This afternoon John and I listened to a lecture that Phil Johnson gave on the topic of Postmodernism. I urge you to budget an hour sometime this week to listen to it.
Listening to this lecture sparked several thoughts in my mind. I’m still formulating many of those thoughts, so don’t expect me to write about all of them today. But I do want to make a brief comment.
One theme in Johnson’s presentation revolved around postmodernism’s rejection of objective truth. While Johnson places this rejection in the mid 1980s, I can remember arguing with college classmates as to whether truth is subjective or relative as far back as 1974. Even then, I saw the culture begin to embrace a subjective standard for determining reality. Truth, according to my classmates, depended on the individual’s perception.
That philosophy, of course, allows us to shape God in any way we please, ultimately subjecting Him to our authority. Oh, how we love having that much control over Him!
Yet the objective truth remains that the Lord controls the universe, and that all authority belongs to Him.
15 He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. 16 For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him. 17 And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together. 18 And he is the head of the body, the church. He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in everything he might be preeminent. 19 For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, 20 and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, making peace by the blood of his cross. ~~Colossians 1:15-20 (ESV)
As rebellious sinners, we resist His authority, preferring that He order all of life around us. Postmodernism gives us the opportunity to make Him subservient to us. But, as you can see from the passage I quoted, the reality of His authority will not yield to our preferences or sensibilities. In the end, all creation will bow to Him.