In the World but not of it: A Call for Knowledge

Sunday, August 30, 2015

It was my first day of school, but something inside of me knew it would happen. I slumped cowardly in my desk as my history teacher proclaimed proudly that because “Christians think that evolution is just a theory,” they’re crazy, demented, intelligently compromised even. I was baffled that a school employee could speak against a faith that at least fifty percent of the school held. I was even more surprised that not one, including yours truly, tried to prove him wrong. And I live in the Bible belt. Sure, we all rolled our eyes, but no one offered a reasonable defense for his faith, for his God.

American Christianity is facing a harsh reality: the teaching of evolution and Darwin’s theories has stealthily and victoriously crept its way into public school curriculum. The world seems to see Darwinists speeding along the racetrack of knowledge in a freshly furnished Camaro as Christians roll by on a horse and buggy. The world is constantly shooting out new ideas and looking for new evidence to disprove God. They call it progress, and in their eyes, Christians seem to think the word is foreign.

This rejection spurs from each human heart waging a silent war against its Maker. Everyone wants to believe that all this progress has happened because of the laboring working class and determination of strong men. No one wants to believe that the only possible reason people exist is because God formed them from nothing more than clay. And no one wants to accept that he is held accountable for his innumerable sins and expected to live up to the perfection of a Holy God, lest he die.

The world is writing its own story, and it has just so happened to leave God out of it entirely. It seems to have separated the realm of fact and the realm of value, teaching all its inhabitants that what you see is what you get, but weaving in a little bit more. Religion has been reduced to merely an aid in the developing of civilizations and the shaping of morality. But as soon as God’s morality contradicts the world’s morality, it’s out the window with it; they don’t need it anymore.

The line between good and evil, set in place by our Holy God, has constantly shifted. Perhaps good and evil have switched places altogether. But so many of us do nothing.

We sit back and say, “Oh, the world is bound to spiral down the drain, and there’s nothing we can do about it.” Some of us seem content to let them all put us down, to wallow in our “intellectually compromised” worlds. I simply do not think that’s enough, though. Proverbs 1:7 tells us that “the fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge,” and God repeatedly calls us to be wise and discerning. Having a relationship with God that is based on the feeling you get when you read His Word is not enough. Going to church on Sundays because the worship music makes you feel good isn’t how Christianity is meant to be. We must truly live in the world but not of it by developing a decisive worldview based on the Bible. We must strive and pray for the knowledge to defend our faith and our God all while spreading God’s love wherever we go.

 I’ve learned this summer that knowledge is not something to be taken for granted. God calls us to be wise, and to do that we have to put Him first and measure everything around us by His eternal norms. True Christianity must rely on knowledge, not a feeling. Living on a feeling is easy, and this life is not meant to be a walk in the park. With God by our sides, we must search for the knowledge He has provided for us and proclaim it to the world with love and peace.

I have a quick announcement: I've been invited to be an administrator of the new website! So check periodically there to see what's up!
This post is something that has been on my heart all summer. I genuinely hope y'all will take this to heart and try to apply it to your lives, as that's what I'll be doing.  And a quick note: the amazing CeCe from CeCe designs has done it again! Seriously, y'all, go check out her portfolio! 


  1. I'm gonna be contributing to Argonaut Nation too! Yay! ^^

    Also love the design updates ^^

    I agree; so many people want us to sit down and shut up about our faith. They act like we're supposed to just watch quietly as they drag our God and out beliefs through the mud. If they're allowed to voice their beliefs, then we're allowed to voice ours. It's in the Constitution, for Pete's sake. And just because America's has changed its laws doesn't mean God has. We have orders from Someone higher and better than anyone on this earth, so we don't have to let what others say or persecute us with stop us from living a Christian life.

    Love this post (and sorry for basically writing a full-length post myself here >_<)

    O | Life as a Young Lady

    1. Wow, this is an amazing and well written post on a very important issue. Definitely giving you a follow!

    2. Thanks, Kathryn! I really appreciate it!

  2. Yep. A lot of Christians nowadays have knowledge, but they have no wisdom to use that knowledge.

  3. Wow this is such a well written post. I loved it.

    Love the design and congrats on the website, I'll check it out :)

    a little bit of sunshine

    1. Thank you so much! I really appreciate it :)

  4. A prime example of our need to set the example. Thank you, Miss Reid.


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