This heavenly-granted earthly spine is a rare commodity. My guess is we will see two groups on the rise in the near future. We will have the rise of the spineless running parallel with the rise of the backbone from below. Believers in the Courageously Crucified One should want nothing to do with either. So, the thing which is happening, the thing which Christians must grasp, is the inevitable deformation, breaking, and collapse of civilization which has lost any connection to what Schaeffer called the upper world.
The need of the day is backbone, but not just any backbone. Before I get ahead of myself, let’s establish the absolute and present necessity of being a vertebrate.
Riots plague our nation, and certain Christian leaders will not unequivocally renounce them. Various governments have unjustifiably prohibited or restrained churches from worshiping Almighty God, and some Christians have checked the assembling churches rather than the overreaching state. Black Lives Matters seeks to destroy the black community by dismantling the nuclear family, and various pastors avoid denouncing the organization like the plague. Our nation’s government has the audacity to consider the viability of drafting women into the military, and mum’s the word for many Christian men, for fear of suffering the wrath of the feminist goddess, equality. Examples could be multiplied. We are in a “Be strong and courageous… choose this day whom you will serve” situation.
But the choice is not between Marxism and Pragmatism. The choice is not between human folly and human wisdom. Beware of setting the table as if the decision before us is between the effeminacy found at the Revoice Conference and the secular machismo found in Bruce Willis’ Die Hard.
The choice before us is between Christ and the abyss. It is between the wisdom of this world—which God has shamed—and the wisdom from above (1 Corinthians 1:27; James 3:17). The line is drawn; you are soon to find yourself on the side of outright cowardice or the backbone from above. The backbone from below will not do—in the end, it is far too flimsy.
It is paramount that Christians get a grip on what is happening. Yes, there is civil unrest. Yes, the response to Covid has been abysmal.