Tuesday, October 11, 2011
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I heard a British commentator talking about Americans and how their views on religion have changed over the years. He said at one time Christians, especially serious Christians, were unyielding in their narrowly defined beliefs. They defended the Bible and what they believed it teaches. He went on to say that over the years that has mellowed as America has become more humanistic in terms of moderating their strongly held religious beliefs. He also shared that America is still somewhat lagging behind the Europeans who have pretty much made religion a non issue. I don't know about you but I am not proud of this assessment. I don't want to see our nation follow the path to tolerance that leaves God completely out of the picture. Even truth is getting a bum rap today. A prominent pastor was asked last week about the religious beliefs of a particular candidate based on that candidate's identification with a certain religious order. This pastor answered that question in a very clear and historically accurate manner. You would have thought a bomb had gone off. How dare he? The pummeling then began with one media source after another playing up this as an example of intolerance on the part of conservatives who embrace the tenants of the historic Christian faith. This pastor's response was based entirely upon the readily available teachings of this particular religious order as compared to the truth claims that Christians have always embraced. Isaiah was inspired to proclaim this against those who distort truth: "Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!" (Isaiah 5:20) As this erosion of truth continues I can only imagine how it will be in our great granddaughter's generation. May God help is all I can think of as a way forward. Remember, He is in control and He will fulfill every jot ant tittle of His Word! Amen. ....More later.