The Church frequently gets its axiology – its theory of value – dead wrong.  To value is fundamentally human. It is instinctive and inescapable, a testament to the fact that man is the offspring of God.  But when the Church fails to discern between the values of “the present evil world” and her Lord, it has just plain sold the farm.  A Church that doesn’t defend its axiological borders (God’s rather) has in effect seceded to the enemy.  And so she comes under Christ’s condemnation, “Ye are they which justify yourselves before men; but God knoweth your hearts: for that which is highly esteemed among men is abomination in the sight of God” (Luke 16:15).