On Creating One’s Own Ideology… Rewriting One’s Own Values

Decades ago, C. S. Lewis penned this somber warning:

 

“The diseases that will certainly end our species… if it is not crushed, (is) the fatal superstition that men can create values; that a community can choose its ‘ideology’ as men choose their clothes.”

 

We as a nation have done exactly what C. S. Lewis warned against. Reminiscent, is it not, of Israel’s condition in her depravation:

 

In those days there was no king in Israel; all the people did what was right in their own eyes.” (Judges 17:6)

 

And as a result, America today is facing a crisis of values of monumental proportions. Some observers are terming it a “Civil War” of values.

 

Tragically, this deterioration of values has profoundly impacted your lost associates: Most of them sense that there is something terribly wrong in the Land. But because they are generally lacking in a Biblical perspective, they have scant idea how we as a People got to this point, much less how they can personally escape from it.

 

Let me ask you a question: “As a believer in Christ, are you also writing and embracing your own brand of Christian valuesyour own ideology, that conveniently accommodates your quest for personal freedom?”

 

If the answer is “yes,” then your lost friends are being deprived of observing in you two important realities that a life of obedience to Christ would have revealed:

 

(1) The magnitude of their lostness, and

 

(2) The fact that there is a way out of their life of bondage.

 

In this age of disintegrating values, may I urge you to respond to Paul’s passionate challenge:

 

That you may become blameless and pure, children of God without fault in a crooked and depraved generation, in which you shine like stars in the universe as you hold out the word of life… ” (Philippians 2:15b-16a)

 

 

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