Christian Obligation to Social Decline
by Stephen Surgener
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In the last few months, an apparent insurgence of attacks against Biblical Christian beliefs, and the accuracy of the Scriptures, has become more prevalent in my daily activities. Articles, conversations, TV broadcasts, and alike, have contained outright aggressive attitudes on the topics of Christ, the Bible, and even less Christian specific themes of morality, and personal responsibility. Could it be, as a nation, we have reached a level of such disregard, even the founding principles of societal coherence are classified as "religious" and therefore denounced?
History itself bears witness to facts contrary to popular beliefs held within the secular community, of religion tearing apart people. Every civilization known to man, has been founded on a common belief. Whether Biblical or not, these common beliefs served as the guide for various people to work together toward common goals. Beliefs also dictated acceptable conduct within these civilizations, as well as varying forms of judicial processes and punishments for offenders. Of course, a humanist derived sentiment found in today’s culture, is that these religious beliefs have caused multitudes of wars between opposing groups throughout the centuries. But, is it truly religion, or simply human nature acting out an inherent aggression under the guise of religion?
One of the few ways to observe the nature of man, free of influences from staunch religious beliefs, is in children. Infants, will operate almost entirely on instinctive motivations of survival. Hunger, discomfort, and pain, are brought to the attention of Mom and Dad, through crying, and this basic form of communication will not cease, until the infants needs are met. Yet, when infants are placed side by side, it is not uncommon for them to fight over possession of an object that both desire to own, such as a rattle or stuffed animal. In essence, as infants, operating on the most basic of fundamental human needs; food, shelter, warmth, and interaction, there is still the presence of a need to poses, and to control. With this in mind, it is easy to understand that the object; rattle, stuffed animal, religion, is irrelevant. The only requirement for a battle to ensue, is for two individuals to come into conflict over control.
This inherent human desire to control, comes into direct conflict with Biblical ideals, while at the same time endorsing, now widely accepted fundamental ideas of the humanist perspective. The most basic example of such a conflict can be found in the Biblical view that mankind is inherently evil, as compared to the humanist originated concept that mankind is generally good. This deceptively simple contrast in views, accounts for two lines of thinking that have themselves become a battle ground for the soul of America. But should it be that way?
Jesus Christ dwelt among us during a time in history ripe for spiritual revival, and social reform. Christian or not, anyone on the side of equality in the treatment of individuals, and a judicial system that is impartial, complete with punishments fitting the crime, would have to agree that the Rome of that day fell desperately short of even remotely resembling respect for human rights. Yet, a study of Christ's life reveals a complete void of any kind of push for reform on a social scale. Everything taught throughout His ministry dealt with the individual.
As believers, and followers of Christ's example, we cannot allow ourselves to be caught up in attempting to stay the tide of decay in a world that is destined for destruction. By Biblical principles, and the living example of Christ Himself, we are as believers to submit our will to God's, and concern ourselves with the individual lives He has entrusted us to know. Christians are called to trust in His plan, not just for our own lives, but for the world we live in. To step forward into each new day, confident that God truly is in control.
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