Secularism as Grace

A new religion exists. Secularism is its name. The town square is its alter, silence is its sacrament. Privatization of religion is its social ethic. Community is its epistemology. Private convictions are its morality source. Tolerance is its spiritual discipline.

Secularism is declining. It’s doom should have been evident from the start. But the prophets were blinded by the ambition of humanity and the desperation of Europe to escape the prevalent scourge of religious wars. These blind prophets led the people people into a pseudo-salvation: secular humanism. Leave it to Nietzsche to provide the church with an assessment. Read as a Christian and feel the panic embroidering this terrified lament:

“God is dead. God remains dead. And we have killed him. How shall we comfort ourselves, the murderers of all murderers? What was holiest and mightiest of all that the world has yet owned has bled to death under our knives: who will wipe this blood off us? What water is there for us to clean ourselves? What festivals of atonement, what sacred games shall we have to invent? Is not the greatness of this deed too great for us? Must we ourselves not become gods simply to appear worthy of it? -Friedrich Nietzsche “The Gay Science (Section 125, The Madman)”

Has the Church ever matched the beauty of Nietzsche’s lament? Do we recognize our futility apart from God? Can we echo Nietzsche in our desperation to be with the God who has been killed, once in crucifixion, and a second time in denial of the worship due him in our town squares.

The first time produced death God’s reality; the second time produced death in our perception.

The first death of God is overturned in resurrection. The second death of God shall be overturned in publication. We shall once again behold Him, and in regard for that day, all forces opposed to God tremble.

Secularism is not the enemy, it is grace. But, justice is never oppressed by grace.

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