I began this Blog in 2011 with a passionate desire to communicate ideas and cultural commentary grounded in a Biblical Worldview. As the title of the Blog suggests (The Way:Redux) I seek to reignite a people committed to return to “The Way”, as the Church was referred to in the 1st Century AD (Acts 24). That Church literally spread the Good News of Jesus Christ throughout the world in less than 200 years.
I came to a point where I found myself being drawn into discussions outside that scope as I witnessed the cultural “plate-tectonic” shift. I realized more effort was being spent on dealing with symptoms rather than rooting out the actual causes of our Apostasy. I decided to back away from the Blogging world and focus on other writing and idea development as I evaluated my own responses to this tsunami of change.
Although I believe the basis for these shifts we are experiencing in our culture today began in earnest over 200 years ago when Christian pastors and seminary leadership began a slow but steady slide away from being Biblically grounded, Christ-centered change agents in the culture, withdrawing from the public square, and focusing more energy on development of the institution of the corporate church That’s when our pulpits shifted emphasis from deliberately affecting change by leading people to a relationship with Jesus Christ, to activities and entertainment that would draw people into the ‘church building,’ requiring larger buildings and more paid staff. The focus was on fighting the symptoms of our Apostasy until recently. Because I believe in our Almighty, Eternal, and Unchanging God, I lay the problems the USA faces today at the foot of the church in this country. Our Creator God will not allow His children to wander away from Him forever. Christians have been “asleep at the wheel.” Our Holy God is patient – not blind.
For example, the Supreme Court decision which opened the door for legally dehumanizing the unborn child, as well as legalizing the brutal murder of that innocent child, did not happen with Roe v Wade in 1973. That was the consummation of a process that began years before. The birth of a baby is not when that baby exits the birth canal. It actually became a baby 9 months before when the egg was fertilized and a life created by God. What we saw with the Supreme Court decision in 1973 was a resultant symptom of a culture turning away from God, turning inward and becoming self-absorbed. The current battle to change marriage from what God has ordained to include same-sex marriage is an even more relevant example.
“The real pivot point was the end of World War II. By the fall of 1945, Americans had endured 16 years of hardship, stretching back through the Depression. They were ready to let loose and say farewell to all that. There followed what the historian Alan Petigny called “the renunciation of renunciation.” The amount of consumer advertising on the radio exploded. Magazines ran articles on the wonderful lifestyle changes that were going to make lives easier — ultraviolet lights that would sterilize dishes in place of dishwashing.
“There was a softening in the moral sphere. In 1946, Rabbi Joshua Liebman published a book called “Peace of Mind” that told everybody to relax and love themselves. He wrote a new set of commandments, including “Thou shalt not be afraid of thy hidden impulses;” thou shalt “love thyself.” Liebman’s book touched a nerve. It stayed atop The New York Times’s best-seller list for 58 weeks. , , ,
“In 1952, Norman Vincent Peale came out with “The Power of Positive Thinking,” which rejected a morality of restraint for an upbeat morality of growth. That book rested atop the best-seller list for an astounding 98 weeks.
“Then along came humanistic psychology, led by people like Carl Rogers, who was the most influential psychologist of the 20th century. Rogers followed the same basic line. Human nature is intrinsically good. People need to love themselves more. They need to remove external restraints on their glorious selves. . . .” [from The Culture Shift; N Y Times, The Opinion Pages; by David Brooks; 4/17/2015]
As this shift hit the church, sharp minded, energetic young people, passionate about Jesus, were steered away from professions such as law and politics, even business and technology, and encouraged to “pursue vocational ministry;” thereby leaving the legal and governmental arenas, as well as the marketplace, devoid of the Davids, Daniels, and Pauls who live by a Biblical Worldview, affecting change. (Read Matthew 5:13-16)
“Like a muddied fountain and a polluted spring is a righteous man who yields, falls down, and compromises his integrity before the wicked. He who has no rule over his own spirit is like a city that is broken down and without walls.” [Proverbs 25:26, 28; Amplified Bible]
As I begin again to offer Blog Posts I would greatly encourage and appreciate interaction and discussion – pro and con – with readers. Perhaps we will all see things more clearly then.