“The show centers around a large family that has chosen to live “off the grid” in wilds of Alaska and focuses on how the family depends on each other in these primitive conditions and the deep faith the family has in each other and in God.
The “reality” that has been exposed is that the family doesn’t live out in the bush, they go out there only for filming the show.
The harsher “reality’ is that it is alleged that the family is actually a traveling band of con artists led by the patriarch of the clan.
The show is a fraudulent facade of Christian family values behind which seems to be all manner of sin and wickedness.
Trey loved this show, and I loved that he loved it, because of the values it promoted.
I spent a good portion of the weekend explaining to him that it was all a lie.
Unfortunately, the situation is a picture of so much we see in American corporate Christianity…a facade of virtue with much corruption behind the holy front.”
The GFA false front of financial accountability and ascetic piety crumbled under the weight of allegations of cult like behavior and financial shenanigans.
The key to keeping programs like “ABP” on the air is to keep the facade of “reality” in place.
That requires that producers, directors and crew members stay silent about the truth of the matter and everyone involved must live the lie out in public.
Such is also the way that the corporate American religious machines keep the money coming in.
While some involved deeply in promoting and supporting the group have gone public in affirming the allegations, many, many, more are still silent and in being so allow the fraud and abuse to continue.
They are cowards and hirelings and will give an account to God someday for their choices.
Some Calvary Chapel pastors have asked their leaders to speak and give an accounting for their actions…and inaction.
They have found that their “leaders” will protect each other, not the “affiliates” or the congregations.
“Alaskan Bush People” is still on the air…and Gospel For Asia is still soliciting funds from those who have not heard the truth.
The sad part is that we tell the same stories every year…only the characters change.
True faith, on display for the world to see.
“Their God is my God”… amen.
The charges left the advocacy community in shock and killed any momentum it had generated.
My instincts tell me that there are more shocks to come and that we don’t know as much as we think about this story…
We will be working on other projects as well, with most of the attention going to our long awaited book on spiritual abuse.
Thanks to the grace and generosity of God and His people, we finished the year in the black with the lights on…which only God and I know is really a miracle.
I thank each one of you who have made it possible for me to make it through.
We also learned that we have some serious medical issues that will require some attention in the coming year.
Those will require some lifestyle changes and some changes here as well, that I’ve not fully understood yet.
Next Wednesday, I’ll be driving Trey, his mom, and stepdad, up to Portland from where they will fly to Germany.
That will be my first challenge of 2016…he’ll be gone for three months.
Despite the challenges we know and the ones still to come, I’m excited for the New Year.
My prayer for us all is that we will see “the goodness of God in the land of the living”.
Thank you for being here and being part of this community…it’s you, the reader that makes this place special.