Category Archives: Morally Speaking

These are shorter posts that deal with today’s moral issues.

Tomorrow We Begin Our Harvest

Tonight while praying from across the ocean on the other side of the world, I had a passage impressed upon me: “Do not be deceived. God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that will he also reap” (Galatians 6:7).

For the past 18 months, America has watched an election cycle unlike any other in our nation’s history, and we have sown the seeds of contention, deceit, and division, not only in our nation, but in our church as well. Tomorrow we will begin to reap the harvest of what we have sown, both in our nation and in our churches.

Those who know me the best know that my heart is irrevocably pierced for the unity of the Church; Christ’s own words in John 17 formed the steel of the sword that pierced my heart with the burden of unity in His body. And in this election my sorrow has compounded to an almost unbearable measure for the defilement and destruction being wrought in the Church by the personal ambitions and agendas of greedy men and women (both in the pulpits and in the pews).

So I want to call on my brothers and sisters to consider how you have sown during this election cycle.

  • Has your online presence stirred up strife, or pleaded for peace?
  • Have your family discussions entrenched bitterness or worked forgiveness?
  • Have your church discussions caused divisions or mended wounds?

What will our harvest be because of our labors?

THE VOICE OF TRUTH: Donald Trump

“Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil; Who substitute darkness for light and light for darkness; Who substitute bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter!” ~Isaiah 5:20

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The Church has a responsibility to raise the voice of Truth in the midst of darkness; to warn and exhort against falsehood and deception even when the people seem hungry for it! Our responsibility to be the voice of Truth in our generation doesn’t diminish simply because the truth is not appreciated. Nor does this call contradict our responsibility to be peacemakers and healers; it is possible- indeed, even necessary- to speak the Truth in love and peace. But to raise the voice of truth requires an accurate conviction of the truth and the virtue necessary to stand immovable on the truth even when it is opposed by the majority.

As a result of prayer and a great deal of time studying how one must answer the challenges we face, I feel an obligation to offer my voice as one entreating the Church with warnings and exhortations against the deceptions being welcomed into our ranks; what little platform I have here, I will use to lift up the voice of Truth.

DONALD TRUMP & HILLARY CLINTON

“Let every soul be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and the authorities that exist are appointed by God.” ~Romans 13:1

Whether it is Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton that is elected, we can be sure that it is God who appointed them to office. All authority is God’s.

As Christians, we are called upon to live with this wisdom in mind. We are to let this wisdom guide us and direct our hearts; we are to submit to it by faith, and attend our ear to it for counsel.

There is, therefore, no doubt in my mind that God will have His way in November. My concern is for the way in which we are walking upon this earth as followers of Christ! I fear that the Church is being deceived about the nature of Donald Trump. We must not allow ourselves to be fooled.

FOR JUDGMENT

Some have said we must vote for Donald Trump in order to prevent Hillary Clinton from getting into office.  They say “all that is necessary for an evil man to come to power is for good men to do nothing”; but might we not also say that “all that’s necessary for an evil person to come to power is for good people to pick between two evils”?

I believe our current events demand an alternative response from “good men and women”: I believe it is time for the Church to take an account of itself and repent for the sins that have caused breaches in our walls by which the enemy has flooded in!  We are flooded by carnal sins and apostasy; it is impossible to expect that we can fight any good fight in the political arena with such strangle-holds on the Church!

We need to acknowledge that God gave us a selection of fine men this year, and our nation abandoned them in favor of Donald Trump; we cannot blind ourselves to the fact that God is raising up judgment upon this nation either way we go.

I believe our only way forward is to specifically acknowledge our sins and repent; we must repair the breaches in our walls and drive out by the weapons of our warfare the enemy that has invaded our midst!

Then let us look to our State and local elections. But rest assured that if we do not repent and repair the breaches that are in our own walls, the corruption that has culminated in this years Presidential election will take over our State and local offices as well!

WE REAP WHAT WE SOW

“Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, this he will also reap.” ~Galatians 6:7

The great deception that is blinding the Church is that we believe we can elect a wicked man or woman and reap a good harvest! Wicked leaders advance Satan’s cause; one leader might make the world more comfortable along the way than another, but both lead to the gates of Hell!  We’re placing our hope and trust in a wicked man, and that is folly!

Is Donald Trump a wicked man by God’s word?

