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Gothic Images from Today’s Culture

  1. Understanding the Times and Seasons
  2. Gothic Images from Today’s Culture
  3. The Three Worlds of Evangelicalism
  4. The Need for Symbols
  5. The Wilderness

Several months ago, I read an article by Nathan Stone that catalyzed my quest to understand the times.  Stone begins by remarking that the pro-life movement’s celebration of the Supreme Court decision to overturn Roe vs Wade, was short lived. Since this decision, abortions have increased over 40% in 37 states. In many places around the nation, the culture of death, as represented by the image above, has replaced the culture of life.

John Adams, one of our founding fathers, prophetically wrote: “Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.” We are witnessing today in the United States and beyond, what happens when a people turn their back on God.

Nathan Stones understands this:

 It’s no coincidence that the loss of religion, the erosion of classical and Biblical morality, and the overall cheapening of life have gone hand in hand with the theft of our sovereignty. What does virtue need to be in the 21st century? The answer to that will depend on how we think of God: what he is, who he is, and what our relation to him is.

A people’s conception of the divine determines its morals and taboos. For confirmation, look no further than the current American left. The mutilation of children, the demand that we celebrate ever weirder twists of sexuality, the destruction of public property, the vandalism of priceless art, and the Orwellian rewriting of history — the woke left believes these to be paths to heaven, which for them is heaven on earth. Their gods compel them to act and their faith makes them willing to act.

Their gods compel them to act. As a believer, this statement convicts and arrests me. Does our God compel us to act? Reflect on this for a moment.

Their faith, the faith of the woke American leftists, makes them willing to act. Does our faith in Jesus Christ make us willing to act, or does it leave us passive or paralyzed in the face of the evil in our generation?

Psalm 135:15-18 reminds us that we become like the gods or God that we worship:

15 The idols of the nations are silver and gold,
    the work of human hands.
16 They have mouths, but do not speak;
    they have eyes, but do not see;
17 they have ears, but do not hear,
    nor is there any breath in their mouths.
18 Those who make them become like them,
    so do all who trust in them.

A culture of life is born out of worshipping the Creator of life. A universe understood within the atheistic, Darwinian framework is only half a universe; it is only material, there is no spiritual or moral realm. In fact, within a secular humanist framework, everything that has its basis in God’s existence: love, human significance, beauty, truth and goodness, all disappear. In other words, a culture of death grows out of the soil of an atheistic universe.

In the United States and the Western world this culture of death is where we now find ourselves. For the next blog, we will explore an article by Aaron M. Renn cultural commentator, writer, and fellow at the American Reformer, that will help us understand how we arrived here.

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Darrow is co-founder of the Disciple Nations Alliance and a featured author and teacher. For over 30 years, Darrow has been a popular conference speaker on topics that include Christianity and culture, apologetics, worldview, poverty, and the dignity of women. From 1981 to 2007 Darrow served with Food for the Hungry International (now FH association), and from 1994 as Vice President. Before joining FH, Darrow spent three years on staff at L’Abri Fellowship in Switzerland where he was discipled by Francis Schaeffer. He also served as a student pastor at Northern Arizona University and two years as a pastor of Sherman Street Fellowship in urban Denver, CO. In addition to earning his Master’s degree in Adult Education from Arizona State University, Darrow pursued graduate studies in philosophy, theology, Christian apologetics, biblical studies, and missions in the United States, Israel, and Switzerland. Darrow has authored numerous studies, articles, Bible studies and books, including Discipling Nations: The Power of Truth to Transform Culture (YWAM Publishing, 1998), Nurturing the Nations: Reclaiming the Dignity of Women for Building Healthy Cultures (InterVarsity Press, 2008), LifeWork: A Biblical Theology for What You Do Every Day (YWAM, 2009), Rethinking Social Justice: Restoring Biblical Compassion (YWAM, 2015), and more. These resources along with links to free e-books, podcasts, online training programs and more can be found at Disciple Nations Alliance (https://disciplenations.org).