GUEST: Travis Allen, Senior Pastor, Grace Church (Greeley, CO)
There is a way which seems right to a man, but its end is the way of death. Proverbs 14:12
There is a pushback taking place against the ever-increasing totalitarian impulse of the Left, which seeks to redefine all that God has established regarding marriage, sexuality, gender, individuality, freedom of belief, thought, and speech, punishing or “de-platforming” those who dare dissent.
Leading the pushback are popular thought leaders such as Jordan Peterson, Ben Shapiro, Dennis Prager, and others who hold tremendous sway with millions of followers who watch their speeches or video and read their books.
They resonate with people from all walks of life—conservatives, liberals, libertarians, and yes, Christians—who see the tyranny of political correctness and identity politics. They espouse degrees of truth, but none believe in “the way and the truth and the life”—Jesus Christ. In other words, they each have an intelligent and highly developed worldview, but not a biblical one that includes an accurate view of God, man, Christ, and redemption.
So how should Christians view these on the front lines of the battle with Cultural Marxism, which seeks to topple the “oppressor” of Christianity or simply make it irrelevant? Are they helpful allies or actually distractions to the gospel?
Short Take #1: Why are Jordan Peterson and Ben Shapiro so popular and how are they different than more strictly political commentators like Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, etc.?
Short Take #2: Neither Jordan Peterson or Ben Shapiro are born again Christians, but are they still allies of Christians in pushing back against the anti-Christian movements of our day?
Short Take #3: So what is the concern for Christians who follow Jordan Peterson and Ben Shapiro and what is important to understand about their worldview?