A recent series of "religion" articles in secular newspapers lauded several of the more popular Christian books and web-logs (blogs) now available to the public. The essence of the comments was that "Christians" were becoming more "mainstream" and less "marginalized." It would seem that many in the Evangelical world are trying hard to be accepted by those who are either apathetic or hostile toward Biblical "values" (what a terribly innocuous word), and are touting their popularity as a "good" thing. One Baptist preacher (evangelical, conservative) bragged to a major newspaper that he "cussed a lot" in his blog because that was more "real" to everybody than "pulpit" language.
One wonders how they "interpret" Jesus' admonition:
"If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you. If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you. Remember the word that I said unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord. If they have persecuted me, they will also persecute you; if they have kept my saying, they will keep yours also" (John 15:18-20).
Truth is rarely "accepted" by the majority. This is especially so of the eternal truth of the Scriptures. The majority may have to submit to the "laws" of nature that the Creator established, but they will rarely submit to the "commandments" or believe the "message" that the same Creator graciously gave through revelation. Physical properties brook no exceptions. Purpose and meaning, aesthetics and preferences, goals and destiny can be widely different—depending on one's "viewpoint."
"The law of the LORD is perfect" (Psalm 19:7).
Our Lord is "longsuffering" (II Peter 3:9) toward those with different "viewpoints," but He will not yield truth to the majority. ICR has long stood against the mainstream because "Every word of God is pure" (Proverbs 30:5) and we can do no other. Please share your resources with us that we might sow and reap together in the "fields ripe unto harvest."