In this lesson, Derrick begins to wrap up our study of Worldviews.
I. Understanding Our Times.
Three philosophical trends have led us to where we are today:
1. Privatization: Values radical individualism and leads to compartmentalization (what you believe in private may be different than how you act or express your beliefs in public).
2. Pluralization: Values radical egalitarianism. Everything is equal and there are too many options. You make your own “designer” religion.
3. Secularization: Values radical sensationalism, freed from the decisive influence of religious ideas and institutions. We live by our senses (“I feel”). The Bible has no binding or effect.
What this has meant for religion in general and Christianity in particular is a loss of:
A. Credibility. American Christianity is socially irrelevant, even if privately engaging.
B. Comprehensiveness. We don’t understand the doctrine of the church. No sense of community.
C. Certainty. We are uncertain of the truth. God wants us to be egalitarian about people and exclusive about truth. We should extend the love of Christ but not compromise on truth. Culture demands the opposite — that we be exclusive about people and egalitarian about truth.
Where we are today:
1. Post-modern society: Is centerless (nothing at the core to determine right and wrong). It is cowardly (people won’t call out evil/error for what it is – everyone is equal). It is cavernous (hollow, void).
2. Post-truth: Our society accepts all truth claims as true, regardless of how contradictory or wrongheaded they may appear.
3. Post-Christian: Judeo Christian ethic has been cast out and finds itself an orphan in a world gone mad.
II. Understanding our Hearts
Every human heart longs for:
1. Intimacy. God has placed eternity within our hearts. Ecc 3:11
2. Intention. We all need a reason to live, a purpose in life. Only reflection can discover that purpose.
3. Impact. We want to make a significant difference.
C.S. Lewis said, “God can not give us happiness and peace apart from Himself, because it is not there.”
III. The Heart’s Search
We try to fulfill our desires for intimacy, intention, and impact through:
A. Power (we want to seek and hold it).
B. Pleasure (through the senses).
C. Personal gain (lust for possessions, money, fame).
D. Philosophy (First floor: Humanism, Second floor: Pantheism, Third floor: Biblical Christianity. People run up and down the stairs depending on the crisis).
IV. Ravages of the Heart
Our ever-changing, never stable culture of quicksand-like ethical relativity has caused our hearts to be:
1. Isolated (lonely).
2. Impotent (we don’t feel like we make a difference).
3. Impoverished (we feel like something’s lacking or missing).
Today what we call truth is often not true. We need to be counter-cultural and learn to live and speak distinctively for Christ.