Have you seen the yard signs around Austin? The ones that say, “Black lives matter, Women’s rights are human rights, Science is real, Love is love,” and so on? For many these sentences make up a new kind of secular creed—a set of beliefs that bind people together and are put forth as a way of living.
All of these values seemingly stem from a passion for the ideals of unity, compassion, and justice. For those who hold these lawn-displayed beliefs to be self-evident, they are putting forth this creed because they feel that other belief systems, including Christianity, aren’t doing an adequate job at promoting positive values of love, charity, honesty, kindness, and others. This creed is their call to a higher and more loving worldview.
And we, as believers, can feel sheepish and ill-equipped to engage conversations with those who hold to the Secular Creed above the Apostle’s Creed. We can hear their claims and wonder if they are more relevant and altruistic than the truths we see from God in the Bible. Are their beliefs more compelling and loving than the claims of Scripture? Does God’s Word offer a greater and more enduring hope for mankind?