‘Humanizing Christianity’

Secularists love to pat themselves on the back for “humanizing Christianity.” Excuse me for a moment: this deserves an appropriate response.

What do they mean, they “humanize Christianity”? I think it means they invent a new-improved model–with Christ taken out of it and replaced by man-made idols, the State and Science, and humanist pseudo-sacraments: abortion, combating “Man-Made Climate Change,” same-sex “marriage,” sex change operations, hate speech trials, and every conceivable variety of fornication. They take away the judgment, take away accountability to God, and set up their political masters and scientific oracles as gods.

How does a secularist even know what’s right or wrong? Mostly they’re content to keep some of the moral law handed down to the human race by God, to the Jews first, and then the Gentiles. But no secularist can actually explain why it’s wrong to commit a murder. We can, but they can’t. For convenience’s sake they retain much of the law and tradition amassed over the centuries by Jews and Christians, who received it from a righteous and infallible God who is a person, who made them in His image, and who loves them.

Yeah, they made Christianity nicer. That’s why more people were murdered by their own governments in the 20th century alone–Red China, the Soviet Union, Nazi Germany, and a host of others–secularist governments all–than were killed off by all the religions of the world put together in all the other centuries put together. This century is only 18 years old: give it time to come up with new and exciting deviltries all its own.

It is true that God endows all people, even atheists, with common grace, which is an inborn attraction to what is right and good. And so it was always possible for people who had never heard of God’s laws to keep those laws regardless. Common grace is the law written on our hearts. Humanity wouldn’t have survived for two hours without it.

The words of Jesus Christ and His apostles don’t need “humanizing,” and never did.

God defend us from being conformed to this fallen world.

What a Send-off!

The above video was taken at the funeral of a teacher at a boys’ school in New Zealand. All that yelling and stomping is called a “haka”–a uniquely New Zealand way of paying tribute to a person or an occasion. It was invented by the Maoris, a Polynesian people who discovered and settled New Zealand a few centuries before Captain Cook discovered it. As you can see from the video, the haka now belongs to all New Zealanders regardless of race.

I don’t know about you, but this gave me goosebumps and almost made me cry. I find it profoundly moving. This is a send-off worthy of a great chief–or a beloved and respected teacher. I think King Ryons’ army sounds like this when it’s on the march and singing its anthem, His Mercy Endureth Forever, in a dozen different languages at once.

There will be Christians who will say, “But this is a pagan custom! Wholly unsuitable for Christians!”

Fah! Have they never heard of common grace? Do they not know that out of one blood God created all the peoples of the earth? If pagans do not know God, nevertheless, as St. Paul taught the Athenians, God knows them: and God is at all times as near to them as He is near to us. So of course pagans can create beautiful, stirring music, and other fine things–because they themselves are created in the image of God.

So, yeah, you bet–the haka is entirely suitable for Christians.

But it ought to be saved for special occasions.