Christianity is Relevant I

November 17, 2015

                                  Christianity Is Relevant I

We frequently hear or read that Christianity isn’t relevant.  Children are often taught that in our public schools.  If they aren’t directly told that, they give them that impression when they say “You can’t always go by what the Bible says.”

When people say that Christianity isn’t relevant they seldom go on to explain what they mean by it.  If you look up the word “relevant” in the dictionary you are apt to find that it says “relating to the matter at hand.” The question then is, what is the matter at hand?

When you say “Christianity isn’t relevant” you leave a negative thought in the mind of your hearers regarding Christianity.  There is a concerted effort in our day to discredit Christianity.

The first attempt to convert Russia to communism failed because the people rejected it.  Later thinkers, like Antonio Gromisci, realized that it wasn’t accepted because after nearly 2000 years of Christianity people wouldn’t accept an ideology that was going to bereft them of freedom. Their advice then was that Christianity must be discredited in the minds of people before they would accept a philosophy like communism.  For good reason, people have lost respect for communism.  Now the economic ideology that is being promoted is socialism.  It is similar to communism.  It too is not compatible with Christianity.  To make it acceptable Christianity is being discredited.  That is why we are being told that Christianity isn’t relevant.

We do well to follow the example of Solomon in the Bible.  He is often considered the wisest man the world has ever known.  In the book of Ecclesiastes, which he wrote, more than once it says that he considered.  That word in the Hebrew means he saw and took heed.  Ecclesiastes 4:1 says, “So I returned, and considered all the oppressions that are done under the sun: and behold the tears of such as were oppressed, and they had no comforter; and on the side of their oppressors there was power; but they had no comforter.”

We need to consider what the results are of our modern culture.  Any who open their eyes to what the cultural revolution is doing to our society can’t help but see that it isn’t good.  Teen suicides are rapidly increasing.  There are school shootings, drug abuse, child abuse, spouse abuse, violent crime, prisons filled and promiscuity.  Why are so few concerned about that?  Shouldn’t we be saying, “Our culture isn’t relevant”?

Naturalism is the prevailing view in our day.  By that is meant that only scientific truth is objective.  Many are deceived, however, by pseudo-science.  There is much that goes under the name of science that is nothing more than theory.  Evolution, for example, is taught in school in the science class, but it is just a theory.  Many have been led to believe that science has proven that Christianity is incorrect.  Naturalism can’t answer important questions like how did life begin?  Neither does it give us a satisfactory explanation as to why we are here and where we are going after death.  Christians accept what the Bible says about these things.  Contrary to what many believe, science hasn’t proven the Bible to be in error.

Biblical Christianity provides a moral structure that is made possible by moral laws.  It gives purpose to life.  Patrick Buchanan, in his book “The Death Of The West,” says on page 179 “A people without religion will in the end find that they have nothing to live for.” I would point out that not just any religion will do.  Biblical Christianity   provides a moral structure for society and a reason for living.

To learn what Christianity has to offer please go on to read my second article “Christianity Is Relevant” II

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