Remember the account of Noah's sons, how the youngest, Ham, saw his father in a drunken stupor and left the tent to broadcast his father's nakedness? How did Noah's two eldest respond?
But Shem and Japheth took a garment and laid it upon both their shoulders and walked backward and covered the nakedness of their father; and their faces were turned away, so that they did not see their father’s nakedness. (Genesis 9:23)
I thought Os Guiness gave Franky some good parries and thrusts, leaving him rebuked but not destroyed. Somehow, though, I doubt Franky will get it. He's been committed to patricide for more than a decade now, and one wonders whether he won't finish his life this way? Isn't there a patriarch in the house who can lead him home?
A few years before he died, Dad saw Franky's condition and wrote him a Dutch uncle letter kindly exhorting him as a father does his son. (Dad and Franky's father both got their M.Divs. from Faith Theological Seminary so the letter was in-house, if you will.) Franky never responded.
Back in '92 or '93, I went to a pro-life banquet and heard Franky speak. I didn't mind the fact that the speech was a rant--ranting against bloodshed is generally a good thing.
But Franky's rant was against evangelicals--an hour-long splenetic diatribe against the parents of baby-boomer evangelical children for leading those children to withdraw from the world instead of training and preparing them for positions of power and influence. I sat there scratching my head wondering what world Franky lived on? What evangelicals was he talking about?
David and I grew up in Wheaton and the children of evangelicals we know were so well-prepared for success and influence and leadership they turned away from the Church and her Lord. Bankers down in the Loop, profs at top colleges and universities, physicians, architects, filthy rich commodities traders... For that matter, wasn't it Franky's father, Francis, and C. Everett Koop of Philly's Tenth Presbyterian Church who gave Franky the national exposure as a filmmaker that allowed him to move on later to making a living with the B-movie horror flick genre?
As they age, some men seem to lose touch with everyone but themselves. For some years, Franky's been saying his father would have converted to Eastern Orthodoxy if he were alive today. Right.
Pray for Franky Schaeffer's public repentance. And pray for sons like Shem and Japheth.