The Christian World View Versus The
Secular World View
My granddaughter was recently
registered for public preschool. She is four. They asked her two questions.
“What was her gender assigned to her at birth? What is her gender identity
now?” She is four!
Chuck Colson Quote from “How Then
Shall We Now Live: Colson quotes are in italics.
Understanding worldviews is
extremely important. Our major task in life is to discover what is true and to
live in step with that truth. As we saw earlier, every worldview can be
analyzed by the way it answers three basic questions: Where did we come
from, and who are we (creation)? What has gone wrong with the world (fall)? And
what can we do to fix it (redemption)? Chuck Colson
Most in America are basing their
lives on a secular world view.
Let’s look at the first of the three basic
questions: “Where did we come from and who are we?”
1. Where did we come from and
who are we?
Christian man and fifteen year old
daughter went to Disney World’s Epcot Center. She was no longer interested in
church. He began to see why in their reactions to presentations there. Evolution
was referred to in most exhibits.
“That’s science, Dad,” Katy
said patiently, as if teaching a child. “Science is things that are proved.”
“Most of it was more like philosophy. Most of the exhibits here share one
version of the truth, even when they’re talking about different things. It’s a
story more than anything, and it goes like this: By chance the universe came
into existence, by chance Earth was just right for life to exist, by chance
life developed into birds and bees and butterflies, by chance human beings came
along, and by chance human beings turned out to be so smart that all the
world’s problems will someday succumb to our technological prowess. End of
story. Hallelujah, amen.” “But scientists can prove all that, Dad. No one can
know for sure about God.” “Come on, how can anyone ‘prove’ that the universe
came about by chance? Everything I know about the universe, including my
incredibly beautiful daughter, indicates to me that Somebody designed it. Created
Until the 1960’s, secular
scientists claimed the universe was eternal and needs no creator.
Carl Sagan once said: “The cosmos
is all there is, or was, or ever will be.”
Then the evidence became clear that there was
a beginning, described as a big bang.
The new theory hit the
scientific world like a thunderclap. It meant that the idea of an ultimate
beginning was no longer merely religious dogma. Science itself now indicated
that the universe burst into existence at a particular time in the remote past.
Big bang theory delivers a near fatal blow to naturalistic philosophy.
How does Earth
happen to be so special? Is it just coincidence? Luck? Or was it designed by a
loving Creator who had us in mind from the outset? If Earth were even slightly
closer to the sun, all its water would boil away, and life would be impossible.
On the other hand, if Earth were only slightly farther away from the sun, all
its water would freeze, and the terrestrial landscape would be nothing but
barren deserts. And it’s not only the landscape that is affected by the
position of our planet. The processes inside our bodies also rely on these
hospitable conditions. The chemical reactions necessary for life to function
occur within a narrow temperature range, and Earth is exactly the right
distance from the sun to fall within that range.
In 1966, at a
landmark symposium at the Wistar Institute in Philadelphia, a group of computer
specialists showed that the probability of evolution by chance processes is
essentially zero, no matter how long the time scale. They presented their
findings to the nation’s biologists. The charge was led by Murray Eden of MIT
and Marcel Schutzenberger of the University of Paris. At first, the biologists
were angry at the upstart computer whizzes for invading their territory. But
the numbers could not be denied. And after the symposium, chance theories began
to be quietly buried. As a result, today it is common to hear prominent
scientists scoff at the idea that life arose by chance. The famous astronomer
Sir Fred Hoyle compares it to lining up 1050 (ten with fifty zeros after it)
blind people, giving each one a scrambled Rubik’s Cube, and finding that they
all solve the cube at the same moment.
*Suppose a Las Vegas dealer were to
deal himself four aces five times in a row. Would you conclude that was
cheating and impossible?
Holes in the theory of
1. Darwin said that if
evolution is true, the fossil record will contain millions of transitional
species. They have found none! The geological records show all
invertebrates in the world suddenly appeared in the Cambrian strata of rock
with no ancestors before them, which is totally inexplicable to evolutionists.
The late Christian evangelist
Francis Schaeffer used to offer an argument against evolution that was simple,
easy to grasp, and devastating: Suppose a fish evolves lungs. What happens
then? Does it move up to the next evolutionary stage? Of course not. It drowns.
