Amazon Author Interview

Author-TalkHere is the full text of my Amazon Author Interview. I wanted to make it available to all my readers. Enjoy!  ~ Karla Perry

Christine Tate says:

Good morning everyone and welcome to another week of Interviewing Christian Authors where we meet a new Christian author each week and explore their work. I’m Christine Tate, the moderator for this thread, producer of the annual Virginia Beach Christian Authors Festival, and author of The No-Homework Women’s Bible Study: Group Hug and My Prayer Journal: Remembering God’s Answers: Purple Daisy Cover Design.

This week, we’ll be talking to Karla Perry. Welcome Karla! Please tell us about your book, Back To The Future: Rebuilding America’s Stability.

Karla Perry says:

Hi Christine, Thank you! I’m excited to be a part of this Amazon Interview.

My book, Back to the Future: Rebuilding America’s Stability is a journey into the past to discover the truths we left behind as a nation so that we can pull them into the present and secure a more stable future for our nation. There are many Christians who want to go back to a golden era and recreate yesteryear, but I want to inspire people to dig into American and Western history to pull into today what made America great so we can move forward and not go back into our idea of a golden age. In doing so, I discuss some of the things that made us go off road as a nation. In this vein, I cover philosophy, education, history, science, postmodernism, journalism, the family, and the church. 

I get into the worldview — how we think and see — on each of these topics. I draw from over ten years of research, the reading of over 50 books, and tell a few stories from my experiences in college to demonstrate the problems in modern education.

I hope that Back to the Future will inspire my readers to have hope for a more stable nation and to see their role in bringing that about.

Christine Tate says:

I think this is an important discussion that we, as Christians, need to have. What inspired you to study and write about worldview and America’s foundations?

Karla Perry says:

Reading C.S. Lewis books led me into a world of apologetics — reading about the evidences for the veracity of the Bible which led me into a deeper study on how we look at the world. I wanted to get at what shapes our thinking and how we see the world in the first place. Coming out of Christian education into a secular community college and then a University I came face to face with worldviews I didn’t know existed. I wanted to know more. I read a lot of books. I read a lot of Francis Schaeffer, Ravi Zacharias, more C.S. Lewis, G K Chesterton, etc.

I was also enamored with American history. I loved colonial American history up through the Revolutionary War and into our first decade as a nation. Worldview played a big part in this foundation – namely the Christian worldview. We thought differently then than we do now. I wanted to know where we got that thinking and why we lost it. Many Christians believe the secularists took it from us — I don’t believe this. There is no conspiracy or robbery. I believe we gave it up because we didn’t know where we got it or how to maintain it. My goal is to help educate Christians as to where we lost our worldview, how we got it in the first place, and how to get it back again.

Christine Tate says:

I agree with you that Christians in other times thought differently than Christians think today. It’s an interesting topic to explore. In your book, you talk about several key Philosophers whose ideas shifted culture and are affecting us today. What secular philosophies do you see dominating American thought and action today?

Back to the Future: Rebuilding America's StabilityKarla Perry says: 

In my book, I cover a few predominate philosophies that caused a shift in philosophy that still effects our thinking today. The big shifts were brought about by Frederich Nietzsche, Karl Marx, and Charles Darwin. These philosophers brought us atheism, Marxism/communism, and Darwinism which not only effects our view of creation, but played a big part in our view of society — social Darwinism. Lastly, in my chapters on education and language, I talk about the effects of postmodern theory in our world today.

All of these philosophies are part of the worldview you find in Universities today, but it also makes it into popular culture, and even into the Church.

My book provides a brief overview of this topic without getting too technical.

Christine Tate says:

Institutions of higher learning are certainly changing philosophies in modern society. In your book, you recount how you experienced a conflict of worldviews in college. Could you share an example of this conflict?

Karla Perry says:

On the first day of my advanced composition class (the second advanced class I took because the first one never talked about writing — only current events), my professor declared that there is no truth. She wasn’t the only professor to say this, but today I felt particular adventurous so when she said if anyone disagreed with her they should speak up, I did. She challenged me to give her a fact, any fact. I said “the earth is round.” She countered “did you measure it?” Then she said give me another fact as if she had defeated that one. I said today is Tuesday. She responded “it is here.” Then challenged the class again to give her a fact. At that point I gave up, because you can’t argue with someone who isn’t interested in truth.

