“Progressivism” means change. What is considered the core tenants of secular faith today will soon be regarded as unorthodox and prudish in the future, but for now, these signs are a helpful guide to the dogma of the day. Let us take a quick look at each phrase.
Signs have begun popping up in front of houses, which seem to list several core doctrines of secularism. The signs say, “In this house, we believe black lives matter, women’s rights are human rights, no human is illegal, science is real, love is love, and kindness is everything. It reads like an apostles’ creed of progressivism. A summary of the ever-changing faith that has, at least for now, been delivered to the secular saints. It is the creed for which they must contend. Yes, much of it is different from the secular dogma of 20 years ago, and there will be a different creed in the future. How could it not? “Progressivism” means change. What is considered the core tenants of secular faith today will soon be regarded as unorthodox and prudish in the future, but for now, these signs are a helpful guide to the dogma of the day. Let us take a quick look at each phrase.
In This House, We Believe
The articles of faith are introduced with the words, “In this house, we believe.” There is not much to say about this other than it is strangely familiar. As Christians, we have been doing this for years. Most of us grew up with Joshua 24:15 posted somewhere around their house, “As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.” It is as if secularists have written their statutes on the doorpost of their house and their gates (Deuteronomy 6:9).
Science is Real
I know I am taking this out of order, but this seems to be the foundational statement. For Christians, we believe God is real, and he is the center that holds all things together. Truth, morality, and logic are expressions of his mind. Even science is possible because of the created order. Everything we believe is grounded in God, but where do you go when you deny God and his revelation to humanity? Apparently, science is your foundation. Science alone is progressivism’s authority for its faith and practice. It is the lens through which they must evaluate all things. Some who embrace this new creed believe in a god, but secularism leaves no room for religious thought in political life. Therefore, their god must be left out of the discussion and science must take up the mantle. As we move through the rest of the creed, we will see how well this holds up.
Black Lives Matter
Of course they do. For Christians, humans of all ethnicities are made in the image of God and deserve dignity. God loves black people so much that he gave his only begotten son, Jesus Christ, to die for their sins, just as he did for every tribe nation and tongue (Revelation 7:9). Black lives do matter. Based on this, if there is a group of people facing oppression and racism, it is time to stand up and end it. The problem is, secularism does not have this foundation, so let us turn to science; can it prove that black lives matter? Can it show that any lives matter? Unfortunately, it cannot. It may attempt to ascribe a utilitarian value to human life, but so did slaveholders. Secularism is unable to offer a foundation for the intrinsic worth of a human being. It already appears as if secularism’s creed has lost its footing.