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Wanting It Both Ways

November 16th, 2011


Consider the following, all making recent headlines:

  • The kids and “never grown up” adults who want to be a part of “Occupy Wherever,” like to protest “greedy corporations.”
  • Penn State College had a round of firings after they could no longer keep a lid on their efforts to cover up, concerning child molesters and perverts on staff, so that their program would not be hurt.
  • Cities are outraged one after another as abuses of authority by their police forces are brought to light.
  • People are shocked when politicians turn out to be liars.
  • They are appalled when religious pretenders come to be exposed as frauds.
  • We bemoan the fact that our prisons are crowded with those who commit crimes while under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

In all these matters there is the call for morality, for truth, for honesty and for righteousness.  The trouble is that our present culture wants all these things without the attending necessity of recognizing the source of all of them, which is God and his Word.

 

Many Americans have decided there can still be good without God, and have gone about to build life on other foundations.  Now that we as a society are seeing we’ve moved our house from rock to sand we are crying because it is falling down in the earthquake.  Penn State and  the other institutions of “higher learning” have spent years teaching their students there is no God, and that we are all animals whose only purpose is what we can get in this few years on earth.  Then they look with wonder when some of their more brazen products play the part of an animal and prey upon children.

 

The “Occupiers” protest corporate greed while at the same time holding out their hands demanding food stamps, free housing, welfare and healthcare.  Oh, they will take a job; if it starts them high enough up the ladder, fits their schedule and doesn’t offend their dignity.

Policemen and politicians are trained with no mention to them of their accountability to a Holy God who they must answer to.  Politicians continue to be bought and sold.  Religious leaders are often trained in institutions which deny the validity of the Bible and the authority of God.  Lawyers donate money to ACLU to aid their efforts to expunge all reference to God from our society.  Television producers glamorize thugs, drinkers, drug users, adulterers, thieves and murderers, and belittle preachers, Christians and families.  Odd isn’t it, that those same people who insist on freedom from godliness don’t like the end result either.

 

The cry for morality we are hearing in the midst of all these scandals should be turned to a cry for repentance and revival.  We can’t have it both ways.  We have watched as Europe, long on the path the societies without God follow, spirals down toward destruction, yet there remain those in our land foolish enough to insist we follow Europe’s example!  Ye shall not do after all the things that we do here this day, every man whatsoever is right in his own eyes. Deuteronomy 12:8  “There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.”  Proverbs 14:12  That way doesn’t go anywhere good.  Let us choose this way; That thou mayest walk in the way of good men, and keep the paths of the righteous.  Proverbs 2:20

We can’t have it both ways, but that’s alright; we should not want it both ways.

Pastor W. M. Rench




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