Lake Vista United Methodist Church will be a lighthouse for Christ in the heart of the lakefront, drawing seekers from the Lake Vista neighborhood and beyond. We will provide a spiritual haven for all desiring a personal relationship with God and opportunities to be anchored in biblical truths and to grow toward Christian maturity.
 
 


August, 2014

 
Youth Event:  Gulf Islands Water Park in Gulfport on Saturday, September 16.  We'll meet at the church for 9:00 AM, and return by 5:00 PM.  Please invite a friend!

Prayer Walk, Tuesday, August 12, 10:30-11:30 AM.

Discipleship Plus will meet on Sunday, August 17th, from 12:00-1:30 PM, and Tuesday, August 19th from 6:30-8:00 PM.

 Church Clean-up Day, Saturday, August 23, 10:00-12:00 PM

Matters of Hearts and Minds will meet on Sunday, August 24, 12:30-4:00 PM




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A Word from Woody. . .

"The Irony on Truth Today"

 

This is not our parents’ world anymore. Change has come.

What has taken the place of the modern view that truth can be found is the postmodern view that Truth (with a capital “T”) does not exist. Instead, your truth is just as correct as my truth. “Truths” exist, but not “The Truth”; morals exist, but none that are absolute. Such a shift in thinking on truth is on a collision course with Christianity where Jesus claimed to be “the way, the truth, and the life” (John 14:6).

United Methodist pastor Rob Renfroe has recently written an important book, The Trouble with Truth, on this very issue. He states, “As a result of postmodernism, our cultural conversation concerning values has become even more difficult. Some of us believe there are overarching spiritual truths and moral obligations that are as valid today as they ever have been. And we want to know what those truths are and how we can live accordingly. But those with a postmodern mind. . . think differently. Believing there are no universal truths, they do not simply find those of us who do to be wrong. Many postmoderns find us to be offensive. And their question is, ‘Who do you think you are to claim that you have the truth?’” (p. 9).

There is an irony here, however, that can cause some confusion. While the moral relativism of postmodernism seems to be ruling the day, on a practical level everyone seems to act as if right and wrong, truth and error really exist!

New York City pastor Timothy Keller, in his book The Reason for God: Belief in an Age of Skepticism (pp. 149-150), tells a fascinating story which reveals this irony. “A young couple once came to me for spiritual direction. They ‘didn’t believe in much of anything’ they said. How could they begin to figure out if there was even a God? I asked them to tell me about something they felt was really, really wrong. The woman immediately spoke out against practices that marginalized women. I said I agreed with her fully since I was a Christian who believed God made all human beings, but I was curious why she thought it was wrong. She responded, ‘Women are human beings and human beings have rights. It is wrong to trample on someone’s rights.’ I asked her how she knew that. Puzzled, she said, ‘Everyone knows it is wrong to violate the rights of someone.’ I said, ‘Most people in the world don’t ‘know’ that. They don’t have a Western view of human rights. Imagine if someone said to you ‘everyone knows that women are inferior.’ You’d say, ‘That’s not an argument, it’s just an assertion.’ And you’d be right. So let’s start again. If there is no God as you believe and everyone has just evolved from animals, why would it be wrong to trample on someone’s rights?’ Her husband responded, ‘Yes, it is true we are just bigger-brained animals, but I’d say animals have rights too. You shouldn’t trample on their rights, either.’ I asked whether he held animals guilty for violating the rights of other animals if the stronger ones ate the weaker ones. ‘No, I couldn’t do that.’ So he only held human beings guilty if they trampled on the weak?’ ‘Yes.’ Why this double standard, I asked. Why did the couple insist that human beings had to be different from animals, so that they were not allowed to act as was natural to the rest of the animal world. Why did the couple keep insisting that humans had this great, unique individual dignity and worth? Why did they believe in human rights? ‘I don’t know,’ the woman said, ‘I guess they are just there, that’s all.’” Keller concludes, “People still have strong moral convictions, but unlike people in other times and places, they don’t have any visible basis for why they find some things to be evil and other things good. . . I think people in our culture know unavoidably that there is a God, but they are repressing what they know” (pp. 150-151).

So the irony on truth today is that many do not believe in truth anymore, but everyone lives as though truth exists. What does that mean for you and me? Believers have a bridge, in a sense, into the world of unbelievers. So how do we use this bridge in sharing the gospel?

I invite you to join a small group study this fall which will be studying Renfroe’s book, and possibly Keller’s book. In the meanwhile, you can find Refroe’s book on our book table in the Parlor and begin reading it!

Yours in Christ,

 

 


Yours in Christ,
 

 

Woody