Combating the Postmodern World

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The buzzword of all buzzwords: postmodern. A word that has grown in use over the last thirty-five years. For those of us who hold to a Lutheran worldview, the essence of the word postmodern explains a lot of where our society has come in the past twenty years. At the essence of postmodernism is this idea: there is no such thing as ultimate truth. To the postmodern, there is no gender, no such thing as identity, and absolutely no such thing as God. The world is whatever you want to believe it is.

There is absolutely no such thing as God.

On the surface, this statement might appear to be false for the postmodern. There are several postmodern people who say they believe in God, but will also claim that there are many ways to salvation. Watch the first few minutes of this video to see what I’m talking about:

This kind of thought—the postmodern idea that truth is grounded in what you believe—is dangerous. It’s dangerous because it isn’t true. It’s dangerous because it doesn’t point to Christ.

I am the LORD, and there is no other, besides Me there is no God. Isaiah 45:5 ESV

You see, there is no other God than the God of Holy Scripture, the eternal Trinity, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. We see this truth clearly in the creeds, especially the Nicene and the Athanasian:

  • I believe in one God, the Father Almighty.
  • And the catholic faith is this, that we worship one God in Trinity and Trinity in Unity, neither confusing the persons nor dividing the substance.
The Postmodern World of Today

The truth is, as a parent, you have to understand that your children will be bombarded with this worldview. As much as we can try to protect them from it, to shelter them from it, we will fail. Whether it is at school, with friends, or in the media, they will see it and be labeled “intolerant” or “bigot” if they do not jump on the postmodern bandwagon. It is naïve to think otherwise. So how do we combat this? Is there a magic solution to the problem?

Friends in Christ, we can do only one thing:

Train up a child in the way he should go;
even when he is old he will not depart from it. Proverbs 22:6 ESV

We should continually, and constantly catechize our children. As one of my former pastors once said, “Confirmation does not equal inoculation.” He was reminding parents the importance of their vocation. Luther points it out so clearly in the Scripture verses he lists in the Table of Duties:

To Parents: Fathers, do not exasperate your children; instead, bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord. Ephesians 6:4

Will your children come home and feel alone? Possibly. Find comfort in knowing that you have the truth to give to them. You have the Gospel. Remind your children of the words that Moses told Joshua in front of all of Israel:

It is the LORD who goes before you. He will be with you; He will not leave you or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed. Deuteronomy 31:8 ESV

God’s blessings as you teach your children “the faith that was once for all delivered to the saints” (Jude 1:3 ESV).

References to the Nicene and Athanasian Creeds come from Lutheran Service Book, copyright © 2006 Concordia Publishing House. Used with permission.
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