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10-04-01, 10:32 PM
Why Christians Are Losing the Culture War
by Chuck Colson

Consider the fundamental question of truth. The Bible teaches that God has
revealed His word in Scripture, which means humans have access to a truth
that applies to all people in all times — a truth that transcends our own
limited and mistaken perceptions. In short, an absolute truth.
But a common view today is that truth is relative, changing with the
person and the situation. In his annual survey, pollster George Barna asks
a random sampling of adults whether they agree with the statement, "There
is no such thing as absolute truth; two people could define truth in
totally conflicting ways, but both could still be correct." In 1991, 67
percent of Americans agreed with the statement. By 1994, the number had
climbed to 72 percent.
But the real surprise was the response by believers. In 1991, more than
half (52 percent) of born-again Christians sided with the secular culture
in rejecting absolute truth. In 1994, it was even higher (62 percent). The
percentage who reject absolute truth is growing faster among Christians
than among our secular neighbors. Clearly, believers cannot present a
credible defense of biblical truth when more than half don’t even believe
in real truth.
Or consider the defense of biblical moral standards. In a December, 1995
survey commissioned by Prison Fellowship, Barna discovered that only about
a third of Americans think moral truth is absolute. Another third believe
moral truth is relative and changing. The final third hasn’t a clue what
truth is.
Again, where do Christians fall? Shockingly, a majority of born-again
Christians — 64 percent — came down on the same side as nonbelievers. No
wonder Christians are starting to look just like the rest of the culture
in their moral behavior. In another study, Barna discovered that
born-again Christians actually have a higher rate of divorce (27 percent)
than nonbelievers (23 percent). Fundamentalists top them all (30 percent).
What’s worse, 87 percent were divorced after they accepted Christ and knew
the biblical teaching against it. How can Christians have any credibility
in defending the truth of biblical morality if we disregard it in our own
To practice an effective apologetic, we need to formulate and live out a
Christian world view — an overall view of the world we live in. Otherwise,
we may know our Bible well and even cite chapter and verse, but we lack
the broader framework that connects our moral and spiritual beliefs to the
issues we face in a secular culture.
For example, to understand divorce from a Christian world view, we should
ask what God’s purpose was in creating marriage in the first place.
Marriage is not just a means of meeting personal emotional needs. It is
fundamentally a social institution, providing a structure for spouses to
take care of each other and their children. It draws isolated individuals
into a wider network of relatives and kin. It nurtures responsibility for
the entire community and for the future. This broad-based, comprehensive
understanding of marriage provides the plausible structure for specific
scriptural commands regarding sexual morality. Without it, biblical sexual
morality may appear arbitrary and negative, and we are handicapped in
trying to argue for it in the public square.
Apologetics begins with developing a biblical world view on all of life.
Yet Barna’s polling data reveals that even among dedicated Christians,
only about one-eighth have a biblical world view. And without a full-orbed
Christian world view, our faith becomes privatized and powerless. That’s
why Christian sociologist James Davison Hunter believes we have already
lost the culture war. We’ve poured great effort into campaigns against
social evils like abortion and pornography. Yet we’ve failed to put the
brakes on America’s moral decline. We’ve been fighting battles without
knowing what the war is all about: a clash between competing world views.

10-05-01, 10:49 PM
Fledge, excellent post! I love Chuck Colson....it sounds like religion has given way to relativism.:( How sad. I know people I work with who really and truly believe that there are many ways to heaven, and that God is love. They have paired creationism with evolution.:rolleyes: They call themselves "spritual" and practice "religion". Are these the type of "christians" that were polled? I feel sorry for people like that, because they are really going to be in for a surprise! Yet, I am the narrow minded one! I have tried to point out the error of relativism, but I am dismissed as un-enlightened:rolleyes:
However, I am not aggressive enough I guess. Is it wrong for me to think that it is futile to keep trying?:confused:

On another note...I miss the action smilies:( Are you going to get them again? Just wondering!!