Thursday, July 23, 2009

Then and Now

I don't know where we got the idea that we are so different now than humans have ever been before.  We really think that we're original, but we definitely aren't.  

Pull out your stereotype conservative Christian for a minute.  Listen to him bemoan the state of the world, the rampant sin such as the world has never seen before.

Now stuff him back in the box and pull out your stereotype liberal for a minute.  Listen to him explain the huge advances that we have made to now understand that homosexuality is natural, we don't really need the Bible, and now that we have science we are truly enlightened, and we need to throw off the last vestiges of bondage that we have to the traditional rules.

Then open your Bible to Romans 1:18-32.

Then, as now, people suppressed the truth to promote their own agendas.

Then, as now, God is evident throughout creation, waiting only for our acknowledgment.  Perhaps at that time, they worshipped actual carved idols, while we worship ourselves, setting ourselves in the place to decide right and wrong, good and bad, according to our desires.

Then, as now, we have exchanged the truth of God for a lie and worship creatures rather than the Creator.

Then, as now, God has given us up to all manner of wickedness.  This doesn't mean that He causes it, that He condones it, or that He isn't waiting to help us change.  It means that He allows us to make that decision. I can't help but feel that He has "given us up" to all of this in allowing us to choose a president that seems intent on leading us further into all these things. Btw, "all these things", such as widespread and accepted contraception, homosexuality, abortion, gossiping, slander, lies, murder and the rest of it- Romans at the time of Paul had this every bit as much as we do today.  We really aren't new and special in that regard.

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