“Claiming to be wise, they became fools, and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images resembling mortal man…” (Romans 1:22-23)
There is no fear of God (in the world or from many in the Church). In an age of entitlement, where an entire generation (and maybe more) believe inherently that they deserve everything and anything they want from the world, humanity continues to expose themselves to be unchanged in their natural disposition toward Almighty God, the Maker of heaven and earth. We still, claiming to be wise, show ourselves to be foolish in our attempts to better the world without the Author of Life. In our supreme vanity and equidistant rejection of the truth, we actually believe that the world’s problems boil down to human power and human goodness, a self-defeating proposition that will never exist. As a professor from the ‘prestigious’ university of Harvard asserts, “If we want to make the world better, we have to figure out how to do it ourselves…we can’t assume God won’t let bad things happen.”
This statement, from one that could be considered one of the best humanity has to offer, as per his affiliation, is truly representative of all mankind. It is a belief that goes to the heart of the Fall in the Garden of Eden; a belief rooted in the initial temptation from satan himself, which avows that man doesn’t need God because man is God.
The arrogance that would make Adam and Eve believe that the creation could ascend to the throne of the Creator is a thread that has continued throughout history. In ancient times it was representative in humanity assertively rejecting God by fashioning gods for themselves – in human and animal form – proclaiming to the cosmos that creation will never bow to the Creator, and, even now, in contemporary times humanity has replaced that intellectually absurd paganism for a more refined doctrine called humanism. We no longer worship wood or stone. No, no, no…we have evolved and worship ourselves now, because we have discovered that we are the center of the universe; that we are our own masters and our own saviors.
This is the belief upon which our culture operates. Western civilization, for quite some time, has rejected God and has wanted nothing to do with Him. We only call on Him, or admit His existence in blaming Him, when it is convenient. Imagine the arrogance it takes to ask ‘Where is God?’ during tragedy when we give Him no regard otherwise. It is perplexing to me that a culture that has so violently opposed God, His Word, His righteousness and beauty, and the Life He freely offers to those who will humble themselves in repentance, faith, and obedience will act stunned when it receives the offspring of the decisions it made long ago. The Bible is clear, “Do not be deceived: God is not mocked, for whatever one sows, that will he also reap. For the one who sows to his own flesh will from the flesh reap corruption, but the one who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life” (Gal. 6:7-8), and the United States of America is reaping what it has sown into its collective flesh for many, many years.
In a culture that has no value for life (in its love affair with abortion, or ‘women’s rights’) and who lives by its beloved mantras of relativism (there is no absolute truth, therefore no absolute morality, a.k.a., right and wrong) and secularism (the removal of anything Christian from all of public society), why shouldn’t we expect anything less than the violence and evil that has so manifested itself in the last two to three decades? Isn’t it true that every other day we’re tearing down some Christian emblem or cultural cornerstone, like the monuments to the Ten Commandments, which proclaim, “THOU SHALT NOT KILL!”?
Despite all of these signs pointing to the obvious, the media and political deviants have manipulated people into fighting amongst themselves about gun laws. How incredible! We have become so desensitized to our own condition (Christians included!) that we allow ourselves to be dragged along the dirty road of national political rhetoric, which spews nothing else than vitriolic distractions for an overly distracted and emotionalized culture. We have cultural ADD!
Let’s just be frank: more gun laws will not prohibit criminals from doing that, which by definition, makes them criminals, breaking laws. This proposition is insanity. It’s complete foolishness, and we are a society of FOOLS (Ps. 14:1). Take away ALL THE GUNS, and criminals will go to Walmart, buy whatever product they need according to Google-make bombs, and blow up the schools! And, instead of 17 dead we will have hundreds dead. Isn’t this something that is obvious? It should be to those who can still think for themselves. The issue isn’t law; the issue is humanity. WE ARE EVIL (Matt. 7:11; Rom. 3:10), and we hate that which is good (John 3:19-20)!
Understanding that, we should recognize that the reactions and conversations many are having are misguided. They are confusing the hammer with the carpenter. They are blaming the bad harvest when they are the ones who planted the seed. We are not in need of more laws. No, we are in need of repentance, faith, and obedience. We are in need of humility. We need God to show mercy and save this crooked generation.
“For you save a humble people, but the haughty eyes you bring down.”