I have a book in my library titled, History’s Worst Decisions and the People Who Made Them. It is not a religious book, but interestingly, the first chapter is titled, “In the beginning Adam and Eve.” Stephen Weir, the author, follows the first couple’s disastrous decision with 49 chapters that identify very bad choices made by leaders in business, politics and religion.
Each choice was a demonstration of the sin of mankind. Without a doubt, the trite, often repeated phrase, “Man is basically good,” has no intelligent basis in fact.
Today, world news is not good. The forces of evil are screaming the message of hate louder and louder. The message exposes a lethal hatred of God; hatred of God’s chosen people, the Jewish people; hatred of God’s adopted people, the Christians; hatred of authority, especially law enforcement; hatred of people of other races and hatred of God’s holy standards.
The curse of sin shows up in terrorism, pornography, abortion, adultery, homosexuality, robbery, deception, lying and every other sin against God and man. The curse works to destroy unity in marriages, churches and friendships. It yields the ultimate result of sin, which is death.
There will be a time when the curse of sin will be gone, according to the last chapter of the Bible. Revelation 22:3a says, “And there shall be no more curse….”
Until that time, we deal with it every second of every day. Sin is in the headlines, in our neighborhoods and in our hearts.
No amount of education will eliminate it. Neither progress nor progressivism will erase sin. Politicians will never defeat it. Business will never buy it out. Government will never legislate it out of existence. The Good News we confidently embrace as followers of Jesus Christ is stated in Galatians 3:13: “Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law, having become a curse for us, for it is written, ‘Cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree.’”
In the Old Testament animals were sacrificed as payment for sin, but the sacrificial system was not complete. It was an annual, short-term solution for man’s sin problem. Then Christ, the perfect Lamb, closed the door on the Old Testament, fulfilling God’s promise of a Savior. Now we have a New Testament – a new, eternal solution. Grace and truth have been demonstrated to all of the world in Jesus.
Without Christ, there would be no hope. But hope is alive in those of us who are called Christians. We have a personal God. Paul described our God in Ephesians 3:20 as One “Who is able to exceedingly, abundantly above all that we ask or think.” He is able to defeat hatred, terrorism, abortion, rebellion and all other wicked forces that appear to be in charge of history at the moment.
World governments seem to be uniquely qualified to display evil. Examine the governments of despots like Germany’s Hitler, China’s Mao, Russia’s Stalin, Cambodia’s Pol Pot and now North Korea’s current dynasty of Kim Jong-Il and son.
Study governments by the dozens who have promoted abortion, genocide, slavery, poverty and racial warfare. Many still advance those godless agendas.
But government’s God-designed purpose is to limit the spread of evil. Its role is to provide an environment for good to prosper and evil to be destroyed.
Statutes of a civilized society will demonstrate moral soundness, unlike the immoral legislation rolling out of the legislative bodies of our own nation.
Sadly, the philosophy of many present leaders is to control the personal lives of citizens and impose the state religion of humanism or similar man-centered, man-made religions on wary citizens.
Newly invented “rights” are hailed as modern remedies to our social problems. Abortion is a devastating example.
This week, as we look back on more than 40 years of abortion “rights” and the slaughter of 55 million innocent children, pray for the defeat of the curse of sin in our land and the defeat of every elected official who wishes to continue America’s shameful holocaust.