Tuesday, March 8, 2016

The Inner Views of The Benham Brothers

"And when they found them not, they drew Jason and certain brethren unto the rulers of the city, crying, These that have turned the world upside down are come hither also;
Whom Jason hath received: and these all do contrary to the decrees of Caesar, 
saying that there is another king, one Jesus."
Acts 17:10

Praise God for Jason and the men in the early church who
"turned the world upside down"!
These men were willing to go against the cultural tide of their day.
They were not afraid to do "contrary to the decrees of Caesar", when the decrees of Caesar were contrary to the law of Almighty God.
They loudly and unashamedly proclaimed "that there is another King"...
one called Jesus!

And, praise God for a modern day Jason and his twin brother, David, 
who are standing firm against the cultural tide of our day,
who are willing to step out of complacency and face their own Goliaths,
armed with the truth that the battle is the Lord's.

We first heard Jason and David's incredible testimony last September at a conference where I was a part of Concerned Women for America's prayer team.
On a recent Thursday evening, we were once again blessed to hear them speak,
while attending another function on behalf of CWA.
Imagine how blessed we felt when God orchestrated a way for us to meet them personally
before the event began!
To God be the glory.

It is with great respect that I present to you the
of Identical Twins, David and Jason,
The Benham Brothers.

Cheryl:  Can you give us a little information about your background? 

David & Jason:  We grew up as preacher’s kids in Dallas, TX.  Our lives consisted of school, sports, and Sunday school.  At age 12 we started our first company - a small landscape company that grew to about 25 accounts before we went to college.  Our dream was always to play pro baseball, and after graduating from Liberty University, God gave us that opportunity in the late 90’s.  Although we never made it to the Big Leagues, we did play professionally, which was a dream come true. 

Cheryl:  When did you first become a Christian? What life events led up to your decision to follow Jesus, and how has that choice impacted your lives?

Jason & David:  Both of us were 12 when we got saved.  Jason was at a chapel service at our Christian school, and David was at a Christian youth camp.  From that day forward, we committed to reading the Bible every day.  We were little hellions for a while, but in time we began to grow and mature in our faith.  We were two of the most ambitious and rambunctious kids you could meet, so growing in Christ is all we needed for God to harness our strength for development and not destruction. 

Cheryl:  Will you kindly share your story with us about HGTV’s “Flip It Forward”? How did the show come about? Why was it suddenly cancelled? How has this whole situation changed your lives and ministry? 

David & Jason:  After our time in pro ball we moved our families to Charlotte, NC and started a real estate company.  From small beginnings in 2003, we grew to 100 offices in 35 states by 2010.  From there, we began to create other companies and non-profits as our entrepreneurial spirits were on hyper-drive.  We were approached by a production company in 2012 to do a reality show, and, after signing a straight-to-series contract with HGTV, we landed in the midst of a media firestorm as we refused to be silent about our faith. 

It started when HGTV announced the show and started airing commercials.  At that time a few activist groups began putting intense pressure on HG to cancel the show because of our “extreme” beliefs, such as being pro-life, believing in traditional marriage, and that Jesus is the only way to Heaven.  HG wanted to stick with us, as they already knew all of our beliefs prior to signing us, but as the pressure mounted they let us go.  But we know that whatever the devil meant for evil God means for good, and we have since been traveling the country using this platform to proclaim the truth that Jesus is the answer to all of our nation’s problems.

Cheryl:  What would you say are the most pressing issues in the cultural battlegrounds of our day? What are the biggest threats to our religious liberties?

Jason & David:  The darkness in our culture today manifests in three specific areas - the termination of life (abortion), the redefinition of marriage, and the rise of militant Islam.  But God has not called us to be issues-fighters - He’s called us to be kingdom-advancers.  This means we lead with the Gospel because the truth is what sets people free. 

The biggest threat to our religious liberty today is the silence of the church.  By our silence, we give our affirmation.  When Christians stand for truth it provides liberty for everyone - including Muslims, Atheists, Buddhists, Hindus, those with no religion - EVERYONE! 

