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What Are Christians Obsessed With?

Post Author: Bill Pratt

Is it abortion, or gay marriage, or euthanasia, or any of the other culture war battlefronts? Does the culture war consume our time and money?

David French took a look at Christian charities a couple years back to see who Christians give their money (thanks to Greg West for the link). French reviewed the donations given to well-known Christian culture war organizations, such as Alliance Defense Fund, the Family Research Council, National Right to Life, and Americans United for Life. According to tax records, “these organizations raise quite a bit of money—almost $60 million combined.”

French also noted, ironically, that the biggest culture warrior on the left, the ACLU, took in about $130 million by itself. It seems the left is quite concerned with winning the culture wars.

What French did next was look at the top three Christian anti-poverty charities: World Vision, Compassion International, and Samaritan’s Purse. According to the left, Christians are concerned more with babies in the womb than helping babies after they are born. We are against gay marriage, against abortion, against everything! We aren’t for anything positive.

Get ready for this. Guess how much money was donated to only the top three Christian anti-poverty charities? Here is French:

Their total annual gross receipts (again, according to most recently available Form 990s) exceed $2.1 billion. The smallest of the three organizations (Samaritan’s Purse) has larger gross receipts than every major “pro-family” culture war organization in the United States combined. World Vision, the largest, not only takes in more than $1 billion per year, it also has more than 1,400 employees and 43,000 volunteers.

What are we to make of this? It seems that Christians are something like twenty times more concerned with helping the poor of the world than fighting the culture wars. Anyone who says the opposite is simply ignorant. As French summarizes, “Historically, monetarily, and with our time and lives today, [we are] serving our fellow man.”


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  • http://www.facebook.com/don.sciba.3 Don Sciba

    Great post, Bill. Those numbers are shocking!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Andrew-Ryan/511764596 Andrew Ryan

    “French also noted, ironically, that the biggest culture warrior on the left, the ACLU, took in about $130 million by itself. It seems the left is quite concerned with winning the culture wars.”

    What makes the ACLU a ‘left’ organisation, or indeed an enemy of Christian causes? They fight for Christian rights all the time. There’s a huge list here: http://www.aclufightsforchristians.com/

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Andrew-Ryan/511764596 Andrew Ryan

    ” According to the left, Christians are concerned more with babies in the womb than helping babies after they are born”

    They are plenty of left-wing Christians so I don’t understand your dichotomy. There’s no breakdown in those charity figures along political grounds, so we can’t tell if it’s mainly left-wing or right-wing Christians donating to those issues. In fact we don’t even know the religion of donators.i’ve given to Christian charities and Muslim charities, despite subscribing to neither religion.

  • Rusty S.

    Though the left does have its share of Christians, liberal ideology distances itself from religious thought. Democratic Christians are apparently comfortable enough with a party not being actively involved in furthering religious ideals.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Andrew-Ryan/511764596 Andrew Ryan

    No, they just disagree with your religious ideals.

  • TimD

    Yeah great to see another “glass half empty” blog bagging the few issues left in the world that Christians defend with good reason. instead of bill saying we are always anti this and anti that… he could’ve said Christians are pro life and pro traditional marriage! suddenly doesn’t have the same negative connotation does it? last time I checked the bible.. murder and homosexuality are sinful but of course only passive Christians that want to be seen as progressive and tolerant (rather than those willing to endure persecution for defending God’s eternal moral laws) won’t agree and assert that we shouldn’t disagree with “what feels natural for someone else”! how apathetic and what a poor moral witness!

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