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June 27, 2020 1:00 am
How do you think globalization and the increase of technology has affected evangelism? What does a globalized society mean for the spreading of the Gospel? On this week's Let My People Think, Ravi Zacharias dives into what evangelism looks like in light of globalization.
I don't move the difference wooden wooden adjustment for nourishment and what nation has been for refuse you're telling me we are not there right now when we don't know the difference between what is nourishing and what is sure refuse one of globalization is confusion with confusing constant tendency towards my people think with both and politics Ravi Zacharias Michael class deletions to the said everyone's right no one's gone, the nation of great silty welding collided and unresolved tension times with something slick and Rodney explains how the time will the conclusion of his message. Globalization's impact on evangelism. How did this happen. What brought all of this about three moons that I think to place starting in the early part of the 1900s. You could see it coming. You could not see the unintended consequences of whether this was headed for the three ideas that shape the middle of the 20th century brought us in now and you as young men and women putting in the academic world will understand very readily when I bring to you the logical outworking of all of this so please leave it sounds a bit academic you will bring it down to ask you where you are and you will understand how brought about this kind of an impact reservation is the process by which religious ideas, institutions and interpretations have lost that social significance and meaning redefine it because everyone matters. Colorization is a process by which religious ideas, institutions and interpretations have lost this social significance, secularization, religious ideas, institutions and interpretations have lost their social significance know what happens to the gospel full when something like this has taken hold, but you know, the part that really came to my mind was what CS Lewis said both in his abolition of man and in his pilgrims regress in Pilgrim's regress. It is an allegorical writing off his conversion surprised by Joy is a straightforward narrative in Pilgrim's regress. It's allegorical I think it's one the most brilliant books he wrote and in that allegorical journey. The reason he calls it regress rather than progress is because Lewis as you know, struggled with many worldviews in many options and he kept turning away from many of them all along in his journey he just didn't know why to actively he was rejecting it. And then when he found Christ as his personal savior. He took a regressive journey because now he had the answers to why he had said no to everything else because of the programs regress and regressive journey. He tells you how when he was journeying along looking for answers. He came to the mountain this spirit of the age. The spirit of the age. The hedonistic spirit by which he lived and the interesting thing he said was I was bound in chains thing in this era of the age. What an incredible insight that though he was in a place of total hedonism is actual sensation was a bondage enslavement. He was not free.
We just had a fine young man as an actor from another country, and spend three or four days with us. I spent an hour and 1/2 with him today, strapping, handsome looking guy very successful Nikon in this country. New well-known billboards. This pictures all over the place dozen different fragrances named after him, but his private life was totally debauched, totally destroyed in his private life, and as we were talking again today that he if he flew in from that country where I spoke some time ago on Saturday to talk to you.
He started his life to Christ now. But he said, as we were talking and the tears running down his face. He said you know when I think of all that I went into an old the money that I spent and how I was used I still find it very difficult to understand how I was so destructive to my own being my own self spirit of the age you're bound in chains you actually think your free like a slave like a dog going back to the vomit he would go back to the things that left him empty or an empty so here's Lewis naming himself.
John bound in the spirit of the age of the way Jill comes and serves him his breakfast and I'm chains and to enjoy the breakfast and when he is enjoying the breakfast he comments on how delicious the milk is in the man representing the spirit of the age says you only call it nutritious, delicious milk.
What is it is the secretion of the cow urine is a secretion milk is a secretion you call this delicious nutrition. John didn't know what to say. He said now I made a terrible mistake of calling how it nutritious and delicious. The eggs were and you should've seen the comparison he made for the walls.
I want even repeated for you here and he said he was real false by end.
But he didn't know what to say and after the main meal was gone and he was handcuffed again is what he says. Reason came riding on the horse and rest me and said to the spirit of the age you lie you lie.
You don't know the difference between what nature has been for nourishment and what nature has meant for garbage.
You don't know the difference between what nature has been for nourishment and what nature has meant for refuse you're telling me we are not there right now where we don't know the difference between what is nourishing and what is sure refuse and reason rescued him and is gone I would look at the lawyer and I would say to him you know sir at least one would have to say about the artists suppose he is doing it in a pure moral soil art. The image that he portrays is somehow to convey the glory of the human body or the beauty of the human body.
