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The New Neutrality

The New Neutrality

America is passionate about neutrality. This explains the rapid rise of the following fashionable leanings in our current culture:

Aesthetic neutrality: Beauty is only in the beholder’s eye and no one can label things beautiful or ugly. Everything is “equally valid,” including crotch-grabbing, drug-glorifying, misogynistic rap songs about killing cops, hating The Man, or exploiting women.

Moral neutrality: “Sin” is an impolite word to use in polite company. Judgmentalism is one of the few traits we can still judge harshly. You do your thing and I’ll do mine. Preacher-types who object are just puritanical moralists. Of course, this presumes a “do nothing” God who, if he actually exists, does not fret over good and evil.

Political neutrality: Political parties are commanding less loyalty as people run from labels (unless that label is “Independent”). This may have merit but it does not stop there. To appease the new neutrality, our leaders neuter words and rob them of their meaning. Abortion is rendered as “choice,” homosexual becomes “gay,” tax morphs into “investment,” and deficit spending is re-labeled as “economic stimulus.” Moral neutrals even use the word “love” for adultery or pedophilia. The keepers of nomenclature hold great power to manipulate and control us.

Spiritual neutrality: All religions are basically the same. As soon as someone sees me as a Christian, Muslim, Buddhist, Jew, or whatever, I am in a box. No boxes please. God is love in heaven but little is particularly sacred here on earth.

Gender neutrality: Men and women are interchangeable. Moms and dads are replaceable. Marriage is fungible. Why limit the definition of marriage by gender or number? How would redefining marriage hurt your marriage anyway? Some school districts have actually begun to dispense with restrooms that “discriminate” between boys and girls.”

Nonsense thrives amid neutrality.

Earlier this month, I attended a class at the 2014 Pepperdine Bible Lectures titled, “Gay Marriage, Zombies, Islam and Liberals.” I can only offer an honest summary of what I heard. We were encouraged to back off gracefully from “anxiety inducing issues.” People under 30 do not care about gay marriage but they do sense the anxieties of those of us who do and it turns them off. Accept the world as it is and focus on that which glorifies God.

As I listened, some questions rose to the top of my mind. Here they are:

  • How high does the tidal wave of sexual chaos have to get before Christians notice it out loud?
  • What toll must it take on children before we take a stand?
  • How long will we play church as if this tidal wave were just a ripple?
  • What rate of babies born out of wedlock constitutes grounds for a healthy reaction from believers? Currently, it is over 50% among women under 30
  • To what extent can marriage be redefined and decomposed before we stop backing off to protect the young from undue anxiety?
  • Should Catholics practice a graceful silence in response to the problem of child abuse by some priests?
  • Should Martin Luther King, Jr. have backed off and accepted the world as it was instead of making millions uncomfortable and angry with pesky preaching on public polies?

It’s hard to observe injustice, ugliness, corruption and perversion and stay neutral. It’s much easier to conform to the changing patterns of this crazy world and make nice. Jesus demanded repentance and preached that the gate that leads life is narrow. Look what happened to Him.

Prepare for opposition if you threaten people’s comfort and neutrality. You will get mislabeled as a hater or bigot by people who claim to hate labels. You will get blamed for things you never said, did or believed. Your efforts will be disparaged as “witch hunts.” Ouch!

My number two concern regarding our current culture is the growing neutrality it promotes for marriage, family and the innocence of children.

Number one is the way it undermines repentance. Neutral minds just don’t roll that way.

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About the Author:

Joel graduated from Pepperdine University with a B.A., completing two majors: Art and Religion. He went on to earn the Master of Divinity degree from Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California. The views expressed on this blog are personal and belong to Joel Solliday unless otherwise stated. They are not, intended to characterize the views of the Lewiston Church of Christ or other organizations to which I may refer.
  • Larry Lewis

    Hi Joel – I was interested to read this – I have a burden for the things you mentioned – I am curious though – I was excited to see that Jeff Walling had taken a position there at Pepperdine – I could NEVER imagine him condoning this kind of caving in to the PC police and bullies – we cannot retreat – I live in Germany as a missionary – and I am in a society that has been destroyed by such thinking 🙂 God bless you