Are Some Liberal Ideas Biblical?

Are Some Liberal Ideas Biblical

Written by Andrea Crum

July 8, 2024

Why Our Kids Will Be Confused We Are Anti-Progressive Agenda

I remember the first time I taught a room full of students. After my session, a teen came up to me asking about a statement I made. The student took issue with me saying that Christians have always been at the forefront of human rights issues like the abolishing of slavery, the pro-life movement, and, more recently, anti-sex trafficking causes.

She said, “But weren’t Christians complicit in slavery?” The next week, I got a similar question from another teen in the class.

Then there was that time I was explaining Equity, which is equal outcomes versus equal opportunities and a hallmark of the Postmodern movement, and a solid Christian kid said, “But, I think that’s a good thing.”

One student shared that abortion was “a political issue” inferring that Biblical issues and political issues can be separated.

Another time, a teen said, “Enough is enough” about Israel’s war with Hamas, specifically very unsettled by “Israel’s killing of innocent people.”

If we think our kids aren’t struggling with social causes and trying to make sense of our disdain, then we are sorely mistaken. They don’t see the world the way we do, they have a different context and different influences and so we have to make sense of these social causes for ourselves so that we can make sense of it for them.

Our kids also have a barrage of influences from social media, to teachers, to friends, who paint a very specific and intentional picture of certain social causes and the victims they represent.

I said something in my book “Christ Over Culture: Raising Christian Kids to Stand in a Postmodern World,” that might have been unpopular. I wrote, “Most of the social movements we are contending with and fighting against today started for important reasons. Even some that Christians should be vocal about.”

I went on to explain, “The issue is that when humans try to solve an area that the Bible already addresses, which is all of them, we will often be out of sync with the Biblical worldview. Since Scripture defines our Biblical view of the world, we will ultimately be out of step with what God has designed for us.”

That’s ultimately what happens in some cases. Culture highlights a problem, the church is silent, and then the culture decides how to fix it…without Biblical context or guidance.

One of my favorite quotes is “Discernment is not knowing the difference between right and wrong. It is knowing the difference between right and almost right” by Charles Spurgeon.

That’s where some (not all, but some) of these movements can fall…in the “almost right” category, but it’s in that space between not right and right, that ends up making them wrong and for good, sound, Biblical reasons.

So, are some liberal ideas Biblical?

Rather than tell our kids these social causes are stupid, which my instinct often wants to do, we should be able to articulate what is Biblical and what is not about them. Because, they will see through our one-off remarks, and question our own Christian integrity if we don’t. Since these social causes are often centered around ideas of love and justice, and both of these are cornerstones of the Christian faith, it can be pretty confusing especially since our definitions of love and justice are very different.

As we teach our kids to spot the Biblical and unbiblical ideas, we will sharpen their discernment and our own.

Throughout the next several blog posts, I’ll be tackling some common social cause issues like Diversity, Palestine, and Women’s Rights to name a few. I’m going in alphabetical order, so today we are starting with Climate Change.

Climate Change

What is our first response when we hear someone complain about Climate Change? We put on our best “no duh” voice, and say, “The climate has always been changing.”

In fact, climate change simply refers to long-term weather patterns in a certain area indicating that weather has always been, in fact, changing, and, therefore, not consistent.

While I’m no climate expert or climate change activist, I’d be lying if I said it didn’t appear like catastrophic weather events have been increasing over the last couple of decades.

So, what do climate change activists say is the reason for these changes?

According to the NASA website, the climate challenges we are dealing with today are, “Changes observed in Earth’s climate since the mid-20th century driven by human activities, particularly fossil fuel burning, which increases heat-trapping greenhouse gas levels in Earth’s atmosphere, raising Earth’s average surface temperature,” which they estimate has risen by almost 2 degrees in the last 150 years.

Global warming simply refers to the long-term heating of the earth’s surface due to these “human activities.”

The consequence of a hotter earth is warmer temperatures. Warmer temperatures, according to the United Nations website, lead to “intense droughts, water scarcity, severe fires, rising sea levels, flooding, melting polar ice, catastrophic storms, and declining biodiversity.”

With an underlying message, that if the earth’s temperatures continue to rise, the earth won’t be livable for us anymore.

Climate change activists ultimately want us to slow or reverse these changes by doing everything from driving electric cars to buying solar panels for our homes to making more substantive policy changes to limit the burning of fossil fuels (coal, oil, and gas).

At its core, the idea is simply this: We should care for humanity by taking better care of the earth because the earth, and subsequently humanity, will be destroyed if we don’t.

Where’s the error here? Let’s discuss what is Biblical and unbiblical about this core idea.

For this article, I’m not going to attempt to debunk global warming claims, there are other resources like Ken Ham’s latest book, which will give you much to think about on this topic.

Rather, I’m approaching this article by saying, “If this claim is true, how should we think about it?”

Let’s start with what’s Biblical about it. Then we will get to the unbiblical perspective.

