Guarding Biblical Theology in a Politically Charged Culture
Many Millenial Christians have found themselves in political debates, classroom discussions, and sitting in front of a computer screen, receiving a public dismissal of their world-view, for being an “irrelevant source”. Absolute truth is scoffed at as a mystical, archaic, and ignorant ideology, while information regurgitation of secular world-views has been hypocritically celebrated in public schools, for decades. The ability to observe, interpret, analyze, cross-reference, and make critically-informed world-view decisions, in light of a moral-code is also, ironically, become an ever-increasing rarity, in a society that prostrates itself in an evermore-divisive, self-righteous fight for ambiguously-defined justice.
Christians have a fundamental problem with using their Christian vocabulary when confronted with “secular” problems. We have been lied to: “There are problems that fall under the realm of theology and the Church and problems that fall under the realm of politics, government, and scholarship” is what we have heard, in one form or another. In actuality, everything we see, hear, say, and do is of theological importance, and expressed out of theological foundations. So what do Christians need to consider when consuming any and all information?
- What does this source say about who God is?
Has the source arrived at their conclusion based on a non-Biblical view of God, His existence, His sovereignty, His creation, His goodness, or His promises? Is He alive, relevant, and relational? Or is he non-existent, a motivational folktale, or a spiteful, mad-scientist?
2. What does this source say about who Man is?
Does the source base its anthropology on man being an evolved organism, an accident, or an orchestrated, created, image-bearer of the Trinity? Do they view man as a habitual robot, a sexually driven animal, or as a being who was made to worship, make decisions, lead confidently, and follow humbly?
3. What does this source say about man’s problem?
Is man described as simply in need of further evolution? Is he fundamentally good, neutral, or depraved? Has man and his surroundings been greatly affected by sin’s mark?
4. Finally, what does this source proclaim to be the answer to man’s problems?
Is man capable of his own salvation, restoration, or advancement? Is the answer to man’s problem simply gathering knowledge, medicating to immortality, learning about others, accepting others, listening to his own heart to find happiness? If not, what is the external source of his salvation? Is it a perfect government, mediation toward equality, or is it a spiritual salvation? Does he have to earn that spiritual salvation, or has the work already been accomplished by a perfect sacrifice in an unimaginable meeting of justice and grace?
My fellow Christians, (and humanity in general) we all operate based on the answers to these questions, whether we have done so consciously or not. I make this point because many who claim to have placed their faith and convictions in the absolute truth of Scripture have not formed a holistic theology, based on its precepts.
Therefore, I urge you to wrestle with these questions, with the Scriptures, to form a foundational theology. So that as the words of the world come crashing in from every direction, you are not tossed about; until you find a theology that pleases your ears but is not actually a depiction of the Biblical Truth.
Do not align yourself with a cause that cannot be Biblically agreed with and soil the Gospel, through your brutal loyalty. Above all, love God, love others, as you love yourself; seeking to put on display the peace and love that is beyond comprehension, only available to those who believe, have been saved and been endowed with the Holy Spirit.
In Christ with Love,
Kairos Ministry Resident