Yes, by God’s word, he is a wicked man. Donald Trump has been unfaithfully divorced and remarried three times; God says that He hates divorce (Malachi 2:16) and it is adultery (Mark 10:11 cf 1 Corinthians 6:9). Trump has a very crude, profane, and filthy mouth. God’s word says “because of these things the wrath of God is coming upon the sons of disobedience” (Colossians 3:5-9). Trump is a pathological liar on the scale that even the media cannot keep up with him on it. Trump has openly supported murdering unborn children until very recently. By Trump’s lifestyle he has consistently denied Christ (Titus 1:16).

This is why I am deeply troubled when I hear Christians trying to say that Donald Trump is “a good man”; even comparing him to Cyrus or even Elijah! We must heed God’s warning from my opening verse from Isaiah 5:20. We must not call “evil” “good”. If we do we will find only destruction at the end.

The “Devil” is the “Devil” no matter whose mask he wears. I hope I’m clear in my meaning; not that either candidate is “the Devil”, but simply that they are both evil, regardless how they attempt to appear.

The Church must remember that we still have not seen any widespread repentance in this nation, neither by the unbelievers, nor by the Church. We simply are not going to incur blessing from God for this; rather, we will incur judgment!

JUDGE A TREE BY ITS FRUIT

My earnest prayer is for Donald Trump’s sincere repentance. I eagerly desire that Donald Trump would come to a true revelation of Jesus Christ and repent in His name for the salvation of his soul. But I will not buy into publicity shows and turn a blind eye to the fact that there has still been no manifest evidence of his repentance.

Let Donald Trump bear the fruits of repentance first, then our consciences can be confident in giving him our votes. But where is the fruit of his repentance? God does not diminish His standards just because of the high office someone holds.

I cringe when I hear the Church say “well he has publicly confessed Christ now”. This is one of the breaches that we must repair! We have diminished what it means to confess Christ to allow anyone that serves our own cause into the Church!

RESPONDING CAREFULLY

I believe there is a big difference between walking in the understanding that a President has been appointed by God- especially understanding that his appointment may be for judgment- and casting a vote of approval for him.  The Church must raise its voice for Truth, we cannot compromise our voice by promoting and supporting candidates who are wicked.  While we support every candidate in prayer, lawful obedience, and beneficial service wherever possible, we must not strengthen the hands of the wicked to do wickedly!

I have no hatred in my heart towards either candidate; I pray earnestly for both to uphold justice, equity, and truth. I pray that whoever is appointed to the Presidency by God may lead this nation in peace for the furtherance of the gospel world-wide. And I pray that both would come to a saving faith in Jesus Christ.

But I believe our first response must be inward; to acknowledge where we have allowed sin to breach our walls and repent so that we can repair these breaches that the Church may once again be a pillar of “truth” and “justice” in the world. Then I believe we must prove ourselves faithful with the local and State offices. We must demonstrate the moral fortitude and virtue necessary to successfully stand against the popular tides of sin in this nation. But more important than our involvement in the political arena- an area that I believe Christians should be involved in- is our involvement in our local communities as ambassadors for Christ!

This world has been “secularized” under the watch of the Church. What we are seeing today is the result of our decisions from yesterday. Unless we repent of yesterday’s sins, tomorrow will only be worse than today.

Persecution in Russia

This report came from Charisma News and was written by Jessilyn Jusitice. It details new legislation in Russia that will sweep Christian faith practices into “anti-terrorism” efforts. The Churches in Russia are calling for prayer and fasting- which, incidentally, will soon be illegal once this legislation goes into effect- and I want to encourage my brethren to share in prayer and fasting with them.

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News Link: http://www.charismanews.com/world/58320-7-000-churches-fasting-praying-over-terrifying-new-persecution-law

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Russian President Vladimir Putin signed an anti-terrorism law, but for the country’s many churches, the signature sparked a demand for prayer and fasting.

The bill toughens punishment for acts deemed to be terrorism and for the organization of “mass unrest,” according to the Los Angeles Times. It would also introduce prison sentences of up to a year for those who fail to report such crimes.

Furthermore, Great Commission Ministries Chairman Hanny Haukka tells Charisma News the law entails:

Foreign guests are not permitted to speak in churches unless they have a “work permit” from Russian authorities.

If a friend or relative from outside Russia wishes to share his/her faith in your home, the guest will be fined and expelled from Russia.

Any discussion of God with non-believers is considered missionary activity and will be punishable.

Missionary activity will be permitted by special government permission. Example: If one traveling on a train shares his faith without written permission the offender will be taken into police custody for the duration of the journey and will be fined 50,000 rubles ($1000).

