For years, the Christian community has drawn a line between the sacred and the secular. Christians have been encouraged to focus only on sacred activities and avoid involvement with secular activities such as politics, culture, science, and philosophy. In reality, no such distinction exists. Years ago, Francis Schaeffer astutely noted that Christians were beginning to view the world in “bits and pieces instead of totals.” In the twentieth century, Christians rather abruptly lost sight of their responsibilities in society, and gradually lost the ability to discern good from evil. Christianity entered a downward spiral in which we quickly lost the capacity to stand for righteousness and justice. Before long, complicated “issues” seemed so overwhelming that most Christians numbly retreated from their societal responsibilities into a comfort zone of self. Generally speaking, Christianity ceased to reflect God’s love and character to the unbelieving world. Today, many Christians are more concerned with their personal faith, personal growth, and personal church than with the world at large that they are called to love and serve.
There is now “nothing short of a great Civil War of Ideas” raging throughout North America today. Two sides with vastly differing and incompatible world-views are locked in a bitter conflict that permeates every level of society. That struggle is for the hearts and minds of the people. It is a war over ideas. A war between good and evil, and the way in which it impacts every area of life and culture — the distorted sexual mores, the rewriting of History to exclude god, and the attempt to impose a humanistic utopian vision on the world. It is time for Christian’s to open their eyes to this struggle. It is time to seek a biblical world view that affects everything we do.
To this end, The Sword and the Trowel, will focus on exposing false worldviews, giving a strong defense for the Biblical worldview, and to help Christian’s become engaged in the “Civil War of Ideas.”