You're telling me that the pornographer who gets the person to undress to titillate the fantasies in the baser instincts of the viewer to get them hoped and trapped in this seduction so that the very brain is affected and no one person can satisfy the desires of this person anymore. You're telling me there's no difference see the woman in front of the lens of the camera. The man in front of as a camera doing this if you only for the provocative baser instincts of an individual or two at some point want to cover themselves and say don't do this to me.
But here's the deduction when secularized station has completely finished with your mind and mine it wants to produce a generation devoid of shame no sense of shame, you know. Psychiatrists are getting close to a drug to take away posttraumatic stress disorder know they're afraid of that same person who comes from a military skirmish and is struggling with the memory using this drug to get rid of the nightmares and all of all that happen. The same thing can be used by a malicious rapist who breaks into a home radius of Oman watches the woman murders the woman goes back home and pops a bill. What you do, then when you have no sense of remorse and no sense of shame when medicine is starting to wrestle and struggle with these questions, you know, secularization has no answers for humanity. How do you preach sin to a society without a sense of shame.
In an interview on the media today and the only word they want you to use so that they can kick you off the set. After that is if you use the word sent use anything else but use the word sin is so we got him to say secularization ends up in no shame. Secondly, you come in with pluralization pluralization is where there's a competing number of worldviews available to its members and no one worldview is dominant. A competing number. Worldviews available to its members and no one worldview is dominant. This is true of many parts of the world today, although in some parts it is not so in the fact of the matter is America's own willfully pluralistic society but very cleverly now marginalizing one worldview is not evicting that one will you know Richard Dawkins. The atheists came to Washington and waited for a data open arena with thousands attending and somebody asked the question what do you do with people who believe in God then he said, mock them, ridiculed them make fun of them so somebody said to me what you think of that I said I think it's a great idea and let him start in Saudi Arabia and I buy him his ticket. I said I'll only have to pay for one way, then at least find out that all worldviews are not created equal. Very easy using it to mock somebody even as a Christian worldview. We don't believe in truth, the market you divide. You do you wrestle with that you interact with it to encourage the followers to go and mock something that somebody else is calling sacred is that really the way to reach somebody pluralization has many many valuable things, but if pluralization of pluralism is extrapolated into meaning philosophical relativism then you are on a path to systemic contradiction, then you're on a path to systemic contradiction and if there is an effort to find a coherent set of answers. What happens when you start living with systemic cultural contradiction. Let me give you a little illustration here of it happened in California. A lot of things happen in California so I was in California and I was delivering a series of lectures on the uniqueness of Christ and a professor from one of the universities came one day and sat with some of his students and I could tell he was not at all happy with me and I tried to think my looks or whatever but he said there like this you know these as you have done the greatest damage to the pantheistic worldview that I've ever heard any man ever do. And it's because you don't understand so nice to hear a Westerner telling me that I didn't understand pantheism that he did. My ancestors came from the highest cost of the Hindu priesthood in the movies but it's okay.
This I started to talk to him. I said he said that he started rail at me. I said let me stop you right here.
I said let's go out for lunch, you pay. I pray and will me as I will talk then. Then he said, can I bring a professor of psychology with me. I wanted to ask, why does he want to want him to study both of us as a ring so they came and we sat down and along starting the professor, psychology, and I finished mine this boy hadn't even been eating his food was getting congealed. Honestly, he was arguing and writing out his argument on every placemat uses placement mine the other guys writing on the bottom line was this there were actually two types of logic.
He started off his opening line. There are two types of logic is actually wrong there more than that, but you don't stop a person that soon.
He said there are two types of logic. He said there is the law of non-contradiction. Either this all that is what the either or logic is about. He said, is the West way of thinking either this all that and he started design it. I said no it is not. He said yes it is. I said no it's not. He said yes it is.
I said no it's not.
He said yes it is. I said all right move on so he moved to his next argument he said is a different kind of logical the bolt and kind of logic. Either this or that, but both this and that, he said. So if you're looking at the systemic contradiction within the pantheistic worldview because two opposites. Something made that seemingly contradict each other. You shouldn't say. Therefore, it can't be true. You could see how it could be both. This is opposite that as well and unqualified, not either/or both this and that and he started to give me the illustration of Hegel that thesis on the synthesis and the thesis and antithesis blend together. You formed a synthesis and that synthesis becomes a thesis that forms in the 2000 and he said this the way goes or in Marxism. You don't have the employer or the employee you put them together to find a classless society nobody shows you a classless society would like to argue about.
