6 Ways Christians Can Fight the 'Cultural Marxism' on College Campuses
2. God is behind Western Civilization.
One of the biggest problems Christians face in expressing their faith today is the stigma against the church and the Christian faith in particular. "As a whole, Christians are being perceived now as irrelevant and in a worst case scenario as evil," Miller, president of Ratio Christi, explained. "We're being blacklisted as homophobic, as bigots, and as other things."
He argued that Christians need to do more than argue for the truth of their religion. "In Christian apologetics in particular, we need to shift and focus on goodness and not just truth," Miller said. "Christianity is good, it's relevant to society."
Indeed, Christianity is the bedrock upon which our civilization stands. Miller noted that faith in Jesus Christ is "responsible for creating Western Civilization, the universities, the hospitals — you don't have Richard Dawkins or Secular Alliance Hospital."
Miller mentioned many of the institutions begun on Christian principles — not just hospitals, but non-profit organizations like the International Justice Mission, and even the university itself. "American universities, which almost in their entirety in the first phase were all explicitly Christian-driven," are not alone: the modern idea of higher education launched in the eleventh century with medieval universities, inspired by the Christian faith.
In short, "Christianity is good, it is relevant, it has helped build the civilization that we appreciate." There are two major reasons why Christianity is good, and those both form powerful arguments for the faith.
3. Christianity provides a basis for charity.
Christianity inspires compassion because of the person of Jesus Christ. Miller put it bluntly: "There's no worldview that has a character like Jesus."
Almost every culture has a version of the golden rule, but it's less than the Christian ideal, the Ratio Christi president argued. "It's the silver rule — don't do to others what you don't want them to do to you, the no-harm principle." But "that doesn't do you much good at all when it comes to the Good Samaritan." It is a huge moral jump to go from "he didn't kick you in the head so you don't kick him in the head" to "you should help this injured stranger who is socially unclean."
"Our worldview comes not form the jungle narrative of survival, but from the incarnation," from the idea that God Himself, the Creator of the universe, became a man to suffer and die on our behalf. This idea is hugely consequential that it has spawned social movements across the ages, from the opposition to slavery (in the 900s and the 1800s) to the unique creation of hospitals and universities, to a worldwide push for literacy.
Miller cited the philosopher Peter Singer, whose essays are collected in the book Unsanctifying Human Life: Essays on Ethics. "He demonstrates that it was Christianity that changed the ethical world of the West because of" the notion of the sanctity of human life. "But since we know that God doesn't exist, we can no longer adopt the principle," the Ratio Christi president summarized.
This enabled Singer to "put forth philosophies where animals are on the same level as humans." It also enabled him to argue for post-birth abortion and infanticide. He also has the gall to call it "discrimination, speciesism if you have a problem with sex between humans and animals."
This illustrates a deeper problem with the cultural Marxism on college campuses.
"Marxism and Socialism talk about care for the poor, but if there is no God, why should we care for the poor?" Miller asked. "In the jungle narrative, the lion does not have compassion for the gazelle with a bloody foot, he just eats him."
"If naturalism is true, then morality and ethics reduces to the jungle narrative of survival and power," but "in the West, there's been a great civilization built because we have this notion that God exists, God is good, God created man in His image, and all lives matter," the Ratio Christi president declared.
"If equality is to be had, it won't be had on the worldview of naturalism, which is the worldview that Marxism is built on, which is the worldview that Black Lives Matter is built on."
Christianity, however, is not about survival, "it's about goodness, it's about truth, it's about man being in God's image."
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