Ravi Zacharias quotes the analogy of the umpire. “A premodern baseball umpire would have said something like this: ‘There’s balls and there’s strikes and I call em’ as they are. The modernist would have said, ‘There’s balls and there’s strikes and I call ‘em as I see ‘em.’ And the postmodernist umpire would say, ‘They ain’t nothing until I call ‘em.’”
This relates the dilemma within postmodernism. The postmodern relies not on correspondence theory, or on empiricism, but on nothing more than the intent to frame one’s own reality as he sees fit.
The sad part is that the disease of relativism has even entered the Christian community. Studies have shown that high percentages of evangelicals do not believe in absolute truth. This should not be startling when Scripture speaks of this when in Isaiah 59:14 it states, “Truth has stumbled in the streets.” Jeremiah continues to say that “truth has perished; it has vanished from their lips” (Jer. 7:28). Truth also eludes Christians as well as they begin to assimilate some of the postmodern thinking that infiltrates their world.
We have to be careful not to fall into the trap of seeking to be relevant while sacrificing truth in the process. Some church growth advocates advise churches to tone down their emphasis on absolute truth because they say that postmoderns are only interested in their own felt needs. They have short attention spans so don’t waste valuable time by focusing on issues such as absolute truth.
But truth is foundational to the well being of a society. Without it there is anarchy. The threat is stated clearly by Groothuis when he says, “truth dissolves into endless perspectives, which are accountable to nothing outside of themselves. Absolutes provide for a sense of accountability and stability. When there are multiple interpretations of what is true, then there is no accountability. What is right for me is all that matters. The problem with this line of thinking is that it is not practical. No one can live as if there are no foundational rules or else chaos would ensue. It fails the pragmatic test. You cannot live that way. God has written his moral law on our hearts. Absolutes are inescapable. The goal of the apologist is to help the postmodern world acknowledge outwardly what they cannot deny inwardly.