The escalating clash of sacred and secular in America is not only testing the authenticity of Christians, but exposing the logical fallacies of trying to construct a world without God. As the voices of atheists and agnostics slowly begin to prevail, it is becoming increasingly difficult to ignore the irreconcilable inconsistencies of secular humanism. A victory in media’s campaign against Christianity will reveal for all eyes to see the entropy that ensues when we follow “one nation without God” to its logical conclusions. Failure risks revival, a return to Jesus, when that grand experiment culminates in chaos – alienating and cannibalizing its own as the rights of one interest group tramples those of others it had originally intended to advance.
The Futility of Life Without the Lord
Expunging any vestige of Christian influence hinges largely on convincing America’s youth that secularism’s guiding principles are superior to those espoused throughout most of our nation’s history. Indoctrinating youth also requires concealing as long as possible the inherent contradictions and inevitable pitfalls of a godless society:
Hypocrisy of…Trusting Science
Science reportedly obviates the need for belief in God, yet reliance on science ceases when it conflicts with other secular objectives, like authorization for immorality.
- Despite physician assessments at birth and the presence of reproductive organs, a person’s gender today is officially whatever “they” declare it to be
- Despite heartbeats and brainwaves, infants in the womb are not considered human beings so that inconvenient lives can be taken
Hypocrisy of…Professing Tolerance
Freedom from the shackles of religion and its public expression is the ultimate goal, yet non-Christians relentlessly evangelize Selfism, a man-deifying “religion” with a strict moral code.
- Believers no longer have the freedom to profess biblical viewpoints in conflict with prevailing standards for sex, marriage or social justice without repercussion
- In this zero-sum game, where one gains freedoms as the other loses them, Christians aren’t at liberty to tell anyone what they should (or shouldn’t) say or do, but may be told what they can (or cannot) say or do
Hypocrisy of…Redefining Decency
Reasonable standards of behavior gradually decline, seemingly innocuous at first but evolving into decadence, as society grapples with how to make sense of a world God created without acknowledging His existence.
- My son has attended the same public school for 3 years, but is now referred to as “they” in communications by teachers and administrators, sacrificing reason for rudeness
- Inclusiveness in the popular “sex positivity” movement defines prostitution and pornography as essential services that should be revered and applauded
Hypocrisy of…Proclaiming Goodness
Inherently sinful by nature, most of us privately do what we feel compelled to publicly condemn. We post and like messages on social media conveying how disturbed we are by those who “judge” others, pretending we’re never guilty of that ourselves.
- Non-believers accuse Christians of self-righteousness but assume an air of moral superiority in this cancel culture filled with anger and hostility toward non-conformists
- Seeking utopia, secularism touts decriminalization and wide open borders but quickly calls for regulation and law enforcement when personally impacted by those policies
Hypocrisy of…Commandeering Compassion
To replace Jesus as Savior, government prints money to fund subsidies and stimulus, and portrays Christians as callous for not supporting social programs that build dependence and perpetuate poverty.
- The real question is not who cares more about the poor, but how compassion is best delivered to help them – and what motives are behind the methods (e.g. buying votes)
- It isn’t compassionate to burden future generations with excessive debt; however, believing this life is all there is encourages myopic thinking
Labeling Christians closed-minded deflects attention from the stringent requirements of Selfism, which mandates absolute adherence to its central, hypocritical tenet – the inalienable right of everyone (except for Christians) to pursue whatever makes them happy (so long as it doesn’t make anyone else, except for Christians, unhappy). In fact, social norms are moving in the direction of considering the most civil and enlightened those who lavish the highest praise on those most decadent.
A public relations “race” is taking place among businesses, universities and politicians bent on outdoing each other in proclaiming support for issues they cared little about until it became financially and politically expedient. In that game, points are awarded for mocking those who purportedly corrupted young minds by teaching them “arcane” views on subjects like marriage, gender and purity – namely, Christians.
Only Life with the Lord Makes Sense
Yet it’s traditional, biblical values that resolve the logical contradictions that are already surfacing in our culture as it increasingly adopts the premise that there is no God:
- Science – Beginning with the fact that God created man and woman reveals His intentions and ensures personal preferences do not overturn the science behind the definitions of gender at birth and life at conception.
- Tolerance – Jesus permitted everyone to choose belief or unbelief, offered forgiveness for offenses, practiced unconditional love, and enforced justice equitably understanding that we’re all made in God’s image.
- Morality – We need guideposts, and not of our own construction for our convenience, because doing whatever makes us happy, satisfying our desires at the moment they arise, doesn’t make them right.
- Human Nature – John Adams warned, “We have no government armed with power capable of contending with human passions unbridled by morality and religion. Our Constitution was designed only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.”
- Compassion – Jesus demonstrated His love by serving those deemed least consequential with dignity, bringing glory to the Father. Handouts glorify the giver and demean the recipient, not recognizing the eternal value of every individual.
God is not a cosmic killjoy, unnecessarily restricting freedoms. His “arcane” rules are grounded in love because He knows defying them will harm us. Pursuing happiness with no hope beyond tomorrow leads to depression, drugs and diseases trying to escape a road to nowhere.
Despite that hopelessness and hypocrisy, our post-Christian culture persists down the path toward self-determination because the battle is not about ideologies or logic. It’s about Jesus, plain and simple. Spiritual warfare is pitting God’s truth against man’s will, fueled by the same desires that prompted Adam and Eve to explore good and evil on their own terms. Satan is dangling the apple again, tempting Americans to find out what society could look like without any constraints. The only impediment is Christianity, so media discredits our faith by saying we are on the wrong side of every key issue today – politics, vaccines, justice, abortion and stimulus.
Responding When the Walls Cave In
Because the conflict is spiritual, reason and even religion will not prevail – but the Holy Spirit can. Our job as believers is not to get in the Spirit’s way, working through His power to provide truth as the lies of secularism become readily apparent.
- Humility – avoid any hint of superiority that could rebuild the walls, showing that we’re in just as much need of a (true) Savior
- Love – remember that non-Christians are looking for any excuse not to believe, so don’t be one; instead be the last friend there when everyone else has ”left the building”
- Discipleship – learn how to respond to the few, rote objections non-believers always raise rather than simply inviting them to the next church service
According to studies, those three characteristics are not hallmarks of Christians in America today.
It’s Your Turn
What other logical impasses have you seen from defining personal and corporate “truth” apart from God? Because society doesn’t work without Him, where is secular “wisdom” and professed kindness toward one group undermining years of progress in advancing the cause of another?
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Your article is very well written and speaks clearly to the result of our post-Christian society. Thanks for the careful thought put into this article.
Rhetorically, can we truly have America without a Judeo/Christian worldview?
Looking forward to the next time.
Keep up the great work!
How about this: Let us discuss Jesus’s admonitions against Phariseeism without cease. Just as we should be teaching the detailed “hows” of “love your neighbor as yourself” always, without cease.
The secular world does indeed see many “believers” who are clearly not habituated to proximate compassion within their own churches. Not surprising. How many churches have disciple-makers who engage in “teaching them all [He] has commanded?” In other words: there are shepherds and then there are goatherds — which is tragic.