Word of the Week: Transcendence

Those Christians, causing the crash!

The Atlantic Magazine (seriously) explores the question:

Did Christianity Cause the Crash?
"Many explanations have been offered for the housing bubble and subsequent crash: interest rates were too low; regulation failed; rising real-estate prices induced a sort of temporary insanity in America’s middle class. But there is one explanation that speaks to a lasting and fundamental shift in American culture—a shift in the American conception of divine Providence and its relationship to wealth."

2 Thessalonians 2:3, “Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition.”

According to the Atlantic, there is "one explanation" for the current economic global crash, and that is Christians. Not other explanations such as greed, excess, political corruption, or corporate corruption. Have there been no other lasting and fundamental shifts in American culture that could have had a hand in it, like the vote to allow abortion? Or acceptance of homosexuality? Cultural shifts, by the way, that are decades older and more pervasive than the relatively recent and sect-like "prosperity gospel" the Atlantic claims was the culprit for our current global economic strife.

It would be nice if those who explore cultural shifts would look at the obvious: gay lifestyles and the impact on marriage; abortion and the effect on the psyche; the feminist movement and the effect on marriage. But they do not, and that is because "Jews demand miraculous signs and Greeks look for wisdom, but we preach Christ crucified: a stumbling block to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles, but to those whom God has called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. For the foolishness of God is wiser than man's wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than man's strength." 1 Corinthians 1:22-25 (NIV)

The Good News of Christ crucified is foolishness to the unbeliever. Therefore they would never look to the obvious moral failings as causes of cultural disintegration. Instead, they look to Christianity itself.

Alan Keyes wrote today
"... I found myself thinking about Christianity's unique effect on our understanding of the justice (and injustice) of human action. The last point made in the article is about the connection between arrogant elitism and the self-inflation the Pharisee derives from comparing himself with other people. In light of this connection we can better understand why the elitist forces that strenuously promote the specious doctrine of the separation of church and state are so often guilty of favoritism. They invoke the doctrine to repress Christian institutions and practices, while treating those of other religions as protected artifacts of "cultural diversity." "

Christians, be advised that our belief in Jesus and His sovereignty over all peoples, nations, tongues, and tribes is being challenged on all fronts, in the name of 'tolerance' and 'diversity.' It is a false front, meaning, that Christianity is supplanted in favor of other cultural, spiritual, and personal interactions such as New Age, Islam, Homosexuality, Divorce, that are then assigned a higher value than the Gospel of Christ crucified. That attitude will increase because He is making Himself more known in the world every day, and as He does so, the explanations by definition will have to become more outlandish just in order to keep pace. And the finger-pointing toward Christianity and Christians will also become more outlandish, like the Atlantic's assertion that Christians caused the global economic crash. And the falling away continues.

1 Timothy 4:1-2, “Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils; Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron.”

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