Ray: Another author who has me on his mail list, Tim Blodoew has written an excellent article regarding Youth Crime which I think our readers may find interesting. Tim questions the literacy of todays academics for their inability to recognize that Youth who have “Godly Morals” are different from youth that have “Morals” without God included.
It is remarkable how illiterate today’s academics and professionals are. It should be obvious to Christians that professionalism is primarily a theological and ethical matter, not primarily a technical standing. Because of this, we should not expect non-Christian professionals or experts to be as competent as Christian professionals
In this respect, we are talking about Christians who operate Christianly in their sphere. A professing Christian who is in fact an operational humanist throughout the week is not what we have in view here.
The illiteracy of today’s heathen academic professionals was highlighted in a recent piece from Creation magazine:
“University of Cambridge researchers questioned teenagers about their attitudes to lawlessness and asked what criminal things they had done (cross-checking their answers with police records). The research provided important insight into last year’s UK riots – why some young people went on a lawless rampage while others did not. The study found that teenagers who avoided crime did so not because they feared the consequences or lacked the chance, but because they saw it as wrong. Conversely, teenagers with little sense of right and wrong were responsible for the vast majority of juvenile crimes. The lack of a sense of morality was the single most important factor in teenagers breaking the law.
“Professor Per-Olof H. Wikström who led the study observed: ‘The idea that opportunity makes the thief – that young people will inevitably commit crime in certain environments – runs counter to our findings’. Academics around the world have heralded the research as ‘groundbreaking’ and a ‘breakthrough’ in understanding teenage crime. One US academic described it as ‘among the most significant works in criminology in decades’” (“Creation Magazine” [34,4, 23012], 11).
Reality confirms Biblical truth, truth that was reflected in ethics and social analysis within a Christendom that covered Europe and North America for generations, yet a couple of generations later, academic professionals are so illiterate that they call data which confirms easily accessible truth “groundbreaking.” That is remarkable, and evidence of how inferior, if not qualitatively different, the humanist/atheist definitions of professionalism and intelligence are. (This is also one of the fundamental arguments against non-Christian schooling.)
Christians should not dignify these people with the labels of professional, expert or academic. We don’t need to disrespect these people, but we should seek opportunities to highlight the irrational foolishness of the kingdom of Satan – the kingdom of Humanism – in contrast to the rationality and truth and power of the Kingdom of God. This is hard to do if the “Christianity” we live doesn’t look much different from the worldview practiced by our humanistic neighbours – seven days a well, 24 hours a day.
Let’s be different. Let’s be ambassadors of the King. Let’s be Kingdom citizens.
Tim Bloedow Executive Director