Gary explains the difference between government and politics.
Christianity was shoved to the sidelines when advocates of what has been described as the Enlightenment claimed “that no authority could sit in judgment on human reason, that man’s reason and experience were the measure of all things.” As is typical of shifts away from a Christian worldview, this sterile worldview was not satisfying, so as with all failing worldviews, a new paradigm was constructed to offer meaning for those needing worldview purpose for their beliefs and actions. Andrew Sandlin offers a summary of Romanticism, the then-new ideological savior from the moral sterility of the Enlightenment:
This rationalism [of the Enlightenment] produced a cold, sterile world, and in the late 18th and early 19th centuries, Romanticism emerged as a reaction. Romanticism didn’t like the idea of universal or shared reason and experience. It wanted to champion what was unique about every individual, not what humanity had in common. Romanticism is the first wholesale movement of individualism in world history. The really important thing was individual thinking, feelings, emotions, desires, and interpretations, not what all humans shared. Historians call this “the inward turn”; it’s a turning point in Western history. Objective truth outside us is no longer important, whether that truth is God or the Bible or the church or creeds or shared human reason or experience.
The struggle for meaning would come to an end in 1859 with the publication of Charles Darwin’s On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection, or the Preservation of Favoured Races in the Struggle for Life since humans are products of chance, plus matter, plus time. Now there’s a worldview to topple since it was the engine of so much misery in the twentieth century, the same misery that we will see again if the cancel culture crowd gets its way.
Christians need to understand that there is a competing worldview in the United States that sees Christianity as the enemy that must be eradicated. Men and women will be truly free when they are free from God. While Christians are portrayed as a threat to life and liberty, it’s the secularists who are America’s greatest threat since a matter-only existence has no basis on which hope can be offered. No one really counts if everyone is a law unto himself. Me, myself, and I is the operating ethic.
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In this talk given at a worldview conference, Gary explains the difference between government and politics. The solution to social and political upheaval is found in the way God has structured government by declaring that “government” is not synonymous with politics. What we are seeing today was spawned centuries ago.