“Therefore I said, Surely these are poor; they are foolish: for they know not the way of the LORD, nor the judgment of their God.” – Jeremiah 5:4
In Jeremiah chapter 5, the prophet is broken in heart because the people of Jerusalem are not just living in outright sin and perversion, but also because they are seemingly detached from intelligent sense and rationale. The description of men in Romans 1:22; “Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools” has characterized men in every age of history who remain intellectually detached from God’s revealed truth. To add to the tragedy even more is that the problem is not just man’s detachment from the eternal and divine truths, but the next result is that such men (and women) lose capability to process reason, thought, and understanding.
While these descriptions of mankind left to himself, and apart from Christ, are sad, tragic, and dangerous in an infinite number of ways; the end result is that those who know the Lord, wind up living under the authority and control of people who, (to borrow from C.S. Lewis) are on par with a man who thinks himself to be a poached egg. As Adrian Rogers said one time, there is a small degree of insanity in every person who does not know the Lord. Sometimes that element of natural insanity grows from a small degree to an outright doctorate in people who truly lose their grip on perspective, but glutton themselves on power.
This intellectual inability has shown itself in a very public way in recent days from people who portend themselves to be leaders and statesmen. Our former Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton recently revealed Mount Everest sized ignorance with some remarks she made concerning the cultural conflicts over abortion in this world. She stated – “Rights have to exist in practice — not just on paper, laws have to be backed up with resources and political will … And deep-seated cultural codes, religious beliefs and structural biases have to be changed,” Now speaking of her ignorance is not to be construed as as insult, as much as it is to express true pity for her. While we could spend time talking about the issue of abortion, my point for using this quote is to reveal she truly has no understanding of “deep seated religious beliefs.” She does not understand what they are, or where they come from. What’s worse is that the mass of society has the same way of thinking that she does. She has the idea that “deep seated religious beliefs” are nothing more than traditional preferences; they are individual choices that can be chosen, changed, or modified based upon the winds of popular culture, and the mood of modern day society. Of course there are people whose religious “beliefs” are just those very things. What she stated is that she clearly has no concept of Biblical Christianity.
Jesus said in John 7:16; “My doctrine is not mine, but His that sent me.” People who understand Christianity understand that we do not “choose” what to believe, we are told what to believe. Our deep seated belief is that God is right, God is always right, and God will always be right, and whatever He has told us about abortion, government, society, church, doctrine, and morality is what we will continue to hold on to. The Bible is not our book of best advice, inspiration for our morale, or wisdom to help us accomplish our will; the Bible is the non-negotiating directives given to all mankind on what to believe and how to behave, and no one who understands that will be able to “change their deep seated religious beliefs.”
Now that being said, people who grow in the Lord very often put down errors, and pick up truth along the way as they grow; but they do so through the Word of God, not through the mood of culture. Our prayer should be that Mrs. Clinton will come to the place of understanding this fact.
Another incident of rationale deficiency in among our leaders came from the White House press secretary just a few days ago. From the second Gulf War through to the War on Terror, our United States troops rescued a region of the middle east from the control of terrorist organizations like the Taliban, and Al Quaeda. In recent months, the terror group ISIS has been running roughshod through that region of the middle east. In some kind of attempt to stop them, the U.S. government formed a strategy to keep ISIS from gaining back that lost ground. Just last week, ISIS marched through the city of Ramadi, which is 70 miles from Baghdad, and regained a city and region where 1,300 U.S. soldiers lost their lives. After capturing northern cities in Iraq, and regaining strategic ground, and moving toward the capital where we still have American assets, White House press secretary Josh Earnest still stands and states that “The US strategy is an overall success.” While the nuances of war, the fog of battle, and the details discussed in smoke-filled planning rooms, are often extremely complicated, and not available for John Q. Public; in no real sense of the word or thought, can losing ground sanely be called success. If it is a success, then the wrong team is succeeding and our White House press secretary is rooting for the wrong side.
The primary point is this – When men lose their sense of sanity they become their own god, and demand to frame their own reality, design their own truth, write their own dictionary, think that everyone lives in their world, and must bow to their reign. This is the kind of authority that the Christians in this country are living under and left alone it is going to get worse. From the abandonment of protecting the freedom of religion, to Presidential candidates calling on people to change their religious beliefs, to leaders attempting tell us what is not before our very eyes, the culture of our government is exactly what happens when men are left to themselves apart from Jesus Christ. The original name for this culture and this kind of intellect was “Babylon.” We know that circumstantially it is going to get worse, but ultimately that means it is about to get better, and I praise God that Jesus is the only One who can provide changes worth making.