Sunday, February 20, 2005

I'm a POST "post-modern" kinda guy.

I vehemently disagree with the following statement:

" The nice thing is that since we're all post-modern now anyways, you can choose anything you want and it can be your 'good'! :) "

It was discovered on an email list I'm a member of... a bunch of film industry gurus from Hollywood (and elsewhere) were arguing about the new HD technologies versus film. The statement was slightly tongue-in-cheek but it clarifies my suspicion that "post-modern" thinkers use their intellectual gymnastics to excuse all sorts of philosophy and behavior as acceptable in the sight of God.

But it ain't necessarily so!

I firmly believe that, although there is some value in questioning tradition, there is infinitely more value in doing so with a whole-hearted study of the ancient scriptures of the Hebrew peoples! The Bible is more than another world-wide bestseller (tops the charts every year, in fact!). It's the Truth written by a Being who exists outside our time-space realm - and also, thankfully, within it.

Israel is OBVIOUSLY the center of attention in our planet and for what reason? It is more than coincidence that a bunch of people (for the first time in history) who were scattered across the globe are re-united and see resurrected their dead, ancient language and participate in restoring a barren wasteland of a desert to be the only non-oil-producing democracy in the Middle East. It is providence. At least Leo Tolstoy saw it.

Look at the ancient scripture and ask your heart if it's applicable to today's sleepy, over-indulgent and EVER SO POST-MODERN Hollywood, er, I mean.. America -

2800 years ago (and does that, therefore, mean "less relevant"? Ask your heart. I pray for your insight.) Isaiah spoke and it was written and indelibly communicated in chapter 5, points 20 through 23 -

20 How horrible it will be for those who call evil good and good evil, who turn darkness into light and light into darkness, who turn what is bitter into something sweet and what is sweet into something bitter. 21 How horrible it will be for those who think they are wise and consider themselves to be clever. 22 How horrible it will be for those who are heroes at drinking wine, who are champions at mixing drinks, 23 who declare the guilty innocent for a bribe, who take away the rights of righteous people.

And Paul's letter to the Ephesians (circa 57 AD), chapter 2, in verses 1-5, makes the point that the Maker cares for us in this condition -

1 You were once dead because of your failures and sins. 2 You followed the ways of this present world and its spiritual ruler. This ruler continues to work in people who refuse to obey God. 3 All of us once lived among these people, and followed the desires of our corrupt nature. We did what our corrupt desires and thoughts wanted us to do. So, because of our nature, we deserved God's anger just like everyone else.

4 But God is rich in mercy because of his great love for us. 5 We were dead because of our failures, but he made us alive together with Christ. (It is God's kindness that saved you.

Give up on making up your own rules with absolutely no regard for the writings of those who have gone before you! And, I beg you, look at the writings of the apostles of Jesus, Yeshua, King of the Universe, who was so busy healing people and doing good things on this planet that He didn't have time to write, only to speak and love and do. Read the gospels of John, Mark, Matthew and Luke.

Ask how post-modern a thinker was Yeshua!

You might find yourself chucking the whole (supremely cool) post-modern ideology and clinging gratefully to ...