Living things cannot simply change piecemeal—a new organ here, a new limb
2. If evolution happened in the past,
why can’t we see evolution happening today?
Most scientists refer to changes
within a species as proof of evolution. We need to understand the difference
between “micro evolution” and “macro evolution.” A dog can breed with another
canine like a wolf, but a dog cannot breed with a cat. All changes occur within
what the Bible calls “kinds.”
- “Then God
said, ‘Let the earth bring forth living creatures after their kind.’” Genesis
3. The theory of evolution goes
against the second law of thermodynamics, which says that things break down,
going from complex to simple.
Darwin spoke of the simple cell
evolving to something more complicated. That “simple cell” he saw under a
microscope is now known to be incredibly complex. The DNA in a single cell
contains enough information to fill four 30 volume sets of Encyclopedia
Darwin himself saw the complexity of
our bodies. The creation of our eyes was supposed to have occurred by light
hitting skin, making it sensitive and desiring to respond. Darwin saw the
complexity of the human eye, that one small factor out of balance would cause
it to no longer function and said that the mere thought of explaining the
formation of the eye caused him to shudder.
With time, things don’t become more complex, they break down. Wood
rots, bodies degrade etc. In evolution, one has a theory that goes against an
observable and provable law.
4. The design in creation points to a
The classic “watch illustration.”
Suppose a native in the jungle came upon a watch. He saw its hands move in an
orderly fashion. He opened its cover to see wheels moving and in place. He
would not throw the watch and say, “There is not a watch maker.”
Evolution has basically been
proven to be untrue. Why is it still taught and held on so dearly? Here are
quotes from evolutionists as to why it is still taught:
Professor T.L. More, a vocal
evolutionist says, “The more one studies paleontology, the more certain one
becomes that evolution is based on faith alone.”
Professor D.M.S. Watson, another
evolutionist says, “Evolution itself is accepted by zoologists, not because it
has been observed to occur or can be proved by logically coherent evidence, but
because the alternative-special creation- is clearly incredible.”
Sir Arthur Keith said, “Evolution
is unproved and unprovable. We believe it only because the only alternative is
special creation which is unthinkable.”
What is dangerous about the theory of
Evolution degrades humanity.
We are only one species in the
evolutionary chain. We are not special, “made in the image of God.” The life of
a dolphin or spotted owl is as important as the life of a baby in a mother’s
Wendell Holmes: “I see no reason for attributing to man a significance
different in kind from that which belongs to a baboon or a grain of sand.”
Only humans, according to the Bible
are made in the image of God. Genesis 1: 26 Then God
said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let
them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and
over the cattle, over [g]all the
earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.” 27 So
God created man in His own image; in the image of God He
created him; male and female He created them. 28 Then
God blessed them, and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply; fill
the earth and subdue it; have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the
birds of the air, and over every living thing that [h]moves on
Jesus taught that humans are more
valuable than animals.
Matthew 6:26 Look
at the birds of the air: They do not sow or reap or gather into barns--and yet
your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?
Carl Sagan received a treatment for
cancer that was developed with animals dying in the process. He almost didn’t
take it because of his belief that animals were of equal value. But he chose it
when it was his life at stake. He died two years later at age of 62.
The place where the clash of world views is most clearly seen is
in the issue of abortion. We can take the life of another human if it
makes our life uncomfortable.
Evolution is based on the survival of the fittest and the fact
that we are moving upward past weaker gene pools of the past. It was the belief
in evolution that fueled the Nazi scientists who experimented on what
they considered an inferior race, the Jews, in order to build a master race.
Margaret Sanger combined the secular world view with racism in her
organization, Planned Parenthood.
According to a study published in the American
Journal of Public Health, black women have the highest abortion
rate in the country at 27.1 per 1,000 women compared with 10 per 1,000 for
white women. Because abortion was meant for African Americans to begin with, so
it’s natural that they would not care about the people they are trying to
exterminate. Margaret Sanger, the founder of the nation’s leading abortion supplier, Planned
Parenthood, once said: “We don’t want
the word to go out that we want to exterminate the negro population.”
Perhaps not coincidently, nearly 80 percent of Planned
Parenthoods are located in black and Hispanic communities today.
