The Christian life would be a lot easier if Christianity were more inclusive. Think of all the things we could believe and all the intellectual options available to us in the vast marketplace of ideas. Are there objective truths out there? It just wouldn’t matter; we could let subjective interpretations run wild and free. Aren’t humans just another biological species that gradually evolved from Mother Nature’s cyclical pattern? And if no one gets hurt, why can’t gender be as fluid as a social construct and sex be as much of a preference as a selection from a restaurant menu?
When things matter, conflict arises, and in Christianity, things matter. Objective truth matters, humanity’s special status as God’s image bearers matters, and the central role of marriage and the family matters to God. If it matters to God, it should matter to us.
Throughout history, God has placed His people in opposition to surrounding cultures and their ideas. Christians have seen attacks come from the natural sciences, the arts and entertainment, sociology, psychology, philosophy, and just about every other domain of knowledge. People who have devoted their lives to specializing in these disciplines can sometimes muster complex, detailed arguments against Christianity. Thus, it can seem as if Christians need to be omniscient to defend themselves.
Though we can’t know everything, we do have Someone omniscient on our side, and He has not kept us in intellectual darkness. He has spoken. The One who provides for His children’s daily needs also provides for His children’s epistemological (knowledge) needs.
Christians too often suffer theological amnesia when they open their Bibles. We forget we are reading words that have been orchestrated and arranged by an omniscient, omnipotent, sovereign, good, omnipresent God. Nothing can take God by surprise. He was there when every word was written, divinely authoring and securing the Word we now read. And He is there, in sovereign, omnipotent control over history, with His bride the church after that Word was completed.
When Christianity faces attack—whether the attacks target individual believers or Christianity as a whole—it is crucial that we remember God’s character and His testimony in Scripture. He has pointed to Himself as the origin of the universe. He has told us that humans are made in His image and how that sets us apart from everything else in creation. He has told us that there is right and there is wrong. He has told us a vast amount about His creation and how the world works.