Wednesday, June 24, 2009
Hypocrisy At Focus On The Family: Why Christians Are Losing Their Credibility
This is a photo of Focus on the Family staffer Gary Schneeberger, a photo that he placed today on his Facebook account. In placing the photo on his Facebook account, Schneeberger stated, "Not proud of the gesture here ... but that's who I was in college."
Schneeberger is Vice President for Media and Public Relations at Focus on The Family. He oversees internal and external media efforts of the international evangelical ministry, as well as Family News in Focus, a radio news program heard by more than 2 million U.S. listeners each day; CitizenLink Daily Update, a daily e-mail news service distributed to about 100,000 subscribers; and Citizen magazine, a monthly publication with a circulation of more than 50,000.
Why is this photo a problem? Because Schneeberger earns his money from the sacrificial Christians who contribute to Focus On The Family. He has a responsibility, according to Biblical standards, to conduct his personal and public life, with a holy and righteous standard of living. Additionally, Schneeberger's Facebook photos and comments are sent out to all of the members of his Facebook connections, including Christian publisher and activist James Hartline.
Schneeberger's postings on his Facebook account are replete with many more trash comments and photos. Hartline removed himself from Schneeberger's account upon receiving the latest photo posting from the Focus on the Family staffer. Hartline told Schneeberger, "I thought you were a Christian leader. Removing you from my facebook account. Can't stand the hypocrisy."
In response to Hartline's comment to Schneeberger, a number of Schneeberger's supporters went on the attack against Hartline. Those comments included, "hey everyone, I think Hartline was only joking" and "If that last isn't just ribbing, well, I'll say a liberal prayer for Mr. Hartline -- that he realizes honesty about oneself and one's past isn't hypocrisy, and that pretending that one's self, past or present, doesn't exist, is.... Sure it's ribbing, though ..."
There is a reason why corruption, immorality, child abuse, homosexuality, divorce, pornography, lying and adultery are rampant, both in the world and in the church. It is because of the double lives that are being lived out by the men who are in charge of Christianity in this nation. They have broken this nation's moral compass and Biblical influence upon the American culture has been destroyed.
The Bible says that we are to abstain from all appearances of evil. And the paid staff at Focus on the Family had better start including the Bible in their employment training manual.