We live in very precarious and troubling times; not just economically or in regards to health, but more importantly in regards to morals and ethics. Today, when we should be discovering new ways to help people through medical and technological advances; today, when we should be helping people to rise above their bondage to poverty, drugs, and confusions of life we are instead making up ways to redefine what is right and what is wrong. We are doing so by reversing so much that has clearly been seen to be right and wrong; people are openly and boldly calling right “wrong,” and wrong “right.”
God very clearly warns against this in the Bible. He says in Isaiah 5:20-23, “Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil; who substitute darkness for light and light for darkness; who substitute bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter! Woe to those who are wise in their own eyes and clever in their own sight! Woe to those who are heroes in drinking wine and valiant men in mixing strong drink, Who justify the wicked for a bribe, and take away the rights of the ones who are in the right!” (NASU).
This is the state of our nation today; from the current occupant of the White House, to most of the leaders in both houses of Congress. Things are being promoted by many of our leaders which are not only clearly wrong to many of the people across this good land, but God’s word makes it clear they are absolutely wrong. Sadly, if you openly oppose them you are branded as a radical, an actual danger to the current “democracy of the nation,” or even the “American Taliban.”
How is it that a nation that wants to paint itself an advocate of life can ignore that God is Lord of the womb, the sole Giver of life, and instead choose to promote the idea that abortion is an act of freedom and well being, and should be allowed without limits? High pitched outcries for “safe abortions” ring hollow when every single abortion ends in the death of an innocent human being.
God’s word says that “God created them male and female.” How is it that we have so fallen into the depths of depravity that we will allow predators to prey upon completely naïve children who have a season of confusion (gender dysphoria), and then, pretending we are a compassionate society that cares about them, we go along with these predators as they take advantage of the children’s confusion, even exacerbating their confusion, telling them in effect, “God made a mistake; you are not a boy, you are a girl”?
Where did we go, where did our leaders go, in order to find such perverted wisdom? From whence comes the movement in our nation to label as “disinformation” everything our leaders dislike? If you actually follow the progress of our descent into darkness you will see that much of what the Bible says is wrong is now classified as “misinformation” by much of the social media giants, as well as many in positions of power within our nation.
There is currently in our nation a supposed “desire for truth.” But when you offer them the unadulterated, trustworthy truth of God’s eternal word they say, “You are not to speak such things. We only want to hear what pleases us.”
This is not unlike what the Israelites said to the prophets of God 3,000 years ago before God brought judgment on their nation because they so embraced evil as good. As God said in Ezekiel 12:2 “…we live in the midst of a people who have eyes to see but do not see, they have ears to hear but do not hear.”
For too long Christians have been silent on such issues. Certainly we have some religious leaders here and there speaking out against such insidious evils, but these things must be spoken and fought against in every church, and by every single Christian who cares about God’s truth and the innocent people these factions of evil are trying to devour in our nation.
Whether such things are being promoted in the school district, city hall, the state capitol, the halls of congress, or the White House, we as God’s people must be willing to unmask the lies and the evils that are seeking to consume this good nation.
We can no longer be silent. God says in Proverbs 24:11-12, “Deliver those who are being taken away to death, and those who are staggering to slaughter, oh hold them back. If you say, ‘See, we did not know this,’ does He not consider it who weighs the hearts? And does He not know it who keeps your soul? And will He not render to man according to his ways?” (NASU).
We do know. We see it growing every day, and we must care enough to act, regardless of the pushback we might receive.
In Germany in the 1930s Christians saw the rise of an egregious evil in their nation, and they said nothing. They thought it would run its course and go away. Do not let us make that same mistake. Let us trust the Lord, and be openly bold with the truth of His Word.
Jon McCartney is pastor of First Baptist Church of Tooele.