In today’s world of relative truth and cancel culture, what can we believe?
Jesus told him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”John 14:6 CSB
“Truths turn into dogmas the instant that they are disputed. Thus every man who utters a doubt defines a religion.”
G K Chesterton Heretics 1905
Jim Denison in Denison Forum wrote about the previous quote, and I was amazed at how prophetic the quote truly was. In 1905, Chesterton could see the approaching storm in which we now live. He could see how a relative truth could create the chaos we now see. Truth is no longer truth. There are no absolutes for one unless you disagree with another, and one believe his truths religiously. Well, at least for now. His truths may shift tomorrow.
We have been seeing how cancel culture has begun to eat its own. Supporters of a particular truth that doesn’t continue to evolve with popular thought, will quickly find those, they previously defended, demand their cancellation. The victors are not safe either. They could be cancelled soon.
I demand your cancellation and the person behind me demands my cancellation. The cycle never ends.
A 13-year-old girl from Texas was told to write, for class, a paper on the benefits of renewable energy. She did not write about the benefits but about the problems with renewable energy. She had lived through the energy disaster Texans had suffered with during the recent winter. Because of her position, she had students insult her and some tried to physically harm her over her views on renewable energy. She had attacked their religion and they had attacked her. The teacher and administration were ok with the attacks on her. Because of their position of power, their truth was true. She deserved to be attacked.
Once we realize that we are living in a world of newly appearing religions, we begin to see the problems we face when we criticize things like climate change, critical race theory, renewable energy resources, cancel culture, LGBTQ+, equity, abortion, and systemic racism among a host of others. These religions demand sacrifices from their followers. Those who follow climate change demand the death of fossil fuels. Those who follow the god of abortion demand the deaths of the unborn, no exceptions. Those who follow critical race theory demand the sacrifice of white people and the complete reset of a nation. What happens when CRT and climate change and freedom of choice rule the day and there are no more sacrifices? A new religion will be born, and new sacrifices will be demanded.
Silenced because of truth
If we take a stance on the opposite shore, we find our voices being silenced. We are fired from our jobs. We are called evil, racist, bigots. We are scoffed at, threatened, and even physically harmed. There is no debate, only name calling and the attachment of labels.
You don’t have to be Christian. You can be Jewish, Muslim, Asian, White, rich, successful, and worst of all, conservative. You do not have to be wrong or right; you must simply disagree or argue an opposite position to be attacked.
If my truth comes from God and yours come from your decisions or your philosophy, your truth trumps mine. Since you have a majority of society on your side, including much of the media, you can silence my voice. When my voice is silenced, I become invisible to the world. I still have influence over my family. At least until they become indoctrinated in school or by television or video games. I may have friends with like-minded thinking, but that is not changing minds. I am just reinforcing my circle.
My truth is old fashioned. I believe it is wrong to commit murder, to steal, to lie, to hate, to cheat on my wife, to hurt others, and to physically or verbally harm someone. I was listening to ESPN and a football pro was talking about a friend who had an affair on his wife. “He didn’t do anything wrong,” the pro said. It may not be against the law, but it is wrong. Of course, it wasn’t long ago that people had fun mocking Vice-President Pence about the lifestyle decision made by Pence and his wife to secure a happy marriage. They were following God’s commands to create guidelines for their marriage. Mentioning God brought tons of criticism. Trying to stay married for life brought criticism. Shying away from temptation was seen as a “you” problem. Immediately, women wanted to interview him. Alone.
On Being Proactive
One parent is now teaching his children to watch television with an eye to catch anything that goes against their faith. It isn’t difficult. I was watching a popular program and the man said, “Since we are not getting married, we should take the next logical step and move in together.” Many of you reading this (Christians and non-Christians alike) will say, “What is wrong with that?” That is how far we have moved away from God. Sex is a wonderful gift from God, but it is intended to be for a husband and a wife. It should never be outside the bonds of marriage and it should never be casual.
What did Chesterton see that led him to the conclusion that one day truth will be subjective. What did he see that told him that subjective truth will become our religion?
The Age of Reason. Man stopped looking toward God and started looking toward self. This has been the battle since time began. Man has always wanted to be God, but with the emergence of oneself becoming the center of the universe, man has become his own God. He creates his own truth. He creates his own value. He creates his own rules and then breaks them by changing his own truth again.
It All Comes Back to Worship
Man wants to worship something, and when that something is us, we cannot be wrong in what we believe. You cannot challenge my truth. When you do, we go to war. You cannot disagree with me today. Previous generations cannot disagree with me yesterday. You will be cancelled. They will be cancelled. They will be cancelled because they have not lived a perfect life. No one has. Well, only One. The reality of it all is that God alone has the power to cancel anyone.
It doesn’t matter if you believe in God or not. It doesn’t matter if you believe God’s truth or not. He still exists. His truth still exists. One day we all will know that. For now, don’t back down. Do not allow those who speak of relative truth win the day. Jesus has not returned so our work is not finished. This world is not lost.
There have been dark times in the past. Nazi Germany must have been without hope. Communist Russian must have been without hope. Communist China must feel without hope. But God is still here, and in Him we have our hope. He is coming again, but until then, what will you do to advance Truth?