Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Against secular rationalizing

A couple of times I’ve reached the middle of a blog post, the point at which I have explained a problem and its cause to the best of my ability, and it’s time to pivot to the solution or answer, and I’m stuck between a Christ-centered response and a secular one.

The secular response can rationalize the truth in worldly terms, but it cannot explain it from nothing like the light of Jesus and God’s word do. Still, I’ve flirted with the former because it’s more accessible to secular readers than the latter.

In choosing between them, I step back and ask what is the ultimate aim of writing: testifying to God’s intent for us, the true story of man’s fall into his own thinking, and his rescue by Jesus; or “what works” for human ends, which has two drawbacks:

  1. It guards ineffectively against liberal innovations.

  2. It assures the reader he can access wisdom without relenting authority to its heavenly Scribe. In other words, it’s a stumbling block to accepting Jesus.

The choice to me is an easy one. Winning someone over with secular arguments is a Pyrrhic victory. It shows greater concern for winning arguments than winning souls. So, you will see a lot more posts around here telling about Jesus.

We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ. (2 Corinthians 10:5)

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