Is it important at all to structure society in a way that corresponds to the way the Bible describes reality? Well, if a particular society, overall, decides to structure it in some other way, it certainly doesn’t prevent individuals from living life from birth to death, or even from possibly knowing a personal relationship with God and worshiping Him. After all, even if a society accepts abortion on demand and “alternative” family structures, rejects the concept of gender, accepts open borders, permits voter fraud, allows public sidewalks to be used as bathrooms, and many other things that indicate a degenerate society, that doesn’t prevent individuals within the society from knowing God. So what is the big deal, right?
Well, there is a big deal to be made. Reality does exist in some objectively real way, and it doesn’t exist in any other way. For instance, as it relates to the material world, gravity works even for people who don’t believe in it. If a person jumps off of a tall building without a parachute, it will kill them even they think they can fly. By the same token, there are some substances that the human body cannot assimilate. If people eat poison it will kill them, even if they believe they are immune. And the human body is fragile and can be shattered. If a person drives their car into a solid wall at 100 miles per hour with no seat belt, they will be killed, even if they believe they are invincible.
But those examples of our physical life are not the only things we need to consider as we think about the actual structure of reality. Many people accept abortion as a moral way to allow people more personal freedom. Yet every abortion not only provides a type of freedom from personal responsibility, it also kills another human being. That is reality. Others regard non-traditional family structures to be morally acceptable. They see them as a means of allowing people to love who they want. At the same time. these “alternatives” come with a lot of downsides – like increased family member abuse, and increased mental and emotional issues. And what about open borders? After all, shouldn’t those trying to escape bad situations in their own country be allowed to come to ours to seek a better life? Well, their opportunity to seek a better life also puts pressure on the lives and livelihoods of those who are already citizens, as well as costing the country massive amounts of money that citizens have to pay for. These problems, among others, represent self-inflicted wounds that are destroying American society. It is like we have gone insane.
As we look at all of the problems mentioned above, what can we know? What we can know is that EVERY SINGLE ONE of them is a result of people attempting to structure society in ways that do not reflect reality.
- God made man and has revealed that human life is sacred. We have the ability to kill innocent human beings, but it is not without a massive cost.
- God created humans in a way that naturally results in a particular type of family structure. We have the ability to create alternatives, but it literally destroys the smooth operation of society.
- God made humanity in a way that needs orderliness if society is to function well. We can create societal structures that disregard that order, but chaos and destruction result.
- God created mankind with a free will and a deep inner longing to be free. We can create an orderly society where individual freedom is restricted, but only by dehumanizing the masses.
But God also wills that man be free to thrive in the world He created. And for that to happen, society must be ordered and operated based on the reality of the nature of human life.
I know people who don’t want to engage politics (or even vote) because they only want to focus on the “spiritual” part of life. I know people who claim to be Christians who accept abortion and alternative family structures because they believe we should just “live and let live.” I know people who want to see a Socialist society emerge because they believe that it is wrong for some people to have an abundance while others do not. So to promote their personal sense of rightness, fairness, and justice, they go down a road that is neither right, nor fair, nor just. There is a way reality is actually structured and they prefer a different one that does not reflect reality – and they wonder why things in society are getting so bad.
For Christians, focusing on the spiritual elements of life is certainly priority number one. But God made reality to consist of a material part, as well, and he has appointed humanity to be stewards of it. Thus, we have a responsibility before God to manage it well.
If you care about God’s will being accomplished on earth as it is in heaven, and if you care about your fellow man, you will start by getting the spiritual part right, but will not stop there. You must not only concern yourself with the “spiritual” side of life, but also work actively to see that the operation of human society corresponds to the way God built it to work. It is not an either/or situation.
Freddy Davis is the president of MarketFaith Ministries. He is the author of numerous books and has a background as an international missionary, pastor, radio host, worldview trainer, and entrepreneur. Freddy is a graduate of Florida State University with a BS in Communication, and holds MDiv and DMin degrees from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He is a popular speaker, particularly on the topic of worldview and its practical implications for the Christian life. He lives in Tallahassee, FL, with his wife Deborah.
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