Monday, November 3, 2008

Electing Priests To The Temple of Our God

No question, these are bazaar times. Regardless of the outcome of the election, we are proving the validity of the Bible. Obama is ahead in the polls despite perhaps the longest list of reasons in the history of this nation that he will be bad news for the country and for every person voting for him (with the possible exception of those who are fabulously well to do). Reasoning is fruitless. There is something deeper going on in the hearts and minds of people when reason is tossed to the wind and a significant number of Americans, including many who call themselves Christians, cast a vote for their own harm. It is apparent that the problem is not of an economic nature but a spiritual one.

Our spiritual manual gives a diagnoses for the ailment of having eyes and not seeing and ears and not hearing. It is the result of idolatry. Coincidentally this is a theme throughout the Bible in both the Old and New Testaments. (1) . One of the clearest passages describing this phenomenon is Psalm 115:

Not to us, O LORD, not to us but to your name be the
glory,because of your love and faithfulness. 2 Why do the nations say,"Where is
their God?" 3 Our God is in heaven;he does whatever pleases him. 4 But their
idols are silver and gold,made by the hands of men. 5 They have mouths, but
cannot speak,eyes, but they cannot see; 6 they have ears, but cannot hear,noses,
but they cannot smell; 7 they have hands, but cannot feel,feet, but they
cannot walk;nor can they utter a sound with their throats. 8
Those who make them will be like them,and so will all who trust in them. NIV

As to modern idols, consider some of the things that Liberalism is known for:

....sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires and greed, which is idolatry. NIV (Col 3:55)

If you have bought in to this notion that greed is the exclusive domain of the conservative, think back to the main theme of almost every single campaign ad you've heard for the past two years. They are almost always about money, which has been America's god for some time now, either how to get more of someone else's through government confiscation and redistribution, or how you can keep more of your own through tax cuts.

Today Americans will choose priests to preside over the temple of their god. I suppose this is how it must be for an idolatrous people.

The question remains however whether or not the people will realize their mistake when things go ill for them. My prognosis is that they will not. The past eight years of Bush bashing will provide another four or more years of excuses and blame for any down-turns or terrorist attacks and will distract most from realizing the root of the problem.

Another question is whether the salt of the land will become salty again? Will we repent of our own idolatry of placing the government, or riches, as the provider of our security instead of the most high God who possesses that sovereign place? This will require soul searching and prayer for revelation, for if we look anywhere else for our security and provision, we too have eyes that cannot see and ears that cannot hear.

note 1: Isa 6:9-10, Ps 135:15-18, Jer 5:21, Mt13:13-15, Mrk 8:18, Acts 28:26-27,Rev 3:18 plus more.


Penless Thoughts said...

So true!!!!!

Larry T Durham said...

Well said. I urge all believers in Christ to stand firm against the tide of moral relevence that appears to be rising. Don't for one minute allow the winner of elections to steal the joy of being a child of God. We will prevail.

Pat Jenkins said...

dw politics will never be able to remove or bring out the character of mankind, he is what he is, so no obama or dem leadershiop will ever user in less morality. but they will attempt to use "government" as a god, which destroys the freedom God has given the created. that must be feared!!

Pat Jenkins said...

sorry dw i meant usher instead of user.. my bad....

Linda said...

Great post!

terryd said...

Excellent point on greed. Greed is rooted in covetousness. Covetousness is sinfully, resentfully wanting what my neighbor has. Envy.

As the Choice position of the Left tramples on "Thou shalt not kill," their economic plan kicks aside the 10th Commandment,"Thou shalt not covet."

The entire structure of the Democratic Party's economic agenda is predicated upon a transparent appeal to class envy—covetousness.

What's astonishing is how opaque all of this is to so many pastors and other Christians who should know better.

Nikki said...

This Obama is absolutely Idol worship. I find it amazing that so many are already feeling "hope" and happiness. I actually read a comment on another blog that said that america is already coming together...whatever. nice job. :)N

t.durham said...

Liberals as a whole don't belive in god as we conseratives know him.They don't like being accountable for their actions.Giaism or earth worship is their new religion with Al Gore as the high priest.In "earth worship" all they have to do to be absolved of any faults or sins is to recycle a few cans and they are good to go.