What is Postmodernism? Bridging the Gap

Postmodernism is a growing mind-set in our society. Just what is postmodernism? It’s a collection of beliefs whereby a person subscribes to universal acceptance, tolerance, and open-mindedness in all things.

Postmoderns may be ‘spiritual’ people, or they may profess a faith in God. But they are most likely to be an all-roads-lead-to-God type of thinker. Postmoderns adhere to the idea that truth is relative to whatever you feel at the moment. “It’s my truth,” is a commonly held ideal among them. And to state that we, as Christians, believe in absolute truth is seen by postmoderns as arrogant and intolerant.

Postmoderns are the natural offspring of our society, which has denied God for decades. Liberal colleges resist any teaching that says something can be absolutely true. Social media has altered an entire generation to believe that everything is based on personal opinion and the emotions of the day. Personal feelings reign supreme among postmodern thinkers.

In the midst of this thinking how do we prevent our children or grandchildren from adopting this mind-set? And how do we reach a family member who has grown up to adopt postmodernism?

1. Live authentically.

If we declare the Bible is the absolute authority for everything, we must live it out on a daily basis. Our children and grandchildren need to observe authenticity. If we say God is love and are unloving to our college-age child who is rejecting Christ, we lose credibility. If they notice us taking improper shortcuts on our taxes, our witness is tarnished. Trust me, they are watching and our lives are a sermon.

2. Teach the young ones.

We must stay on our toes to gauge where beliefs are headed with young children. Frequent dialogue is necessary. Ask children if they noticed God being respected or disrespected in a situation or during a television show. Talk about news topics to determine if they are developing “gray areas” and respond with biblical truth. Be interested in what they learn at school. Counter ungodly ideas with Scripture and train them as they grow. Never assume the world isn’t affecting them spiritually.

3. Be relational.

Because postmoderns gravitate toward feelings, they are likely to respond well to relationships. Lavish unconditional love on them. Notice what makes them tick. Are they drawn to charity work? Is there something they’re involved in that you could offer to help with? Talk about the missions projects you’re working on, and if possible, invite them to join you. As you build rapport, ask if you can share Scripture to help them see why you love missions. Accept that the sharing of the gospel may happen in baby steps over time.

4. Minister to their needs.

Remember postmoderns are real people with real needs. Respond to their crises or problems as you would someone in the body of Christ. God may use you to draw them unto Himself. Never stop praying. Never give up hope. 

By Sheila Gosney. She lives in Monroe City, Missouri, and a freelance writer whose passion is helping believers reach people with the gospel.​

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