He said you see Mrs. I Christ the mistake of making when you're studying the pantheistic worldview you are studying it like a Westerner with the and he said both pandas Eastern. I said no it's not. He said yes it is so knows Marty said yes it is I said move on so he said when you're studying pantheism you're studying it like a Westerner looking at it from the either/or point of view when you should really be studying it with the dialectical position of both hand and then when you find the contradiction you will not be bothered by, so the psychologist is looking at me and I said sir I just have one question for you. So you're telling me when I study this worldview I either use the bullpen system or nothing else. Is that right I either use the bullpen system or nothing else.
Is that right here just picked up his knife and fork and he put it down and he looked and says either/or does seem to emerge doesn't.
I said yes sir. As a matter fact I got some shocking news for you, even in India. We look both ways before you cross the street is either the bus, the psychologist said. He said I think we need to go now he was doing as a professor of philosophy he was using the either/or with which to prove the both hand and not realizing that he was debunking a system which was on the core of his own test for truth and I said you got it wrong. I said sir, if you study Shunk or Gautama Buddha Eastern thinkers they both use the law of non-contradiction to make their final choices. Gautama Buddha was born a Hindu, he renounced two of the cardinal doctrines of Hinduism and founded his own four Noble truths and a full bath. Shunk the monist did not agree with theism and apply the law of non-contradiction to it admin it comes down to the crux of the bottom law of non-contradiction applies to reality now try and tell a pluralistic culture that truth by definition is exclusive. How do you do that.
I do know how many universities I'll have somebody stand up and sing to me. How can you really believe in the exclusivity of truth well if truth is all-inclusive. What is meaning a false you have to think very carefully here where we are headed.
Secularization leads to no shame. Plural is a leads to no reason and ultimately we get the privatization. Privatization is where there is cleavage between your public and your private life and the fulfillment of meaning you are told has to be found in private as a cleavage between your public and private life and the fulfillment of your meaning has to be found in your private and so what we are really told her you can be a Christian if you want to be a Christian out in the West here but don't bring your faith into the marketplace in the public arena. Keep it private for yourself what is this doing to the Christian the same thing.
It is already doing to somebody who's a total materialist. It is rendering your life meaningless when used several of the most sacred and park it at home.
What happens you see the most important thing about who I am is what I think about in private, but that private sacred trust.
If it is not carried into the public arena creates a schizoid personality within me. My vows to my wife mean something because they have to be taken into the public arena as well. My vows to God means something because they have to be taken into the public arena as well. Your values are alternately dictated by what is the most sacred to you.
Every body is a worshiper. The only differences what or who do they worship and meaninglessness is the endgame than the globalization situation in our world today has produced a generation of MT people. I just want you to know that the hallmark of Western culture today is emptiness's emptiness either on how many kids I meet would tell me there MT you know why they are experiencing earlier and earlier that which they thought would deliver the ultimate and it has let them down there experiencing earlier and earlier what they thought would deliver the ultimate there's no mystery, no surprise and no delight left for which look forward it's a heartbreaking reality and so I say to you the globalization that started the whole idea of a global culture that started in the West is now being exported and we have seen the same thing happen and you go to India today. I'm speaking in October to a gathering of movie stars and picketers and discrediting players there. The icons are spoken three times to the ball he would group these are the ones who are seen as God's in the society as a society same predicament, now in their families that you see in the West, the breakup travesty, the loneliness, the emptiness, the mood has spread and the carrier between the University.
The carrier between the media and the carrier in the arts. These three carriers of secularization, pluralization, privatization, have left the world living in in coherence and there is no longer a coherent set of answers to the existential questions that confront all of us in the passage of our lives and the cultural revolution has made a break in the shared meaning of the past so that today is no common shared value on meaning anymore. The situation is ripe for evangelism absolutely right. I tell you what the last 2 to 3 years I have seen the largest crowds in every part of the world and the highest percentage of the audience is the young students are hungry for answers. They wanted to find out how to connect the dots so as dark as it seems it's the ripest moment for evangelism and missions properly done today on that positive note, I bring it to a close. No shame, no reason and no meaning when that breakdown has exacted all that it has how wonderful to show the boundaries of where shame must be felt the reasonableness that there is an belief in God and the meaning that it brings.
When your life and all of its dots are connected by the sacred gospel is a beautiful message for a very, very coarse time, you can become a carrier of that gospel and go with how conviction and hope you will help change the world and make it a better place for me to more secular society has cost us some of on the sacred belief I thought provoking conclusion to Robbie's methods. We had this appetite is encouraged.
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