The last few generations have been sold an empty promise that relativism is the answer to the world’s problems; personal ones too. This type of thinking has led to chaos all the way from governments and institutions, right down to churches and personal lives. Relativism provides no anchor for the searching soul and no answer to questions of meaning, morality and destiny.
Since the audience of this blog is largely Christians, I want to suggest that one of the major reasons why the church today is weak and ineffective is because of the slow ‘dripping effect’ of relativism. Over many years, it has dulled our alertness to truth. We have tried to counter the ‘disinterest’ in church in the last three generations by adopting programs and gimmicks in the hopes they would make the church more attractive. Some will say that it has worked, but it hasn’t! Not only is the church in decline in America, it is for the most part succumbing to influences and trends that are acceptable to a culture that has embraced relative ideas and rejected the truth.
How can this trend be stopped? Jesus spoke truth, not only to a world that was lost and had no anchor in truth (John 18:38), He also spoke truth to the religious leaders who thought they had the truth (9:40-41), but in fact rejected truth and the person who is the truth (14:6). This is a very precarious place to be in. If we wear a cloak that makes people think we know and live the truth, but in heart and practice deny that the truth has any authority over us, we sin twice. First we sin with pretending and second we sin by “peddling” a pseudo faith in the Word of God. This is pretending we accept its authority, but in practice we deny it. This is a very dangerous place!
Tomorrow I will seek to point the Christian and the church back to the truth and how it can be known by its authority and power.
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