When the young radicals of the 1960s became the new generation of professors, politicians and cultural leaders, they brought with them a value system devoid of absolute truth, says Christian apologist and author Ravi Zacharias.
“The radicals became the new norm, and the new norm was basically that absolutes are gone,” Zacharias told Decision. “You have to design your own life in such a belief system. And so, now, we’re about a half-century past that era, and it’s come home to roost. America has lost its way.”
In the digital age, the death of absolutes is especially dangerous, Zacharias says, because “the power to harness rebellion through media and technology is much easier.”
“One statement in one minute can reach one million now. And evil people will harness that,” he says, adding that the Internet is the new Tower of Babel, shrinking the globe with the capacity to multiply good or evil.
In such a world, he says, Christians must have a keen understanding of their culture in order to get the Gospel to those who need it in a manner that communicates with them.
“What is the Roman Road of today? What is the Greek language of today? Paul was able to harness those two realities of the Roman Road and the Greek language to get to where he wanted and to establish the church.”
In talking with young people, most will admit, if pushed far enough, that there are moral truths, but they have nothing on which to base those beliefs except their intuitions, Zacharias says.
“We’re living in a time when people are listening with their eyes and thinking with their feelings. We have to harness those two things.”