Evolution takes away all moral responsibility.
I am not responsible to a God who created me.
I am a higher species of animal. If I am immoral, I’m no worse than a dog.
Sir Julian Huxley said, “I suppose that the
reason we leaped at the ‘Origin of the Species’ was because the idea of God
interfered with our sexual mores.
Evolution robs life of meaning.
Dr. William Provine of Cornell U. outlines the
results of evolution as an evolutionist on an overhead cell in his
presentations: “No life after death. No ultimate foundation for ethics. No
ultimate meaning of life. No free will.”
- b. I am just
an accident in the chain of evolution. When I die, that’s it.
Eph. 2:10-God created
us for good works
John 17:3- We are
here to know God. Adam and Eve walked with God.
Mark 1:17- “follow
me and I will make you fishers of men.”- We are here to know Him and Make Him
Evolution robs God of His glory.
-Romans 1:18-23-18 For
the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness
of men, who [d]suppress the truth in
unrighteousness, 19 because what may be known
of God is [e]manifest [f]in them, for God has shown it to
them. 20 For since the creation of the
world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being
understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power
and [g]Godhead, so that they are without
excuse, 21 because, although they knew God, they
did not glorify Him as God, nor were thankful, but became
futile in their thoughts, and their foolish hearts were darkened. 22 Professing
to be wise, they became fools, 23 and changed the
glory of the incorruptible God into an image made like [h]corruptible man—and birds and
four-footed animals and creeping things.
Conclusion: In Acts 17, Paul spent
time showing how absurd the beliefs of those who worshipped idols were in
Athens then he called for them to change their minds. “Repent” = change your
The four reasons why evolution is
dangerous should lead us to lovingly and respectfully get people to think
through the holes in the theory of evolution. Evolution is the basis for the
secular world view. Once we have shown them the fallacy of what they have been
taught, we then share them God’s story. It makes a lot more sense.
What Went Wrong with People and
The World? Christian World View Series
(Italicized words are from Chuck
Last week we saw how the secular
world view answers the questions “who are we and how did we get here” with a
theory of evolution that says we are the product of random chance. There is no
God. We are only advanced products of evolution. Ultimately life has no
Our task is to contrast that with
our view from the Bible. This world is a creation of God. Humans are special
creations made in the image of God. Therefore we are to treat humans with
dignity. We are to honor the God who created us.
The second question Chuck Colson
said we are to ask if we are to discern a worldview is this: What went wrong
with the world?
answers given by the secular world view are actually logically contradictory.
On the one hand, since we are only
evolutionary products in a world being shaped by the survival of the fittest,
there are no moral standards. I can sleep with anyone I want to. I can put
anything into my body. I can abort any baby. No one can say my actions are
The evolutionary teaching of the
survival of the fittest would imply that if you are robbed at gun point, that
is an example of the stronger surviving. If a ruling class of Nazis decides to
eliminate a people they determined to be inferior like the Jews, that is
helping produce the master race.
But if you are an evolutionist
being robbed, you will cry out, “That’s not right!” It is hard to find a
defender of the holocaust today.
Honest people admit that we have a
sense of right and wrong written in our hearts. The Bible describes that in Romans
2:14-15 – “So, when Gentiles, who do not by nature have the
law, do what the law demands, they are a law to themselves even
though they do not have the law. 15 They show that the
work of the law is written on their hearts. Their consciences confirm
Collins said that the existence of the conscience is unexplainable by
evolution. Reading CS Lewis’ argument for God based on the existence of the
conscience brought him from Atheism to being a Christian.
Christians view the problems in
our world as being deeper than secularists would admit.
secularists believe that people are basically good. If they are given the right
environment, then they will make the right choices.
was the motivation behind the great public housing moves made by LBJ. First
class living places like Cabrini Green in Chicago were built to give the
poor a new start. Those shiny places soon became crumbling housing projects
full of graffiti and crime. In a second wave “urban renewal”, Cabrini Green was
secularists do not see those who commit crimes, even violent crimes, as “sinful.”
They are victims of bad environments or “mentally ill.”
