In our age of multiculturalism, there are some cultures that scare me to death.
But what scares me most is what might be coming if more Christians don’t wake up and act.
You see, one culture that I never thought I would see flourish in the United States is a post-Christian culture. Although strong pockets of Christian resistance thankfully still remain, they are shrinking; the victims of the relentless onslaught of a brutal army of ‘isms’: relativism, humanism, individualism, hedonism, consumerism… the list could go on.
In short, the truth is that we’ve lost the culture war. Illusions to the contrary are in need of a reality check.
And just as I was beginning to wrap my head around the implications of a post-Christian culture, I found myself in a post-truth culture. The cumulative ravages of the “-isms” above, combined with an unbridled subjectivism (“It’s all about me”), have caused millions to embrace the notion that ‘truth’ is now how they feel about something.
Thomas Sowell has succinctly captured this “cognitive crisis,” now reinforced and turbocharged daily by an increasingly mindless media:
“The problem isn’t that Johnny can’t read. The problem isn’t even that Johnny can’t think. The problem is that Johnny doesn’t know what thinking is; he confuses it with feeling.”
Sadly, Christians aren’t exempt. And Sowell hits the nail on the head when he says, “Too much of what is called ‘education’ is little more than an expensive isolation from reality.”
Still struggling to deal with the combined impact on truth and life of a post-Christian and post-truth culture, I now fi nd myself trying to get a handle on a post-reality culture.
Rod Dreher captures the increasingly bizarre ‘reality’ in which we find ourselves in his book Live Not by Lies: A Manual for Christian Dissidents:
“Men have periods. The woman standing in front of you is to be called ‘he.’ Diversity and inclusion means excluding those who object to ideological uniformity. Equity means treating persons unequally, regardless of their skills and achievements, to achieve an ideologically correct result.”
I would spend more time pondering the long-term consequences for the future of civilization of this Orwellian detachment from reality, but then I’d have a hard time sleeping! Instead, I’m redoubling my efforts and the efforts of CRI to be a source of light, rather than cursing the darkness.
To do that, I frankly need your help. You see, in addition to the Bible Answer Man broadcast, the CHRISTIAN RESEARCH JOURNAL, and the Hank Unplugged podcast, we’ve started Hank Unplugged ‘Shorts’ — daily touchpoints to bring a biblically informed and critical perspective to important events and issues.
Our aim is not just to provide perspective and commentary but to equip listeners and readers to think clearly and critically about things that genuinely matter to our future as Christians and as a free people.
For if more Christians don’t wake up, stand up, and speak up on these issues, the soft totalitarianism we see encroaching on our freedoms daily will become a hard and nasty totalitarianism driven by the resurgent dark and sinister ideologies lurking behind our post-reality culture.
Because gifts before year-end are especially important to our continuing ability to equip you and other fellow believers to think and live Christianly, I hope I can hear from you soon.
And because literally ALL that we do at CRI is made possible only because of friends and ministry partners like you, I hope you’ll do all you can to strengthen our 24/7 outreaches with a generous gift.
…because Life and Truth matter,
P.S. The ‘ripples’ of your giving, multiplied many times over, are captured in this brief testimony, similar to the hundreds of testimonies made possible by your support: “CRI has helped me immensely over many years to learn to be able to discern between truth and lies. I have been able to share with my parents, siblings, sons, and others that I meet. My faith and my relationship with Christ have grown. Thank you!”
God bless you for the difference you make in shaping minds and changing lives!