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The Evidence Of Faith’s Substance The Christian Worldview: Men and Women with Chests Psalm 10:13 “Why do the wicked renounce God? He has said in his heart, ‘You will not require an account!’"

The Evidence Of Faith’s Substance The Christian Worldview: Men and Women with Chests Psalm 10:13  “Why do the wicked renounce God? He has said in his heart, ‘You will not require an account!’"

August 9, 2014 

Ed Croteau

Psalm 10:13  “Why do the wicked renounce God? He has said in his heart, ‘You will not require an account!’"

Why would the London Times refuse to run an ad from the Values Network that features Nobel Prize winner Elie Wiesel speaking out against Hamas using children as human shields (the Times issued a statement saying “the opinion being expressed is too strong and too forcefully made and will cause concern amongst a significant number of Times readers”)?

Why would networks be moving towards full nudity in reality TV shows (the latest: VH1’s ‘Dating Naked’, where singles go on blind dates completely naked at a tropical resort)?

Why would Kansas’s Alexa’s Law make it a crime for someone to cause harm to a pregnant woman’s unborn child in the womb but notably exclude abortion as a crime against the unborn child? 

The point being illustrated in the three examples above (terrorism is too offensive a term to use, public nudity is nothing to be ashamed of anymore, the basic human right to life depends on the situation) is the cultural shift to moral relativism. This is the idea that there are no absolute moral truths - that because nobody is right or wrong, there is no clear definition of good versus evil û so we ought to tolerate the behavior of others even when we disagree about the morality of it.

In C.S. Lewis’s 1943 book ‘The Abolition of Man’, he argues that by replacing objective moral truths with moral relativism we will end up with ‘men without chests’, people focused on defining objective truth through scientific reasoning and devoid of the virtue of the heart, where the moral seat of mankind resides and where we as people are created unique from animals. Lewis has turned out to be a sort of prophet, as this is precisely what is happening in American culture today.

Lewis argues that although many moral virtues of right and wrong and good versus evil are universal, they do not automatically develop in children but must be taught. And when our children have not been taught moral absolutes, they grow into adults who are ‘men without chests’, who have the intellectual advancement over animals but not the moral discernment that scientific reasoning can never teach. 

To quote Lewis from his book, “It still remains true that no justification of virtue will enable a man to be virtuous. Without the aid of trained emotions the intellect is powerless against the animal organism. I had sooner play cards against a man who was quite skeptical about ethics, but bred to believe that ‘a gentleman does not cheat’, than against an irreproachable moral philosopher who had been brought up among sharpers. In a sort of ghastly simplicity we remove the organ and demand the function. We make men without chests and expect of them virtue and enterprise. We laugh at honor and are shocked to find traitors in our midst. We castrate and bid the geldings be fruitful.”

Where does the moral standard for human values originate, since it’s obvious mankind on its own hasn’t been able to come up with it? As our verse this week suggests, the God of the Bible holds all people accountable to His absolute moral standards, and they are clearly defined in Scripture. But if this is true, why are so many young people dismissing the Bible as a legitimate source for moral standards of living? 
American churches are not dealing with our young peoples’ issues and answering their questions. When they leave for that high-quality college education, by the end of their freshman year their fragile worldview is replaced by the secular humanism of our liberal universities, where many of their focused attacks are in presenting counterarguments to everything they’ve been told to believe in church. 

This may be why an awakening of sorts is taking place on college campuses - Veritas Forums that are organized and run by students where the stated goal is to ‘seek answers to life’s toughest questions and examine the relevance of Jesus Christ to the issues of life’. 

There is a resurgence going on in many universities across America in Christian apologetics û giving a defense of the hope that is in you and why the moral absolutes of the gospel of Jesus Christ are the solution for mankind. If those of us who claim Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior would be bold enough to live as people with chests û hearts filled with God’s truth û the world will have no choice but to take notice.

Ed Croteau is a resident of Lee’s Summit and hosts a weekly study in Lees Summit called “Faith: Substance and Evidence.” He can be reached with your questions through the Lee’s Summit Tribune at Editor@lstribune.net.

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