Monday, August 29, 2005

Another Testimony to the Inherent Wickedness of Man

I have one of those fancy little RSS reader programs -a free one, of course, because I am cheap- and I noticed there is an article in one of the feeds from Yahoo news dealing with the recent lawsuit against the University of California for "discriminating against Christians". Apparently the university does not want to give science credit to students from certain Christian schools who teach intelligent design as a model of origins. Of course, everyone misses the whole point by continually calling this a "religion" issue -it is a science issue, if you would only shove your puffed-up agenda to the side for a moment. Intelligent design is scientific, even if you don't like it, and it is based upon the very logical principles that guide us in our knowledge of anything at all.

That aside, I scrolled down to the bottom of the page and noticed there were some links under "Opinion & Editorial". I am not a bit surprised, though I am saddened, to see what is in there. If I follow either of the links (one from the New York Times of all place, and the other regarding a letter written to the Kansas board of education) I can see the musings of men who want desperately to silence and suppress their Creator. I see men who have to use sarcasm and mockery as their weapons, thinking that this takes the place of reason. I see men who like to think they are responding to the "arguments" of those "dang Creationists", but are like all of those who oppose the truth, glorying in themselves in setting up straw men to defeat -all the while going home to pat themselves on the back in sinful human pride. Is there a single honest interaction with someone who holds the creationist view that is knowledgeable and competent? No. And, of course, these men would probably mock all the more and say, "because there are none knowledgeable and competent."

Let us remember the words of Paul as he described the state of man:

"For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men who suppress the truth in unrighteousness, because that which is known about God is evident within them; for God made it evident to them. For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood through what has been made, so that they are without excuse. For even though they knew God, they did not honor Him as God or give thanks, but they became futile in their speculations, and their foolish heart was darkened. Professing to be wise, they became fools, and exchanged the glory of the incorruptible God for an image in the form of corruptible man and of birds and four-footed animals and crawling creatures. " (Romans 1:18-23)

We suppress the truth in unrighteousness. We have exchanged the glory of God for a lie. We profess to be wise, yet are fools. This is the "glorious plight" of the man who allegedly evolved from an ape millions of years ago, was the "fittest" of the other species, and thus survived. No, this is the man who rebelled against His creator and was darkened in his heart and mind. This is the man whose mind is hostile to God (Romn 8:7) and who seeks at all times to suppress the truth of God that is both clearly manifest around him and planted within him. We are all, unless we are rescued by God's grace from this bondage to death and hatred of God, like these men. The psalms speak of the wicked like this:

Their eye bulges from fatness; The imaginations of their heart run riot. They mock and wickedly speak of oppression; They speak from on high. They have set their mouth against the heavens, And their tongue parades through the earth. (Ps 73:7-9)

All of this would seem so incredibly bleak and pointless, depressing and wasteful, if it were not for two things. First, God is going to vindicate His truth. "For the wrath of God is revealed against..." is the beginning of that passage above. It is being revealed, it will come, it is inetivable. He will vindicate His truth, and many will run and hide, wishing the mountains themselves would fall upon them in that day. It will be horrible, indeed, but God is perfectly just in it all.

Second, though we are sinners, hateful toward Him and actively seeking to suppress His truth, He sovereignly has purposed to save some from this hateful end and horrible destiny of righteous and holy wrath. He has chosen to rescue individuals, to come to earth as a man, to carry their sins upon Himself, to win true righteousness in their place, and hence to satisfy justice on their behalf. But this is not all, He has also chosen, by His grace, to pull these ones out of darkness, to change their hearts and turn them to Himself, and to bring them into His fold as His people to grow in grace and worship Him forever forward. This is the good news.

Let us listen carefully to the words of the Psalmist regarding the reign of the Anointed of God, the Son of God, Jesus Christ.

Why are the nations in an uproar
And the peoples devising a vain thing?
The kings of the earth take their stand
And the rulers take counsel together
Against the LORD and against His Anointed, saying,
"Let us tear their fetters apart
And cast away their cords from us!"
He who sits in the heavens laughs,
The Lord scoffs at them.
Then He will speak to them in His anger
And terrify them in His fury, saying,
"But as for Me, I have installed My King
Upon Zion, My holy mountain."
"I will surely tell of the decree of the LORD:
He said to Me, 'You are My Son,
Today I have begotten You.
'Ask of Me, and I will surely give the nations as Your inheritance,
And the very ends of the earth as Your possession.
'You shall break them with a rod of iron,
You shall shatter them like earthenware.'"
Now therefore, O kings, show discernment;
Take warning, O judges of the earth.
Worship the LORD with reverence
And rejoice with trembling.
Do homage to the Son, that He not become angry, and you perish in the way,
For His wrath may soon be kindled
How blessed are all who take refuge in Him! (Psalm 2)

There will be a day when the Lord scoffs back at the wicked, and it is imminent. How blessed are those who belong to the Christ, who take refuge in Him -not for anything in them or anything they have done, but because the Lord has chosen to pity them and rescue them according to His gracious will and purpose. For this I am grateful, for this is the only reason that I am not also writing in dripping sarcasm, mockery, and wickedness against the Sovereign Creator of the universe. Thanks be to God.

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