One of the most striking and disturbing consequences of rejecting the biblical teaching of the Image of God is provided by the chilling story of General Lothar von Trotha (1848-1920). In 1904 he ordered the total extermination of the Herero tribe in South-West Africa. This was the first genocide of the 20th century.
Writing in 1904, he stated:
A few months ago I was speaking to a group of teachers on a retreat. One of the women present got very cross with me when I dared to suggest that Katie Price (aka Jordan) wasn't a very good role model.
Indeed I would go further than this. Jordan is the living embodiment of a pagan consumerist religion. Listen to what she said recently in an interview with the Daily Telegraph:
James Chalmers was born in Scotland in 1841. He spent his life telling cannibals the good news about Jesus. In 1877 he went to Papua New Guinea, located across from the northern tip of Australia.
What did the locals look like? Many of them were committed cannibals. Some of the more depraved tribes would capture their enemies alive and would then proceed to hack off pieces of flesh while the prisoners were kept in giant larders.
Sometimes the unfortunate victims would be kept alive for six or seven days!
On the southern slopes of Mt Kilimanjaro, a small bank owned by 330 000 members of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Tanzania's Northern District is improving the lives of poor Christians, while still managing to make a profit!
"When we started, the projections were that we would make profits after three or five years", said Fahanaeli Andrew Kihunrwa, general manager of the Uchumi Commercial Bank Ltd in the town of Moshi. "But in one year and three months we started making profits. So people have been wondering how we did it."
In 1973 a wealthy businessman Jaime Jaramillo was walking along the streets of Bogota in Columbia when he saw a young girl climbing down through a manhole into the sewers below. Jaime went home, put on a wet suit and he then followed the girl into the sewers and to his amazement he discovered about 90 children who were living in the filthy, rat-infested sewers.
One girl was pregnant!
I really love what I call 'heartwarming' stories. And here's a cracker.
A generous Canadian couple have given away £7million they won on the lottery! Pensioners Violet and Allen Large said the jackpot win earlier this year was a "big headache".
So they decided to help out family, friends and other good causes with cash gifts.
Over the next few months I will be blogging about stories that I believe to be powerful and worth telling. Some of the stories are inspiring. Some will 're-enchant' the world. This one falls into a different category. It challenges hidden secular idolatry.
Is Roy Keane the most articulate commentator on our secular world?
If I was to offer advice to Wayne Rooney, who is a good lad, I would tell him to make sure he looks after number one. Players are pieces of meat – that is how I look at it. When your time's up, your time's up.
Thomas Hobbes would have roundly applauded Keane's astute comments when he wrote this: