The Non-Religious

“Why, I wondered, did the non-religious believe so passionately in equal rights and justice, while the religious people I knew could not have cared less?”

Timothy Keller pg xvi of Generous Justice


2 thoughts on “The Non-Religious

  1. An unfortunate pattern I have noticed as well…
    Possible theories:
    1: The “nonreligious” are in fact secular humanists, which is a religion. I find that these people do hold to a form of religion, mentioning God-given rights, while denying God his proper place. I am no expert on humanism, but it is my understanding that many of the influential men who wrote the bill of rights, etc, were in fact humanists, not Christians (gasp)! (warning: this is not a popular thing to tell Christians in an election year. If you choose to remove this post from your blog to prevent protests, I understand completely.)
    2: Religious people tend to use the teachings of the Bible to justify their own position rather than as a standard by which to measure themselves. The Pharisees did this as well. The religious person’s unhealthy thinking misses some of the plain and main teachings of the Bible. I find that religious people tend to view their reactions to the world around them as absolutes. This is confused and backwards. As a believer, we do accept that there are absolutes, but the Bible does not teach that every opinion I have about everything is absolute truth. On the contrary, it teaches that man is wicked, fallible, and our perspective is so warped by our sinful nature that we don’t even know our own heart. We are not called to judge. We are expressly commanded not to. The concept of absolute truth, then, becomes a plank in our eye, blinding us from the injustice we see around us, or even partake in. This is of course, not what the Bible teaches, it is what we do with the Bible, how we use it to build up a fortress around our own prejudices in order to protect our ego from threat.

    • Steve,

      I always love it when you come around on the interwebs. You are such an excellent writer, you should probably get to work on a writing a book. 🙂

      My favorite part of what you wrote up there is, “The concept of absolute truth, then, becomes a plank in our eye, blinding us from the injustice we see around us, or even partake in.” I think I’ve been blinded in two opposing directions when it comes to social justice: the “God helps those who help themselves” direction when I was very young and the Christians-must-become-overseas-martyrs more recently. I’m starting to grow up a little and believe that the God of justice will enact justice in His way, as He wills, and that while it may not be as romantic to serve Him in NW Tucson as in the Killing Fields, it’s a worthy calling for Him to use us at all.

      As for the humanists, there’s been a lot going around the interwebs for the past couple of years about how humanity was formed to worship, and in the absence of righteous worship of God, we will always find something in creation to worship in His stead

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