Musings 115

Matthew 22:37 And He said to him, “‘YOU SHALL LOVE THE LORD YOUR GOD WITH ALL YOUR HEART, AND WITH ALL YOUR SOUL, AND WITH ALL YOUR MIND.’

Matthew 22:39 “The second is like it, ‘YOU SHALL LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF.’

I Peter 1:14 As obedient children, do not be conformed to the former lusts which were yours in your ignorance,15 but like the Holy One who called you, be holy yourselves also in all your behavior; 16 because it is written, “YOU SHALL BE HOLY, FOR I AM HOLY.”

Isaiah 64:7 There is no one who calls on Your name, Who arouses himself to take hold of You; For You have hidden Your face from us And have delivered us into the power of our iniquities.

When we think of what is going on in our world today, it is not the same world and we do not live in the same country we used to. While our country has the same title, it is far from being the same country that it was even ten years ago, much less than 40 years ago. What we have to come to grips with, however, is that the real problem is not political, but instead it is spiritual. The real problem that our nation has is with God. It is the true and living God who is fighting against us and it is God who is hardening our hearts and turning us over to our sins.

It is true that the previous paragraph sounds in the modern ear like it was written or spoken by a crazy person. The way people look at the world is through the lenses of naturalism as if the world ran according to natural law rather than according to God. It is thought that we are making great progress in our day, and that is true if one judges progress by technology and ease of life. However, if one judges progress by how much people are growing in their love and obedience for God, then it is easily seen that we are going down the hill at a rapid rate.

Do people in our nation love God more than themselves? Do people in our nation love their neighbors as they love themselves? Are people being conformed to their lusts in their ignorance of God or are they pursuing holiness which is to be like God? When people are not doing those things, but instead are going the opposite direction, it is evident that God has hidden His face from us and has delivered us into the power of our iniquities. While the citizens of the United States pride themselves on the freedoms set out in the Constitution, they are actually going backward more and more into a spiritual slavery that is far worse than they can possibly imagine.

While so many in our nation (and world) is suppressing the truth of God as hard and as fast as they can, what is happening is that the living God that they try to deny is turning them over to a hardened heart and they are becoming more and more foolish in their understanding. While so many in the world try to deny God in all ways, there are many outwardly religions people who deny things about God so that they can have a god of their own understanding. While they hate the true God, they can come up with a false god that is tolerable to them and so they love that God (they think). They can come up with their own standards of loving their neighbors and as such they can come up will all kinds of self-righteousness as they attend church each Sunday morning (and perhaps other times as well) and do their religious duties.

The real issue with our nation is that the professing churches are fleeing from the truth of God and are settling for tradition, for some modern idea, or just about anything that is not the true God. As the professing churches are fleeing from the true God, both conservative and liberal, they are being hardened toward the true God and the nation no longer has salt and light. The problem is not a lack of religion or a lack of belief about some things people believe to be true, it is about a lack of true faith and love to the true God. Some people have a high level of commitment to their idea of God, but they have left the true God behind and have embraced a false one. Our nation is grappling with ideas of racism and the economy and on and on it goes, but apart from the light that God gives our nation is in utter blindness and do what they do in their blindness. We have political leaders who do not bow to God and as such they are the blind leading the blind while we have religious leaders who have false gods and as such they are the blind leading the blind. Apart from God giving us grace to seek His face, the churches cannot turn to God. We are in the hands of the one and only God, the sovereign God. We must seek Him.

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