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Morality in America
When studying the founding of the United States, you can’t help but encounter the faith of the nation’s forefathers. Time and again they recognized God’s hand in the shaping of America. You will find Him repeatedly mentioned in their words and documents. And you will find Him having an active, vibrant role in the country’s early history.
Today, God continues His work in America – but it’s in a nation that has clearly lost its moral compass. Every week, “Morality in America” will address the myriad of moral concerns facing the United States and undermining its Godly heritage:
- Sanctity of life – abortion and euthanasia.
- Sanctity of marriage – same-sex marriage and gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender issues.
- Sanctity of the family – divorce, spousal and child abuse, out-of-wedlock pregnancies and absentee fathers.
- Judicial activism (Supreme and lower court decisions).
- Revisionist education in the public schools.
- The perceived rise of Socialism and one-world government trends.
- Attacks and media bias against Christianity.
- And much more…
After you read, remember to intercede in prayer for America – that this nation will return to the Christian standards that once defined it.
Man Behind the Movie
Film subject more than an interesting plot-line
By Gigi Cook
Hollywood and the Christian community have not historically been the best of friends. However, a low budget, little-known independent film with an overtly Christian message was recently showcased alongside the elite tinsel town hits. Opening weekend for the film “God’s Not Dead” took an amazing fifth place among all releases for that weekend. Its initial per-screen revenue of nearly $11,000 is a solid box office response for any film, much less one with an obviously Christian message.
Many say the success of the film rests on the resonating strength of one man’s personal journey towards faith. Ming Wang, a Chinese national, comes to the United States for an education and—in the course of his secular studies—converts from an atheistic world view to a passionate relationship with the God of the Bible.
Coming from a family where education was valued more than all other accomplishments, Wang had not previously considered spiritual issues. Both parents were medical school instructors, and he admits, “Everything was about scholarship, learning and science in our family…Education was the most important.”
Immigrating to the United States in 1982, Wang overcame hardship and was eventually accepted into Harvard Medical School. During his time at the university, Wang built a relationship with a professor who began asking him questions about God and showing him evidence for the existence of a deity.
“A Harvard professor, a professor of pediatrics, and a believer, saw the state of mind that I was in, confused and in crisis,” Wang remembers.
He recalls a pivotal conversation where the professor asked him how he could believe that a car could somehow not be created without a creator, yet assume that a brain had come about “randomly.”
“Right there and then, he opened a door in my life and I found God, found Christianity, that could provide the answers to the questions that I was asking,” Wang says.
Wang’s actual life story is recounted in the book, God’s Not Dead, by Rice Broocks, the senior minister at Bethel World Outreach Church in Nashville. The 2013 release tells the story of six former atheists who eventually came to believe in God.
Wang’s spiritual journey served as inspiration for the movie “God’s Not Dead.” The film tells the story of a college freshman and devout Christian who finds his faith challenged on the first day of philosophy class when the professor informs students that they will need to disavow, in writing, the existence of God. Critics of the film have issues with the premise of such an action happening in American higher education; however few find reason to criticize Wang himself. Even detractors of the movie are amazed by the way Wang has used his talent to better the world.
Wang graduated from Harvard Medical School with honors and was one of the first surgeons in the U.S. to perform laser cataract surgery. Over time, Wang has taken his surgical skills to the underprivileged. As founder of The Wang Foundation for Sight Restoration, his group has provided restoration surgeries in 40 American states and 55 countries worldwide. All surgical services are performed free-of-charge.
He is also the founder of the Wang Foundation for Christian Outreach to China, facilitating the “New Chinese Bible Project” with the goal of getting the newest translation of the Bible into China. Additionally, for the first time, they now have a direct translation of the Bible from Hebrew into modern Chinese, making the translation accurate and easy to read.
Wang says he has “always believed that I have a duty, to help other students to see that life is not just about science, it is about faith, it is about faith and science. It is about how faith and science can indeed work together. By conducting scientific research, guided by faith and a sense of purpose, we can solve the conflict, between faith and science, allowing them to work together. 1+1 will be more than two, and identify new and more powerful solutions to the problems in our lives.”
Today people of faith can pray:
- For believers in Hollywood struggling to get stories of faith produced
- For professors and students in American universities to hear the gospel
- For Ming Wang and his efforts to spread the love of Christ to China
Gigi Cook is a writer, speaker and Certified Grief Recovery Specialist with a Masters Degree in psychology. Her work is featured in major radio markets, media publications and corporate leadership programs. Now residing in Durango, CO, Gigi enjoys her work and collecting American Antiques.
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