This morning I watched an interview with a Christian author about the rise of secularism. Tonight my wife shared about a Jeporday TV question under the topic “23rd”. The question was, “What are the first four words in the Psalm by King David?” Not one of the brilliant, highly educated, contestants even buzzed to make a guess. Of course, anyone schooled before 1964 will know, “The Lord is my…Shepherd.” It is possibly one of the most famous verses in the Bible. We now live in a continuously increasing secular society. Christians are becoming marginalized and may soon become a fringe group among a secular majority. The author who is Southern Baptist, one of the largest and growing groups of Christian’s, said our response must be to continue preaching the gospel message. I think he is partially right. It is the power of salvation, but there is far more to the spirit filled life than preaching the gospel. Many unbelievers think they know about Jesus and they usually know something. However, head knowledge alone does not automatically lead to salvation. We know right and wrong, but don’t have the power in ourselves to always do it. (Rom. 7: 18). If one is not seeking God, preaching is ineffective as scripture says, unless their blinded eyes are opened they can not see God. (2 Cor. 4: 4; John 12: 40).
The Holy Spirit is our guide whatever the future holds. He is able to reach the lost who are seeking the Almighty through prophetic revelation. “But if an unbeliever or an inquirer comes in while everyone is prophesying, they are convicted of sin and are brought under judgment by all, as the secrets of their hearts are laid bare. So they will fall down and worship God, exclaiming, “God is really among you!” (1 Corinthians 14: 24-25). Much of the American church has been influenced by the good intentions of men who lack faith in God and fear the uncertainty of the Holy Spirit, choosing instead their own reason, best judgment and the good news of Yeshua, without which they would not be Christian. Therefore, we see a rise in secularism which is founded in human reason and a denial of the transcendent Holy Spirit, based upon existential reasoning.
God is not surprised or concerned by the folly or idolarty of man – are we? We are called to embrace a faith in God and His word, that will not turn away from God’s ways and the entirety of scripture, following the Spirit rather than the natural reasoning of the worldly mind. “Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit.” (Galatians 5: 25). Moreover, and most importantly, secularism does not satisfy or meet the one essential longing within the human heart – Love. God is Love and Spirit. An encounter with Him, the Living God, experiencing His love, the living water that gives life, is transformative and beyond the analysis of human reason. We don’t receive love in our head, but our heart, our innermost being.