Syncretism: the amalgamation or attempted amalgamation of different religions, cultures, or schools of thought: interfaith dialogue can easily slip into syncretism.
2 Corinthians 6:17 Therefore, come out from among unbelievers, and separate yourselves from them, says the LORD. Don’t touch their filthy things, and I will welcome you.
I have written many times about the discernment that is needed in these Last Days. I have felt for a long time this Message has gone relatively unheard in our modern Church. So today, I am going to take another look at it through the lens of what we call syncretism (see definition above).
This concept has been in play for many decades in the education system in America, and it is the basis for how we understand and accept culture today. The concept has two basic principles:
1. All cultures are equal and even when cultures are different one culture is not better than another.
2. The world of the future has to be built on the acceptance of all cultures regardless of our differences. Differences are moot when it comes to the end game of global unity and cohesion.
One of the groups that adhere to this kind of thinking are the Globalists. They are the ones who advocate for global warming, borderless countries, and a one world Government. They want to unite people around these ideas making for a world that can be managed and controlled. On the surface their ideology makes sense because there is less friction between people if everyone lives with one-size-fits-all and there are no class struggles. In the Globalists point of view, religion no longer divides people but unites people around the idea of a world where syncretism rules supreme and there are no distinctions dividing us. Christianity will no longer be the Way, the Truth, and the Life. All religions will share that distinction.
We have seen syncretism working in our educational system for decades. When our kids were young, they were given assignments as teams. Most teams had a few kids who would do all the work, but all the team members got the credit even when the majority of the team did not put a lot into the project. My kids were always among the kids who would dig into the work to get it done while other kids did virtually nothing but got the same grade. Perhaps this kind of syncretism is what has contributed to the problems in the workplace with Millennials … everyone gets the grade or the trophy just for participation.
We have been quietly transitioning into a syncretistic world where there are no sides, no disagreements, and no trophies for winning or losing. It is a simple case of making one-size-fits-all. It all sounds good at first, but then you realize that decisions are made by Group Think and consensus allows for no dissension. Few people will stand against the idea mob, so Group Think sets the outcome whether it is good or bad.
If the Group Think portrays President Trump as a racist, then that is what he is. Everyone parrots the Group Think talking points and it is assumed everyone agrees. Media is a great example of Group Think. They all tell you the news through their Group Think worldview and few deviates from that script. This is where right and wrong gets blurred. Group Think is a collaborative of many ideologies, lifestyles, and agendas. Slowly any differences such as Moral Values are no longer used as a standard … the Group Think is the new standard. Judeo-Christian Values are old-school thinking and divide people so they can never be considered a standard for decision-making.
Another example of this Group Think are the Millennials. Most Millennials accept the gay community as an alternate lifestyle and are perfectly fine with it. Even religious Millennials have stated that being gay is just another path God accepts. The Deloitte Global Millennial Survey 2019 revealed the following characteristics of the Millennial generation:
Economic and social/political optimism is at record lows. Respondents express a strong lack of faith in traditional societal institutions, including mass media, and are pessimistic about social progress.
Millennials and Gen Z’s are disillusioned. They’re not particularly satisfied with their lives, their financial situations, their jobs, government and business leaders, social media, or the way their data is used.
Millennials value experiences. They aspire to travel and help their communities more than starting families or their own businesses.
Millennials are skeptical of business’s motives. Respondents do not think highly of leaders’ impact on society, their commitment to improving the world, or their trustworthiness.
They let their wallets do the talking (and walking). Millennials and Gen Zs, in general, will patronize and support companies that align with their values; many say they will not hesitate to lessen or end relationships when they disagree with companies’ business practices, values, or political leanings.
The problem with syncretism and the concept of Group Think is that it makes everything taste the same and look the same. The individual loses distinction within this process of making every person think and act alike for the sake of a global agenda.
This process is very much like the Story of the Tower of Babel in Genesis 11:1-9 when people thought they could act on their own without God. Their goals and dreams were formulated around themselves without any consideration for God. That is where we are headed again, and it is what the Bible says will be the setting for the coming of the Anti-Christ.
Keeping Life Honest and Truthful … Larry Kutzler
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