Our secularist age has had it. Yesterday at the ACCS convention Al Mohler reminded us of Elton Trueblood’s spot-on metaphor, when he said that our civilization was a cut flower civilization.
And he said this back when the flowers were still nice looking — we have now come to the point in the metaphor that is a lot more brown, and a lot more of us are curled up petals all over the coffee table. And as Mohler argued, this secularism has no way of repairing itself. The elites have consumed the Christian legacy they inherited, and the prodigal son is wondering how he can possibly afford to host the next bash. He is not quite yet at the point where he wants to eat the pig food, but we can see the trough from here.
At the foundational level, the problem is that we do not want to have Jesus rule over us. We have revolted against God. Behind all the trans-sexual, trans-racial, trans-dictionary foolishness is the central foolishness of a race of sinners that wants to be trans-mortal. We want to live forever, but we refuse the way back to the tree of life that God has established through the gospel. And so we go in big for genetic engineering and sexual weirdness. “The sons of God saw the daughters of men that they were fair; and they took them wives of all which they chose” (Gen. 6:2). We’re gonna get us some Nietzschean Nephilim. Yeah, whatever. Après moi le déluge.