Del Tackett

by Del Tackett


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According to Who? - Soli 'Meo' Gloria

One of the consequences of abandoning the belief in absolute truth is that all truth claims end up being merely personal notions and one soon begins to believe that your personal notion is as good as anyone else’s. This is partially the reason why “traditional” authorities: pastors, teachers, parents, etc. no longer rank high on the “go to” list in our culture.

Why should they?

If I am the genesis of “truth”, then why hold anyone else or their ideas in esteem? They are merely one more barking beast among a sea of barking beasts.

“Seeking” truth becomes not an external search, but an internal one…a quest to find out more of who I am and what I think and what I believe. Getting in touch with one’s self is the modern form of worship. If truth emanates from within, then there is surely something deeply divine about my inner self. Rather than Paul’s cry of “I want to know Him”, we cry, “I want to know myself.”

And, of course, I would like for you to have the blessing of knowing Me, too!

“Love Me. Cherish Me.”

“Celebrate and embrace Me.”

“Affirm who I Am.”

(Or we will call you all kinds of terrible names; label you a hate monger until you give in or give up.)

Who thought evangelism was dead? Balderdash!

We are rabid evangelists… of Me.

This, of course, generates an increasing apathy toward history.  Whatever may have passed muster as wisdom over time is of no importance to me for it is merely more barking from the past. This would include things like that dusty old Book or that dusty old Constitution or the traditional notions of marriage or family or a work ethic…

…or any ethic, come to think of it.

“According to Who?”[1] is the modern skeptic’s question. Not seeking an answer, of course. It is much akin to Pilate’s “What is truth?” He didn’t stay for a response because he wasn’t looking for one. He was scoffing at the notion of truth. So, too, the modern skeptic scoffs at the notion that there is anything of real value, other than entertainment or pleasure, that isn’t from within.

Instead of Soli Deo Gloria, we cry Soli Meo Gloria! [2] 

This, of course, does not, nor never will, lead to the nirvana that the Liar promises. It will isolate us further into a culture of manipulators where true love, which requires sacrifice, is lost. Hatred and violence will grow bolder as we discard any notion of self-restraint. Why should I restrain what is obviously divine within me? The Arts will grow more and more filthy and grotesque as we choose to sing and paint and display the depths of our depravity, falsely seen as my internal attributes of godhood... devoid of any true understanding of right and wrong, of righteousness and depravity. So Michelle Wolfe performs her “Salute to Abortion” on Netflix, declaring that abortion should be on the dollar menu at McDonalds. Anyone who knows the sickening things that happen to an innocent baby (over 3,00 babies a day in the U.S.) during an abortion must, if led by the Spirit, be nauseous at Wofe’s cry of  “God bless abortion!” This issue will get a lot of attention as we move into the confirmation hearings for the Supreme Court. Look closely at this argument and all of the other hot social topics of our day: they will always, always come back to this worship of the self and divinity of “who I am”… or that “I Am”… in defiance of the only One who is the great I Am.

This increasingly open display of the depravity of man will be hailed as good and righteous. And because the worldview that promotes this now has control of the megaphone in our culture, it will be increasingly seen in every form of media and communication, art that isn’t art, theater, video, music, comedy, gaming, etc.

But this lie doesn’t set free. Instead, it enslaves.

Isolation and manipulation will breed paranoia and pathological loneliness. When “every man does what is right in his own eyes” the culture eventually collapses.

But what an opportune time this is for the Remnant in the land! The solution will not be found in power changes at the top, but from personal transformations at the bottom, through the attractively winsome “engaging” in deep relationships that the body of Christ must begin to do with their neighbors.

This is our day. This is our time.

Not for us, but for His glory alone. Soli Deo Gloria!

 

[1] I know this is grammatically incorrect, but I’m quoting the comic strip.

[2] “For God’s glory alone” vs “For My glory alone!” My apologies to the Latin language or its aficionados. “Soli Ego Gloria” or “Meus” or “Mihi” would have been more correct, but I was seeking the play on words and to highlight the transformation and transplantation in our culture from “God” to “Me”, from “Deo” to “Meo”. Chalk it up to poetic license. 

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  • Marc Fey

    Marc Fey

    Amen, Del! I love what you said here: "The solution will not be found in power changes at the top, but from personal transformations at the bottom, through the attractively winsome “engaging” in deep relationships that the body of Christ must begin to do with their neighbors." May we hear this invitation from Jesus to lay our own lives down every day in simple, practical, and humble ways... "Truly, truly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it bears much fruit." John 12:24. Let's all make deltackett.com a place where we encourage each other to live out God's truth in humble and courageous ways! Thanks, Del...
  • Edward Wittlif

    Edward Wittlif

    How true! As an elder/shepherd I struggle with the younger people who view the Scriptures as not current and definitely not from God, but men.
  • Regina Brown

    Regina Brown

    Del, I wish I could shout this from the rooftops. Actually, sometimes it feels as if we are with few really hearing us over the noise. People claim they want "truth" but in reality they only grasp what does not inconvenience them. If only we could really get across to them the burden we feel for their freedom. None the less, we keep putting one foot in front of the other, meeting people "knee cap to knee cap" and "eyeball to eyeball", the "Truth Project Way", an expression Marc gave me a while back. God Bless
  • Arnold Huntley

    Arnold Huntley

    More and more I see that some of my Christian brothers and sisters need to shake off some of their secular worldview dust and be transformed through the renewing of their mind. The more I seek greater depths of God’s truth, the more I see their indifference to our degrading culture. Sadly, exspousing biblical worldview in some circles lead to a lonely place, but it’s God’s place of enlightenment for our times. Thank you Del for our circle of fellowship around God’s truth.
  • Elaine Grenon

    Elaine Grenon

    Thank you for remaining true to the Word. You encourage me to continue on for the Lord. At times it can become lonely when surrounded by the worlds view. My husband and I are leading a group once again for folks at our church who have never seen the "Truth Project" . They were amazed with the first lesson on "What is Truth". It was exciting to listen to folks who want to know who God is, as Paul did. If we don't teach them, how will they know. It has been nearly ten years since we first saw the "Truth Project" It enhanced our walk with the Lord and our way of thinking about who God really is. If someone asked me who God is I would reply, "He is my North Star, and I can take my bearings from Him, a reference point that is steadfast and certain. Thank you for your faithfullness to teach the truth, Elaine Grenon
  • Gretchen Aguilar

    Gretchen Aguilar

    Insightful point on evangelism...which is evangelism with a baseball bat. And we think we have progressed to be so modern...What other "spiritual" leader can offer the everlasting love that our Triune God does? Lord, help us to draw apart and consider, think, and meditate on Truth...on the Person of Truth. Otherwise we will never begin to comprehend the kind of love He offers.
  • Rick Wertz

    Rick Wertz

    Good word as always Del! Civil engagement is quite a concept but starting w/family and our circles of influence it is possible. All revivals to my knowledge have started with small prayer gatherings so let a new revival begin one family, one group, one church at a time. God bless & Godspeed.
  • Dr. Stephen R. Phinney

    Dr. Stephen R. Phinney

    Well said Del. One of the Truths that I keep close to my heart is - Truth is a Person. Those who have received Him by way of the Holy Spirit, house all of Him, resulting in all believers hosting all of Truth. The challenge becomes discipling true believers in the practical reality of releasing Christ from within. Now that would put an end to the self-governed inclusive implosion of the Church! Worldview begins with personal identity. Personal identity establishes culture & as we know, culture tends to rule the world. Del, thanks for being a Truth Friend!
  • Kelly Gustafson

    Kelly Gustafson

    Great article! And so true!

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