The other day hubby looked at me and said, “Why are you on this politics kick all of a sudden?” I looked at him as if he’d lost his marbles, then I tried to explain: “It’s . . . it’s like every four years, America stands up and takes a look at her values, and then looks at her candidates, and tries to match them up. And every four years I’m amazed at how far values are slipping.”
Maybe it’s because I’m unemployed at the moment and I have more time to think. I prefer to believe, though, that the Lord is bringing a lot of thought-provoking stimuli into my life at once. There’s the election, of course. And the fact that the major candidates are hanging out in my backyard. And this past weekend Netflix happened to send me EXPELLED, Ben Stein’s documentary about the lack of scientific freedom in this country (you mention Intelligent Design in scientific research, and you’re likely to find yourself blacklisted and out of a job.)
The hubby, who volunteers in the public schools, keeps coming home and telling me that so many teachers are horrified by the lack of respect the kids show–they’re undisciplined and vulgar and so unruly that a lot of good teachers are ready to quit. And I’ve been reading a book by a young man who once called himself a Christian, but now is a convert to atheism via Richard Dawkins (The God Delusion) and believes that religion is the solace of irrational fools.
And it occurs to me that the big picture behind all of this is that our country–indeed, the “intelligentsia” of the world–is slipping from agnosticism into atheism. What really concerns me is that I see many people who should know better riding that liberal train–supporting pro-abortion candidates, claiming a belief in macro-evolution, disdaining the validity of the Scriptures, and reserving their “religious activities” for weekends. If we Christians don’t cling to the Truth, who will?
Why are the kids in school so undisciplined and disrespectful today? Could it be because we took God out of the classroom and the curriculum, thus taking away the chief object of human respect?
Why is marriage considered a temporary state? Could it be because we no longer obey the vows we took, and we no longer believe in the God who witnessed those vows? Could it be that marriage is no longer a sacred union between a man and a woman, but between any two willing parties? How long before people start wanting to marry their pets?
Why do we find ourselves hopeless? Could it be because we no longer believe in a divine purpose for life and an afterlife to come?
Why do we no longer weep for aborted babies? Could it be because life has been cheapened and we no longer see the image of God in every tiny beating heart?
Why do scientists seriously find it easier to believe that life began with “piggybacking crystals” or aliens who “seeded” the planet than with God who authored life and gave us his word?
When asked what he would say to God after death (and delusion), Richard Dawkins quoted another atheist (and I’m paraphrasing): “I would ask him why he made himself so hard to find.”
But evidence of God is not hard to find. Remember when your Mom used to come into the room, look around, and say, “Who made this mess?” Deterioration may cause a mess, but it takes an intelligent being to create ORDER.
People “know the truth about God because he has made it obvious to them. For ever since the world was created, people have seen the earth and sky. Though everything God made, they can clearly see his invisible qualities–his eternal power and divine nature. So they have no excuse for not knowing God. Yes, they knew God, but they wouldn’t worship him as God or even give him thanks. And they began to think up foolish ideas of what God was like. As a result, their minds became dark and confused. Claiming to be wise, they instead became utter fools” (Romans 1:19-22).
I have a feeling that some of the books I’ll be writing in the future will contain very simple and basic truths: we have eternal souls. Supernatural powers exist. Even the animal kingdom bears witness to the Creator.
The world has so turned its back on truths that used to be self-evident that I’ll need to reintroduce those truths one step at a time.