Colson visited a “progressive penitentiary just outside of Oslo. It was a model
maximum-security facility. “I was greeted by the warden, a psychiatrist with
a clinically detached attitude. As she showed me through the sterile
surroundings, which seemed more like a laboratory than a prison, she touted the
number of counselors and the types of therapies given to inmates. In fact, we
met so many other psychiatrists that I asked the warden how many of the inmates
were mental cases. “All of them, of course,” she replied quickly, raising her
eyebrows in surprise. “What do you mean, ‘all of them’?” “Well, anyone who
commits a violent crime is obviously mentally unbalanced.”
presented the Gospel and dealt with sin. A female guard thanked him for plainly
speaking about sin. He found out within a few weeks that the same guard was
brutally raped and killed by prisoners.
If environment is the problem,
then the cure should be to attack the “root cause” of bad neighborhoods,
prejudice (fill in the blank here), ban hate speech, give politically correct
education, and then give therapy to
those who murder people.
something has gone wrong in a person’s life, it must be someone else’s fault.
They are victims.
A woman entered a
hot-dog-eating contest in a Houston nightclub. In her rush to outdo the other
contestants, she ate too quickly and began to choke. Did the woman shrug off
the mishap as a natural consequence of her own zany behavior? No, she decided
she was a victim. She sued the nightclub that sponsored the contest, arguing
that the business was to blame because “they shouldn’t have contests like
that.” The victim ploy can be attractive because it frees us from having to
admit to wrongdoing.
The Bible teaches that all have
sinned. Romans 3:23. The Bible says that we all are born with a sin nature that
moves us toward sin and away from God. Ps, 14:2-3 – “The Lord looks
down from heaven on the children of man, to see if there are any who
understand, who seek after God. They have all turned aside; together they have
become corrupt; there is none who does good, not even one.”
Romans 7:18-19 – “For I know
that nothing good dwells in me, that is, in my flesh. For I have the desire to
do what is right, but not the ability to carry it out. For I do not do the good
I want, but the evil I do not want is what I keep on doing.”
“Prone to wander, Lord I feel it!”
Even though most secularists
believe we are an accident of evolution, they have a set of right and wrongs.
On the one hand there are no moral standards because we are only the process of
chance. But on the other hand there is a great concern for “justice” causes:
social justice, racial justice, economic justice, etc. In reality they do
believe in moral standards, they just have a different set of rights and wrongs
than Christians do.
changing of moral standards is “progress.” “Part of our evolutionary
process.” Therefore it would be wrong/ sinful to put forth any restraints
or criticism about moral choices.
Rousseau’s most influential work,
The Social Contract, opens with the famous line, “Man is born free, and
everywhere he is in chains.” He called on reformers to set people free from
the chains of institutions, rules, customs, and traditions.
A person who listens to their
conscience is experiencing repression. The only thing left that is “sinful” is
to call something sinful. Political correctness now defines Biblical moral
standards as “hate speech.”
“Guilt” is something hazardous
to mental well-being, an artificial constraint from which we need to be
liberated. As a result, today’s younger generation does not even understand the
vocabulary of moral responsibility. Is it surprising, then, that we now see
kids who show no remorse when they violate the rights of others, from trivial things
like stealing a sister’s blouse to horrific crimes like gunning down a
- For the
secularist, the center of the universe is “self”: self-esteem,
self-expression. Education is aimed more at instilling self-esteem and
self-expression than in teaching the basics of Reading, Writing, and
Arithmetic. Children are given “participation trophies.” Red lines are to
be avoided on math scores because that may harm self-worth.
This centering on self-esteem and
self-satisfaction has proven destructive to institutions like marriage.
“If this marriage is not giving
more benefit than cost, I am out of here.” What happens if you or your spouse
becomes seriously ill and needs caring for? Can you imagine any mother that
could not think at some time that their children bring more discomfort than
satisfaction in their lives?
does the secularist view natural disasters and diseases? Since we are the
product of random chance, it is simply “bad luck.”
To understand the Christian
world view on what went wrong in people and the world, we have to go back once
again to the creation story in Genesis.
