DayBreaks for 3/13/14 – On the Verge of Anarchy
NOTE: From the DayBreaks archive, dated 3/09/2004. Galen is traveling this week. New DayBreaks will resume next week.
There is so much going on in our country right now that really frightens me. (That was originally written 10 years ago – and we can see the chickens coming home to roost today!) We have lost our moral footing – the basis on which we make moral judgments and decisions. And, as a talk show host I was listening to the other day said, we seem to be on the verge of anarchy.
We have mayors of cities deciding that they will not obey the laws of the constitutions of their states, even after the state attorney general has stated that by NOT abiding by the laws on the books that the governors are breaking the law. So what do they do? They say, in effect, “I don’t care what the law says. I’m going to do what I think is right.” On what grounds do they decide the rightness and wrongness of an action? Seemingly based on either personal, or political biases.
The talk show had a caller who was wondering how to explain to his kids why same-sex marriage or abortion or many other things are wrong without “bringing God into it” and “without offending them”. Well, therein lies the problem. As Christians, we can’t not bring God into the discussion. When we leave Him out in the cold, we betray Him. We don’t have a God-given right to decide for ourselves what is morally acceptable and what is not. If you are a Christian, you have no choice – God is God, the Decider and Author of morality, or He isn’t. His Word is truth – or it isn’t. That doesn’t mean we have to like what it says(in fact, we may really not like it!), but that really isn’t the issue when it comes to the Lordship of Jesus now, is it? If He is Lord, He speaks…we listen, we obey. Period. That’s it. And if that’s not how it is, then we’re just playing a game.
So, what’s wrong with our society? The name of God can’t be mentioned without causing offense, as the father on the phone noted. So what, I ask? Should that be surprising? Didn’t 1 Cor. 1:23 (NLT) tell us that people will be offended by the truth: “So when we preach that Christ was crucified, the Jews are offended, and the Gentiles say it’s all nonsense”? When we are too afraid to speak the truth because we’re afraid to offend someone, we are focusing on the wrong thing. Truth can save lives and souls! People get over offenses, given time. Don’t misunderstand me – we are not to be offensive – we are to love and speak the truth in love. It is the truth about Jesus and what He taught that people find offensive because they don’t like the fact that the truth is like salt rubbed in a wound when it applies to something we’re doing that is wrong. People don’t like it…but that salt in the wound may be the only thing that keeps the wound from putrifying, turning gangrenous, and causing death or mutilation. The problem in our country is that God is being left out of the discussion on morality. We’ve lost our spine as Christians because we’re like the dad who was afraid of “offending” his children by bringing God into the discussion. Or worse yet – because of our own cowardice. Would that father be worried about offending his kids by telling them to stay away from drug dealers and from using drugs? No! Why? Because he cares about his children. Why don’t we seem to care about our children’s morality!?! Or our own?
And as for the argument that if something isn’t specifically prohibited in the state constitution – let’s just take that at face value for a minute. I wonder if there is anything in the state constitution that specifically prohibits marrying a dog, or a cow, or a tree? How about marrying one’s mother, father, brother or sister? I wonder if there is anything in the state constitution that prohibits pedophilia, or necrophilia? I doubt it. But if we follow the line of reasoning that some folks are taking, why shouldn’t those things be allowed, too? After all, if someone decided that it’s OK for them, that they disagree with the law, if one person can say that and get away with it, why can’t everyone? Why can’t people kill and give drugs to kids and just tell the cops that they didn’t agree with the law and then be allowed to go free? And what happens when a NASA scientist programming the re-entry burn for our next astronauts decides that he doesn’t agree with the laws of physics, or that 2+2=4? Someone dies. And would anyone accept his argument that it was OK because he didn’t like the laws of math and physics? No one would accept such anarchy. Why do we accept it in the moral realm? I know, I know, we can’t expect non-Christians to behave like Christians, and I don’t – but God expects Christians to act like Christians – like “little Jesus Christ’s”. What do you think He’d say about what’s going on in our country?
You see, we can’t have it both ways. Either there is objective, universal truth found in God’s Word – or there isn’t. What do you believe? No, I take that back. That’s the wrong question. Here’s a more appropriate one for us at all times: what does God say about it – and will we stand up for it?
PRAYER: Jesus – open our hearts and minds to truth! In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Copyright 2014 by Galen C. Dalrymple.
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