Apathy By Another Name

James Brown Jr.


Just prior to the 2008 General Election, Presidential candidate Barack Obama declared, “We are five days away from fundamentally transforming the United States of America.”1 Fast forward seven and a half years and the now President Obama has accomplished his promise to completely undermine our remaining national foundations.

We have been on a downward trend for many years, but during his two terms, President Obama repealed “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”2 and ended the legal defense of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA).3 Both of these policies were originally placed into law by Democratic leadership after they demanded that we conservatives enact neutral policies In addition to these and many other abominations, he was also instrumental in working toward the United States Supreme Court overthrowing over 200 years of American Jurisprudence and 800 years of English Common Law in OBERGEFELL v. HODGES.4

It is clear these Cultural Marxists are anything but neutral. Under the guise of neutrality, we have not only been duped into a “live and let live” philosophy of life. Through the cooperation of hate crimes legislation, bureaucratic policies and executive orders, we are now being forced to abandon the illusion of neutrality. 

Christianity’s goal in days gone by was to advance the Kingdom of Jesus Christ. Now, we are trying to conserve the principles of Bob Dylan thinking neutrality is the work of God. We have replaced “do unto others” with “live and let live.”

Neutrality was a farce with the purpose of destroying cultural and legal precedent that was based upon a Biblical worldivew. In other words, the sole purpose of neutrality was to destroy the Political Calvinism of the Great Reformation upon which our state and federal constitutions were derived.

The federal constitution was established to protect the states and their citizens from an oppressive centralized power. Our Founders were fearful that the tyranny that had oppressed their fathers in Europe would take hold here and once again enslave their posterity. Be it the President, the Congress or the Judiciary, they attempted to “bind [them] down from mischief by the chains of the Constitution."5

Of course we are far removed from this philosophy of government. Recently, the Obama Administration threatened to withhold our own tax money from any state that refuses to participate in the madness of so-called “gender identity.”6 Basically, they are demanding that we finance the destruction of our Christian foundations and constitutions and the enslavement of our posterity.

Yet, this madness is not just on the federal level. Last week we discovered that the Mooresville Library is also engaged in this propaganda war. Prominently displayed in the children’s section of the library was the book Jacob’s New Dress. The author’s website describes the book as a “heartwarming story [that] speaks to the unique challenges faced by boys who don’t identify with traditional gender roles.”7

Once again our tax money is being taken from us, not to be used according to the constitutional powers delegated to the federal, state and local government by our constitutions, but to be used to destroy the Christian foundations of our society. It is being demanded that I participate in the brainwashing of our children to a philosophy that is diabolically opposed to our Christian foundations and my conscience, religious beliefs and worldview.

This is not just happening in San Francisco or New York City but in a rural, conservative small town. Our neutrality is coming home to roost and we are incapable of effectively fending off any philosophy hell-bent on world domination. We have left the gates wide open for our enemies to plunder and destroy us.

The best we can seemingly muster is the courage to ask “What happened to neutrality?”

Liberals convinced us that the Christian worldview our nation was built upon was unfair and society could only function in neutrality. We were told it was unfair to force others to pray, learn the Ten Commandments and read the Bible so we agreed to the utopian plea of neutrality and individual autonomy. We are now learning this was a farce and that the cultural Marxists never had any intention of neutrality or diversity. As Bahnsen warned, “they are not neutral and neither should you be.”8

We are now being forced to accept, believe and participate with the socialist secular worldview. Our children are being indoctrinated into this madness that not only defies the Christian worldview, but the very laws of nature the secularists insisted was the standard for logic and reason. This inconsistent and illogical secular worldview is simply demonstrating the truthfulness of God’s Word and the foolishness of man’s wisdom.

In Romans chapter one God’s Word reveals that those who refuse to submit to the evidentiary authority of a Creator will suppress self-evident truths. The U.S. Constitution and many state constitutions refer to this as the “laws of nature and of nature’s God.”

Fallen man suppresses the laws of creation, not because the evidence is ambiguous, but because man sets himself up as the judge of God. As judge, man believes he has the right and the power to be as gods discerning good and evil. Therefore, he suppresses the evidence that is prejudicial to his agenda in order to guarantee his presuppositions are upheld.

The problem with this delusional philosophy is that God, not autonomous man, is the judge. God has already decreed His verdict and any attempts to move the case to a lesser court or suppress evidence are purely psychotic.

Rebellion against God is the paramount foundation in the anti-Biblical worldviews. This is why they will go so far as to deny self-evident theology, anthropology and biology. The root of this rebellion is the denial of God and its fruit is reprobation.

The so-called “gender identity” movement is just another step in suppressing “the laws of nature and of nature’s God.” The goal is not to know the truth but to suppress the truth in order to justify their rebellion against God.

It is no small wonder that this insanity has deluded the minds of many. The Word of God declares that those who deny God’s authority in order to continue in their sin will believe a lie and be damned (2 Thessalonians 2:11-12). Those who are wise in their own conceits and delight in their idolatrous sin will be turned over to their own delusions (Isaiah 66:3-4).