Colson does a great job in summing up what went wrong based on the Bible:
Scripture teaches that God
created the universe and created us in his image, created us to be holy and to
live by his commands. Yet God loved us so much that he imparted to us the
unique dignity of being free moral agents—creatures with the ability to make
choices, to choose either good or evil. To provide an arena in which to
exercise that freedom, God placed one moral restriction on our first ancestors:
He forbade them to eat of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. The
original humans, Adam and Eve, exercised their free choice and chose to do what
God had commanded them not to do, and they rejected his way of life and
goodness, opening the world to death and evil. The theological term for this
catastrophe is the Fall. In short, the Bible places responsibility for sin,
which opened the floodgates to evil, squarely on the human race—starting with
Adam and Eve, but continuing on in our own moral choices. In that original choice
to disobey God, human nature became morally distorted and bent so that from
then on humanity has had a natural inclination to do wrong. This is the
foundation of the doctrine that theologians call original sin.
The Bible says that the problem
with the world is sin. We have taken our free will and chosen to sin against
God’s good moral standards. Everyone has sinned. Put a lot of sinners together
and you will have a lot of pain.
James 4: 1-2 – “Where
do wars and fights come from among you? Do they not come from
your desires for pleasure that war in your members? 2 You
lust and do not have. You murder and covet and cannot obtain. You fight
Colson’s answer also has the germ
thought that explains suffering in the world. The fall of Adam and Eve had
consequences for the entire world. We became a fallen planet.
Genesis 3: 17-19 – “Then to
Adam He said, “Because you have heeded the voice of your wife, and have
eaten from the tree of which I commanded you, saying, ‘You shall not eat
“Cursed is the
ground for your sake; In toil you shall eat of it All the days
of your life.
18 Both thorns and thistles it shall bring forth for you,
And you shall eat the herb of the field.
19 In the sweat of your face you shall eat bread Till you
return to the ground.”
Romans 8: 20-22 – “For the
creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of Him who
subjected it in hope; 21 because the
creation itself also will be delivered from the bondage of corruption into
the glorious liberty of the children of God. 22 For
we know that the whole creation groans and labors with birth pangs
together until now.”
world God created was perfect. Only after sin entered the world did sickness
and disasters arise. Next week we will see what God is doing and will do about
the fallenness in this world.
Conclusion: We are living
in a world of sinful people and a fallen planet. Today’s subject only lets us
diagnose the problem. Next week we will finally get to the solutions offered by
the secular view and by the Good News found in the Bible. Today we are looking
at the question “what went wrong. With that in mind:
Which world view better fits what we see in the
Are people basically good and should we
therefore abolish the police?
Does the new moral thoughts lead to more
happiness and fulfillment?
How do we fix it?
We know something is wrong in the
world. We also sense something is wrong in our lives.
Pascal, the French philosopher and
mathematician said, “There is a God-shaped vacuum in the heart of each man
which cannot be satisfied by any created thing but only by God the Creator,
made know through Jesus Christ.”
People are going
to sad lengths to find something to fill this hole in their lives.
newspapers this week (May 2021) featured a shirtless photo of a young actress
who claims to be transgender. She had surgery to appear to be a man. At the
same time, 60 Minutes did a section on teenagers who had the same surgeries and
later regretted it and returned to their original gender designation.
Solomon was a king who started
right then strayed from God. He was the richest, most successful king in
Israel’s history. Yet after years of being away from God he spoke of the
meaningless in his life. He had most of what the world is seeking now to fill
this void yet it left him empty.
Ec. 1:12 I, the
Teacher, was king of Israel, and I lived in Jerusalem. 13 I
devoted myself to search for understanding and to explore by wisdom everything
being done under heaven. I soon discovered that God has dealt a tragic
existence to the human race. 14 I observed everything
going on under the sun, and really, it is all meaningless—like chasing the
15 What is wrong
cannot be made right.
What is missing cannot be recovered.
16 I said to
myself, “Look, I am wiser than any of the kings who ruled in Jerusalem before
me. I have greater wisdom and knowledge than any of them.” 17 So
I set out to learn everything from wisdom to madness and folly. But I learned
firsthand that pursuing all this is like chasing the wind.
18 The greater
my wisdom, the greater my grief.
To increase knowledge only increases sorrow.
