Our Postmodern Age
Question: What do jellyfish, Hollywood movie facades, paralyzed human bodies, and our present godless age each lack? Answer: They all are without an infrastructure. The Oxford dictionary defines an infrastructure as the basic structural foundation of a society or enterprise; a substructure or foundation. Thus, our four examples above lack respectively a spine, a comprehensive structure, a functional skeletal system, and an adherence to moral absolutes and objective realities.
Because it scoffs at a moral infrastructure, our postmodern age — the era in global human history from 1989 (the fall of the Berlin wall) to the present — is incapable of bringing stability to the present world apart from a complete return to the Judeo-Christian foundation of Western civilization. In other words, unless an infrastructure derived from Scripture is recovered by our culture through the church (Matthew 16:18), our present world will continue to decline morally and then finally collapse. Therefore, let us be sobered by the fact that everything under a doomed, postmodern ideology is destined for failure unless God hears the cries of His people for a true revival! Such movements of God come only when God’s people earnestly repent, pray and eagerly watch for Him to move (Acts 3:19-20). This means that we must repent, pray, live and preach the objective truth of the gospel (Romans 1:16), countering postmodernism’s zealous efforts to: redefine both marriage and the family, continue the carnage of Roe v. Wade, legalize homosexual unions, and reconstruct our Constitution’s language so as to render it and its first amendment meaningless.
Fortunately, God’s objective truth (John 17:17) teaches us that, where sin abounds, grace abounds all the more (Romans 5:20). So then, let us preach Christ to this postmodern age (John 14:6), while praising God that He is sovereign in the affairs of history (Ephesians 1:11; Revelation 1:5). We know that everything depends on God who has mercy (Romans 9:16). Therefore, let us return to the God of Scripture, then learn to think God’s thoughts after Him, and finally, understand Francis Schaeffer’s penetrating analysis of postmodernism, “The tragedy of our situation today is that men and women are being fundamentally affected by the new way of looking at truth… In time they become confused… confusion becomes bewilderment, and before long they are overwhelmed,” and reject this confusion by being transformed by the renewal of our minds, “I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect” (Romans 12:1-2).
So then, as Christians, we must speak the gospel of God’s free grace clearly to our postmodern age. Titus 2:11-14 shows us how, “For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation to all men, instructing us to deny ungodliness and worldly desires and to live sensibly, righteously and godly in the present age, looking for the blessed hope and the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Christ Jesus; who gave Himself for us, that He might redeem us from every lawless deed and purify for Himself a people for His own possession, zealous for good deeds. These things speak and exhort and reprove with all authority. Let no one disregard you.” Amen.
Jerry Marcellino is pastor of Audubon Drive Bible Church in Laurel. He can be reached by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org