Scripture also admonishes, “Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil” (Isaiah 5:20). So-called “progressives” frequently call me evil. They also call me, among other things, irreverent.
I appreciate that.
Since, by its very nature, one’s adherence to secular-”progressivism” qualifies one as among “those who call evil good, and good evil” – and since “progressivism” reveres that which God calls evil – to call me both “evil” and “irreverent” is to do me a kindness.
Indeed, due to my very direct and sometimes Swiftian approach to speaking biblical truth to our culture, many on the left have also called me hateful, uncivil, offensive, sarcastic and a litany of other colorful adjectives not fit for print.
To which I again say, thank you very much.
I don’t share this to boast, as I am certainly none too righteous. I second Paul’s declaration that “I am the worst sinner of all,” but only share this for illustrative purposes.
Jesus tells us: “If the world hates you, you know that it hated Me before it hated you. If you were of the world, the world would love its own. Yet because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you. Remember the word that I said to you, ‘A servant is not greater than his master.’ If they persecuted Me, they will also persecute you. …” (John 15:18-20)
For Christians, those times when the right people call us the wrong things are among those times we should “rejoice in our sufferings.”
Jesus commands His followers to be His hands and feet – to be salt and light in a rotting world that loves darkness (Matthew 5:13-16).
While it is true that salt preserves; in an open wound, it also burns. Today’s relativist culture is an open wound.
While it is true that light’s bright glare can be illuminating to those eager to see, light’s bright glare is also blinding to those whose eyes have become adjusted to darkness.
When the light of Christ is shined, it sends lovers of evil scurrying for the shadows.
For this reason, Christ also warned, “You will be hated by everyone because of me, but the one who stands firm to the end will be saved” (Matthew 10:22).
There are, generally speaking, two kinds of sin. There are sins of commission and there are sins of omission. From my perspective – and I think it’s the biblical perspective – we Christians commit a sin of omission if we remain passive as our culture becomes “given over to a reprobate mind.”
When we seek to be loved by the world – when we follow the Princeton model and take the wide path to “mainstream” acceptance – we abdicate our duty to “fight the good fight.”
For the time has come of which Paul warned “when people will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths. But you, keep your head in all situations, endure hardship, do the work of an evangelist, discharge all the duties of your ministry” (2 Timothy 4:1-7).
Indeed, we are in a spiritual war for our culture. It is a war between good and evil, and surrender is not an option. When we disengage from this “culture war,” we have effectively surrendered and, again, from my perspective, we have sinned.
So put on the armor of God, Christian pastors, laymen, churches, organizations and universities. Prepare for war.
Because to do otherwise is to disobey God. As Matthew 5:13 warns: “You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot.”
I, for one, have no intention of being trampled underfoot. With God’s help, I will “stand firm to the end.”
And God only knows when the end will come.
Matt Barber is founder and editor-in chief of BarbWire.com. He is an author, columnist, cultural analyst and an attorney concentrating in constitutional law. Having retired as an undefeated heavyweight professional boxer, Matt has taken his fight from the ring to the culture war. (Follow Matt on Twitter: @jmattbarber).