I said to myself, “Come on,
let’s try pleasure. Let’s look for the ‘good things’ in life.” But I found that
this, too, was meaningless. 2 So I said, “Laughter is
silly. What good does it do to seek pleasure?” 3 After
much thought, I decided to cheer myself with wine. And while still seeking
wisdom, I clutched at foolishness. In this way, I tried to experience the only
happiness most people find during their brief life in this world.
4 I also tried
to find meaning by building huge homes for myself and by planting beautiful
vineyards. 5 I made gardens and parks, filling them with
all kinds of fruit trees. 6 I built reservoirs to collect
the water to irrigate my many flourishing groves. 7 I
bought slaves, both men and women, and others were born into my household. I
also owned large herds and flocks, more than any of the kings who had lived in
Jerusalem before me. 8 I collected great sums of silver
and gold, the treasure of many kings and provinces. I hired wonderful singers,
both men and women, and had many beautiful concubines. I had everything a man
9 So I became
greater than all who had lived in Jerusalem before me, and my wisdom never
failed me. 10 Anything I wanted, I would take. I denied
myself no pleasure. I even found great pleasure in hard work, a reward for all
my labors. 11 But as I looked at everything I had worked
so hard to accomplish, it was all so meaningless—like chasing the wind. There
was nothing really worthwhile anywhere. (NLT)
People are looking to the wrong
things to fill the God shaped vacuum. Solomon tried what we are being told
will bring life and found his life to be meaningless:
1. Education and Wisdom did not
fill the void in Solomon’s life. Ecc. 1:12-18
The world points to college
degrees as a way for self fulfilment.
There is no
link between your education level and your personal happiness, says a new mental-health research study published by
the British Journal of Psychiatry.
The team discovered that the
odds of happiness were equivalent throughout all levels of educational
Lead author Professor Sarah
Stewart-Brown said: “These findings are quite controversial because we expected
to find the socioeconomic factors that are associated with mental illness would
also be correlated with mental wellbeing. So if low educational attainment was
strongly associated with mental illness, high educational attainment would be
strongly connected to mental well-being. But that is not the case.”
Solomon said 18 The
greater my wisdom, the greater my grief.
To increase knowledge only increases sorrow.
2. Pleasure did not fill the
void in Solomon’s life.
Solomon set no boundaries for
himself in both wine and women. Yet he was still empty while away from God.
sexual boundaries has not made us healthier or happier. We have growing divorce
rates and higher rates of STDs.
Removing barriers to drug
experimentation and alcohol consumption has not made us healthier or happier.
We are in the “opioid crisis’ and have a growing number of people addicted to
alcohol or drugs or pornography.
2 Peter 2: 18 They
brag about themselves with empty, foolish boasting. With an appeal to twisted
sexual desires, they lure back into sin those who have barely escaped from a
lifestyle of deception. 19 They promise freedom, but they
themselves are slaves of sin and corruption. For you are a slave to whatever
3. Things did not fill the void
in Solomon’s life.
Solomon thought the more houses
and possessions he had, the happier he would be. He became the richest king in
Israel’s history, yet he was still empty while he was away from God.
Every time we turn on the
television set or open a magazine or newspaper, we are bombarded with the
gospel of commercialism: that for every need, every insecurity, every worry,
there is a product for sale that can satisfy our need, pump up our self-esteem,
soothe our worry. Advertisers devote huge budgets to hiring psychologists to
probe the human psyche and pinpoint our deepest needs and longings. Then they
craft seductive images and phrases designed to hook us, to beguile us into
thinking that buying their product will satisfy those fundamental needs. And
since those deepest needs are religious, what ads really trade on is the
universal longing for redemption. “You’re in good hands.” Still others suggest
the blessings of the Promised Land: “We bring good things to life.” “Be all you
can be.” Colson
Jesus said, “Life does not
consist in the abundance of things.” Luke 12:15
4. Fame did not fill the void
in Solomon’s life.
Solomon was so famous, leaders
from all over the world came to meet him. He was known as the wisest man alive
in his day. Yet he was empty away from God.
could all name actors and rock stars who committed suicide. Yet the illusion
that if you become famous, you life has meaning is being held out today more
than ever. There are more ways to become “famous.”
person can become a social media
influencer if they have enough people following them on social media. With you
tube, you can be a “star” without going through the doors that were required in
teenagers plunge into despair if they do not have enough “friends” on line or
if they do not get enough likes from what they post.
