The national election results have understandably left many pro-family advocates discouraged. In many ways, as a nation we find ourselves right back where we were. So what went wrong and where do we go from here?
Well, a friend of mine said something I’ve heard no pundit or commentator, Christian or otherwise, say. I think it is the foundation upon which we begin to answer that question.
As I thought about the question – what went wrong and what do we do now – what my friend said kept resonating within me: “We can either deal with the truth or the truth will deal with us.”
At the very root of our problems lies the issue of truth. In Romans 1, the Apostle Paul said that the degenerate culture of his time began its slide when the people “exchanged the truth of God for a lie.” And, the lie they bought was reflected in the fact they began to “worship[ed] and serve[d] the creature rather than the Creator.”
We either believe there is a transcendent, Creator, God and, as a consequence, there are ethical laws written into the nature of the cosmos that govern every area of life, or we don’t. There should be nothing controversial about this. It is really nothing more than saying what our country’s Founders said in declaring their independence from England – that there is a “Creator” and we are governed by the “laws of nature and of nature’s God.”
That it is controversial to the Democratic Party as a whole (as evidenced at its national convention) and to many Republican leaders who love the “center” and “public approval” more than they love God and His principles, means we have rejected both God as being God over us and the foundation upon which our nation was built. We can say “that’s not true” but our actions condemn us. They speak louder than our words.
We have decided to serve the “creature” – that is, ourselves – rather than our Creator. And that decision inexorably leads to a certain set of consequences. Even avowed secularists understand the principle. They call it Karma.1
The Bible calls it sowing and reaping.
Having not dealt rightly with truth, the truth has begun to deal with us and now will deal with us in full.
As to the present, why are we in the mess we’re now in? Well, the prophet Jeremiah gives the answer: “… they did not obey…, but walked in their own counsels and in the stubbornness of their evil heart, and went backward and not forward.” Jeremiah 7:23, 24. To think we can move “forward” and not obey the truth of God is to call God a liar. Hard words, but let’s call it like it is for a change.
And as to the prospects for the future? Well, again Jeremiah tells us: “Your own wickedness will correct you, and your apostasies will reprove you; know therefore and see that it is evil and bitter for you to forsake the Lord your God.” Jeremiah 2:19. In other words, the truth will now deal with us as a nation.
Next week I’ll share a few ideas on where I think we go from here. Sorrow may last for a night, but there can be joy in the morning. (Psalm 30:5.) So stay tuned.
But for today, I’m going to leave it here. It’s not a cheery message, but then again, I don’t want to be to you like the prophets who had been speaking deceptive words to Judah prior to the fall of Jerusalem: “They keep saying to those who despise Me, ‘The Lord has said, “you will have peace;”’ and as for everyone who walks in the stubbornness of their own heart, they say, ‘Calamity will not come upon you.’” (Jeremiah 23:17)
In my opinion, we have enough people in enough of our pulpits who will either continue to ignore what’s happening in our culture because it’s too controversial or give us the cheery, everything-will-work-out-it-always-has message. But, if you ask me, it’s time we start speaking the truth. If we don’t, we’ll never repent. And then the truth will deal with us.
1 I understand that Karma is not based on a belief in and the acts of a personal, self-existing, infinite God, but it is based on a distortion of what is the truth, which is what all lies are. So, please don’t think I believe in Karma.