The Crusades never ended; they've merely been on hiatus for seven centuries. Of course, you will never see any of this on the mainstream media with its' fantasy depiction of Islam as a religion of peace. The conflict between Christianity and Islam is once again heating up as Muslims claim victimhood and as they exercise hard and soft jihad with the ultimate goal of imposing Sharia' law. The two worldviews are incompatible and cannot coexist without either or both compromising essential beliefs. Christians confronting Islamic rule face three options:
- Defend Biblical truth at great cost
- Abdicate and live under subjection and persecution
- Physically leave
But it's not just Islam that is wielding the sword against Christianity. There is another even more ancient, powerful and dangerous worldview that is a much more serious and insidious threat to the Christian worldview - that of secular humanism. With roots as far back as Eden, it arrogantly affirms the right for man to arbitrarily determine right and wrong. As CS Lewis observed in "The Way" in the Abolition of Man, no human can create objective value; he or she might as well try to create a new primary color. Nihilism is the inevitable result, which explains why drug overdose is now the top cause of death among young adults in the United States (according to recently-released statstics from the Department of Justice.)
The warfare is intensifying as secularists make significant gains in hounding the Biblical worldview out of politics, education, entertainment, mass media, and the workplace. The result is that a grand mass deception is enveloping the culture with the ripening fruit of secularism: obscenity, vulgarity, divorce, greed, rudeness, selfishness, violence, murder, intolerance, drug & alcohol abuse, and sexual immorality. In a mad dash to see who can go lowest the quickest, profanity now freely fills the public vocabulary of many politicians and entertainers. The mushrooming cultural war between progressive leftists and right-leaning conservatives in America is but a shadow of an escalating spiritual conflict in the Heavenlies. In particular, the widespread acceptance and celebration of homosexuality is a loud warning klaxon, given the sobering passage in Rom 1:18-32.
Emboldened by recent success and a government that is increasingly hostile to the Biblical worldview, secularists are making significant inroads into the church, replacing the Biblical worldview with one that is manmade (i.e., see here.) A recent Barna survey shockingly finds that only 17% of self-proclaimed Christians in America now hold a Biblical worldview (see here), meaning that an estimated 83% of the church is now impotent in this battle.
Ultimately though, the number of adherents on each side is irrelevant; truth is what is pertinent. Just as the ancient apologist and theologian Athanasius was prepared to stand alone against the world if necessary for Trinitarian truth, so too must we be willing to be the last one standing if required, no matter the cost. Two millenia ago, Someone stood before a Roman governor in capital judgment and said, "Everyone on the side of truth listens to me." (John 18:37) And while the secular authorities tried to stamp out the voice of truth that day, history records how it actually turned out with Pilate figuratively throwing a match onto a rising pool of gasoline. As the end of the age approaches, the hostility between worldviews will intensify. The relative few that side with Truth will be the last ones standing.