Last week, I wrote about the divided nature of our nation.
I can’t help but think about Jesus’ words found in Matthew 12:25:
“Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation, and every city or house divided against itself will not stand.”
We don’t have to agree about everything to be a people but there are some fundamentals that serve as a foundation for our laws and actions that we must agree on to be able to stand together as one.
In my first writing on this subject, I wrote of one deception that I have observed operating in our country which is causing us much trouble as a people. That deception could be defined as “compartmentalization”. In “compartmentalization”, we separate faith from every other area of life. This breeds a concept known as “situational ethics” – right and wrong changes depending upon the situation we find ourselves in. “Situational Ethics” is a breeding ground for division.
What may be right for me in a situation may not be right for you. How do you judge actions in such an environment? This affects governance is a negative way because to govern, one way must be considered the preferred way and any other is punishable or frowned upon.
In our “wisdom”, we are teaching “situational ethics” to our children as the “fair” way; a way in which people are treated equally and a way in which all experience “liberty”. Unfortunately, this is a “fools paradise” since a group cannot exist without fundamental rules of engagement and interaction. One way must be preferred by the group and, according to situational ethics, choosing a preferred way violates someone’s liberty.
Oh well, let me get to the second fundamental problem I see our infecting our country and our ability to govern.
In 2 Chronicles 25, Amaziah, king of Judah set out to war against the people of Seir. He fought them in the Valley of Salt and 10,000 Edomites were destroyed – a great victory for the Israelites. Verse 14 tells us what happened next:
“Now it was so, after Amaziah came from the slaughter of the Edomites, that he brought the gods of the people of Seir, set them up to be his gods, and bowed down before them and burned incense to them. Therefore the anger of The Lord was aroused against Amaziah, and He sent him a prophet who said to him, ‘Why have you sought the gods of the people, which could not rescue their own people from your hand?'”
I see this very thing happening in our country.
This has been a blessed nation. No, it has not been perfect – we have made many mistakes, but God has blessed us for some reason in spite of our imperfections. Could it be that it is simply because for years, we honored Him as our source and God?
Now, we are turning away from the God of our fathers and are looking everywhere for gods to serve. We have opened the floodgates and have bowed down to the gods of Buddhism, Hinduism, Islam, and every other religion that is known to man. These “gods” have not been able to bless the people who have served them, not like the God of our fathers has blessed us but still, we bring them home from the places where those who serve them live in oppression and stand them up as our “gods”.
I vaguely remember a quote made by Dinesh D’Souza from the movie, “Obama 2016”. The quote comes from a scene in which Dinesh is in college at a fellowship for international students. Some American students were present at this fellowship. One of the Americans asked Dinesh were he was from. “India”, said Dinesh. The American student went on to praises the “coolness” of Indian culture. Dinesh asked the American, “Tell me, which part of Indian culture do you find the best, the caste system, the dowry system, what?”
Is that what we want in our society?
We don’t need other “gods” to serve, we just need to serve our own in true surrender. “Comapartmentalizing” our faith and choosing the gods of other nations who couldn’t bless them and save them is not the answer. America, we must turn to Jesus! He alone will save us from going over the “cliff”! We must allow “the Truth” to govern our actions with one another. But, first, we must agree on what that truth is. Otherwise, chaos will result. The seeds are already planted and the fruit is already appearing! “Truth” is not a concept but a Person – the Lord Jesus Christ!
Why would we trade God for “gods” that could not save their own people?
“The life of the West, Nietzsche said, is based on Christianity. The values of the West are based on Christianity. Some of these values seem to have taken on a life of their own, and this gives us the illusion that we can get rid of Christianity and keep the values. This, Nietzsche says, is an illusion….Remove the Christian foundation, and the values must go too.”