Secular Psychology

Teaches us to cope, rather than to pray to and rest in a Sovereign.

Teaches us to love ourselves, as if we needed to be taught (Ephesians 5:29).

Teaches us to take pills, but not to address the root-reason (the condemnation of humanity at the Fall; Romans 5:12-21) behind the chemical imbalances.

Teaches us to think well of ourselves, rather than that the intentions of our hearts are evil from youth (Genesis 8:21).

Teaches us to think we are the center of the universe.

Teaches us to think that feelings are always worth venting (Proverbs 29:11).

Teaches us to not be crazy for Christ.

Teaches us to have Pollyanna Optimism.

Teaches us not to hate sin.

Teaches us to be healthy rather than holy.

Teaches us to flatter, and never to rebuke.

Teaches us to spare the rod and hate our children (Proverbs 13:24).

Teaches us to not feel guilty for sin that God considers so bad that he prepares a hell of eternal conscious torment.

Teaches us to say, “it’s OK”, rather than, “I forgive you.”

Teaches us to not be shamed about our past sins (Romans 6:21).

Teaches us that you can address deep human problems of the mind without addressing the reality of God.

Teaches us that crazy murderers do not deserve to be put to death.

Teaches us that religion is good so long as it makes us feel good.

Teaches us that we have the power to liberate our mind from any undesirable state.

Teaches us to escape reality, rather than face it.

Teaches us to seek inner peace apart from being forgiven by the Holy of Holies.

Teaches us that if God did not exist, suicide would still be irrational.

Teaches us to seek happiness apart from Creator of pleasure.

Newsworthiness, Depravity, and the Media

Broadcasting necessarily involves value judgment. When you publicize something you prefer a story above alternatives. You assign varying degrees of newsworthiness. And given the fact that publicizing a county fair over 9/11 would be immoral, it’s easy to see that this judgment of news worthiness is not free from the moral realm.

One of the effects of the fall is that humans love to promote and publicize and broadcast that which isn’t worth our time. In a perfect, God-centered world, we would promote things in proportion to the degree of their newsworthiness. God would be in the newspaper. Fox News would talk about God.

The advance of the gospel is more important than the space shuttle.

The bride of Christ is more important than Britney Spears.

Missionaries are more important than politicians.

Why does the media love what it loves? They have a depraved sense of newsworthiness and a lust for money and large audiences. If the media really wanted to promote people who better guaged the evangelical landscape (and truth and grace and reality), do you really think they would give their objects of attention the time of day? I can think of a few individuals more worthy of our time. But they wouldn’t be as titillating to the eye, or as scratching to the ear.