I experienced a teacher telling me I could not write about religion in her class. I had a professor say his goal for the semester was to convert me to Islam — he was jesting in a way — but it was troubling just the same. He wasn’t really a Muslim as he showed a video in class in honor of Women’s history month about the dormant magical powers of women that were suppressed due to a western white male dominated society.

I found mysticism, atheism, secularism, relativism, Marxism and a great deal of postmodernism in college. This all drove me to write my book to help our nation return to the thinking that first shaped our nation.
I also came to realize that my professors saw through the lens of their worldview. They were not trying to be enemies of truth — they did not see what they were doing. In Proverbs it is written that there are those that stumble around in the dark and do not even know what is they are stumbling over. I used to be angry at these professors because I believed they were intentionally trying to destroy the minds of college students and consequently American culture — but this is not so. They truly think this way and it is very sad. Those trapped in darkness do not know the way of truth. I want to see more Christian professors go into our nations secular Universities and be a light in the darkness.

Christine Tate says:

In your book, you point out that the term “Christian nation” is often misunderstood. How should we understand this term?

Karla Perry says:

Using this term often scares non-Christians and sometimes Christians too who are concerned we won’t respect freedom of religion. Some understand it to mean that we think there was a time in our nation’s history where everyone was a Christian or that we want to enforce everyone being a Christian. People are afraid we want a theocracy — or worse a Church ruled government like the pre-Reformation days.

Instead a “Christian nation” means that our nation was founded from a certain worldview which comes from the Bible — and specifically Protestant Reformation thinking. The way we see truth. The way we have checks and balances in government. The things that mattered to those who fought the Revolutionary War and those who drafted our Constitution in Pennsylvania were all derived from thinking that came from the Bible whether or not the specific people were “born again” Christians. Our thinking didn’t sprout up out of nowhere — it is clearly evidenced that it came from the Bible. We are still living in the fruits of that thinking even though we are seeing its deterioration because we have stopped understanding how the Bible shapes nations.

Christine Tate says:

When do you think the shift in thinking of ourselves as a Christian Nation to seeing the term Christian Nation as a threat occurred?

Karla Perry says:

That’s a good question, but I haven’t researched where the shift occurred. I would venture an educated guess that it was in the last thirty or forty years — at least as far as the popular culture goes.

All shifts of thinking start in the elite circles like the academic thinkers that shape culture and trickle down to the pop culture and then sadly into the Church.

The Church adopts a lot of the world’s thinking because the world disciples us instead of the other way around. We left the institutions of the world to be discipled by the world and then became discipled by the world ourselves because we are not discipling in these areas. MTV, Hollywood, Universities, even the clothing industries all have a message and they are very good at getting it out.

Christine Tate says:

The media and messages from Hollywood can be powerful societal influences, but, at the end of the day, people have to choose to give up their Christian ideals. Why do you think so many people are open to allowing themselves to be influenced away from seeing America as a Christian nation?

Karla Perry says:

There are many Americans in this post-truth era who have never had a Christian worldview to give up. They may have a very generic one — even secularism is a byproduct of liberal Christianity — as is atheism. You only find these in Christianized nations.

I think for the Christians who are losing their Christian worldview — young people losing how they were raised — we find the discipleship of the world more powerful than that of the Church or the Christian home. Not because the world is doing something wrong, but because they are doing something well with a secularized message that we do poorly with a true message.

We gave up our influence in the spheres that disciple the world because we privatized our faith — we also began to believe that our worldview is common sense and does not need to be taught. We think people know better and are intentionally behaving and believing against the truth with full knowledge of the truth — but this is not so.

We live in a post-Christian, post-truth, post-modern society and we can reverse this, if we posttruth_twitter_1understand the current climate of our day — we can shift it. But if we keep operating in an old paradigm and do not understand our times our message will fall on deaf ears.

If we can see a restored America we can work towards it. If we only see a dark and ever darkening America we make ourselves powerless to be the agents of change. Every nation can come under the banner of truth — and be transformed by the Kingdom. What hope is there for third world nations if we lose hope for first world nations?