Offenders from the age of 14 will be subject to prosecution.

Religious activity is no longer permitted in private homes. Most churches in Russia meet in homes.
Every citizen is obligated to report religious activity (of neighbors) to the authorities. Failure to be an informant is punishable by law.

One may pray, read the Bible at home but not in the presence of a non-believing person. You will be breaking the law and be punished.

If the church has purchased property it cannot be converted into a place of worship.

In church buildings it is not permitted to invite people to turn to God. Worship services are permitted but making a non-believer a follower of Christ is against the law.

In response, thousands of churches across the country have come together to cry out to God.

“The church is appalled at the news of the new law. About 7,000 evangelical/protestant churches are in fasting and prayer at the moment over the news,” Haukka tells Charisma News via email.

Churches aren’t the only residents enraged by the law.

American refugee Edward Snowden tweeted: “#Putin has signed a repressive new law that violates not only human rights, but common sense. Dark day for #Russia.”

What’s more, critics are now declaring the Yarovaya laws, aka the “Big Brother,” laws as a sign of the end times:

If these amendments come into force, prison sentences for certain non-violent “extremist” crimes will potentially be twice as long as, for example, murder committed in the heat of passion, which carries a maximum sentence of three years.
Despite receiving nearly unanimous support in parliament, the Yarovaya laws have triggered a flood of apocalyptic commentary. Many wonder why Russia’s already excessively harsh criminal laws are being made harsher.

The only official criticism of the legislation, however, has come from the Presidential Human Rights Council, which has highlighted ways in which the proposed amendments directly contradict the Constitution and existing laws. This criticism has been almost entirely ignored.

The Duma has already passed a number of laws that have harshened Russian law in the name of fighting terrorism and extremism. It criminalized “public calls for the violation of territorial integrity” and “rehabilitation of Nazism,” a direct affront to the freedom of speech. In 2013, it passed a law that allowed the state to confiscate property from individuals affiliated with terrorists, including their relatives.

The government has long used the “fight against terrorism and extremism” to justify repressive laws, no matter how obviously senseless they may be. As a result, Russia’s statutory framework can now be effectively used to target not only credible extremist threats, but also political opponents of the state. A large group of prominent Russian lawyers decried this problem in an open letter in 2013, saying that the “parliament’s legislative work has acquired a distinctly prohibitive and repressive character.”

In response, Haukka pleads with believers around the world to join with Russian churches in prayer and fasting.

“Russia is closing down in an awful way. The new law is in total conflict with the purpose and the task given to the church by the Lord. The law will send the church back into Soviet-era Communist persecution,” he says.

The Transgender Sin and God’s Image

The wrath of man does not accomplish the righteousness of God” ~James 1:20

A lot of people in the U.S. are “outraged” over the transgender push to allow men to use women’s bathroom’s and locker-room’s (and vice-versa). But this anger seems to originate from a conservative indignation over ideological and political losses, rather than a deep sorrow over the terrible sin our nation is embracing.

In short, the anger and outrage we see from many in the Church today over this issue (and many others) is the wrath of man that does not accomplish the righteousness of God.

Am I saying that the Church needs to “be silent”, “roll over and accept what’s happening”? Absolutely not! I am saying “the wrath of man does not accomplish the righteousness of God”.

I believe there is a better way to handle this situation.

Let me encourage my Christian brothers and sisters to take advantage of the opportunity provided to preach the gospel to exposed sinners if/when you meet a “transgender” person in the wrong bathroom.

That’s correct. My answer is to preach to the lost and pray for them.

I believe our sitting around “brooding” about things is the cowards way of handling the problem. It’s far easier to sit around and trash our transgender neighbors, and grumble about the “advancement of liberal ideologies in American society”, than it is to “shod our feet in the preparation of the gospel” and “always be prepared to give an answer for the hope that we have in Christ Jesus”. But this preaching of the gospel and intercession of prayer over the lost is precisely what the Church is called to; it’s not just what our society needs- as if we are just looking for a solution to our problems so that we can get back to a conservative paradise- but it is God’s calling on the Church for all generations unto the end of the age!

So yes, I do encourage all Christians to take advantage of the opportunity to preach the gospel to exposed sinners if you meet a “transgender” person in the wrong bathroom.

