A War on Ideas – Part 1
In my blog post on March 11, I stated that we are in a war for ideas as we try to raise kids in this current culture. My emphasis was on the battleground for kids, but I believe the battlefield is no different for parents.
I want to focus on a series of posts over the next few weeks based on the book Faithfully Different by Natasha Crain. I highly recommend this book if you want to grasp the real battle going on in our culture. In her book, Crain opens with the clarification that she is going to discuss two worldviews and the conflicts between them. The worldviews in contention are a Biblical Worldview and a Secular Worldview. Crain defines secular as "irreligious" and biblical as a worldview based on the belief that the Bible is the absolute source of truth.
Crain has been writing in this space for some time. In 2020 she posted this question on her author's Facebook page. "What are some ways you're seeing Christians being influenced by the secular worldview around us – in what we believe, how we think, or how we live out our faith?" She shares a few of the 150 plus responses she received.
Everything has become very self-centered. "You be you" instead of be who God made you to be. "You got this" instead of God is in control. "Live your best life" instead of live to give glory to God. "You're so strong" instead of God is strong in our weakness.
I see Christians get mad when other Christians point out or expose false doctrines and teachers. Today, it's believed we're supposed to accept all views-even of the Bible-and if we don't, we're supposedly breaking the commandment to love one another.
The idea of universalism, or that many roads lead up to the same summit, is causing many to loosely handle sin and other core Christian doctrines.
I see many Christians who feel no guilt for habitually continuing their sin, and their lives look no different than the lives of nonbelievers around them.
I see an unhealthy and unbiblical level of missing political views with theological views and Christian identity on both sides of the aisle.
I have several friends who have adopted the world's viewpoint of sexual morality. I've been shocked by how many are comfortable with couples living together outside of marriage or even believing we have to accept the homosexual lifestyle under the guise of being loving.
I see a lot of Christians feeling like they have to choose between the Bible and science, and science is presented as being the logical, educated choice.
I assume that you have either heard others say similar things or may have had these thoughts yourself. In 1984, Francis Schaeffer wrote in his book The Great Evangelical Disaster:
Christianity is no longer providing the consensus for our society. And Christianity is no longer providing the consensus upon which our law is based. That is not to say that the United States ever was a "Christian nation" in the sense that all or most of our citizens were Christians, nor in the sense that the nation, its laws, and social life were ever a full or complete expression of Christian truth. There is no golden age in the past that we can idealize – whether it is early America, the Reformation, or the early church. But until recent decades, something did exist which can rightly be called a Christian consensus or ethos which gave a distinctive shape to Western society and to the United States in a distinctive way. Now that consensus is all but gone, and the freedoms that it brought are being destroyed before our eyes, we are at a time when humanism is coming to its natural conclusion in morals, values, and law. All that society has today is relativistic values based upon statistical averages or the arbitrary decisions of those who hold legal and political power.
Schaeffer saw coming what we are reeling from today.
Over the next few weeks, we will examine Crain's thoughts on how our Biblical worldview should direct our lives and where secularism pushes back on Biblical instruction.