John 8:37 “I have come into the world, that I should bear witness to the truth.”
Seven years ago, at the 2015 National Prayer Breakfast, then President Barack Obama said we as Americans should reject the idea that “somehow we alone are in possession of the truth”. He has been called America’s first “Postmodern President.” Postmodernism is a cultural worldview that claims skepticism of any claims that are held to be true for all groups, cultures, traditions, or races.
The focus of Postmodern thinking is to uphold the relative truths (depending on the circumstance) and subjective truths (depending on the opinion) of each person. As we watch the 2022 midterm election results, we have never seen a time when America was so divided on what the truth is.
Two of the top issues in America for the midterms – abortion and what our children are taught in schools – are indicators of our culture’s postmodern thinking. You would think there are objective facts that make them easy to find the truth behind them and to understand right versus wrong for how to view them.
With abortion, it is a fact that the unborn baby in the mother’s womb is a human being at conception, which by our Constitution protects that baby from harm. Yet, data tells us why women in America have abortions: 1) 74% said having a child would interfere with their education, work or ability to care for dependents; 2) 73% said they could not afford a baby now; 3) 48% said they did not want to be a single mother (Reasons U.S. Women Have Abortions: Quantitative and Qualitative Perspectives, Guttmacher Institute, New York).
All these reasons reflect the postmodern view of our culture. Regardless of the truth that the baby is a human being, it is ok to end that child’s life based on each mother’s opinion or circumstance.
With educating our children, parents around the country are fighting back against educators who introduce curriculum on sexual identity and transsexual gender definitions into the classroom, under the guise of educating children on their choices for how they can identify who they are based on their feelings.
We now have over 500 ways to identify your sex, rather than the two ways that are factual biologically – male or female. This is the postmodern appeal to “everyone can claim their own truth for themselves.”
Contrary to America’s postmodern view of truth, Jesus Christ, the One America claimed as the foundation for our very existence, said He is “The Way, the Truth and the Life” (John 14:6). He also once famously told the Jews that when you search your Old Testament in hopes of finding the answer to eternal life, you will find the prophets all pointed to Him (John 5:39). We can see this with the Old Testament prophet Jeremiah.
When he came on the scene, Jeremiah wrote with great conviction that God sent him, and was with him, to remind Israel of what is the truth: “The Lord is with me as a mighty, awesome one. My persecutors will stumble and not prevail. They will be greatly ashamed, for they will not prosper.” (Jeremiah 20:11). We see the same situation with Jesus Christ as He announced Himself as God’s promised Savior: “He who sent Me is with Me. The Father has not left Me alone, for I always do the things that please Him.” (John 8:29).
Jeremiah also announced, in the midst of pending judgment for their sins, how one day God would bring healing and forgiveness of their sins through the new covenant of the promised Messiah: “The days are coming when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and Judah… No more shall every man teach his neighbor, and every man his brother, saying, ‘Know the Lord, for they shall all know Me, from the least of them to the greatest of them. For I will forgive their iniquity, and their sin I will remember no more.” (Jeremiah 31: 31-34). God promised through Jeremiah a future day of forgiveness for their sin.
As shown in Luke 1:76-78, this is a future prophecy of the arrival of Jesus Christ through His forerunner – John the Baptist: “You, child, will be called the prophet of the Highest, for you will go before the face of the Lord to prepare His ways, to give knowledge of salvation to His people by the remission of their sins.” God offers you knowledge of your salvation through a personal confession of your sin and your faith in Christ.
Just as prophesied by Jeremiah in 600BC, and just as Jesus told everyone in 32AD that Jeremiah and the other prophets were speaking about Him, Jesus Christ proclaimed the good news that our sinful behavior can be forgiven by trusting in Him as their source for truth and eternal life. Just as with our founders, America must return to Jesus Christ.
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