Although it is easy at this point for Christians to excuse ourselves from this judgment upon the wicked, Peter warned that judgment first begins at the house of God (1 Peter 4:17). The problems we are facing in our nation is due to the lack of salt and light being demonstrated by the Church. It is our responsibility to display light in the midst of darkness and to preserve society from corruption (Matthew 5:13-16). The Church is to be the supporting element for the truth (1 Timothy 3:15).

The fall of America is not due to a rise of darkness, but because of the decline of light. Where light enters darkness flees, but where there is the absence of light, darkness prevails.

We cannot continue to “shake our heads” or “facepalm” in disbelief that the secularists are committed to their worldview. The perplexing deception is that Christians fell for the lie of neutrality, which reveals our lack of fidelity to the Biblical worldview.

If we are going to be salt and light in this fallen world, we must reignite a fervent commitment to a Biblical worldview in our minds, lives and institutions. Neutrality has never won a war and a detached strategy will not win this war for the heart and soul of America. Neutrality is really just apathy by another name.

This is the problem of the American Church. Our neutrality is really complacent apathy. Instead of being salt and light we are now enablers of every reprobation.

Thirty-one years ago, Dr. Greg Bahnsen asked the question, “Will your life be founded upon the sure rock of God’s word, or the ruinous sands of independent human opinion.”9 This is the question that must once again be asked of the Church. Our answer will dictate the future of our posterity.

Bahnsen did not leave us in the dark as to what the answer should be. Just as he unashamedly proclaimed the answer, so too must we live, proclaim and contend for this truth.

“By contrast the biblical attitude is expressed by the apostle John when he says, ‘The love of God is this, that we keep His commandments; and His commandments are not burdensome’ (1 John 5:3). Believers in Jesus Christ do not wish to live as a law-unto-themselves, unfettered by external divine requirements. They welcome and love the biblical standard of right and wrong—no matter what it may stipulate for any aspect of life. God’s holy law is not a burden to them, and they are not constantly searching for substitutes which will be more pleasing to the autonomous attitude of their age. They do not prefer self-law to God’s law, for they recognize that it is impossible to draw straight lines and make accurate measurements in ethics without the infallible yardstick of God’s word.”10

Every non-Christian worldview does not intrinsically possess the qualities that can produce or sustain life. They are fatalistic cults diabolically opposed to life and prone to death.

“But he that sinneth against me wrongeth his own soul: all they that hate me love death.” –Proverbs 8:36

It is really an unfair fight because Jesus is the “way, the truth and the life” (John 14:6). Yet, this victory comes through means Christ has given His Church for the advancement of the gospel. The problem is not the Christian worldview but unfaithful Christians. As Pastor Doug Wilson wrote, “Non-Christians can’t think in a straight line, and modern Christians won’t.”11

If we are going to witness revival and reformation in our lifetime, it is only going to come if Christians begin to think in a straight line according to the Word of God. This straight line requires that Scripture be the foundation of all knowledge.

This straight line requires the acknowledgment that we are at war with the non-Christian worldviews. The purpose of the Biblical worldview is to “[wrestle] against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places” (Ephesians 6:12) in making the dominion of Christ manifest in the world (1 Corinthians 15:25).

Until we return unto a true and complete foundation of Sola Scriptura, there is no hope for revival and reformation in individuals, homes, churches or nations.

“Ye shall not add unto the word which I command you, neither shall ye diminish ought from it, that ye may keep the commandments of the LORD your God which I command you.” –Deuteronomy 4:2

“For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book: And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.” –Revelation 22:18-19

Notes:
1. Senator Barack Obama, “Obama Rallies Columbia, Missouri,” accessed June 16, 2016, http://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2008/10/obama_rallies_columbia_missour.html

2. Jesse Lee, “The President Signs Repeal of ‘Don't Ask Don't Tell’: ‘Out of Many, We Are One,’” accessed June 16, 2016, https://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2010/12/22/president-signs-repeal-dont-ask-dont-tell-out-many-we-are-one

3. Office of the Press Secretary, “FACT SHEET: Obama Administration’s Record and the LGBT Community,” accessed June 16, 2016, https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2016/06/09/fact-sheet-obama-administrations-record-and-lgbt-community

4. Obergefell v Hodges, “Supreme Court of the United States Syllabus,” accessed June 16, 2016, http://www.supremecourt.gov/opinions/14pdf/14-556_3204.pdf

5. Thomas Jefferson, “Federal v. Consolidated Government,” accessed June 16, 2016, http://press-pubs.uchicago.edu/founders/documents/v1ch8s41.html

6. Associated Press, “Conservatives outraged over Obama transgender directive to public schools,” accessed June 16, 2016, http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2016/05/13/report-obama-administration-to-tell-public-schools-to-let-transgender-students-use-bathrooms-their-choice.html

7. Sarah and Ian Hoffman, “Jacob’s New Dress,” accessed June 16, 2016, http://www.sarahandianhoffman.com/books/jacobs-new-dress/

8. Greg Bahnsen, “The Myth of Neutrality,” accessed June 16, 2016, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vWKDF0TbfxQ

9. Greg Bahnsen, By Which Standard, (Tyler, Texas: Institute for Christian Economics, 1985), 13

10. Ibid, 19

11. Douglas Wilson, Repairing the Ruins, (Canon Press: Moscow, Idaho, 1996) 19