If I see a sinner in rebellion to the gender God gave them in the same bathroom with me, you bet I am going to preach the gospel to them.   And let me warn against the cowardly excuse  not to preach to transgendered sinners by saying “I could get sued for this”–  you will either “love Christ” or you will “love your life”, you cannot shirk Christ in defense  and preservation of your way of life, if you do you will lose your life.

In preparation I am set to memorizing the following passages so that I can give an answer for the hope I have in Jesus Christ to the lost:

1. “God created man in his own image. In God’s image He created him; male and female He created them. God blessed them. God said to them, ‘Be fruitful, multiply, fill the earth, and subdue it. Have dominion over it…” Genesis 1:27-28a

2. “A woman shall not wear men’s clothing, neither shall a man put on women’s clothing, for whoever does these things is an abomination to Yahweh your God” Deuteronomy 22:5

3. But I would have you know that the head of every man is Christ, and the head of the woman is man, and the head of Christ is God… For a… man is the image and glory of God, but the woman is the glory of the man.” 1 Corinthians 11:3, 7b

4. For the husband is the head of the wife, as Christ also is the head of the assembly, being Himself the savior of the Body. But as the assembly is subject to Christ, so let wives also be to their own husbands in everything. Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the assembly, and gave Himself up for it; that He might sanctify it, having cleansed it by the washing of the water of the word… Ephesians 5:23-26

“Gender”- so called- is not a preference. One may decide whether or not they want to get married, and God blesses both the “single person” and the “married person” with unique and cherished blessings, but, a person’s “gender” is the sovereign decision of God at the moment of conception when a person’s chromosomes align in such a way so that you are either male or female; your “gender” is actually one of the first things about “you” that God ordains!

When God created the human race, He created us to reflect His image; He created “man” in His image and made us “male and female”. Just as Christ is the head of man, so man is the head of woman, even as God is the head of Christ. In this way God made “us” (being male and female) in His image.

The sin of the “transgender” person is the sin of defiling the image of God. While sinners and unbelievers do not take this very seriously, God does, and they need to be warned lest they fall into the wrath of God.

So I want to admonish my brethren against the cowardly position that simply grumbles about the transgender problem amongst ourselves and exhort you to the faithful position that preaches the gospel to sinners and intercedes in prayer for the lost, that the good pleasure of God may be delighted in the lost turning from their sin and being saved.

A Wasted Breath

I’m sure everyone knows by now that “Prince” passed away yesterday, and I am reminded of the Lord’s words: “For I take no pleasure in the death of anyone, declares the Sovereign LORD. Repent and live!” Ezekiel 18:32

But I’m taken back by how many Christians are saying “R.I.P. Prince”- as the LORD has said, “they have healed the brokenness of My people superficially, Saying, ‘Peace, peace,’ But there is no peace” Jeremiah 6:14– there is no “peace” for “Prince” now; such a saying is extraordinarily superficial and deceptive.

I believe we are saying this to ourselves because we do not want to deal with the reality that an incredibly talented, influential, and famous man has now breathed his last breath from God, without ever having repented, and has now found his way to the same place that the nameless, homeless, man who died on the streets somewhere in this nation without any notice has found his way to; they have both entered as equals into Death.

The terrifying reality that we are trying to avoid is that there is no advantage because of our accomplishments in this world between “us” and the “nameless, homeless, poor” when we enter death. For “everyone comes naked from their mother’s womb, and as everyone comes, so they depart. They take nothing from their toil that they can carry in their hands” (Ecclesiastes 5:15).

We want to look at these incredibly talented, wealthy, successful, and influential people like “Prince” and believe that all their work and toil means something- but Prince has now come face to face with the reality that everything that he left behind is meaningless to him, indeed, even his legacy of sexually perverse music is now a weight about his neck in judgment.

I know that what I am writing means that I will be criticized and harshly misjudged, but I waited to write this post in order that I might be “slow to speak” and test my own heart on the matter- there is no malice in my heart towards Prince, nor joy over his passing. Rather, there is zeal in my heart for the living! To urge you by every means possible to repent in the true knowledge of God and incredible mercy of Jesus Christ.

The reality is that Prince wasted the breath that he received from God leading an entire generation of youth astray into sexually perverse lifestyles. For this there will be no peace, only judgment.

So why am I writing this now?

Because we need our attention to be drawn to the reality we face in death. We need to think about how we are using the breath that God has given us; did we expend all our breath on efforts that will perish in this world, or, have we used our breath on eternal matters? Surely the unknown Bank Teller who was faithful to God his entire life shall enter into eternity in greater joy and glory than the wicked who achieved greatness in this earth but were not known by the King of kings.

