Guest post by Heather Mertens
Changing words and ways over to a “reinterpreted” view, especially when done to fit an agenda, has certainly made its mark in this world by this new generation of “thinkers”. But how did they become so emboldened to change words to mean what they decide they should mean? A silent generation, that’s how.
It’s been proven throughout history that mass amounts of people will believe something, even something untrue, if they are told it enough times with loud enough voices.
The 1980’s ushered in the “I’m okay, you’re okay” worldview in the western world, which was birthed out of that silent generation’s children. But nothing lasts long these days. About 15 years or so ago, that all turned into “I’m okay because I’m going to do what I want and believe what I want. What you believe is irrelevant and unconcerning”.
Worse yet is what that mentality has turned into this past 5 years or so… the generation of “If I am okay that’s all that matters, and you HAVE to believe what I believe for me to be ok”.
Now, I never speak in gross generalizations, and I loathe labeling for the sake of lumping people groups together. So, I know not every person in each of these generations fell into those agendas. However, a movement of sorts came out of each that has shaken the modern world’s particulars to the core. At least, to a great degree of certainty and observation, we can say this all to be true about the United States, which has led the world in freedoms… some run amok.
As far removed as this newest generation would love to believe that they’ve taken themselves from the few generations that paved a way many now regret, the truth is obvious and painful. They are in complete chaos. They took the adamant desire to “not be silent” and ran so far in the other direction that they feel a misguided obligation to essentially shove their very agendas down the throats of everyone else.
From a whole generation 75 years ago that cherished and expected silence came this generation of chaos to never be silent again.
And that silent generation has birthed this chaos.
To the world and in the world they were silent…
They were silent about sex.
They were silent about sexuality.
They were silent about identity.
They were silent about politics.
They were silent about God.
They were silent about giving a reason for their faith.
They were silent on so many things. And now there is chaos.
It might not have happened overnight in the last 75 years, but it happened rather quickly. And the masses have changed drastically in the last decade. Why? Because inside chaos people don’t know what they are hearing; they can’t tell which end is up. So they look around for clues.
You have the most signs? You talk the loudest and most often? People will listen. And people will believe what you say. Why? Because nearly an entire generation has lost its ability to think for itself. And why is that? Because the generation that came years before them was silent.
Silence got us to a point that we didn’t fight for what we knew was worth fighting for in life. Like life.
Silence got us abortion on demand … because they demand it … “you HAVE to believe what I believe for me to be ok”.
Silence got us an identity crisis to exponential levels … because they demand it … “you HAVE to believe what I believe for me to be ok”.
Silence got us redefined concepts of family … because they demand it… “you HAVE to believe what I believe for me to be ok”.
Silence got us politics just shy of lunatics … because they demand it … “you HAVE to believe what I believe for me to be ok”.
And they were silent about God and His Truth in public places. They were silent about most of these things in churches, too. In this regard, silence got us redefined churches by the whole denomination and “reinterpreted” Scripture to fit this chaotic culture.
Liberal theology, which was already far enough removed from actual Biblical Truth in many areas, became dominated by progressive politics.
And they’ve changed the language and meaning of words. Love is being redefined. Faith is being redefined. Life is being redefined. God. God is being redefined.
But only to a generation unwilling to think for themselves… or worse yet, to the extent they actually believe they are thinking things through for themselves while clouded by the chaos around them.
Truth is immutable.
God is immutable.
His Word is immutable.
A new generation of forceful agenda driven people can’t change the immutability of God’s Truth.
Silence can’t change it.
They can talk differently. Sing differently. Congregate differently. They can change to fit the new ways… “You HAVE to believe what I believe for me to be ok”.
But they can’t change Truth.
Who is going to stand up for Truth? We must. But are we running out of time?
Heather Mertens has studied Scripture and Theology in various ways throughout the years, sharing much of what she has learned via her studies as well as her life experience. She has a Certificate in Apologetics-Core Module from Ravi Zacharias International Ministries Academy. She has also had the joy and blessing of learning Theology and Biblical Studies from her daughter, who is finishing up her 2nd Theology and Biblical Studies degree and has a Biblical Studies Certificate, all from Liberty University.
Heather shares her personal experience and writes in Apologetics-style at 40YearWanderer.wordpress.com as well as on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/HeatherMertens) and on Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/thelifeofwhy/) where she shares Scriptural Truth for Life’s Biggest Questions in hopes that people can come together to know what the Bible actually says.
Her pure joy is raising her daughter to adulthood and now enjoys her freelance web design and marketing career of helping people find their unique web presence… and the beach!