Fame is so
fleeting! The top names of today will very soon be forgotten.
than a decade ago I had the privilege of being on the same cart as Steve
Bartkowski in a captain’s choice tournament. I was excited to tell my boys.
During the late 70’s and early 80’s he was the most popular QB in Atlanta’s
history. I told them, I just played golf with Falcons greatest QB ever! They
replied, “You played with Michael Vick?” They had never heard of Bartkowski.
People are turning to the wrong
Saviors to fix their lives.
1. Some believe that science
will solve all of our problems.
Science often creates more
problems than it solves. We get bigger bombs,
Science itself gives no moral
guidelines for our genetic experimentation. How do we decide which traits we
want? Do we want to create a super-Einstein or a super–Mother Teresa, or even a
class of subhuman slaves to do our menial work? These questions presuppose a
standard of values, which science itself cannot provide. Colson
2. A growing number of people
are turning to the occult or in magic as their “savior”. This question was
all over headlines in the internet in
May 2021: Why are women becoming
The article says “Humans have
always turned to magic when they feel helpless”. Newsweek reported in 2018 that
there were 1.5 million involved in
Wicca, the name for witchcraft as a religion. (There are only 1. 25
members of the PCUSA)
A related article went viral in May 2021:
Seattle-based Bri Luna, aka
@thehoodwitch, has 472,000 followers on Instagram. On her website, thehoodwitch.com, her
profile picture shows an attractive young woman wearing a black dress that
reveals both tattooed cleavage and one tattooed thigh, holding a crystal ball
in a ring-bedecked hand. The image is fiercely sexual and deliberately
powerful, but this is a power that is linked to magic, which, she says, is open
to all who choose to claim it: “The universe is vast, and we need as many
healing information sources as possible. It is time for us to awaken and tap
into the deepest parts of ourselves and into the natural magic that is offered
to us by this very planet we inhabit.”
Bri Luna is a magical
influencer, whose posts appeal to the increasing number of people — especially
young women — who self-identify as witches, and who account for the 6.8 million
Instagram posts with the hashtag #witchesofinstagram.
3. Some people believe the
government will meet all our needs.
AS we move leftward in our
governing, we are telling people that the government will take care of you all
of your life. Just trust the government to meet your needs and tell you what is
safe to do and the right things to say.
The march toward government being
the savior too often leads to Marxism. Marx’s has had disastrous results for
millions, leading to war, massacre, and labor camps. “Apply Marxism in any
country you want, you will always find a Gulag in the end,” says French
philosopher Bernard-Henri Levi.
4. Some people believe that
Self is the only savior you need.
There is a constant stream of
“self- help” books. Some consider it ‘weakness” to look beyond yourself for
poem “Invictus” captures this spirit of a person needing no one but themselves:
Out of the night that covers
as the pit from pole to pole,
I thank whatever gods may be
my unconquerable soul.
….I am the master of my fate,
am the captain of my soul.
The New age movement goes further
than self-reliance. It declares that every human being is god. You are divine.
Shirley MacLaine stood on a beach in her autobiography and shouted at the wind
“I am God!” I am sure the sea gulls were impressed.
The Christian Answer: Jesus
meets all our needs:
He is put forth as our Savior
He meets our need to be loved.
(John 3:16 and the Parable of prodigal Son in Luke 15.)
He offers Forgiveness with a good
reason to believe it. He died for our sins and rose again.
He offers us Eternal life. He
takes away the sting of death.
He is also Lord. He will run my
life better than I would. Go back to the instructions. Matthew 7:24-27.
Our entire faith is based on a
historical event with strong historical proof. It is not a matter of a better
story or a better opinion. There is an empty tomb that declares Jesus is Savior
Conclusion: All we ask is the
freedom to share the Gospel. We don’t demand that America enforce one religion,
even Christianity. Just give us the chance to give the case found in the Bible
and that case will make more sense than what the world is saying. I
have said that I want religious freedom in Iran and Saudi Arabia. Compare Jesus
and Mohammed and Jesus wins every time. The problem is the Bible is not
political correctness may soon make it where the Bible is not allowed in
America. Let’s fight for freedom and be proactive in sharing the Christian