We’re about to find out how many Christian colleges, Christian universities, Christian theological seminaries we actually have. We’re going to find out just how much and just how many are willing to pay the price for bearing the full onslaught of the warfare that is coming. And make no mistake, the full course of coercion is coming fast.
The aim of those who would bring this coercion is that you shall be made to call a man a woman. You will be made to call a boy a girl. You’ll be made to ask everyone for pronouns. You’ll be forced to deny reality, to deny physical matter, biology. Of course, we as Christians understand behind all of that is the demand to deny God.
Now we know this will not end well, even for the revolutionaries. We actually know it will not end well especially for the revolutionaries. So that brings us to the question of the evening. What is the great cause unique to this generation of Christians? It is to bear testimony to the one true God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, to advance the gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ, and to speak the truth when all the world goes insane. To hold together the good, the beautiful, and the true. To stand without apology upon the transcendentals of the good, the true, and the beautiful, because we know they are grounded in the reality of God himself, revealed consummately, not in creation where they are indeed revealed, but constantly in the Lord Jesus Christ, who is the good, the beautiful, and the truth, incarnate in human flesh.
The great challenge of our generation is to defend human dignity against the great machine and to defend human rights as inalienable gifts, to be understood as given by the Creator and respected by government courts, politicians, neighbors, all. The great challenge of our generation at this moment is contempt for the rule of law and for the integrity of laws, to understand that religious liberty is indeed the first and most fundamental liberty, without which no other liberty will survive, can survive.
The responsibility of so many people in this room is to go into the court rooms and to make those arguments to defend liberty, to defend the very superstructure of understanding on behalf of what is good and beautiful and true, on behalf of the One who is alone good and beautiful and true.
This means you and the supporters of this organization and those who are here, gathered in this common cause, are ready to stand for what is right; not because we are right but because God is right. To defend liberty in an age of insanity, to go into the courtrooms to defend cake bakers. Sounds like a medieval play, doesn’t it? Sounds like Chaucer, going into the courtrooms to defend the cake bakers and florists and Christian colleges and universities. To go into the public square to defend children and parents and families and churches, ultimately to bear witness to the unity of the good, the beautiful, and the true grounded in the real, our true and infinitely glorious God. Our answer to a darkening age must be a deepening theology and a more determined fight for the right.
So we are not the company of the depressed and the discouraged. We are the army of the determined. And by the way, we are an eschatological people. We understand that we are called in any moment of human history to be found faithful until God in Christ shows his infinite favor. Our answer to this darkening age must be a theology that’s ever deeper, a fight that’s ever more determined.
I close by citing someone who understood that fight: JRR Tolkien. You may recall this passage from The Fellowship of the Ring; Frodo says, “I wish it need not have happened in my lifetime.” “So do I,” said Gandalf, “and so do all who live to see such times. But that is not for them to decide. All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us. That’s all.”
What do we do with the time that is given us? Hopefully this week has been a good exercise in becoming ever more faithful in our thinking, ever more determined in our action. And so we don’t get to choose the times, only whether we are faithful in our times. And so, brothers and sisters, as we get ready to leave to the fight for the Lord, for the Glory of God, thank you very much.