By a total fluke…I found out it’s legal now for anyone to go around topless* in NYC. Did you already know that ?
It caught me off-guard, and living as I do in the buckle of the bible belt (Nashville), I am reminded by recent online articles about New York city, just how far our society has shifted. It’s accelerating away from the center on basic issues of modesty and sexuality, faith and family… and in just a few short years it’s redefining everything from marriage to hate speech.
We’re definitely living in a post (post) modern world, and for families of faith… that’s disturbing major.
Post-Modernism is a “vague” idea that’s rapidly becoming a tangible social reality for families to grapple with.
Wikipedia defines it as “ a philosophical direction which is critical of the foundational assumptions and universalizing tendency of Western philosophy. It emphasizes the importance of power relationships, personalization and discourse in the “construction” of truth and world views.”
This is not a “sky is falling” blog, but it is a “eyes wide-open” blog and I’m concerned enough to make sure your aware of the actual environment our kids are growing up in and forming their values from.
The values you and I may “assume” others respect or agree upon are truly fading. The basic foundations of societal rules are being re-examined and redefined in less than a generation and we can’t presume to let others teach our families the truths we hold so dear.
Bedrock ideas like the existence of ‘absolute truth” or the common-sense understanding that you “reap what you sow” in life are being erased by a post-modern mind-set that has now gained the highest levels of government and justice.
“Our culture is rejecting most… if not all of the priceless wisdom gained by previous generations, in a myopic post-modern spasm of presumption. “(my quote)
IF we want to successfully transfer the basic principles of what we as Christians consider to be truth and life, we are going to need to be VERY intentional with our kids.
Let me encourage you to make the extra-effort to teach reverence and respect of the historical truths our lives are built around. From the sacred nature of Scripture to the teachings and writings of great Christian thinkers, our actions should model the wisdom and strength of a life built and blessed abundantly from simply obeying God.
Post-modernism is here, but not for the first or last time… Take a good long look the prophetic writings in the Old Testament and see if you can find the parallels.
Isaiah, Ezekiel, Daniel… Malachi etc… these were all men who had to push back against the hostility of a rapidly shifting culture. They stood firm, resisting the moral current that was moving God’s people further and further away from the values and wisdom of their forefathers.
Just like us.
Take hope dear ones… God is up for the challenge. As He spoke through the prophet Isaiah thousands of years ago, He is speaking to us today… let’s be careful to build upon a solid foundation with our lives. Everything else is just shifting sand.
Peace out – Pastor B.
Isaiah 59:14-16 /20-21 (ESV) – source Bible Gateway.
14 Justice is turned back, and righteousness stands far away;
for truth has stumbled in the public squares, and uprightness cannot enter.
15 Truth is lacking,
and he who departs from evil makes himself a prey.
The Lord saw it, and it displeased him[a]
that there was no justice.
16 He saw that there was no man, and wondered that there was no one to intercede;
then his own arm brought him salvation, and his righteousness upheld him.
20 “And a Redeemer will come to Zion, to those in Jacob who turn from transgression,” declares the Lord.
21 “And as for me, this is my covenant with them,” says the Lord: “My Spirit that is upon you, and my words that I have put in your mouth, shall not depart out of your mouth, or out of the mouth of your offspring, or out of the mouth of your children’s offspring,” says the Lord, “from this time forth and forevermore.”
*Reference source for NYC factoid – the Huffington Post .