The Myth of Common Sense

Bible-on-Flag-H-585x388We have stopped believing the Bible. What we preach isn’t working because it isn’t true. The American evangelical church has replaced the doctrine of original sin with the myth of common sense. In so doing, we expect people to behave like Christians without knowing Jesus. Believing this myth, we have given the world too much credit and the Bible too little.

During my senior year of high school, I sat at my desk in my algebra class listening to the banter between a foreign exchange student and an American classmate. The Korean young lady used an English word that was unknown to the American student. The American student protested the use of the word that he didn’t know. The girl pulled out her vocabulary book from our English class and showed him that it was in our own text book and proclaimed that he ought to know it. He countered that just because it was in our text book didn’t mean that we would know the word. The foreign student valued mastery of the English language, the English speaking student did not. English was not special to us like it was to her. It was common to us so no extra effort needed to be expended in refining its use.

Likewise, believers take the Bible for granted. We think we know it inside and out, but what we know are key concepts, phrases, and stories. We have lost their relevant application to society at large outside of a salvation or moral context. We can explain the path to Jesus, but not the path to a stable nation. Read more