We live in a society where believing in God is one of life’s many options, to this extent we have gone liberal. In our mushy moments we like to think and talk of God and His moral requirements but in our critical decision-making we stand on the faux grounds of evolution being a reality and so people live as they deceptively see fit ( Rev12:9). Hence believing in God is merely a matter subject to people’s choices and not one which is most critical to life.
I do condemn the Paris Attack that occurred this morning but I know this from scripture, that Judgement begins first with house of God (1Pet4:17). If I were to consider the religious identity of France, I would say it is close to a Christian one though many may argue it is Secular from the perspective of democracy, which precisely is the issue am addressing.
The godless liberal may see the terror attack as one on democracy and the French way of life but democracy is what the people want and the terrorists got what they wanted at a death metal concert in the Bataclan club. Is life really/only about getting what you want? If you believe God exists, then isn’t life dependent to how we live according to God’s moral precepts? The media may throw the Paris attack in our face and enrage us from unholy fear but the truth is our governments have sponsored the slaughter of the innocent through abortion and licensed gay marriage to appease godless liberals in society, who care little for God’s requirements for a healthy life. This has grieved & angered the Holy Spirit (Eph4:30-31).
I am no Islamic sympathizer and I sincerely hope those who were involved in this attack get the justice they deserve, which is capital punishment (Ex21:12,14). However, liberal mentality from unholy fear is such that, from its ignorance of God it has no knowledge of what really is right and what really is wrong. These self-righteous lawless fools run with the hare and hunt with the hounds, in the sense that these would condemn the attack while later wanting mercy for the perpetrators linked with this crimes. Such is the fallen lawless mindset of self-righteousness which people received in Adam, who rejected the knowledge of God concerning right and wrong for His own deceptively enlightened state of knowing right from wrong (Gen3:1-6).
“But he who sins against me injures himself;
All those who hate me love death.”
It’s not that am a sadist or God is a sadist who enjoys the suffering of His people. It’s just that the path we chose for ourselves in Adam is one of death and suffering itself. It’s funny that we should ask, why God makes us suffer, when He has never been our standard for a healthy moral lifestyle. There is no life outside God and just as creation longs for the coming forth of His adopted sons (Rom 8:19), creation is disgusted with those who are their own standard of life and a law to themselves. My duty therefore as an adopted son in writing this post is similar to the role given Ezekiel as a watchman to warn people of their sins and it wages (Ezek33:7-9).
14 but each person is tempted when they are dragged away by their own evil desire and enticed. 15 Then, after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, gives birth to death.
God loves His people, and Jesus is that cornerstone who turns curses to blessings by making Himself subject to the wages of all sin (Gal3:13/Rom8:28). For those who belong to Jesus, these alone are the godly, discipled by the Holy Spirit; as the word disciple refers to one who is disciplined by God.
Let us take a look at Israel at a point of time in the Old Testament, when they turned from God and went their own way and how God brought them back to Himself through spiritual realization i.e. repentance. We must look at this scripture below in the light of knowing God is sovereign and even those who rebel against Him, serve His purpose and glorify His justice, just as God’s people mutually delight with God in glorifying His mercy.
5 “Woe to the Assyrian, the rod of my anger,
in whose hand is the club of my wrath!
6 I send him against a godless nation,
I dispatch him against a people who anger me,
to seize loot and snatch plunder,
and to trample them down like mud in the streets.
7 But this is not what he intends,
this is not what he has in mind;
his purpose is to destroy,
to put an end to many nations.
8 ‘Are not my commanders all kings?’ he says.
9 ‘Has not Kalno fared like Carchemish?
Is not Hamath like Arpad,
and Samaria like Damascus?
10 As my hand seized the kingdoms of the idols,
kingdoms whose images excelled those of Jerusalem and Samaria—
11 shall I not deal with Jerusalem and her images
as I dealt with Samaria and her idols?’”
12 When the Lord has finished all his work against Mount Zion and Jerusalem, he will say, “I will punish the king of Assyria for the willful pride of his heart and the haughty look in his eyes. 13 For he says:
“‘By the strength of my hand I have done this,
and by my wisdom, because I have understanding.
I removed the boundaries of nations,
I plundered their treasures;
like a mighty one I subdued[a] their kings.
14 As one reaches into a nest,
so my hand reached for the wealth of the nations;
as people gather abandoned eggs,
so I gathered all the countries;
not one flapped a wing,
or opened its mouth to chirp.’”
15 Does the ax raise itself above the person who swings it,
or the saw boast against the one who uses it?
As if a rod were to wield the person who lifts it up,
or a club brandish the one who is not wood!
16 Therefore, the Lord, the Lord Almighty,
will send a wasting disease upon his sturdy warriors;
under his pomp a fire will be kindled
like a blazing flame.
17 The Light of Israel will become a fire,
their Holy One a flame;
in a single day it will burn and consume
his thorns and his briers.
18 The splendor of his forests and fertile fields
it will completely destroy,
as when a sick person wastes away.
19 And the remaining trees of his forests will be so few
that a child could write them down.
The Remnant of Israel
20 In that day the remnant of Israel,
the survivors of Jacob,
will no longer rely on him
who struck them down
but will truly rely on the Lord,
the Holy One of Israel.
16 For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him. 17 And He is before all things, and in Him all things consist. 18 And He is the head of the body, the church, who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in all things He may have the preeminence.
Reconciled in Christ
19 For it pleased the Father that in Jesus all the fullness should dwell, 20 and by Him to reconcile all things to Himself, by Him, whether things on earth or things in heaven, having made peace through the blood of His cross.
The validation of Christianity as life’s ultimate truth is in the transformation an individual goes through when he/she begins a relationship with God, made possible in the Lord Jesus Christ. As Charles Spurgeon once said, the Salvation God offers us in the Lord Jesus Christ is one which works like a double cure. Where first, our record of sins is passed on to the debt Jesus paid for on the cross, making us free of the subconscious guilty of sin against Almighty God and second, by sanctifying us through life’s furnace experiences into the likeness of Christ, like gold blasted in the furnace, purified by burning out the dross. Godless liberals may be sophisticated enough to hide their guilt of sin but like the radical Islamists who go marauding to earn themselves their paradise of virgins, these fools learn they are deceived by the haughtiness of their own fallen pride when they receive the justice on His divine Majesty.
6 Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.
The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom,
And the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.
Bottom Line, you: western countries who delight in being sophisticated and cultured, you forget these etiquettes, are not something of your own invention but what has been handed down and watered down from generation to generation, from a time when theology was every gentlemen’s hobby. Today the Westminster Shorter Catechism is taught in Seminary but back in the 16th century it was taught to Sunday school children. Over time you chose the ideology of evolution over creation and taught lethal devices in your schools to your own children despite the glaring conflict of scientific evidence available. Do you think you can be of substance without truth? No, you can’t! So repent France and all of you in Western countries who have forgotten to thank God for your development and return to God in Jesus Christ… lest you be left behind.