By Samuel Brown
In Greek mythology the titan Atlas is responsible for carrying the heavens on the back of his shoulders. C.S. Lewis suggests likewise in his lecture “The Way” that man must hold high all incarnations of the Tao (the idea that there is one uni-versal code regarding morality, the conception of the Way the universe goes, the Road, the reality beyond all predicates that man attempts to adhere to) in direct relation to values. “If it is rejected, all value is rejected. If any value is retained it is retained” (Lewis, 12). Man in conjunction of holding high the Tao must also hold all values in equal exhortation.
The testimony of a Christian is evident by a fidelity to all values rooted in the precepts of Biblical doctrine. This non-discriminatory practice is proclaimed constantly throughout the Bible. “…pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, gentleness” (1Timothy 6:11b). A Christian who acts this way is a direct contradiction to the selection the secular world utilizes in assimilating values.
The pivotal difference between both these parties is perception of value. A Christian sees true value and tries to live by it through the Holy Spirit. A secularist pursues the value that is either most beneficial to him or society. This is demonstrated by the actions a person performs. A resolute Christian puts any issue or dilemma through the filter of all biblical values because he is recommended to. A secularist has no such mandate, thus leading him to acknowledge the “value” most profitable. In the same manner, as Atlas holds the cosmos on his shoulders, a Christian must hold all biblical values upon his. This may appear as a burden to a non-believer who bears only the value required in circumstance. Though he may appear burdened, it is quite the contrary. The Christian con-siders the task a privilege bestowed upon him to carry out that consequentially his God may receive glory and adoration.
Christians must remain fixed on holding all Biblical values high and they must not adhere to the discriminatory practice the world pursues. All values must be held high in same way that Atlas holds the heavens.
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