To most effectively reach our culture with the truth we must get back to the fact that “true spirituality covers all of reality.” (Schaeffer, A Christian Manifesto, 19) Schaeffer explains this well: “When I say Christianity is true I mean it is true to total reality-the total of what is, beginning with the central reality, the objective existence of the personal infinite God. Christianity is not just a series of truths, but Truth-Truth about all of reality.” (Schaeffer, A Christian Manifesto, 19-21)
Sadly many Christians today do not hold this view, but it must be encouraged and taught. The battle for a biblical worldview is not confined to younger generations. The evidence is too broad to suggest postmodernism, religious pluralism, or “Moralistic Therapeutic Deism” is part of a new generational thing. Therefore, Christian leaders and pastors must encourage and emphasize how parents need to take greater responsibility for there own spiritual life, and of their families.
I think one of God’s greatest responsibilities he gave parents is in Deuteronomy 6:4-9. God’s instruction for Godly living is first to follow his instruction and truth, and secondly to teach these truths to our children. The context of the verses shows that the Lord’s instruction was to permeate all of the Israelite’s life. Likewise, we are to love him with all of our being. If there is to be real change in the life of the family and society the leaders of the families will have to get serious about how they follow the Lord.
It may also be beneficial for pastors to use more apologetics in their messages for the purposes of combating religious pluralism. I can remember in my early twenties coming to grips with the fact that though I was a Christian, I related to God as a deist. I saw God as distant, and my prayer life reflected this belief, mostly because I did not have much of one. My line of thought was this: why pray? If God is so sovereign and he knows me and takes care of all the big things anyway, why should I pray more? I finally understood deism from a worldview book when I was in college, and when I realized how impersonal I viewed God, I knew I needed to change, because Christianity claimed God to be very personal.
Lastly, I think it would be beneficial for the church to uphold more people from their congregations who are living out Christianity in a transformational way. For example, how can churches find ways to proclaim the truth that marriage is ordained by God, and is fundamentally good? Perhaps churches can publically celebrate anniversaries of couples? In summary, religious pluralism is pervasive across most generations in our culture. This tidal wave has grown consistently stronger over the years. The answer to reversing this is not to cater to postmodernism with postmodern answers. We need to stand firm on Christianity being the Truth for all of reality, and not be afraid to demonstrate why we believe it is so.