The recent revelation in the teaser chapter of Emily Chang’s forthcoming book in Vanity Fair about the drug-fueled secret sex parties in Silicon Valley should come as no surprise. It is just another symptom of godlessness in a godless society.
What’s the outrage? Where is the scandal? One supposes that, based on a duty to react based on feminist dogma amid claims of sexual abuse, some ink is required in the reporting. Besides, we can’t wait for the salacious details when Chang’s book, “Brotopia,” is finally released! Those publishers can really stoke the buzz, can’t they?
What is now called Silicon Valley was not always so. The godlier society in the form of early pioneers and settlers in the 18th, 19th and early 20th centuries would never have tolerated such events in a valley named after an entry on the Periodic Table. In fact, such thoughts would never have entered the minds of those early inhabitants, who settled San Jose and the surrounding area. Among them were many who helped douse the flames in 1906 San Francisco, and rebuilt the city after the earthquake and fire that year. These folks were far too busy starting over again and rebuilding a city to break down spiritually, mentally and morally.
Sober citizens like them are becoming more and more nervous about the implications of Big Data, the utter and irreversible elimination of individual privacy, and technology advances that range from CRISPR gene splicing to self-driving cars and much more. Who is behind all these advances? Just what kind of people are these? What are the true motives of those sponsoring these debauched, secret drug-fueled sex parties?
If the moral standards behind these extremely powerful technologies are reflected by these cultural behaviors, then where is the accountability? What is the basis of any justice related to these moral failures? Or, in a worst-case scenario, will Google-Facebook-Twitter simply redefine morality, screen out opposing views, and just get on with the party? They’ve already started, of course.
Most of us understand what the lusts of the eye and the flesh are. We fight those battles every day in this most over-communicated society, where children are prey, no limits are meaningful, and where “no fear” is an ancient brand of teen gear.
Where the Bible states that the fear of God is the beginning of both knowledge and wisdom, such a gut-check fear of a lost eternity is laughable among this crowd. Humanistic relativism assures them everything is just fine. After all, many of them believe, each person is his or her own god. All values are relative; there are no absolutes. It feels good, and they do it without remorse or accountability. Guilt and shame are dealt with at the therapist’s office, or sometimes just by ramping up the drug dosage, by far the preferred choice for some.
There are no standards, except that every once in a while, somebody gets hurt. Especially when a feminist standard is violated and stories begin to spread, such as with Chang’s new book. But who in that valley of prosperity, prestige, status and money cares?
With relativism this extreme, what will be made by these folks of the claims of the Lord Jesus Christ? Imagine standing in a small clutch of people at a cocktail party in Silicon Valley. During small talk, you mention Jesus Christ by name. Here is what happens. Everyone in that small group will be gone within 30 seconds or so. Poof! Vanished!
The reason is that these people have been scandalized. It’s not the drugs, or sex or maniacal power motives that scandalize. It’s not talk of spiritual things featuring nameless, amorphous, ethereal and otherwise undefined higher powers of the unseen realm that bothers people. No, it is the mere mention of Jesus Christ, the specific God, that generates an internal shock, a quick piercing stab of conscience, shame and embarrassment within the chest or gut.
That pang is the Scandal of the Specific God. In this crowd, any other god will do as long as it is not Him.
It is ironic to think those easily scandalized by the mere notion of the Specific God hold the keys to a good part of the future of people on Earth in their hands. They set the objectives of their software and systems. They program artificial intelligence, triggering warnings by some tech futurists that these robots and devices are cats just waiting to be let out of the bag, and that people will be put in danger or harmed by them.
This kind of power, advanced technologies fueled by mountains of investment capital, is a confluence that extends far beyond governments. It is already more powerful than most nations, including the U.S., because altogether systems from cellphones to internet to satellite and more actively reach and are used by most people in the civilized world. This kind of power defines the pride of life, warned against in 1 John 2:16. It will pass away because it is not of the Father but of the world.
It is ironic to think those easily scandalized by the mere notion of the Specific God hold the keys to a good part of the future of people on Earth in their hands.
Jesus Christ, God revealed in the flesh, was promised in the Scriptures from Genesis through Malachi in the Old Testament. With hundreds of prophecies pointing to Him, fulfilled by His coming, the fullness of the godhead bodily and His resurrection is acknowledged even by scholars.
With confirmation in history over and over based on archeological finds, and increasingly so, Jesus Christ is the Only Specific God of history, unique in all the universe — and as real as the nose on your face.
A person may believe whatever that person wants to believe. But belief alone does not equal truth. In the case of our Specific God, Truth has a first name, and that name is Jesus, the Lord and Christ of both believers and unbelievers. For He came not to condemn the world, but to save it, including all those in Silicon Valley. In all the universe, there is none like Him.
Sam Rohrer is president of the American Pastors Network, a national network of pastors with constitutional and biblical teachings that discusses today’s pressing issues. He was a member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives for 18 years and is co-host of the daily “Stand in the Gap Today” national radio program on 425 stations.
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