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“The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge…” (Proverbs 1:7).

I am a fan of Rod Dreher at The American Conservative. He is an Orthodox Christian who writes on various degradations of modern culture. His solution to the problem is what he calls The Benedict Option, a strategic “retreat” (which is probably the wrong word) so that Christians can build a vibrant community somewhat outside (or alongside, at least separate from) the mainstream. I like him. I think if one overly (or only!) exposes himself to Dreher’s writing, he will get a skewed view or reality that will lead him to think the sky is falling much faster than it actually is. But, weird stuff is happening.

This week he published an article called, “Rosemary’s Theyby.” It’s about communities of progressives who are attempting to raise their children in a gender neutral environment. Gender as existing on a spectrum appears to be the latest fad on the far left. I actually read a story about raising a child in a gender neutral environment when I was in college and another about eating dog food. Both were so weird.

I have plenty of a rant to add to a conversation about raising children in a supposed gender neutral environment, but what is most interesting to me is how this reflects on what happens (or can happen) when people drop the fear of the Lord. People who are peddling this gender spectrum view are fundamentally at odds with reality. They are disregarding basic categories of the created order. They also seem to be denying basic empirical data, which makes the task of science seemingly impossible. Science requires categorization; if a baby can’t be categorized into boy or girl on the basis of the baby’s reproductive organs, on what basis can one build any filing scheme?

Romans 1 discusses what happens when one begins to leave the fear of the Lord by suppressing the knowledge that we all have of God’s existence. Paul focuses on the moral ramifications of such action. But it extends far beyond that.

Belief in Darwinian evolution is on the “no fear of the Lord” scale. Genesis 1:20-25 reveals God’s activity on days 5 and 6 of the creation week where He created water, air and land animals. In these five verses the word “kind” is used seven times. These creatures were all directly created “according to its kind,” which precludes the idea of all creatures deriving (via evolution) from another. While a “kind” does not fit directly into the modern idea of “species,” it is closer to species than the idea of a general evolution from a common ancestor. The case for biological evolution as popularly understood appears very strong and I am not trained well enough to handle every argument in favor of it. What I do know is that it denies the basic data revealed by God in His word and if I am to say I believe in this God and His ability to communicate understandable information, then whatever the supports for an evolution that puts forth common descent over/against common Creator must be wrong. Through the scientific method humanity can come to understand an amazing amount of information, but its basis must be in Proverbs 1:7, not in man’s ability to independently come to a knowledge of the truth.

This latest gender fluidity trend is surprising; however, if one accepts the Bible for what it is which reveals sin for what it is, it shouldn’t be. It’s part of a continuing story.  Scientific evolution denies the fundamental of created kinds. All one has to do to see what the next step is in man’s self-ascent is to look down at the next verses. “So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them” (Gen. 1:27). Genesis 2 gives more specific information as to how the “male and female” man came about, though one must look a little further to see that “male and female” was also basic to the animal kingdom as well.

The division of humans into males and females is more basic than their division into different language and cultural groups. It would seem that the kind of people discussed by Dreher in his article could not sustain themselves long in this delusion; however, some version of scientific evolution is now accepted to one extent or another by nearly all of Western society, including within the church, even by those who recognize that evolution is a competing worldview to that of Christianity.(1) Within this century, same-sex marriage has gone from being mostly a fringe belief to one that if you don’t accept it reveals that you are a hate-filled retrograde, so perhaps gender fluidity is the next big leap for mankind. It is scary to consider life in a society where the fear of the Lord has so completely disappeared, which will mean a world with no knowledge.

(1) I recently read the VERY great The Reason for God by Tim Keller. I highly recommend this book. In it Keller presents a very coherent and loving case for “belief in an age of skepticism” spending considerable time on inherent contradictions within evolutionary thought,  but even Keller buys into what modern science says about creation. “For the record I think God guided some sort of process of natural selection…” (p. 94).

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