Evangelical political activist and history expert David Barton discusses the key issues causing the current political, moral, and cultural crises and shares a solution for ending the chaos.
- [Narrator] David Bartonis a Constitutional expert
and the founder of WallBuilders,
a national pro-family organization.
He says we must address certain issues,
like racial division andgrowing immigration crisis
and declining church attendance
if we are to survive as a nation.
- Every single revivalwill affect public policy.
It will change your laws,it will always do that.
- [Narrator] As the co-authorof This Precarious Moment,
David highlights the causesfor chaos in our country
and offers urgent steps we can take
to be apart of the solution today.
- Well, David Barton joins us now.
It's great to have you with us.
- Thanks, it's good to be here, thanks.
- This is a big warning,how bad is it out there?
- Well, not to sound melodramatic
but we got six areaswhere we're on the brink
of making decisions and ifyou make the wrong decision,
no nation's ever survived that.
So there are some prettyserious things out there
and we've been here 231years under the Constitution,
we just think we'll be here forever.
Maybe but no other nationsbeen able to survive
some of the decisions we have to make now.
So we have to make the right decision.
- Okay, well, what are the areas
where we need to get it right?
- Of the six areas where we look
one of them is the area of millennials.
And as you look at polling millennials
there's some things that stand out.
For example, among collegestudents right now,
75% want socialism instead ofany other form of government.
Now no nation's ever become socialist
and remained free andprosperous, never has happened,
not in any history of the world.
So, then you look at thatsame group, college students-
- All the socialist, communist countries
are becoming capitalists.
- They're becoming thatway and we're trying
to go the other way whichis a goofy kind of thing.
And by the way, it'sinteresting that in asking
those students can youdefine socialism, no one can.
They can't define it,they don't know what it is
but they've been taughtthat that's the most fair,
the most equitable, themost prosperous thing.
So since they're the nextgeneration of leaders
that's not a good direction.
You add to that that 53%of college kids right now
think that free speech should be limited,
think that free speech is not good
and 19% of collegestudents say that violence
is an appropriate response tofree speech you disagree with.
Now you can't have a 20%(mumbles) of let's be violent
if I don't like what you say.
So in those kind of areas we'removing the wrong direction.
Four out of five millennials
believe there are no absolutemoral rights or wrongs,
it's all individually determined.
You cannot survive asa nation on that basis.
So that's one of the thingsthat has be addressed
is what do you do with thisrising generation of leaders,
who will be leaders ofmedicine and leaders in church
and government and everything else.
What we do with immigrationat 22 million right now
and roughly 63% are doingsome form of social welfare.
So it's a big deal economicallyyou can't survive that,
you can't survive reallythe break up of a culture.
You have to have an assimilatedculture in some way,
some common values.
You look at where we arewith the racial relations,
the tension is extremely high.
It's kind of unprecedented.
I mean we've had violence spots before
but now the tension is really high.
Education has exacerbated that.
You look at relations with Israel,
well, President Trump hasdone a great job nationally
but the lower level wehave, for example last year
we had 1600 anti-Israelevents on college campuses.
We have doubled the hatecrimes against Jewish people
in the last two years.
You look at millennials,66% of millennials
have never heard of Auschwitz
and 22% don't know what the Holocaust is.
So as we look as Israel we'reseeing a BDS kind of movement
grow among the young people.
- And it seems to be- And it's taking off.
taking off and it's a real puzzle to me
'cause it's completely against the facts.
- It's counter-intuitive.- It's completely
against the history.
- That's with socialism,this is all the same stuff.
- And you go wait a minute, what's wrong?
- And part of it is, we no longer
and that's why we wrotethe book 'cause we said,
you know, there's nothingnew under the sun.
America's dealt withall these things before
as has other nations and youcan have a lot of lessons
out of history plus, the Bible speaks
to every one of theseareas and it's just that
we don't know these solutions anymore.
- So what's the solution forus that know these things,
what's the solution?
- One of the things that we focus on
is you really get healthyfrom the bottom up
not from the top down.
This is not something thePresident should fix or Congress,
it's something that everysingle individual should fix.
There are steps thatevery individual can take,
for example with millennials.
Millennials, great generationbut they have to be reached
in different ways thanany other generation
in our lifetime.
There's a different wayof approaching them,
so learn that, do that.
You can do, millennials, Ihave more fun with millennials
than other group even thoughthey think differently,
they are easily convertible
and moving in the right direction,
it just takes a one on one relationship.
So you have to spend a little time.
Same with the Church, the Churchhas made itself irrelevant.
The Church has taken, we'renow at 384 thousand churches
in America, churches with senior pastors,
72% say they do not believe the Bible,
do not agree with the Bible.
So you're looking at28% of churches who do,
churches with pastors andof that 90% of those pastors
say we believe the Bibleaddresses every issue
but only 10% say I'm willingto talk about the issues.
So we only have 2.8% of pastors today
willing to talk aboutissues the Bible talks about
if it's also in the news.
We've just gone silent on stuff.
So you look even 65% ofChristians have never shared
their faith with anyone else.
In 2006, 47% of Americaproclaimed to be born again
and it's now at 31%.
So the numbers are just diving.
That's not fixed by pastors,that's fixed by we the people.
That's fixed with the people in the pews.
We share our faith with others,
we learn the Bible, welearn these teachings.
So, there's so muchthat individuals can do
and that's why we wrote the book
'cause we get so paralyzed bylooking at the national news
and no, I can't fix Congress,I can't fix the Senate
and I can't make the Supreme,don't worry about that.
You just do what you can do
and that's what willturn the nation around.
- Alright, what happensif we don't turn around?
- Well, we'll go the way of other nations.
We are an anomaly.
The average length of a Constitution
in the history of the world is 17 years.
We're 231 years.
So if we decide we reallydon't like our document,
we want something different,that's an old document
written by guys who rodehorses and used ink quills,
if we get away from it,we'll have the same result
every other nation's ever had.
So it goes back to ushaving some knowledge,
having the foundations ofunderstanding this Biblical steps
we can take but it's an easy fix
if we the people will do it.
Well, I say it's an easyfix, there are steps,
it's not easy.
- I think it's easy for anindividual to make a difference.
- That's exactly.- That's easy.
- But when we're talkingabout the grander picture,
I'm looking at a deficitthat's out of control,
I actually have givenup faith the politicians
are ever gonna fix it.
And it's screaming along now,
a trillion three addedto it every single year.
- [David] Every year.
- And you go that can't go on anymore.
And I'm a student of history.
I know I'm looking atthe history right now
of the Byzantine Empire and what happened.
It was division along theological,
what do we really believeand then it turned into
out of control spending on things
that didn't make a difference.
- That's right.
- And debt is huge andwe see with millennials
they come out with thedebt out of college,
it's affecting their marriage rate,
it's affecting their entrepreneurship
and it's affecting several areas,
statistically having that debt.
And so right now we findthat less than three percent
of Americans actuallyhave a savings account.
We don't save anymore,we spend, spend, spend,
we go in debt and debt is a huge issue.
That's not one that wespecifically addressed here,
it's peripheral becauseit's in every area,
it's families and millennialsand everything else.
And it's gotta be addressed,I mean, that is something
but you start with peoplegetting themselves out of debt,
getting their college debt paid off,
getting families going again,it's stuff that can be fixed.
The book is called This Precarious Moment,
Six Urgent Steps that will Save You,
Your Family and Our Countryand it's available nationwide.