The surge of post-modern disciples is growing increasing troublesome for Western culture. These modern warriors for “social justice” have aligned themselves with most of the anti-enlightenment forces of anti-science orthodoxy; from faux campus crusaders marching for “equality” to harassment of public officials in their private lives. Commentators across the political spectrum have opined that these breaches of civility have had a chilling effect on social discourse, but the effect goes far deeper than simple coerced censorship.
Adherents to post-modernism philosophy believe they are fighting for a society free from oppression, from patriarchy, and from ancient ideals of tradition that they believe historically lead to the subjugation of humanity. They desperately grasp for a fantasy world where truth and reality are forever cleft in two. Like many French (and Frankfort School) philosophers, post-modernists rebel against the hyper-objectivism of Enlightenment era thought. They believe that enlightenment era accountability to science will crumble and give way to a kind of self-accountability, completely disconnected from any kind of objective truth. Unfortunately for humanity, placing the weight of metaphysical accountability upon the back of science or one’s self typically results in genocide, starvation, or both. Whether historical ignorance, or malignant power grab, the behavior of these culturally regressive zealots will almost certainly have the opposite effect from what they wish to achieve. Where they believe a society free from judgement or barriers will emerge, a totalitarian state of subjugation and violence will result.
Thankfully, most of Western culture still acknowledges that accountability comes not in the form of science or other men, but in a higher power. “Against you–you alone–I have sinned and done this evil in your sight. So you are right when you pass sentence; you are blameless when you judge.” Psalm 51:4, CSB The judgement of a holy and righteous God is a terrifying, awful thing for such as we. We invent innumerable ways to avoid such clear, blatant declarations of accountability for our thoughts and actions. For the Christian, however, accountability is not only a fearless endeavor, but a welcomed one. We long for the day when we stand before the throne of God and the sentencing is short-circuited by the atoning sacrifice of Christ Jesus.
Until the end times though, we must deal with the fact that we are not yet perfect. One of the best ways to confess and reconcile our imperfection, outside of repentance, is discipleship: Christians placing themselves under the teaching and accountability of one another, constantly examining one another’s lives in light of Christ’s example and teaching. Discipleship steeped in the truth of the Gospel is the polar opposite of a post-modern mentality.
Where post-modernism claims many ways, Christian discipleship points to the only Way, where they proudly proclaim, “my truth”, the Christian pursues absolute Truth, and where they claim life in all manner of hedonism, Christian’s know where to find true Life. Post-modernism promises escape from the accountability found in the next life, while Christian’s eagerly anticipate gazing upon the face of the Father. “Jesus told him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” John 14:6, CSB
Consideration of the future becomes an impossible task when one believes the lie of ‘accountability-free results’ propagated by post-modernists. Absent accountability, responsibility only goes so far as the mirror.