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“It is difficult for a Christian to walk through the mud without getting dirty,” Francis Schaeffer (No Little People).

I’m basing the next few posts on Francis Schaeffer’s No Little People, a transcription of a sermon he gave at L’Bri in the 1980s. I’ve taken his thoughts – his prescience – and expanded upon it with my own thoughts since I have the advantage of having lived through the last 30 years. Lela


Schaeffer’s use of the word “mud” talks about the dirt of this world. God created a perfect world and we – through our rebellion – bent it. We live with the consequences of that abnormal damage, among which is the impossibility of our not being in rebellion against God. All humans are in rebellion. Christians have recognized it and asked God to overlook it based upon our accepting His forgiveness. That’s all that separates us from non-Christians. We accepted Christ’s forgiveness and it makes all the difference in our interactions with God, but we shouldn’t kid ourselves … we are still in rebellion; we’re just honest about it now.

God’s salvation was given in love. He didn’t have to give us that. Those of us who are aware of that love and wish to respond should care what God wants from us. He accepts worship, but more often than not, our worship should have hands and feet. We worship God in the way that we interact with the world. God, through the Biblical writers, told Christians how He wants us to interact with the world:

“And be not conformed to this present world but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may test and approve what is the will of God – what is good and well-pleasing and perfect.” Romans 12:2 (Net Bible)

There is a world spirit that has existed since Adam and Eve rebelled against God. It takes different forms in every generation. Today we call it humanism, rationalism, the spirit of the world, zeitgeist – it’s all the same thing really. It is antilaw – revolution against God Himself. Instead of worshipping God as the Supreme Being, we try to step into His throne, to put ourselves at the center of everything and make ourselves the standard of value.

Humanism is Man with a capital M saying “I will only accept knowledge that I myself can generate out from myself.” As with all things spiritual, humanism affects the individual, who puts ME at the center of everything.

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