Summary: The message examines the relationship of Christianity to the postmodern culture.
America finds itself in the middle of a revolution in thinking which is greatly impacting virtually every aspect of life. The term used to describe our present culture is “postmodern.” If you look very closely you will soon discover that this mindset is the guiding spirit of our times. Postmodernism teaches that things like reason and rationality are simply cultural biases and truth, especially God’s truth does not exist. Many speakers, teachers and writers talk about the quest for knowledge. But most of the time it is not knowledge they want but power. This has resulted in an attempt to conform the church to the culture. However, we as Biblical Christians cannot allow ourselves to compromise with postmodernism. The fact is postmodernism does not rest on cultural bias but in an alternate reality that is constructed by the culture. The series that we begin today is entitled, “Faded blue jeans and t-shirts: God’s view of casual Christianity.” What I mean by casual Christianity is the casual attitude that we now display toward some of the foundational principles of Christianity. In our text Paul provides a powerful description of the culture that we now live in. As we look at Paul’s words in our text I want us to see the alarming effect that postmodern thought has had on our culture and the church. When we look through a Biblical lens we soon discover that postmodernism can mean anything, everything and nothing.
I. There is a lack of respect for absolute truth or any standard of judgment.
A. Postmodernism believes that truth is created not discovered.
1. The Barna research group did a poll of American adults in January of 2000 and found that four out of ten Americans believe that there are absolute moral truths that are unchanging.
2. The same question was asked two years later and the number of those believing in absolute truth was cut in half as only 2 out of ten believed that there are absolute moral truths.
3. The postmodern person would tell you that truth is a slippery thing because it is ever changing.
4. Postmodern worshippers are like postmodern readers: They are the source of truth not the discoverers of truth.
5. Contemporary society’s distrust of the truth is a powerful illustration of Paul’s statement about people turning their ears away from the truth.
B. The postmodern mind has no room for absolute truth because of its ability to place demands on them and to convict them.
1. The postmodern mindset’s belief that the truth changes not only in matters of preference but in the crucial matters of spirituality, morality and even reality itself.
2. Consider this basic tenant of postmodern thought: Nothing is ever proven either by science or history or any other discipline.
3. Postmodernists are not opposed to spirituality; in fact they have a tremendous interest in spiritual things.
4. Sociologists have found that 95% of Americans believe in God. Books about near death experiences, angels, the new age, Christianity and the occult continue to make the best seller lists.