My take on the article

January 9, 2003

I must say, I liked the content of that evangelism article. However, I almost didn’t read it because of its introduction:

Relativism has taken hold of our culture, but our response must never be to abandon truth rather it should be to educate people as to why absolute truth is important. The very claim that there is no such thing as absolute truth is irrational. No one can live that way.

This is a modernist’s warped understanding of postmodernism. It’s worse than wrong; to a postmodern, it’s offensive. Our job is not to “educate people as to why absolute truth is important,” as if we need to convert people to modernism in order for them to accept the “true” gospel. This is the same argument the Judaizers used! (Acts 15:1) No, our job is to bring people into contact with Jesus — which he goes on to explain quite well in the rest of the article.

Jon Reid

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As an American missionary kid who grew up in Japan, I'm a child of two cultures, while not fully belonging to either. This gives me a sightly different view of the world.