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Truth and “the Enlightenments of Modernity”

May 12, 2015
By John Morrison

A leading candidate to be our next president recently stated concerning reproductive rights (abortion):  “ … deep-seated cultural codes, religious beliefs and structural biases have to be changed. . . . Laws have to be backed up with resources and political will” (USA Today, April 29, 2015).  With these chilling words, this prominent leader is calling for deeply held, traditional faith convictions to give way to current “politically correct” views on serious issues such as abortion, even, if necessary, at the hands of the coercive power of government imposed through law.  Of this candidate’s comments, USA Today columnist Kristen Powers observed: “[This candidate] seems to view religious doctrine in opposition to her political agenda as nothing more than ‘biases’ or ‘codes’ to be dismantled by those who know better.”

In this same USA Today article, the author quotes Frank Bruno, editorialist with the New York Times, as stating: “our debate about religious freedom should include a conversation about freeing religions and religious people from prejudices that they needn’t cling to and can indeed jettison, much as they’ve jettisoned other aspects of their faith’s history, rightly bowing to the enlightenments of modernity.”

In other words, both the political candidate and Bruno are assuming the postmodern worldview that truth is relative -- it changes over time.  And, if so, religious beliefs and convictions must also change.  I suppose, if they are correct, God also must have changed His mind about ethical and moral matters as He has become more “enlightened in modernity!!!”

Sadly, many of our young people buy into this mindset.  A pastor friend of mine recently dialogued with a young person who grew up in a Christian home, yet has adopted this postmodern mentality concerning truth.  He was told by this individual, “The times have changed, and many in our generation do not accept or agree with the traditional values of Christianity.”  Yet, this young person also claims to be a serious follower of Jesus Christ!  This should no longer surprise us as, according to a number of surveys, more than 70% of Americans who identify themselves with Christianity deny the concept of absolute truth. God and truth have become, for many, little more than personal preference and “what works for me.”

Without the settled truth of God’s word, folks are adrift in a relative universe without any secure standing.  They are left with only the “heresy” of their own finite opinions.  As the foundations of our nation continue to erode, let us purpose that we will hold firm to and be deeply rooted in our traditional faith values. Truth is not up for negotiation with our postmodern culture!  Thus, one of our highest priorities at GCS must be to continue our emphasis on passing these values on to our youth as we have done over the past 35 years.

“The words of the Lord are pure words; As silver tried in a furnace on the earth, refined seven times” (Ps 12:6).

If you would like to respond to this post, please email John Morrison at grace@gcswarriors.org.

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