Christianity in a Post-Truth World

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We are witnessing the eroding of Western Civilization at a faster pace in our day than at any other time in documented history. We have moved beyond postmodernism into a post-truth culture. The progressive ideologues are no longer operating behind a curtain or in the shadows. Today, they are flaunting their ideas and schemes of domination in the public square. What’s at stake is far more than many would like to believe—and it seems that the church is asleep. Truth is under assault and many Christians do not appear to be ready for battle.

The social justice controversy was merely a test case scenario for the church during this deconstructive era. Most of the evangelical denominations have capitulated. The Southern Baptist Convention, the largest of the mainstream evangelical denominational groups, has not only voted to codify CRT/I as analytical tools for gospel ministry, now they can’t seem to agree on the definition of a pastor.

The Problem of a Post-Truth Age

The problem of a post-truth age is that there is not just one problem. A post-truth culture feeds on the denial of truth. Our culture cannot answer the simple question, “What is a woman?” Our churches cannot answer the simple question, “What is a pastor?” Our political leaders cannot answer the simple question, “What is a baby?” As the darkness continues to build, there are enemies of truth who are preparing to attack the foundations of our civilization with more bombshell issues that will further divide and threaten our way of life.

The problem of a post-truth age is that there is not just one problem. A post-truth culture feeds on the denial of truth.

Once upon a time, Harvard existed as an institution of higher education that was founded upon truth and the training of ministers of the gospel. Harvard is the oldest institution of higher education in the United States.  The school was founded in 1636 in Massachusetts and named after the generous Puritan preacher, John Harvard, who upon his death in 1638 gave his entire library and half of his estate to the school.  To this very day, his statue on the campus of Harvard is one of the most popular landmarks of the institution’s history.

Harvard was founded upon truth. Harvard’s original crest includes Latin words “Veritas Christo et Ecclesiae” meaning “Truth for the Church and Christ.” The crest shows the Latin word for truth, “Veritas,” spread across three Bibles. These Bibles represent God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit.

The crest has now been altered to read “Veritas” across three open books in order to satisfy the institutions redefining of truth apart from Christianity in our post-truth world. The following statement taken from the admission requirement gives a picture into where Harvard once stood as an institution dedicated to the training of ministers of the gospel.  They called it “light” that “giveth understanding to the simple” as they quoted from the Psalms.

Every one shall so exercise himself in reading the Scriptures twice a day, that he shall be ready to give such an account of his proficiency therein, both in theoretical observations of the language, and logic, and in practical and spiritual truths, as his tutor shall require, according to his ability; seeing the entrance of the Word giveth light, it giveth understanding to the simple, Psalm. 119. 130.

Today, not only has Harvard moved away from Christianity, such an abandonment of truth is put on vivid display as Harvard cast doubt on whether or not 2+2 must always equal 4. Such an abandonment of truth from Harvard is reflected across all of the American landscape from public schools with Drag Queen reading days to queer studies as a degree program in the mainstream university system.

The Pulpit in a Post-Truth Age

Just as God is immutable, so is truth. There is no such thing as new truth. All truth finds its source in God and is eternal—never changing. What is true today will remain true tomorrow—regardless of how our culture seeks to personalize truth. Ultimately, the church must stand firm and remain a pillar and buttress of truth in an age of darkness. While politicians will capitulate and professors will bow their knee to the false gods and goddesses of the age, pastors must have a resolute commitment to the truth as we navigate this relentless post-truth age.

In the documentary film “What Is a Woman?” Matt Walsh sits down with various individuals to ask one primary question, “What is a woman?” The common thread that seems to unite the various progressive individuals in the documentary is their hatred for truth. At least one person stopped the interview as he sought answer based on the truth. Such a documentary is indicative of our times.

While we can expect institutions of higher education to crumble in our truth hating age—the pulpit must be anchored deeply into the Scriptures so that as the winds of culture fiercely blow, the church will remain fixed without shifting and moving away from the truth.

The pulpit of the local church must be marked by an unrelenting fidelity and commitment to the truth. While we can expect institutions of higher education to crumble in our truth hating age—the pulpit must be anchored deeply into the Scriptures so that as the winds of culture fiercely blow, the church will remain fixed without shifting and moving away from the truth.

Sadly, that is not the case in many sectors of evangelicalism. Many pastors are capitulating as they are being sucked into the social justice movement by emotional argumentation that lacks a commitment to the truth. Victimology has now replaced theology in many pulpits. When Southern Baptists cannot agree on the definition of a pastor—it’s a testimony that many pulpits have fallen. Rather than truth dictating positions, pastors, local churches, and denominations are being influenced by cultural pressures and movements such as #MeToo and other streams of the 4th wave of the Feminist movement.

God has not given us a truth for consideration or personalization or customization. God has given us the truth which is foundational to the church and we as Christians must understand the impact truth has upon our civilization.

For centuries the enemy has questioned truth. In the Garden, Satan in form of a serpent questioned the validity and authority of God’s word. Pontius Pilate mocked Jesus by asking, “What is truth?” 1See John 18:38 However, the pastor of the local church must have confidence in the sufficiency of Scripture and the power of God’s Word. With confidence the pastor must enter the pulpit with the goal of discipling the church in truth in order to send the church back out into a dark world to make disciples based upon the truth. God has not given us a truth for consideration or personalization or customization. God has given us the truth which is foundational to the church and we as Christians must understand the impact truth has upon our civilization. Steven Lawson, in his book The Moment of Truth writes the following:

One astute philosopher has said that we are raising a generation of “moral stutterers.” Others call it “moral illiteracy.” Yet another observer says, “There is a hole in our moral ozone.” This has produced an imploding world in which abortion, homosexuality, euthanasia, pornography, transgender identity, and all manner of lewd behavior are practiced and approved of. Thus abandonment of moral values can be traced back to the rejection of the truth. When absolute truth departs, everything is up for grabs. Tragically, modern man now has his feet firmly planted in midair. 2Steven Lawson, The Moment of Truth, 6.

If anyone should know the definition of marriage, the definition of a pastor, the definition of a woman, and the sanctity of human life—it’s the church of Jesus Christ.

Dear Christian—do not hide your light under a basket. Remember the words of Jesus in his sermon where he made the point that we are to shine brightly before others in order to glorify God (Matt. 5:14-16). Likewise, remember the words of the Apostle Paul as he instructed Timothy regarding the nature of the church as the pillar and buttress of the truth (1 Tim. 3:15). Carl Trueman has pointed out that many evangelical elites are woefully silent on the massive issues of the day, which is one more sign of a post-truth culture that has invaded evangelicalism. Trueman observes:

The post-Dobbs silence of Russell Moore, official public theologian at evangelicalism’s flagship magazine, Christianity Today, is a case in point. In June 2022, when Roe finally fell and public space in the United States was aggressively queered as never before, neither issue apparently rose to the level of importance that required public comment from the most well-known evangelical public theologian in the country. That is deeply sad and a complete dereliction of duty at a time when so many evangelicals want help in thinking through these matters. 3Carl Trueman, “Christians Should Rejoice Over Dobbs” [accessed 7-10-22]

Dear fellow Christian, now is the hour to stand up and speak up with clarity. If anyone should know the definition of marriage, the definition of a pastor, the definition of a woman, and the sanctity of human life—it’s the church of Jesus Christ. Dear pastor, remember, as the pulpit goes, so goes the church.

Stand firm.

References

References
1 See John 18:38
2 Steven Lawson, The Moment of Truth, 6.
3 Carl Trueman, “Christians Should Rejoice Over Dobbs” [accessed 7-10-22]
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