“But someone will say, ‘you have faith and I have works.’ Show me your faith apart from your works, and I will show you my faith by my works” (James 2:18) and, “For as the body apart from the spiritis dead, so also faith apart from works is dead” (James 2:26).

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Political vs. Spiritual Environment

Jim Denison writes, "According to columnist Jim VandeHei, there are other factors involved as well (regarding our "dysfunctional life of American politics") . Consider his list:

•    There is no market today for normal politics, much less compromise. To get noticed, leaders must be extreme.
•    Centrism is nearly extinct at the national level. The Tea Party on the right and aggressive liberals on the left dominate our politics.
•    National political parties are shells of their former selves. Social media has rendered these gatekeepers of establishment order nearly obsolete.
•    Fake news fans the flames of partisanship as faith in traditional media declines.

I would add that the cultural dysfunction of our day is the logical consequence of a decades-old worldview called postmodern relativism. Since our minds interpret our senses to produce knowledge, we're told that all truth claims must by definition be subjective and relative. According to conventional wisdom, since there can be no objective truth, we must tolerate all views (except those we consider intolerant, of course).

In such an environment, there is no consensual truth to seek or defend. Our opinions are what matter. If you agree with me, you're right. If you disagree, you're wrong. As politics flow downstream from culture, such rancor has become the new reality."

Our only reality that is unchanging, that is truthful, that is righteous, is Jesus Christ. 

Jesus answered, "I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. John 14:6. 

Pretty simple. Blessedly so.