One can hardly watch or read the news without being faced with the turmoil that exists throughout the world. Masses protesting in the streets, once seen only in other lands, have come to America. Protests, riots, domestic violence, and other criminal activity consume much of the content of the news media.
In a previous article, this writer presented the Biblical position of man possessing a sin nature and from that nature, the unregenerate person functions. Unless faith is directed toward the work of Jesus Christ on the Cross, an individual cannot possess a new nature that is responsive to God. However, in the Christian, both natures reside. The inner battle is over which one will rule in their life.
The Apostle Paul reflected on the two natures that he carried within, and the conflict that these posed. His extended discourse on the two natures is found in chapter seven of Romans. He concludes with these words … “For in my inner being I delight in God's law; but I see another law at work in the members of my body, waging war against the law of my mind and making me a prisoner of the law of sin at work within my members. What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body of death? Thanks be to God — through Jesus Christ our Lord” (Rom. 7:22-25 NIV)!
There is a supernatural life available to every individual who has placed their faith in Christ. The abundant life functions on divine power rather human effort. John wrote … “I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full” (John 10:10b NIV). The believer must allow God the Holy Spirit to use the Word of God in his or her life. Failure to do that results in the Christian imitating the lifestyle of an unbeliever. Therefore the Christian, who should be the “salt of the land” has no spiritual impact for good. He or she become susceptible to the motivation and thinking that emanates from the sin nature in which self is placed above the interests of others.
The Apostle Paul describes a society that is marked by “lovers of self.” “There will be terrible times in the last days. People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God— having a form of godliness but denying its power” (2 Tim. 3:1-5 NIV). Paul’s indictment is aimed at those who have a form of godliness, the religious types, maybe even professing Christians, but something of greatest importance is lacking in their lives. Thus, the supernatural life that God designed for the Christian to live is squelched, and in its place, the characteristics aforementioned mark their thinking. If widespread, it adversely affects the entire community and nation.
The psalmist wrote … “I have a message from God in my heart concerning the sinfulness of the wicked: there is no fear of God before their eyes. In their own eyes they flatter themselves too much to detect or hate their sin. The words of their mouths are wicked and deceitful; they fail to act wisely or do good. Even on their beds they plot evil; they commit themselves to a sinful course and do not reject what is wrong” (Ps. 36:1-4 NIV).
God’s prophet, Jeremiah, warned the people of Jerusalem … "People from many nations will pass by this city and will ask one another, 'Why has the LORD done such a thing to this great city?' And the answer will be: 'Because they have forsaken the covenant of the LORD their God and have worshiped and served other gods'" (Jer. 22:8-9 NIV).
America can face the same consequences unless there is a return to the moral and spiritual values upon which she was founded. The solution: hold God’s Word in highest respect, teach its precepts, and then live by them. The result will be bring untold blessing from God upon our nation. May God grant it so.