Cheryl:  As Christian parents, Kevin and I are doing our utmost to raise a son who will stand up for Jesus and live a life that glorifies Him. What advice can you offer to those of us who are endeavoring to raise Godly children in a society that is increasingly hostile toward the God we serve? How can we lay that impenetrable foundation that will enable them to stand in spite of opposition, and even possible persecution? When we heard your testimony at the TNG Conference in September, you shared about your Dad and the way you were raised and how he instilled Godly values into your lives. Would you care to share any of those experiences here as encouragement to Christian parents?

David & Jason:  We’re in it with you.  We have young kids as well.  The one thing our dad did that has made a lasting impression on us is that he raised us to be warriors.  He taught us from the outset that we are in a spiritual battle and that God uses people to accomplish His will on the earth.  We learned that while we’re here on the earth we are a part of the church militant, which means we have to be engaged in the spiritual battle that rages in the earth, not just culturally, but personally as well.  So, if Christians are made to be fighters and they aren’t fighting, they won't experience the fullness of God in their lives. 

Cheryl:  It was such a dear blessing to meet the two of you and hear you speak on Thursday night. One of the most moving parts of your speech and one that has most vividly lingered in our minds is when you spoke of the contrasted effects the wind has on a candle versus embers, and you applied those thoughts to the Holy Spirit. Will you share those thoughts with us here? 

Jason & David:  Knowing we are the light of the world, if we view our light as a little candle then the winds of culture can easily blow it out.  But if we see ourselves as burning embers, like in a fire pit, then when the cultural winds blow it will actually ignite the fire in us.  The same wind that snuffs out the candle ignites the burning embers.  Spending time with Jesus, in His Word and prayer, is what it takes to kindle the fire of our faith.

Cheryl:  Your energy and enthusiasm for righteousness is so inspiring and contagious. What would you say to those who are discouraged in the fight against wrong? Is there still hope to turn things around? How do the two of you remain enthusiastic, zealous, and so completely “on fire” for God?

David & Jason:  This is a great time to be alive!  God knew how dark it would get at this time, and He created each one of us to be here now for this very hour.  If we keep our focus on God, our faith will replace fear because with God all things are possible!

Cheryl:  How can we pray for you, your wives, and your families? Are there specific needs you would like us to lift to the Father during this current season of your lives and ministry?

Jason & David:  Just pray our kids grow to love Jesus with all their hearts - that’s by far the most important thing in our lives right now.  As we travel we aren’t home as much as we’d like, so please pray for the spiritual growth of our children. 

Cheryl:  In closing, will you share the Word of God with us? What are some of your favorite Scriptures and/or what is God laying upon your hearts to speak to us here?

David & Jason:  Jason’s favorite passage is Mark 14:50 - “Then they all deserted Him and fled.”  I put this on my baseball glove in pro ball because it was a constant reminder that I’m not better in possibility than the worst deserter is in actuality.  This tends to keep me humble. David’s is Ephesians 6:10, “Finally brothers, be strong in the Lord and in His mighty power.” We need to be strong in these last days!

A BIG thank you to you, Jason & David, for taking the time to answer our questions
and grant us this interview!
What a blessing you are to all of us!
We are forever grateful to both of you.
Most of all, thank you both for standing firm,
for being the examples we need and long to see in these perilous times (2 Timothy 3:1-5),
for taking a lead, front line position on the battlegrounds of this fight for faith and religious liberty.
Thank you for valuing the approval of God 
more than the praise of men,
for not taking the easy way out,
for refusing the bait of fame if it required you to compromise your convictions,
and for making the decision to follow Jesus, whatever the cost.

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 Zach with The Benham Brothers

If you are ever able to go see The Benham Brothers in person

and hear them give a complete account of their testimony and all God has brought them through,
I encourage you to do whatever you need to do to get there.
Their passion for God and love for Jesus Christ will challenge you and inspire you to draw closer to Him and seek Him as to how you, too, can rise up as a warrior in the army of God.

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