“Restoring Values” Forum Focuses on Empowering Faithful Christian Families

NRB | March 7, 2024 | NRB News

On Wednesday, Feb. 21, at the NRB 2024 “Restoring Values” Forum, esteemed Christian leaders and media experts dove into the urgent issue of cultural indoctrination impacting families and their children. Panel moderator Lucas Miles—pastor, and award-winning author, podcaster, and TV host—began the discussion by focusing on why there is a war to control the minds of the American youth.

“I think the answer to that question is statistics,” said Dr. Jeff Myers, president of Summit Ministries. “Young adults today are 15 percent of the population, but they are 100 percent of the future. Everybody who wants to control the future tries to figure out how to control young people.”

“I think it’s time for the church to start changing the world instead of the world changing the church,” said Walt Heyer, founder of Sex Change Regret at the Nfluence Network.

Heidi St. John, co-founder of Firmly Planted-Family and founder of Faith that Speaks, provided a perspective that the church is a necessary force to deal with the culture wars of today.

“It’s a very difficult situation that we find ourselves in, and we’re here largely because Christians decided to abandon the political sphere,” St. John said. “God calls us out of the four walls of our churches into the culture. Christians belong in every sphere of influence—we belong in education, we belong in medicine, we belong in entertainment. Yes, we belong in politics.”

Continuing the discussion on what role the church serves in politics, the panel discussed whether pastors are afraid to stand up for certain issues or rather if the church at large is losing a biblical worldview.

“With the rising generation, what we’re finding is they don’t need you to preach on some political viewpoint from the pulpit,” Myers said, “but they do need to be given a biblical basis for political involvement if they want that.”

Miles says most pastors and parents are not prepared to deal with the level of trauma facing young people today. “I really believe that in the next five years, the church is going to have a triage unit for the amount of carnage left behind the trans movement, with the impact of Marxist ideology, and critical pedagogy, and all of these things,” Miles said.

Cheryl Chumley, Washington Times podcast host and commentator, touched on what solutions exist to address the social contagion that affects the youth.

“You get the politics that the culture demands,” Chumley said. “So if we as a nation have lost sight of the fact that in America we take our liberties and our rights from God, and government is only there to serve and protect those rights, then we’re going to get a political system where the politicians feel emboldened to do whatever they want. When the Christian community gets silent, then the politics grows emboldened to be more evil.”

St. John exhorted believers to take a strong stance for the truth: “The only answer to the lies that we are surrounded with right now in the culture is bold truth. It requires God’s people. So we get off the bench, we get onto the battlefield, and we start asking the Lord, why am I here right now?”

The panel discussed how Christians can speak truth boldly within the current political climate.

“You just don’t stop,” Chumley said. “If you’re a child of God, then you know how the story ends. And you know that all this stuff that takes place is just part and parcel of believing in God. You know that this is what you sign up for when you believe in Christ.”



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