baxter

Racism

In the 1960’s the church deacon board mobilized lookout squads, and on Sundays these took turns patrolling the entrances lest any black “troublemakers” try to integrate us. I still have one of the cards the deacons printed up to give to any civil rights demonstrators who might appear:

Believing the motives of your group to be ulterior and foreign to the teaching of God’s word, we cannot extend a welcome to you and respectfully request you to leave the premises quietly. Scripture does NOT teach “the brotherhood of man and the fatherhood of God.” He is the Creator of all, but only the Father of those who have been regenerated. If any one of you is here with a sincere desire to know Jesus Christ as Saviour and Lord, we shall be glad to deal individually with you from the Word of God. (Unanimous Statement of Pastor and Deacons, August 1960)

When Congress passed the Civil Rights Acts, our church founded a private school as a haven for whites, expressly barring all black students. A few “liberal” members left the church in protest when the kindergarten turned down the daughter of a black Bible professor, but most of us approved of the decision. A year later the church board rejected a Carver Bible Institute student for membership (his name was Tony Evans).

Phillip Yancey, What’s So Amazing About Grace, Zondervan, 1977, p. 131

Negro Project

If you’re looking for the racist in the abortion debate, start with Margaret Sanger, founder of Planned Parenthood and its hateful “Negro Project.” Sanger called African Americans “human weeds” and said “more children from the fit, less from the unfit.” Yet when she was the subject of a recent cable TV tribute, liberals offered not a whisper of protest.

Today’s Planned Parenthood seems just as racist as its founder. International Planned Parenthood officials eagerly promoted condoms and abortions—but not medicines or clean water—for Third-World delegates attending the recent United Nations women’s conference in China (see “Postcard from Beijing,” pp. 1-3).

Another liberal icon, evolution theorist Charles Darwin, provided the intellectual underpinnings for 20th-century genocides of every kind when he wrote that “the civilized races of man will almost certainly exterminate and replace the savage races.” That would seem to warrant calls for Darwin’s expulsion from diversity-minded public school classrooms, yet he remains a noncontroversial figure among liberals.

Focus on the Family Citizen, November 20, 1995, p. 5

Robert E. Lee

One Sunday morning in 1865, a black man entered a fashionable church in Richmond, Virginia. When Communion was served, he walked down the aisle and knelt at the altar. A rustle of resentment swept the congregation. How dare he! After all, believers in that church used the common cup. Suddenly a distinguished layman stood up, stepped forward to the altar, and knelt beside the black man. With Robert E. Lee setting the example, the rest of the congregation soon followed his lead.

Moody Bible Institute?s Today in the Word, September, 1991, p. 15