A War on Ideas - Part 3
I started a blog on the battleground for ideas being waged in our society. Natasha Crain authored a book called Faithfully Different, where she lays out the conflicts and strategies in this battle over worldviews. Crain clarifies that the worldviews in contention are a biblical worldview and secularism. Crain defines secular as “irreligious” and biblical as a worldview based on the belief that the Bible is the absolute source of truth. Crain states – “The secular worldview by which we’re surrounded is fundamentally at odds with a biblical worldview, and that has extensive implications for our daily lives.” (pg. 35)
Crain talks about how secularism is “marketed” across our culture. The prominence and frequency of the secularist message have been very influential in our society. The primary reason secularism is so influential is that it directly speaks to the desires of our fallen nature. According to Crain, these messages generally take on four forms: “Feelings are the ultimate guide, happiness is the ultimate goal, judging is the ultimate sin, and God is the ultimate guess.”(pg 52)
We see many examples of how our feelings lead us and how those feelings should guide our lives. This is the ultimate appeal to self-authority, because only you know how you feel. The problem is that this life guide strategy has no
boundaries. If it feels good, do it! Let your minds take you down that path and think about all the harm that can be done to those we come into contact with. Just think about raising your kids with that motto. Chaos would reign in your
homes. The Bible tells us what happens when man follows his feelings as truth. Romans 1:24-25 24 Therefore, God gave them up in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, to the dishonoring of their bodies among themselves, 25 because they exchanged the truth about God for a lie and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever! Amen. Micah 6:8 He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.
Happiness is often an assumed goal in life. Like most people, I would like to be happy more than sad. If the ultimate goal is happiness and happiness is based on our feelings, then life’s success is measured by our happiness. Therefore, we should do what makes us happy. Happiness drives us to courageously leave behind external expectations, boundaries, and societal good in order to be true solely to ourselves. That sounds good, but it leaves out our impact on those around us. It makes us narcissistic and selfish.
This is antithetical to scripture that tells us to serve those around us and to esteem others higher than ourselves. Philippians 2:3-4 3Do nothing out of selfish ambition or empty pride, but in humility consider others more important than yourselves. 4Each of you should look not only to your own interests but also to the interests of others. Joshua 1:8 8 This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.
Today, questioning the path or the nature of their chosen happiness is off-limits. That’s “judgemental,” and it’s equated with hate. (pg55) I am again drawn back to the home and raising children with this mindset. If a healthy home cannot function in this manner, how can a society? Being critical and judgemental is not healthy in the home or in society. Instructive confrontation within the home is what parents do all the time. Unfortunately, the more we hear that judging someone’s choices is wrong, the more people feel affirmed that any criticism we receive must be ill-conceived even with positive intentions.
For many people, believing in God or any god is just a guess. Secularism presupposes that confidence in the truth of any particular religious worldview is unfounded. Many in society don’t see any tangible evidence of a god. Most believe that you cannot prove the existence of a god with science. Secularism says there is no certainty about god, only guesswork. This leaves man as the ultimate authority. That is a slippery slope when man’s ever changing ideas and morality are the final authority on how we should live. So who is winning the war for ideas? Social media, influencers, college professors, and more. In your sphere of influence with your kids, how goes the battle?