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Reflections by the People of TKA
Equipping Our Students To Stand For Truth
Like it or not, one of the trending questions that confronts us in our modern “post-truth” times is: Does truth matter? The answer to this question likely varies depending on someone’s worldview—the lens through which they view the world.
The person who is a relativist will, of course, respond that everyone has their own truth. From someone committed to scientism, the answer will likely be: Of course truth matters, contingent that it can be found only through scientific means. A third perspective may emerge from a committed pragmatist: Truth matters only if it advances your goals. The youth of today might even deny that truth exists as they become jaded by polarized views, misleading news, and less than forthright leadership.
There is a parallel question that seems utterly lost in the loud voices of today’s “post-post-Christian” culture: Does Christianity still matter?
If they even return your call, those same relativists and pragmatists might confess that Christianity could matter—if it works for you, then you can believe what you want, as long as it does not harm or offend others. The response from scientism might be,"Absolutely not"—religion is a distraction from knowing and following what is true and right. Are our kids even aware of these competing worldviews? How are they to make sense of any moral controversies in society like same-sex marriage, abortion, or euthanasia?
At TKA, there is a strong value of equipping students to confidently and logically confront these worldviews WHEN they are encountered (not IF they are encountered). When they are showered with worldview input from media, social media, neighbors, friends, and university dorm-mates, we want them to be able to contend for the faith (Jude 1:3) and to live freely by knowing truth (John 8:31) instead of being imprisoned by a lie. This means they should be inoculated against worldview errors instead of being isolated from them.
When our students hear the assertion that the Bible says, “There is no God,” we want them to acknowledge this is true, but to kindly and truthfully share the full Biblical context in response: “The fool has said in his heart, ‘There is no God,’” (Psalm 14:1). When our students hear that there are hundreds of contradictions in the Bible, they should ask those promoting the claim to please point them out, and ask for a definition of “contradiction.” When the atheist in the crowd asserts that there is no absolute truth, our students should be prepared to respond with a simple question: Is that absolutely true?
In my first career as a Marine Corps combat helicopter pilot, truth literally held the power of physical life or death. If it was true that your weapons were loaded with practice rounds, others would live. But if it was false, the results would have been tragic. In my second career as a Christian educator, the truth of the Gospel holds the power of eternal life or death. This holds consistently true while engaging in all areas of academics, athletics, and the arts. I would suggest we need to not let up on prioritizing the studies of logic and apologetics for our students so they can live freely, and be enabled to keep the fibers of truth and integrity unbroken, which assuredly are the very fibers that hold our society together.
Matt Nisbet, Director of Operations
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