Christine Tate says:

That’s an excellent point that the world is doing a better job of promoting their secularized message than Christians are doing promoting the message of God both in our homes and outside of our homes. Do you think there are things Christians can do better to be more competitive with the world’s message?

Karla Perry says:

The first step is understanding that the Great Commission is about more than making converts, but making disciples. Second that discipleship is more than being good moral church going Christians. The Bible applies to all areas of life. If we start taking truth into business, law, justice, government, art, entertainment, science, etc. then we will see God’s truth discipling the nation. If you study the history of evangelicalism you will see this being done in Victorian England and the radical transformation it brought. William Wilberforce was part of this movement.

The message is bigger than salvation — it effects how we build houses, how we make cars, how we do art, how we design clothes, how we do business, our justice system, education system, health care system. If we want to disciple nations, we must take truth into all areas of society.

The Lord’s work is done by doctors, lawyers, plumbers, electricians, and school teachers as much as by pastors.

My book is great starting place into getting into this topic. But I also recommend Vishal Mangalwadi, Lance Wallnau, and Os Guinness on this subject.

Christine Tate says:

Why do you feel we need to look into the past to find a better future? How do you see this process working?

Karla Perry says:

SteepleReformation comes by conforming to the truth. If we study our history we will find we once worked at this successfully. The problem is we, by and large, stopped working at this because we have taken the Christian worldview for granted. In my book, Back to the Future: Rebuilding America’s Stability, I go back to where we shifted away from the good path so that we can see how to get back on it. I’m not seeking to rebuild yesteryear, but to regain our footing today with renewed hope for the future.

The process starts with education. When we learn where we have been and what went wrong, we can have a better understanding of where we are and how to get back on the right road. Health care, education, science, universities, Republican Government, all came from people living out the Bible in real space and time. I want to inspire people to go back to study just one of these areas that is of interest and become a voice that teaches its history. If we understand how education came to be, we won’t be so quick to abandon it to the world which does not have a worldview to sustain it. Right now secular America borrows just enough from the Bible to hold together its institutions. Without reformation, the glue will not hold.

This won’t be the case for every nation, for not every nation has a Christian heritage to look back at to see how to move forward. But if we reform our own nation we can be an example and a blessing to other nations of the world.

I wrote my book to inspire believers to become equipped to engage our world with the truth. Go back with me, so we can go forward together into a more stable America.

Christine Tate says:

Is there a golden age we need to rebuild or are you suggesting something else?

Karla Perry says:

No there never has been a golden age that all ages should model after. The more I study history the more I see every age has its troubles. We don’t want to set up camp in the past, but continue to move forward into the vision God has for our home, city, and nation. In doing this we also want to honor the generations that have come before and grab the torch to carry their work on into our generation and onward to the next generations. The problem is we dropped the torch a long time ago, so I advocate going back to where it was left and pulling the work of the generations into our day so we can grow from here.

Christine Tate says:

Looking forward, what will be important in recovering America’s future?

Karla Perry says:

We need a Reformation to biblical truth. If we live it and disciple people in it we will see transformation. We have to take the truth beyond saving souls to saving nations.

Christine Tate says:

What do you hope people come away with after reading your book, Back To The Future?

Karla Perry says:

One reader told me she used to have fear about America’s future and that my book replaced her fear with hope. This gave me great joy. My goal is to see believers equipped to see the world through the lens of the Bible. A biblical worldview takes work. Back to the Future: Rebuilding America’s Stability is written to unveil the truth that we have lost to enough of an extent to provoke people to greater study and action. I hope my readers will undertake this journey with me as we become the answers America desperately needs.

Christine Tate says:

Thank you for being here with us this week, Karla. Your book, Back To The Future, is a much needed Christian perspective on where America is now and needs to go in the future. Be Blessed!

BacktotheFuture

Back to the Future is available for purchase at MorningStar Ministries or Amazon.com.

It is also available as an eBook for Kindle, Nook, or Apple.

You can find me on Goodreads.

Watch Now: Prophetic Perspectives: Back to the Future: Book Interview 

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