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Nine Issues in the Culture War

presented by Daniel Keeran, MSW, Victoria, Canada

Nine Issues in the Culture War
presented by Daniel Keeran, MSW
Victoria, Canada
Major Fronts: Government (political parties and social services), Media, Public Schools and Universities, Internet

1. Low human value vs high human value
In Biblical terms, humans are “a little lower than God, And You (God) crown him with glory and majesty! You make him to
rule over the works of Your hands; You have put all things under his feet.” Abortion and euthanasia seem to undermine
the high value of human life, identity, and dignity, described in biblical language. In the opposing view, humans are
regarded as having equal or less value than other life forms. This devaluation of human life has a predictably over-all
negative influence on society and relationships.
2. Gay marriage and cohabitation vs God-given sexual boundaries
Biblical sexual boundaries define homosexuality and sex outside of a heterosexual lifetime commitment, as sexual
immorality. The internet opens another culture-war front with the proliferation of pornography. Christians regard these as
wrong behaviours that can also be described as psychological disorders treatable for determined clients.
Sexual identity or gender confusion is supported by the media in the culture war. Mental health professionals can see this
as collaborating with the unhealthy behaviour or mental disorder.
3. Violence vs nonviolence
The teaching and example of Jesus for his followers to emulate whether they are victims or defenders, is nonviolence and
love toward enemies. The pragmatic secular society believes war and violence are needed for national security, and to
defend the weak especially when such defence coincides with national interest.
4. Materialism and financial gluttony vs care for the poor
Whether or not one has provided care for those in any trouble, will be a major criterion of judgment on the last day. A
secular society adopts the high value of human life from Christian faith, but the idea of human value from the moment of
conception is an idea opposed by the secular mindset. Care for the poor is central to the teaching of Jesus, against the
tendency to reject the poor as lazy, irresponsible, or undeserving.
5. Skepticism vs faith
While skepticism is necessary for faith, those who consistently seek to undermine faith in Christ, are in opposition to
people of Christian faith in the culture war. Questions that challenge faith should be invited and the best answers should
be given.
6. Secularism vs faith
In the culture war, the effort of a secular democratic society is to exclude any idea, value, or belief that limits or restricts
the right of anyone to seek any pleasure deemed harmless. Sexual boundaries are nonexistent in a secular society, and
values opposed to biblical definitions are presented by film, music, and media owned by the godless.
7. Persecution of Christians vs freedom of religion
In the culture war, Christians are often characterized by the media and Hollywood film industry as insane, foolish, or
dishonest, and sometimes all three. Christians opposing homosexuality face jail time. Increasing employment dismissal,
sentencing of Christians, and marginalizing students in the classroom are measures of persecution in a society.
8. Naturalism vs faith
The prophets of the culture war supporting naturalism are Charles Darwin and Friedrich Nietzsche. If the universe can be
explained as only a naturally-occurring process, then God becomes irrelevant in the process. This idea is taught in
publicly-funded schools as consistent with a secular democratic society in which all faiths or no faith are respected.
Christian faith stands in direct opposition to godless naturalism, so the cultural war is waged in public schools. How can
Christians live in a secular democratic society and not be in tension with that society? The Christian community must
recover its role to support the Christian identity, values and beliefs of members, especially the youth.
9. Amoralism vs moralism
Social workers, counsellors, and school teachers are ethically prohibited from introducing their personal values and
beliefs, but in taking a supposed amoral position, they may support unhealthy sexual choices such as cohabitation,
homosexuality, promiscuity, adultery, group sex, open marriage, pornography, abortion, etc. In fact these unhealthy sexual
practices are often endorsed by school boards, employers, and public social and community services and taught in public