 

IN TUMULTUOUS TIMES

In tumultuous times it is very easy to become distracted and get swept away by the tides of society.

By simple observation I believe tumultuous times are coming to the U.S.  We can easily see diametrically opposed powers lining up against each other that are utterly incapable of reconciling themselves to one another.  Even more than that, we cab see dramatic shifts in the bedrock of American culture and values; such shifts are fracturing families, friendships, and churches in ways that no one had previously imagined.  No country can sustain this kind of divisiveness for long before the sheer weight exerted on it by such contentions brings the whole thing crumbling down.  Unfortunately there is a spirit of divisiveness in the land and it is wrecking havoc!

It is easy in light of these events to speculate about the coming end times, and while we are assured of both the signs of the end times and the certainty of their coming, Christians must not become unstable or lose the soberness of our mind during these times.  It is imperative that we look to God for counsel in these days so that we may live blameless and holy in His sight in this generation.

So what is the Church to do as we look upon our nation that has long been the epicenter of lust, covetousness, pride, and violence; what are we do to as we see that same lust, covetousness, pride, and violence consuming the nation from the inside out?

STRENGTHEN THE HANDS WHICH HANG DOWN

Therefore strengthen the hands which hang down, and the feeble knees, and make straight paths for your feet, so that what is lame may not be dislocated, but rather be healed.  Pursue peace with all people, and holiness, without which no one will see the Lord: looking carefully lest anyone fall short of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up cause trouble, and by this many become defiled; lest there be any fornicator or profane person like Esau, who for one morsel of food sold his birthright.  For you know that afterward, when he wanted to inherit the blessing, he was rejected, for he found no place for repentance, though he sought it diligently with tears. ~Hebrews 12:12-17

The things we are observing in our time should only emphasize our need to “strengthen that which remains”; we need to look to those in our brotherhood that are weak, discouraged, weighed down but not cut off, and we need to strengthen them while there is time to straighten out our paths.

I believe it is a mistake to assume that we will get our houses in order when the pressure comes, when those things that will make up our trial arrive.

WATCH AND PRAY

Keep watching and praying that you may not enter into temptation ~Matthew 26:41

Repeatedly Jesus exhorted the disciples to “watch and pray”.  The days ahead will be difficult for the Church, especially those who have not exercised themselves to godliness, and those who are disconnected from the body, but how much more perilous will those days be for those who did not “watch and pray”?

Do you know the signs of our dear Lord’s return?  Are you “keeping watch”?  Have you sought the Lord’s counsel lately, and besought His mercy?

PREACH THIS GOSPEL AND MAKE DISCIPLE UNTO THE END

And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in all the world as a witness to all the nations, and then the end will come. ~Mt. 24:14

Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age. ~Mt. 28:19-20

Many in the Church today have laid down their swords in cowardice before a seemingly overwhelming enemy and refused to fight the good fight; their condemnation is just (Revelation 21:8).

But we are not without might in this generation; the power of God for salvation is sharp and sure, it has not been blunted, nor has it been compromised.

I believe that it is the duty of the Church in the face of all that we face to take up the fight with greater boldness and preach “repentance in the name of Jesus Christ in light of the Kingdom of God”; for the righteous to do any less is an egregious sin.

LET THE CHURCH BE THE CHURCH

I believe the day warrants the elders and pastors of the Church meeting together to seek counsel from God on how they ought to walk in these difficult times.

So what is the answer for the Church in light of these troubled times, and even more so as we approach the end?  I believe the answer is to let the Church be the Church!

 

10 Commandments: the idolatry commandments

This is the first lesson in our series on the 10 Commandments.  We begin with the first two commandments on idolatry.  Our objective is to expose the deeds of idolatry and turn our fellowship away from idols with the ultimate end that we might “come out and be separate”.

2016 Election: Pray

As the U.S. enters the 2016 presidential election season I wanted to bring our minds back to God’s will and encourage my brethren everywhere, not just in the U.S. to pray for our leaders as those appointed by God.

Praying for our leaders takes wisdom and discernment.  But how can we pray for our leaders if we get swept into the polarizing and vitriolic landscape that typifies politics today?  Likewise, how can we pray for our leaders if we react to this landscape by sinking into an apathetic non-engagement mentality that holds so many Christians who are disillusioned by our corrupt political system?  Let me encourage you to avoid these snares altogether by being rooted and grounded in love according to the knowledge of God and praying earnestly for your leaders.

