Western culture has been taken over by pride and self righteousness. Could this high self esteem culture be detracting from the Christian Gospel message?
More specifically, this self esteem culture infiltrates the public perception of morality and ethics. The modern man’s mantra is, “I’m a good person“. Completely spiritually detached from the perfect righteousness of God, the secular person has no idea how far they fall short. This self-righteousness doctrine is completely antithetical to the Christian worldview.
High Moral Self Esteem Detracts from the Gospel
One of the staples of Christianity is the belief in the innate depravity of mankind. The idea that sin and wickedness is an integral component and inescapable reality of human nature. It is woven into the very fabric of humanity’s DNA. The Bible makes this deviant state of mankind very clear throughout the entire book:
Indeed, there is not a righteous man on earth who continually does good and who never sins.
And this is the judgment: the light has come into the world, and people loved the darkness rather than the light because their works were evil.
for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,
Because of this perverseness, Christianity states that humanity needs a savior to rectify their relationship with a holy and just God. Nothing that man could ever do himself would suffice.
But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags;
Who Needs Grace in a Self Esteem Culture?
The Bible continually warns Christians to beware of this world. They are to be vigilant so they are not deceived by the faulty doctrines and philosophies of this world:
Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.
Subsequently, it quickly becomes apparent that the tenets of the world and Christianity are diametrically opposed. When western culture preaches it’s humanist sermons of the benevolence of mankind, it goes directly against Biblical teachings.
Christians dash to the cross in a desperate frenzy knowing how far they miss the mark of God’s standard. Because of their knowledge of God and themselves, Christians beg for grace and mercy. They are fully aware of the righteous wrath their sin deserves. But if you truly believe you are a good person, then there is no desperation or cause for alarm.
Thus, this self esteem culture is extremely detrimental to non-believers coming to faith. If mankind is inherently good as currently publicized by Western culture, then who needs grace? If people genuinely believe they are moral and ethical, why would they need salvation? Salvation from what? In turn, they are that much more likely to reject the Gospel.