Yesterday, we discussed the courage that is needed in a “post-truth” culture to tell people truth they don’t want to hear. Today, let’s close our week-long conversation about truth by focusing on the courage God’s people have always needed to follow him fully in a fallen world.
Relevance is the currency of our culture. While Paul quoted Greek philosophers to reach Greek philosophers (Acts 17:28) and quoted the Hebrew Bible to reach Jews (cf. Acts 17:1-4), you and I live in a society that measures “truth” by its results in its adherents.
In our culture, sincerity is enough. If England's prime minister sincerely believes he is a Christian (albeit a “very, very bad” one as he recently said), he must be a Christian. Sincerity has replaced truth in our culture. Why won’t this work? One answer is logical: Our postmodern, relativistic culture rejects the existence of absolute truth, which is an absolute truth claim.
One of the great contributions of Christianity to human history is the very idea that all people should be treated justly. As the influence of Christianity spread across the world, God’s instructions for how Israel should treat the poor and the disabled and the unborn and the foreigner spread as well. Today, both inside and outside of the church, demands to address injustices are ubiquitous.