Postmoderns seem to throw off all that is old and establish their own ground
rules for living. Some who major in history call this philosophy old paganism
revived in our generation.
In the process, the most glaring characteristic of
their thinking is simply to declare that there are no absolutes. The only
absolute for them is change! They change to suit themselves or their times.
Absolutes restrict them. They want to be free! They also live by the polls.
Whatever the majority wants must be right, they reason.
What does the term postmodern mean? Today it means change, especially from
what has been accepted as morally, ethically or spiritually correct. This
change creates fads and uncertainty about the future. Fads will determine the
future, they say. Christians know that fads are a house of cards.
To deny absolutes is to effectively make man the center of everything,
especially life itself. However, God remains the one true absolute, and He
still determines everything in life. Postmodern man tries to do what Paul said
of the Romans, they exchanged the Truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and
served something created instead of the Creator, Who is blessed forever (Romans
1:25). And in the midst of their ignorance, God simply declares: I am the Lord,
I do not change (Malachi 3:6). He then significantly adds, for our hope,
therefore you are not consumed. Our only hope is that God does not change! So
we can declare to this generation, Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today,
and forever (Hebrews 13:8).
The postmodern worldview provides nothing solid upon
which to base life. It is a kind of spiritual anarchy and can be very
unsettling and even fearful. This attitude has a profound effect on our youth.
Fads can control them, for they want to be accepted by their peers. The
postmodern approach can undermine family life, because it recognizes no lasting
foundation upon which to build a home or a family. It can really lead to the
age-old philosophy, Eat, drink and be merry, for tomorrow we die. This life is
all there is, make the most of it. There is no eternity, no accountability and
no God. So, do your own thingfor if it is right for you, it is right!
How can we reach postmoderns with the gospel of our Lord? Two things come to
1. Be absolutely convinced that there are absolutes established by God which
are real and life-determining.
2. Share scriptures, trusting in the Holy Spirit to take His Word and cause
them to understand (John 6:44, 45, 65).
Knowing that God is not willing that any should perish (2 Peter 3:9), we can
be confident that He will be working through every witness we offer, and every
scripture we share, to draw people to a saving experience with His Son, Jesus
Christ. It is not argument we need to develop but a clear relationship with
God, so He can work through us to draw others to Christ.
I speak with many of the top CEOs of the nation who have enormous influence
and platforms from which to speak. The ones I meet are not adapting to this
so-called postmodern mindset. I find that God is leading them to be
unquestioned in their commitment to His absolutes. God is guiding and enabling
them to share His truth with boldness in the life of corporate America.
These CEOs are maintaining a clear witness to what does not change. Their
faithfulness to Gods truth is affecting their workplace, their marriages and
their families. In almost five years of sharing with them in regular conference
calls, we have not seen one divorce but rather a strengthening of their
marriages. In short, their families are secure, and God is honoring their
businesses. God has stated clearly, those who honor Me, I will honor (1 Samuel
God remains the center of all life and honors those who honor Him. His
absolutes for life remainand remain to be shared boldly with everyone we meet.
But, most of all, they are to be lived out before a watching and uncertain
The author of Experiencing God, Henry Blackaby is president of
Henry Blackaby Ministries. Visit www.henryblackaby.com for more information. Bible
references are from The New King James Version.
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