Sunday, January 22, 2017

To the Young Women Who Have Traded Truth for Humanism

Credit: CNN

Secular Humanism  
a non-religious philosophy of results-based ethics stemming from 
a collective and contemporary understanding of the material universe

Over the weekend, hundreds of thousands of women gathered in cities across the country to protest various aspects of contemporary American life. This video and article from CNN give an overview of the events. "Some were there advocating for Black Lives Matter movement (sic) while others aimed to bring attention to reproductive rights. Some focused on the fight for equal pay and their opposition to the rollback of former President Barack Obama's health care law," it reads.

But what was all of this about really?

To put it simply: humanism is merely a complaint against God and truth. Events like this are just displays of the rebellious heart, sinful from birth, prideful and inclined toward self-worship.

The most tragic part of humanism's modern popularity is that the philosophy has attracted many young women who used to claim allegiance to the God of the Bible. Holy Scripture has become wholly spurious to such as these. Truth is viewed through the lens of postmodernism, which claims that each person is his own dictator of reality. Once precious little church-going girls, these women now loudly share the ideals of Dawkins, Freud, Kurtz, Lennon, Russell, Sagan, Sanger, and the like.

You've surely seen it on social media. Memes that catch fire through George Takei's Facebook page and Neil DeGrasse Tyson quotes on Twitter are just pokes to the ribs of an old system of thought from which these women have separated themselves. Yet they aren't fully separated, because many of their friends and family members still hold on to truth and long for a day that the prodigals will return to it. The situation is awkward for most.

The world of humanism is empty and baseless. There's no logical consistency in it. These assertions can be explained and defended, but it seems to me that most of the transitioned Christian women know this. Adherence to this philosophy comes about not through intellectual means, but emotional. Compassion for the seemingly disenfranchised has drawn many young women from American Christianity to materialistic social justice. Eternal truth has been overshadowed by a temporary cause.

This is all not to say that it's only women who are a part of this trend. Certainly there are young men who are trading orthodoxy for modernism as well; however, it appears as though there are more young women following this trend.

So, to these post-Christianity women, the ones who have a newfound respect for homosexual behavior, arguments that paint abortion as something other than murder, and popular opinion on the family, skin pigments, and the workplace, I have a few things to say. I also have a few questions to ask. I hope some are willing to listen.

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Credit: Jeff Durbin
"I got 99 problems and white hetero-
normative patriarchy is all of them!"

First, I have to apologize. I'm apologizing for every bad example of a Christian man that you've had in your life. For every man that has not been a provider, a protector, worthy of honor, someone who reads Scripture and humbly seeks to live like Christ, or one who serves his wife, I apologize. Undoubtedly, the Christian men who have rejected their high calling have shaped your view of the religion itself. In accordance with that, I want to encourage you to forgive the men who weren't gracious, merciful, generous, kind, or humble. Have you done that?

Second, I challenge you to write down all of the reasons why you reject the book of Proverbs. The book is filled with great wisdom that encourages you to hate evil, pride, arrogance, and the perverse mouth (8:13). It tells you that by ignoring this wisdom you'll destroy your neighbor with your own mouth (11:9). It says that there's a way that seems right to man, but its end is death (14:12). By this book you'll discover the wisdom of God and understand what He has called foolishness. Are you able to articulate why you think this book is irrelevant to your life?

Third, consider your answers to the following questions. Do your answers trouble you?
  • Was Jesus wrong when He said people are more blessed than His mother, Mary, when they hear the word of God and keep it? (Luke 11:28)
  • Based on Jesus's tender disposition toward children, do you think He would approve of abortion? (see Matthew 18:1-5, 19:13-14, Mark 10:13-16, Luke 18:15-17)
  • Psalm 102:18 says that God's word was given for a generation not yet created, that they might praise the Lord. How are you currently involved in that process, either for or against it?
  • Jesus said, "Whoever exalts himself will be humbled; and whoever humbles himself will be exalted," (Matthew 23:12). Based on these conditions, do you anticipate that God will exalt you or any other humanist?
  • Jesus offers peace in John 14:27 and 16:33. If you don't have this peace, what do you have?

Consider these questions about your transition to humanism.
  • Did you make your decision through earnest and sincere prayer to God?
  • Did you seek counsel from wise women in your church as you were considering your conversion to humanism?
  • Did you honestly seek God's truth in Scripture before deciding to transition?
  • If the answer to the three previous questions is "No," do you think you ever really believed in the God of the Bible?
  • Have you sought harmony with Christians?
  • Are you using your words to do harm to the people who love you?
  • Are you open to the idea that you might be in error?

It's sad and painful to observe a young woman walk away from the gospel in order to join a flawed system of ethics. If you're one of the women who have made this walk, please know that your decisions do indeed affect those who care about you. I hope you'll consider truth and consider the Truth. God's unchanging wisdom is yours for the taking.

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