Charisma Caucus

Did NPR Miss the Point of This Commentary?

David Lane speaking at Issachar training
A September op-ed written by David Lane of the American Renewal Project was referenced during a Wednesday report on NPR. It's likely the reporter missed the point of Lane's commentary. (Video Screenshot Image)

During Wednesday's edition of "All Things Considered" on National Public Radio, religion correspondent Tom Gjelten reported that Christian conservatives are locked in "an epic contest" with another religion.

"But that rival isn't Islam," he reported. "It's secularism."

In his report, Gjelten references a Charisma Caucus op-ed penned by David Lane of the American Renewal Project. In that commentary, Lane spells out the differences between secularism and Christianity, both of which he described as "distinct, immutable religions."

"Secularism is a religion established by the U.S. Supreme Court in 1963, explicitly minimizing the public and political influence of Christianity," Lane wrote. "It is no less than blasphemy to make declaration that God has commanded secular Justices to be obeyed when they command iniquity."

Gjelten's report also referenced Supreme Court Associate Justice Potter Stewart's dissent in School District of Abington Township v. Schempp—which banned Bible readings in public schools—and President Ronald Reagan's 1984 push for a constitutional amendment to allow prayer in schools. However, he also suggested the view of secularism as a state-sponsored religion is "controversial."

He quotes Robert George, the McCormick Professor of Jurisprudence at Princeton University and a leading lay Catholic intellectual, and Russell Moore, president of the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission at the Southern Baptist Convention, among those who believe it is a state-sponsored religion.

"In some virulent forms of secularism, you have a moral code that is being imposed [that] often comes with the force of penalty of law," Moore told Gjelten. "It acts as a religion in terms of demanding conformity and seeking out heretics."

The remainder of the report attacks the notion of secularism as a religion. Gjelten features a college professor, Phil Zuckerman of Pitzer College in Claremont, Calif., who specializes in the study of "nonreligious people." He told Gjelten a religion isn't religion unless there are "supernatural" elements.

"So a scientist who is gazing out at the universe and trying to make sense of it by looking at facts, physical properties, material reality, is not engaging in religion," Zuckerman said. "The person who looks out at the universe and thinks there's a magic deity behind it is engaging in religion."

Gjelten also quotes a Pew Research poll that found secular beliefs are on the rise in the U.S. But, he asserts—with data supplied by Zuckerman—that secularism isn't becoming a dominant force on the cultural landscape.

For those who read Lane's commentary in September will probably notice Gjelten's reporting missed the biggest point: "Secularism is merely the latest attack of a false religion challenging the authority of Jehovah and His Word."

"By God's design Satan's 'final defeat under Messiah's heel' (Gen. 3:14-15) is delayed to effect God's program of redemption through the promised offspring," Lane wrote. "In the interim, God leaves Satan to test the fidelity of each succeeding generation of the covenant people (Judges 2:22) and to teach them to 'fight' against untruth (Judges 3:2)."

With an "unbiased" report suggesting otherwise, it seems to reinforce the point he was making three months ago.

To contact us or to submit an article, click here.

Get Charisma's best content delivered right to your inbox! Never miss a big news story again. Click here to subscribe to the Charisma News newsletter.

Five ways to deepen your relationship with God, increase your faith and save money!

  • Deepen Your Relationship with God with a FREE eCourse: Click Here to view all of our free e-Courses. Favorite topics include Fear, Forgiveness, Holy Spirit, Supernatural, and How to Hear God.
  • Super Discounts and Close-Out Specials: Click Here to view all our bundles and close-out specials and save up to 86%! Prayer, Holy Spirit, Anointing, the Supernatural and more.
  • God Wants to Anoint Women Now: Rise up and enter the anointing of Deborah, Anna, Esther, Ruth and Hannah. You were called to go higher. Click Here to learn more.
  • Change Your Atmosphere and Circumstances Through Prayer! John Eckhardt's prayer bundle gives you six powerful books to help you pray and change any situation. Click Here.
  • HUGE Bible Sale!: Click Here to save up to 50% off a great selection of Bibles. Plus, get a free gift with each order!

Subscription Special: Subscribe to Charisma for Only $24.97 and get a free gift. With your subscription, you'll receive Born For Significance by best-selling author Bill Johnson. View Offer

Attention Pastors and Leaders: Leadership training and development are crucial for success. Enroll in a FREE 1-hour leadership mini-course by Dr. Mark Rutland. View Details

Charisma News - Informing believers with news from a Spirit-filled perspective