In the last post of this series, Part 1, we began to define the “problem”. We also looked at what it means to have a culture of life. Here we will finish defining the “problem”, and we will propose a solution. We will begin to look at what it takes to achieve a culture of life.
WHAT IS THE OVERACHING PROBLEM?
In the last post, we observed that in his post, Alexander Hellene pointed to “systems” that are not working, but he didn’t actually propose an overarching explanation. He talked about “systems” that are not working. Should he have spoken of a common thread? Do the failures of all those “systems” have something in common? I can only guess what believes, but I do think the failures of all those “systems” have something in common.
What people believe makes a difference. Because we are now more Pagan than Christian, Americans no longer support a culture of life. Instead of loving and serving each other, more of us demand to be loved and served. Instead of the love God, we extol the “virtue” of self-esteem. Therefore, we tend to be more selfish, and in our selfishness we have corrupted the “systems” that make up our society. Instead, of serving the people those systems were intended to serve, they serve special interests.
HOW DO WE ACHIEVE A CULTURE OF LIFE?
Some people seem to think that if we overturn Rowe v. Wade, the Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion, we will have solved the problem of abortion. Not true. Until the Second Coming, human beings will still sin, and some states will promote abortion because enough people support killing “fetuses”, that is, getting rid of awkward little “problems”.
Consider what happened a couple of thousand years ago. After Jesus died Christians began to spread the Gospel, and those early Christians received a lethally hostile reception. Why? Prideful pagans did not like being told they were sinners. Those who were slave owners were horrified by the proposition that God loves slaves and masters equally. The prideful were repulsed and mystified by the idea that love is a virtue, that is, we should love our neighbor as much as we love our self. Consider some examples:
- The Romans were the first broad-minded multiculturalists. They accepted the gods of the people they conquered. They thought it made them stronger to add more gods to the Roman pantheon. In fact, the Romans considered the Jews and the Christians atheists because those people only believed in one God.
- Half of the people in the Roman Empire were slaves.
- Instead of abortion, when someone wanted to get rid of an unwanted child, they practiced infanticide. The head of the household had eight days to decide whether a newborn should be abandoned to die.
- Prostitution was a religious rite.
- Rome built the Roman Empire through conquest. The Roman Empire existed upon the theory that might makes right. Thus, the vanquished paid tribute to the lords who ruled them.
- Crucifixion was a common form of capital punishment. Rome found crucifixion particularly useful, especially intimidating, when anyone rebelled against their rule.
In spite of murderous opposition, Christians slowly spread the Gospel to those arrogant Pagans. In time, Paganism appeared to have disappeared. Yet Paganism never died. Each generation must learn to humble itself anew before God.
We must understand the magnitude of the failure when our parents failed teach us the Gospel. We must understand what is lost — who is lost — when we fail to teach the Gospel of Jesus Christ to our children. To overcome Paganism again, we must repent of our failure to teach the Gospel to our children.
Consider what Jesus Christ told us His disciples they must do.
Matthew 28:16-20 New King James Version (NKJV)
The Great Commission
16 Then the eleven disciples went away into Galilee, to the mountain which Jesus had appointed for them. 17 When they saw Him, they worshiped Him; but some doubted.
18 And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. 19 Go [a]therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” [b]Amen.
Unlike the first disciples of Jesus Christ’s church, instead of making disciples of all the nations, we have becomes the disciples of the world, devoted students of the global culture. Instead of loving our neighbors, we have adopted their gods and added them to our own. Hence, we have rediscovered what it means to be Pagans. Like the Pagans of old, we too have learned that life without God is vain. We have made our lives void, voids our pride is to empty to fill. Therefore, we now need to rediscover what it means to be disciples of Jesus Christ.