In Ross Rohde’s publication, Practical Considerations for Postmodern Sensitive Churches--A follow up to "The Gospel and Postmodernism", he lists what he believes are the behavioral characteristics of the Postmodern person.
- I’m looking for a truth that works for me.
- I can only try to see life from my own perspective; reality is too complex to understand it all.
- I’m interested in the values of my group and my community.
- I believe in being tolerant.
- I believe in letting others live like they want to.
- I don’t like it when people argue about how their group or beliefs are better.
- I want practical answers to life. I’m not drawn to idealistic schemes.
- I am suspicious of schemes that try to explain everything or give simplistic answers to complex questions.
- When people talk to me about these schemes I think of it as "noise" to be ignored.
- I like to have a group of close friends with which I share common values.
- I don’t like institutional religion.
- I do have a vague desire for non-institutional spirituality. But I don’t know how to find it.
A true Christian has a very different worldview. His presuppositions do not fall to culture but seek to please God.
- I can read the Scriptures and understand God’s will for my life (2 Tim. 3:16-17; Eph. 3:1-5; 5:17). I do not have to know everything to know something.
- I’m interested in the morals and teachings of Jesus Christ, which will be a blessing to me and will be the standard by which I am judged (Matthew 7:24-27;
). John 12:48
- I am interested in loving and respecting all men, but loving others means teaching them God’s truth and warning them of moral and doctrinal errors (Gal. 1:6-9; 4:16; Eph. 4:15;
; 2 Tim. 2:24-26 ). James5:19-20
- I believe in evangelism and in teaching men to observe all things that the Lord teaches (Matt. 28:18-20).
- I don’t like it when people allow error to corrupt and divide churches (
16:17-18; Rom. ). While arrogance has no place in the life of a Christian who love others (1 Cor. 13:4), Christians must recognize the difference between obedience and disobedience (Matt. 7:24-27). Titus 3:10-11
- I am suspicious of schemes that ignore God (Rom. 1:18-32).
- When people dismiss God and His will from their lives, their philosophies become empty and futile; and their hearts become hard (Ecclesiastes; Eph. 4:17-24).
- I feel so blessed to be part of a church family that shares a common faith, hope, and love.
- I love being part of the family of God, learning God’s will, hearing God’s voice in Scripture, and praising God from the heart.
- I am thankful that God has not left us without a witness but has given us His Son Jesus so that we may know Him (John 1:1-3, 14-18; 14:6-10; Heb. 1:1-3).