If a nation or people will move back toward the Bible, it must overcome three philosophical barriers. I mentioned these in an earlier blog (https://preacherpollard.wordpress.com/2013/08/21/why-ridgedale-church-of-christ-is-getting-slammed/). Here are the three barriers:
- The Cultural Sickness Of Subjectivity. Subjectivism, in its final form, makes the individual “god” and their views supreme. Thoughts and feelings trump a rational look at an individual matter, and even searching for an objective viewpoint is disdained.
- Society’s Warped View Of Tolerance. Rather than “hate the sin, love the sinner,” the mantra is “there is no sin and no sinner.” Though everyone has a line in the sand somewhere, no one wants anyone putting their behaviors on the other side of the line.
- The Average Person’s Ignorance Of The Bible. Of course, we are getting past the point where the average person believes the Bible or has a favorable view of it. The fruit of the seeds of biblical illiteracy is more than immorality. It includes prejudice against the Bible and contempt for those who seek to upheld it in most any forum.
Certainly, those professing to follow the Bible and its guidelines have hurt their own cause through ungodly attitudes, hypocrisy, isolation, and prejudices of their own. Christians must be willing to make the first (and even second and third) steps (cf. Mat. 5:41). We must model biblical teaching with righteous lives (Mat. 5:14-16; 1 Pet. 2:9). We cannot expect the world to act Christlike, but we must expect that Christians will not be worldly. We can effect the change we want to see, and, in time, align the culture’s moral compass with the Creator’s.