Here’s what God tells us in the Bible about the earth…

  1. He told us He created it
    Reference: All of Genesis 1
  2. He told us we are overseers of it
    “God blessed them and said to them, “Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky and over every living creature that moves on the ground.” Genesis 1:28
  3. He told us it is cursed.
    “Cursed is the ground because of you; through painful toil you will eat food from it all the days of your life. It will produce thorns and thistles for you, and you will eat the plants of the field.” Genesis 3:17-18
  4. He told us it’s decaying.
    “That the creation itself will be liberated from its bondage to decay and brought into the freedom and glory of the children of God. We know that the whole creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time.” Romans 8:21-22
  5. He told us there will be a new heaven and a new earth.
    “Then I saw “a new heaven and a new earth,” for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away…” Revelation 21:1 (also reference Isaiah 65:17)

All of these verses lead me to understand that we are to take care of our earth. We have a responsibility given by God to us to do so. We also know the earth is decaying due to the consequences of sin and that one day there will be a new one.

If you’re getting antsy at all in this conversation, hold tight, we are about to get to the unbiblical views.

Now for what is unbiblical about the core idea that, “We should care for humanity by taking better care of the earth because the earth, and subsequently humanity, will be destroyed if we don’t.”

This core idea presupposes three things:

  1. That earth is the source of all life.
    The majority of climate activists have a Naturalism Worldview, aka Scientific Worldview. In essence, they don’t believe in the existence of any Supernatural Being, like God, or a Spiritual World, like heaven or hell. In other words, they deny the existence of God. In doing so, they believe that life on earth has evolved over billions of years and that earth is what sustains life. With no concept of God, Earth is God because it is the beginning and end of all things.

    What the Bible Says: The Bible confirms that God is the source of life, not the earth. “By the word of the LORD the heavens were made…Let all the earth fear the LORD; let all the people of the world revere him. For he spoke, and it came to be; he commanded, and it stood firm.” Psalm 33:6 and 8-9

  2. Humans control the destiny of humanity.
    As we will see in all of the postmodern social causes, the answer is always man-made solutions to a sin dilemma. Should humans take care of the earth as directed in Genesis 1? Yes, one hundred percent we should. But do we have ultimate control over the destiny of humanity and when the end of humanity will come? Absolutely not.

    What the Bible Says: “Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away. But about that day or hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father.” Matthew 24:35-36

  3. God is Not Sovereign.
    For those climate change activists, who do believe in God, they believe that God is not sovereign meaning that is He is unable or unwilling to intervene on behalf of Creation. For example, a Deist, may hold this position, which is someone who believes there is a God, but doesn’t believe He interacts or intervenes with His creation.

    What the Bible Says: “The God who made the world and everything in it is the Lord of heaven and earth and does not live in temples built by human hands…. Rather, he himself gives everyone life and breath and everything else. From one man he made all the nations, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and he marked out their appointed times in history and the boundaries of their lands. ‘For in him we live and move and have our being.’… “Therefore, since we are God’s offspring, we should not think that the divine being is like gold or silver or stone—an image made by human design and skill. In the past God overlooked such ignorance, but now he commands all people everywhere to repent. For he has set a day when he will judge the world with justice by the man he has appointed. He has given proof of this to everyone by raising him from the dead.” Acts 17:24-31 (excerpts included)

Being able to talk to our kids about what is Biblical and unbiblical about these social progressive ideas will help them build and hone their critical thinking skills. Since the Bible is our foundation for what is true and real, we can lean on it to parse out even the most contemporary arguments that come against God as the Creator and Sustainer of this world.

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ABOUT ANDREA CRUM:
Andrea Crum, a biblical worldview, apologetics, and family discipleship leader, equips families with biblical truth for navigating today’s cultural chaos. As the author of Christ over Culture: Raising Christian Kids to Stand in a Postmodern World and a graduate of the Colson Center for Christian Worldview, Andrea provides parents with the insights and strategic tools they need to prepare their children to stand up, stand out, and stand apart as a Christ follower in a confused culture. A wife and mother of two, she beautifully combines her passion for the Word of God and the family by leading Genuine Family Ministries with her husband, Matt, and hosting the Raising Christian Kids Conference. Follow her on Instagram for parent equipping and family discipleship at @andreacrum7 and @genuinefamilyministries.

ABOUT GENUINE FAMILY MINISTRIES:
As the parents of two boys, Matt and Andrea Crum know firsthand the struggles parents experience navigating the cultural challenges being thrown our kids way. Equipping them with Biblical truth, teaching them God’s design, and guiding them through the treacherous identity and other culture conversations that are more and more prevalent these days can be overwhelming and exhausting. That’s why they founded Genuine Family Ministries. Through focused teachings and tools on the Biblical worldview, the anti-Biblical postmodern ideas that exist today, and how to discern between the two, Genuine Family Ministries is preparing the next generation of faith-filled believers to stand firm on their faith no matter what the culture throws their way.

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