Okay, the tease is in by using that question for the title of my blog post. I can hear some asking, “Roy, what are you talking about?” Others may be saying, “Not another of his rants.” Regardless of which side of the political, racial, social, or spiritual you find yourself, I hope you realize an axiom that is universal and timeless. I hope you will hear what I am going to say and awaken even more than you are now as to the source of our struggles and how to combat the nefarious forces working to strip us of our liberties.
What is the profound declaration or the universal and timeless axiom that to which I am referring? “Liars Lie, it is what they do!” I can just hear sighs and some saying, PROFOUND? There is nothing profound about that, everybody knows that. But I have to ask, “Do They?” Based on what I have been witnessing in America, on the political scene, and even in some religious circles, I am not convinced EVERYBODY knows that!
Have you ever heard the saying, “God helps those who help themselves”? That is an axiom that a very large segment of believers accept as being true and biblical. But is it? There are multitudes of people including non-believers who believe that statement is true and ascribe to the theory, “You have to look out for number one because nobody else will.” I had a person tell me that the idea of God helping those who help themselves was part of Jesus’ sermon on the mount. I asked for specifics and was railed against and called names no Christian should be calling anyone.
I believe that God expects each person to carry their own load (Galatians 6:5). Clarke’s Commentary makes this assertion: “Every man shall bear his own burden – All must answer for themselves, not for their neighbors. And every man must expect to be dealt with by the Divine Judge, as his character and conduct have been. The greater offenses of another will not excuse thy smaller crimes. Every man must give account of himself to God.”
We sometimes take more on ourselves and give ourselves more credit than the Bible allows. In Proverbs 21:2 we are informed, “Every man’s way is right in his own eyes, but the LORD weighs the heart.” There is an old Yiddish adage that says, “Mann Tracht, Un Gott Lacht.” That is translated, “Man Plans, and God Laughs.” In James 4 we are instructed that rather than declaring the finality of our plans we should say, “If the LORD wills, we shall live and also do this or that.”
America and much of the church are in a time of deep struggle and transition. America is divided more than I have ever witnessed in my 74 years on the planet. The church is segregated into sectarian divisions dangerously. I believe the demons in hell are laughing at our divisions and distractions. We are focused on self and God wants us focused on His Kingdom. We are promised that if we Seek Him First and His Righteousness, we will have the provisions we need. It may not be what we want or satisfy our carnal desires, but we will have our needs met.
It seems that few politicians are capable of honesty and engage in distortions and playing loose with the truth. It seems that those lies are so successful in their impact and influence that even Christians are justifying their decisions based on personalities rather than principles and factual realities. I find the idea of ultimate self-sufficiency and self-righteousness repulsive and anathema to the Christianity taught in the Bible and the Gospel Jesus brought and the disciples preached.
The words of Jesus in John 8:44 are important for all believers to hear and important for all lovers of freedom. The devil is a liar! He was a murder from the beginning. There is no truth in him. Whenever he speaks it is rooted in a lie because that is his nature, his DNA. He is a liar and the father of lies. Therefore, if you practice, spread, or believe a lie you are joining forces with the devil. No Christian should be willing to do that and if it becomes apparent, they have, they should immediately repent.
The devil’s objective is to bring about spiritual and moral blindness in people. He wants us to believe that we should rely on our own judgment, education, and intelligence. He wants us to believe that we can trust our own reasoning and rationalize life including politics. When we believe that lie, we tend to adopt and develop our own systems of righteousness and behavior. That system is usually deficient if not devoid of the righteousness of God. There is no justification for many of the things we allow in our world today and call them ‘choice’ or ‘rights’.
We pray, but too often we do not submit to the will of God. We sometimes, and too many times, seek our own desires. We were warned about that in James 4 concerning prayers that are not answered because we ask out of selfish and carnal motives rather than the pursuit of God and His righteousness. The passage in Proverbs 3 that was the catalyst that propelled me into the presence of God and opened the door for me to be saved needs to be rehearsed. We are to trust God with our whole hearts. We are not to trust our own understanding. We are to acknowledge Him in all that we do. When we do, He will, as He promised, direct our paths.
Today, many, including believers are looking to the government for answers. That is a wrong path that will lead to a wrong destination. God has given us the ability to make choices. We are free to accept His offer of salvation or reject it. We can embrace the Love of God and thereby allow that love to ooze from our being and demonstrate love for others when hate would be so easy. We can trust our own understanding or trust Him completely. Today, many are confused and unsure who or what to believe. Trusting what we see or the propaganda from any side will weaken our faith and our resolve.
I believe the Bible when it says, “If a man is unwilling to work, he should not be given a free ride.” [My paraphrase]. I believe that we are to sow in times of planting and reap in times of harvest. I believe that we are to pray, but not pray our desires but His heart. I believe that if America is to survive as the Free Constitutional Republic, those who are followers of the Lord Jesus Christ must get back to the Bible and Basics.
If the Bible calls something evil, sin, an abomination we dare not seek to justify it based on our own personal desires or out of fear of branding by the PC Police. If the Bible tells us to love everyone, we cannot allow hate to invade. If the Bible tells us to warn when we see danger coming, we dare not sit on the fence or sit in silence. If the Bible tells us that we are seated with Christ in heavenly places, we dare not resort to fear and the arm of flesh. We are fighting a won war! That does not mean that every battle we encounter is won but the War was won at Calvary.
Politicians are not to be trusted. Man is not to be our source. The Governments of men are not the answer, God is! Therefore, we must become those who discern not only the times but the spirits and make the commitment to ‘come out from among them and be separate or different.’ We are salt and light and as salt and light, we are to influence our society and the environment in which we live not the converse.
Jesus said, that when the Holy Spirit came, He would lead us into all truth. He said that we would know, believe, receives, and act upon truth and that truth would make us free. America, Believers, and all lovers of Freedom we are Free, and we can see restoration but not if we justify evil and out of personal animus or preference make choices that give power to evil. I conclude with Jeremiah 17:5-10, “Thus says the LORD, “Cursed is the man who trusts in mankind and makes flesh his strength, and whose heart turns away from the LORD. 6 “For he will be like a bush in the desert and will not see when prosperity comes, but will live in stony wastes in the wilderness, A land of salt without inhabitant. 7 “Blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD And whose trust is the LORD. 8 “For he will be like a tree planted by the water, That extends its roots by a stream And will not fear when the heat comes; But its leaves will be green, And it will not be anxious in a year of drought Nor cease to yield fruit. 9 “The heart is more deceitful than all else and is desperately sick; Who can understand it? 10 “I, the LORD, search the heart, I test the mind, even to give to each man according to his ways, According to the results of his deeds.”
God bless you and God bless America!