Remember God’s way according to His word:

Let every soul be subject to the governing authorities.  For there is no authority except from God, and the authorities that exist are appointed by God.  ~Romans 13:1

I exhort first of all that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men, for kings and all who are in authority, that we may lead a quiet peaceable life in all godliness and reverence. ~1 Timothy 2:1-2

Therefore submit yourselves to every ordinance of man for the Lord’s sake, whether to the king as supreme, or to governors, as to those who are sent by him for the punishment of evildoers and for the praise of those who do good.  For this is the will of God, that by doing good you may put to silence the ignorance of foolish men- as free, yet not using liberty as a cloak for vice, but as bondservants of God.  Honor all people.  Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honor the king. ~1 Peter 2:13-17

I thought it would be beneficial to add videos from interviews and speeches of our President and upcoming presidential candidates so that you may listen with godly discernment and understand how to pray for our leaders and potential leaders.

My intention is not to promote any candidate in this post, rather, to provide a starting point by which you may carefully consider these men and women in prayer.  When we hear these men and women speak, we should endeavor to conform our minds to the mind of Christ, that He may have the preeminence among us and that our actions might reflect His good will even in the most vitriolic and divisive season of American politics.

I believe there are appropriate times to stand up and speak out over the sins and abuses committed by those in political leadership for the purposes of stemming incoming tides that would seek to sway and defile the Church, but I also believe there are times to call for earnest intercessory prayer from the Church for our political leaders.  I believe this is just such a time as this, so please join me in praying for our leaders.

The U.S. President

Barack Obama

Presidential Candidates

Donald Trump

Carly Fiorina

Ben Carson

Ted Cruz

Marco Rubio

Jeb Bush

Bernie Sanders

Hillary Clinton

 

Let’s Think About Our Worldview

I believe the idea of a subjective worldview and its demands for absolute tolerance are fallacious and inoperable.  You can’t build a subjective worldview on an objective principle that firmly asserts that there are no self-evident truths because you would fundamentally undermine your own position.  And it is inoperable because it lacks the conviction, certainty, and courage to effect change in the face of conflict, cost, and consensual community opposition.

The subjective worldview creates the illusion of unrestrained liberty for every individual to conduct themselves according to their own impulses, and asserts that there is no objective standard to confront them in their position.  Actionable community efforts require community consensus and will end in gridlock if a common community consensus cannot be reached.  The promise of “tolerance” and “acceptance” becomes a burden on society as it struggles to reconcile irreconcilable worldview’s.  The subjective worldview lacks a common and cohesive standard to provide clarity and direction to society and requires inconsistency and self-contradiction to function in real-world objective scenarios.

The objective worldview provides certain inalienable liberties to every individual according to an impartial common standard; it affords the conviction, certainty, and courage necessary to accomplish overwhelming feats of triumph in the face of opposition by the common consensus like those the early abolitionists accomplished because it affords a higher standard by which reality and life’s toughest questions can be measured. Tolerance and acceptance can flourish without becoming a burden on society where two worldview’s share enough common ground to exercise objective values of “respect” and “peaceful expression”, but without becoming the burden of “total tolerance” and “total acceptance” that strangle society as they do in a subjective worldview when two diametrically opposed worldviews meet

An objective worldview can make room for subjectivity within certain limits by supporting heuristic liberty and acknowledging the reality of mystery, whereas a subjective worldview can get lost in that same mystery and is plagued by its own virtue of unaccountability.

Both these worldview’s attempt to deal with how mankind responds to our need for moral standards. But at the heart of the subjective worldview is mankind’s desire NOT to be accountable to any higher authority for our actions- it is our desire to be our own sovereign standard and escape the higher judgments of God. Built into this worldview is a desire to circumvent the conflict and personal cost that comes with standing up for what is absolutely right so that we can live lives selfishly focused on our own pleasures.

But there is a terrible cost to a subjective worldview: it requires turning a blind eye to the “monsters” of our society and “making peace with Baal”. The result will be an overwhelming flood of depravity that no government could ever possibly restrain, no matter how oppressive, tyrannical, and invasive that government becomes.  Every solution becomes its own burden in a subjective worldview because there are no absolute standards to restrain anything- even self-contradiction, the most extensively relied upon solution to the problems of subjective worldviews, eats away at itself as self-contradictions eventually plague the ideals that subjective worldviews set out to uphold!