March 27, 2008

“No man can by any means redeem his brother or give to God a ransom for him…” – Psalm 49:7

Secularism may be the fastest growing religion in America today. The National Opinion Research Center at the University of Chicago found that those who aren’t affiliated with a religion rose from 9% in 1993 to 14% in 2002. Twenty-seven percent of those born after 1980 had no religious affiliation.

What is secularism? It’s the view that man, not God, is the ultimate authority and that consideration of the present well-being of mankind should predominate over religious considerations in civil affairs and public education.

Secularism is all about man. Yet, here’s the irony–secularism leads to disillusionment with man and hopelessness at death. But Christianity is all about God and His desire to redeem sinful man through Christ. Christianity’s worldview leads us to understand that man only finds ultimate meaning in how he relates to God. It is realistic, yet filled with hope.