Started by AudioArtist, October 20, 2010, 10:02:46 am
Quote from: Pete on October 20, 2010, 11:52:08 amI suppose that would depend on how you define "postmodernism".Most definitions of postmodernism that I've seen indicate relativism and the rejection of an objective truth. It's the idea that I'm OK, you're OK, we're all OK. Unfortunately, some of the Church has embraced this type of postmodernism, and I would say that is not a good thing at all.OTOH, while I still fully recognize that there is an objective Truth, I also recognize that where sin abounds, grace does much more abound (Romans 5:20). This is not to suggest that people can just go on sinning so that grace can abound (Romans 6:1-2). However, what has changed in me is that I have realized it is not my place to judge and condemn people for their sins. Jesus did not come to the world to condemn the world, but so that the world might be saved (John 3:17).When I would watch Paul Washer's videos, there was an incredible amount of condemnation coming from him. It seemed to me like his goal was to see how long and loud he could yell at people and tell them that all the many ways that they were wrong and going to hell. This seems remarkably contrary to the Truth that it is the goodness of God that leads men to repentance (Romans 2:4). It also seemed to me like he thought the only way to get people to change was for him to berate them until they conceded that he was right and they were wrong.Clearly, someone yelling at the top of their lungs is going to cause more of a scene than ministering to people in Love. And so there arises this idea that Loving people where they are at is "weak" and "ineffective". But nothing could be further from the Truth. In fact, it's exactly what Jesus did. Take for example the woman caught in adultery. Jesus didn't condemn and berate and yell at her. He simply said to her, "Go and sin no more". Grace through an objective Truth.A few years ago God spoke to me and said, "It is not your responsibility to make people believe." While that has not changed my views on what I believe, it certainly has changed my view on how I approach others. Jesus said that we would be known as His disciples by our Love for one another. Therefore, my goal has been to be an example of His Love to others.Because of this, I've been accused of being "weak", "wimpy", "wishy-washy", "mealy-mouthed", "politically correct" and much worse. I believe that there is nothing more powerful than the Love of God, but I've found that not many people really believe that.The only One who can cause real and lasting change in a person is God. I believe we need to understand that and focus our efforts there. All of our yelling and carrying on won't change a thing.So I'm not "postmodern" in the traditional sense of the word. In fact, I think I'll have to coin a new term to describe my beliefs; "petemodern"
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