It is amazing how many people seem to communicate only with pictures that include a short pithy statement. The explosion of the internet, Facebook, iPad and smartphones has made us more dependent on these things, and less dependent on dictionaries, encyclopedias, essays and other sources of researched information and deep thinking. Some of the best literature from the prior century is left behind because people don’t take the time to pick up a good book.
What does that say about our society? We don’t have the time to read a book, but we have the time to get to level 427 of Candy Crush or Farmville? How did we get to where our priorities are so messed up? Those of us with an eye toward history would point to the 1960’s and the free love sexual revolution that took place. Yes, that era did change things and did set in motion the love of self, and the repudiation of our nation’s Christian heritage. But the change started much earlier than that, the flappers and the speakeasies of the 1920’s were a response to the teetotalling overreach of some well-meaning Christians, but the license that took place was due to something called the “Enlightenment.” This was where science started to take over the dominance of ecclesiastical thought.
The Enlightenment led to the Modernism which led to Post-Modernism, which we are feeling the effects of now. When we can determine our own truth and reality, it is not a stretch that we (as society) are confused as to what bathrooms to use, we are confused as to what gender we are. Today we are spiritual, but not religious, we are alone together. The outcome of this is a spike in suicide, a spike of violence against police officers, a spike in hatred of each other. Probably the most egregious effect of Post-Modernism is the radical tribalism that is taking place. Politics is rapidly turning into an idol with many people. The biggest problem with that is salvation doesn’t come from the ballot box. We can’t elect ourselves into a utopian society. We can’t fix our ills by finding the best people to put in office.
We have to fix ourselves. There, I’ve said it. We have to fix ourselves. To do that we have to use the only worldview that stands up to the hard questions, that is the biblically based worldview. Yes, that means we have to submit ourselves to an omnipotent, omniscient diety, and to give him sovereignty over our lives. We have to live by the precepts that the bible teaches, such as living in peace, reducing hatred, and loving one another. Then there comes the list of things we can’t do, and that’s the list that sets people’s head a-whirl. Abortion is wrong, same-sex marriage is wrong, transgenerism is wrong, but at the same time, judging and castigating one sinner over another is wrong.
Jesus said it best in Matthew 22:37-40, “Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.” So with that said, that brings up one question, how are we to talk about the things that are wrong? The simple answer is to do it with love. The best example I can think of is Jack Phillips, the baker in Colorado who has been through much castigation and distress over the last six years. Yet, what he did, was along the guidelines of a Biblical worldview. He drew a line on what was allowed, and what wasn’t. He didn’t seek to injure, demean, or flout the two men who wanted a wedding cake. He offered to sell them anything else in the shop, but would not make a “Masterpiece,” wedding cake. As Christians, we are called to be that loving, that gentle, yet to stand strong.
So that brings me to my final point, God loves Donald Trump. He is made in God’s image, just like you and me. He deserves the dignity that comes with that. We may have differences, and debate would serve that much better than hatred and animosity. Because in the end, we have to realize that we are made in God’s image, and God loves us too.