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There are a lot of dishonorable things going on in society these days – and most of them are connected with a mindset that considers it okay to lie and break the law. Sadly, this mentality has become so prominent in American society that, in many cases, there is no negative consequence for doing it.
I want to take a moment and share a few examples of this. As I do, there are those who will think I am focusing on politics. That is actually not the case. While some of my examples will be taken from the arena of politics, the true issue is the underlying mindset (the worldview beliefs) that foster the acts in my examples, not the acts themselves.
So just what are some of the egregious things we see going on in society that have their root in religious beliefs? To begin with, we have U.S. senators who deliberately tried to sabotage a supreme court confirmation hearing by releasing documents that they were prohibited from doing. Then there were protesters in that same hearing illegally standing up and screaming in the middle of testimony for the very purpose of disrupting the meeting. In other parts of society we see news outlets frequently and deliberately reporting false stories, top government officials taking illegal actions for the purpose of thwarting the efforts of politicians they don’t like, college students and university administrators preventing people they disagree with from speaking on university campuses (sometimes even using violence), and social media companies deliberately silencing viewpoints they disagree with. Of course, these is just the tip of the iceberg. There are, scores of other examples that could be given.
So where does this kind of behavior come from? It can all be traced to the naturalistic worldview beliefs that are at the root of the political point of view that is variously characterized as liberalism, progressivism, and more recently, democratic socialism. People who are acting in the dishonorable ways mentioned above are actually being consistent with their naturalistic worldview beliefs as they do what they do.
While some people may be critical of me for “jumping into politics” when they think I should be sticking to religious themes, my point is that, for Naturalists, these political acts are religious acts. While it is possible for us to separate discussions of religion and politics when we are basing our discourse on a biblical worldview, that is simply not possible with Naturalism. Naturalism is the belief that the natural universe is all that exists, and that there is objectively no such thing as non-natural parts of reality. With that, religion and politics are one and the same – they cannot be separated. Naturalists are simply not inclined to follow laws or rules of order that don’t advance their political point of view. Thus, when they speak of politics, they are, at the same time, advocating for their religion.
There is only one remedy to that kind of mindset – a change of heart. If Christians are prevented from speaking about things that relate to the false beliefs of people who believe that disrespect for law and order is perfectly fine, there is no point of contact with them.
Sometimes, I, too, get tired of watching all of the disrespect, dishonesty, dishonor, and downright hatred going on in society. Beyond that, I sometimes just want to turn off the news and ignore what is happening. But if I want to speak Christ into the midst of it, I can’t do that. Evil exists, and God has called us to be light in the darkness. Sometimes that means we just have to buck up and enter the fray – even if we don’t like it.
Freddy Davis is the president of MarketFaith Ministries. He is the author of numerous books and has a background as an international missionary, pastor, radio host, worldview trainer, and entrepreneur. Freddy is a graduate of Florida State University with a BS in Communication, and holds MDiv and DMin degrees from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He is a popular speaker, particularly on the topic of worldview and its practical implications for the Christian life. He lives in Tallahassee, FL, with his wife Deborah.
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