Jerry Falwell, RIP May, 15, 2007
Jerry Falwell bore witness to some fundamental truths that run counter to the materialism of secular modernity and the relativism of secular post-modernity. He did this by virtue of who he was first as a Christian, and secondly as one called to preach the Gospel.
Whatever you may think of his theology, methodology, or politics, these things are true and remain as his legacy. The fundamental truth he bore witness to is that God is there, and He is not silent.
Falwell's witness that God is there ran counter to materialistic modern secularism. There is in that witness an implicit assertion that man's reason can only go so far, that there is truth existing beyond the comprehension of human reasoning.
Falwell's assertion that this God has also spoken objectively in time and space ran counter to the existential epistimology of secular post-modernity.
Jerry Falwell, as all true Christian Pastors and Preachers are, was at heart "counter-cultural". Yes, some of his politics, theology, and methodology may have clouded that witness at times, but stripped bare of those failings we all share with him as a redeemed, but not yet fully redeemed people, his minstry and life bore witness to those fundamental truths of our Christian faith.
"Well done good and faithful servant..." RIP
~ The Billy Goat ~