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Beliefs Matter

By Jeff Keaton

Millions of Americans watched in horror as legislators from the state of New York passed a law allowing full-term babies to be killed through the procedure of abortion. New York is on the wrong side of history, but even more than that, they’re on the wrong side of truth and reality. Only a skewed sense of reality could make men and women, especially mothers, celebrate this gruesome new law. I have seen more outrage from people in response to this new law than almost any other abortion story. Many are asking, “How can people believe this is a good thing?” The law is based on their secular worldview. Let me list a few of the beliefs they hold dear that have produced this insane new law.

There is no God who created us; therefore, there is no absolute standard of right and wrong. Humans make their own rules.

  • The Bible is irrelevant.

  • Humans are highly evolved animals. They were not created in the image of God and do not hold a unique place in the world. We have the right to take the life of a human being just like we might put a dog or cat to sleep.

  • The supreme purpose of humans is to do what makes them happy, be themselves, and throw off the restraints that would hold them back from personal autonomy. To tell a woman she should deliver her child and take responsibility for it is wrong and encroaches upon her personal desire to live a self-focused life.

  • Sexual pleasure is a human right, and nothing should get in its way, even children.

  • Since material things are all that exist, our greatest obligation is to protect Mother Earth, and to do that, we need fewer humans on the planet. Abortion reduces the carbon footprint.

These are just a few of the underlying beliefs that have led us to the place where people are celebrating the death of fully developed, beautiful babies.

When we break God’s law and violate His design in any area of life, it eventually ends up destroying people and our world. The consequences are not always as gruesome as tearing a child limb from limb, but they are always devastating.

At Renewanation, we are heaven-bent on teaching children a biblical worldview because if they develop a non-biblical worldview, their lives and our world will continue to experience the intense brokenness we see all around us today. Occasionally, someone will look at me with glazed-over eyes and ask, “Why are you so passionate about this mission to give children a biblical worldview?” I’m passionate about this mission because all other worldviews lead people away from reality. Only the Christian worldview makes sense of the entire world and leads to peace, productivity, and true happiness.

If you’ve been on the sidelines of this great worldview battle that is raging around us, I invite you to join us today. We have enough Christians cursing the darkness. It’s time to joyfully reintroduce our post-Christian culture to the beauty of a biblical worldview.


Jeff Keaton has been a successful pastor, church and school planter, and ministry entrepreneur. As the founder and CEO of Renewanation, Jeff now works across the United States and Canada to help awaken the church to the great need to give every child a biblical worldview. Jeff is married to his high school sweetheart, Michele, and they have two daughters, two sons-in-law, and a grandson. He is the author of The Life of Radical Faith.


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