A Young Adult’s Reflection On Absolute Truth

Those who comment on the state of religion in America often remark how truth is relative for emerging generations.  You can read about that here, here, and here.

Yet in contrast to that cultural assumption — which most of us accept as gospel without much investigation — I offer you the email below.

A young woman who is part of our church’s music team wrote to us about the song This I Believe.  A proud member of the Millenial Generation, she’s full of cultural savvy and media awareness — in other words, she could well be a poster child for the claim truth is relative.

Yet here’s what she wrote of her experience while singing the song:

However yesterday, while singing with the choir I was empowered with a new love for it because of how defining and declarative the song is. Just one part of a verse and the chorus make the unique claims that separate Christianity from all other religions of the world. The song makes claims that defeat other major Christian cults and defines Christianity as the one true religion. When I realized this yesterday, I was overcome with new love and appreciation for this song. Yes, I know it’s the creed in song form…but it was so much more powerful to me when singing (and declaring) it during worship. These beliefs I’m singing about are the very ones that people died for and they are the very ones that caused great schisms in the Christian faith that resulted in major cultish movements.

I believe in God our Father
I believe in Christ the Son (Mormonism redefines the deity of Christ)
I believe in the Holy Spirit (Scientology and other new-age cults don’t acknowledge the Holy Spirit)
Our God is three in one (Jehovah’s Witnesses don’t believe in the Trinity.)
I believe in the resurrection
That we will rise again
For I believe in the name of Jesus

Singing = Defining = Declaring = Separating . . .  separating one truth claim from all others.

That’s one of those that applies from generation to generation.

Here’s This I Believe, a tune that masterfully engages both mind and heart: