Coach Dave Daubenmire
September 23, 2010
"For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who suppress the truth in unrighteousness, because what may be known of God is manifest in them, for God has shown it to them." -Romans 1:18-19
The Holy Scriptures tell us that truth is obvious. In fact, those who deny it are engaging in self-deception.
To suppress is to “resist consciously.” Suppression is not a disbelief of the truth but a denial of it. There is a world of difference between ignorance of the truth and a denial of it.
The existence of God and the laws of Nature do not have to be proven. Jefferson, in his writing of the Declaration paraphrased Romans by calling them “self-evident” Truths. Something that is self-evident, (obvious) needs no trial to determine the veracity.
Because the Creator has made the truth “obvious” to everyone, we will never be able to stand before Him and plead “I didn’t know.”
We, all of us, can see the Truth. In fact, Paul said that the Truth is so obvious that everyone can see it even though it is “invisible.” Sort of like the wind, I guess. I am reminded of what Jesus said about the wind (Spirit)…it is invisible but can be seen and felt…that is the way it is with Truth. It is obvious. Denial of Truth is deliberate.
The Godless are running America. That should be obvious to everyone.
But that is not the problem. One would expect the Godless to “suppress the truth.” The quandary lies with those of us who claim to “know the Truth.” Scriptures tell us that knowing (not merely hearing) the truth sets us free. We are in this mess because those of us who “see the invisible things” will not push back against the lies.
Push back. That is a weight-lifting term we use with our football players. Pushing back against resistance produces strength. Christianity is failing in America because “believers” have refused to push back. Christianity has become the proverbial ninety-seven pound weakling.
With each new denial in America the Truth gets buried. Failing to push back has created a weight that cannot be moved. Suppression leads to oppression. An unjust authority is ruling over the people. Jesus has set us free, while government wants to chain us down.
By allowing these lies to go unchallenged, Christians permit the truth of God to become a lie. America is upside down. Good is bad and bad is good. Right is wrong and wrong is right. Lies become true and truth becomes lies. Lies only win if they go unchallenged.
Lies rule the day in America. They rule in government, they rule in science, they rule in education, and the rule in the media. They rule the day because Truth has fallen in the streets. If we do not rebuild on a foundation of Truth we will never recover.
I am reminded of what Benjamin Franklin said over two centuries ago at the birth of this nation.
“God governs in the affairs of man. And if a sparrow cannot fall to the ground without his notice, is it probable that an empire can rise without His aid? We have been assured in the Sacred Writings that except the Lord build the house, they labor in vain that build it. I firmly believe this. I also believe that, without His concurring aid, we shall succeed in this political building no better than the builders of Babel”
God governs in the affairs of men. He doesn’t just guide, and He doesn’t merely bless, He governs. For anyone to deny that obvious truth requires a purposeful, intentional suppression. Believing that America can recover without a return to Truth is nothing more than tower-building.
I watch with great interest the powerful rise of The Tea Party movement and the rapid pace at which American’s seem to be awakening. I pray that it is the grace and mercy of God that is being poured out once again on this stubborn and rebellious generation, who “set not their heart aright, and whose spirit was not stedfast with God.”
We have a Spiritual problem in America, not a political one. We are a rebellious people under the control of a rebellious system, controlled by rebellious leaders.
"For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry. Because thou hast rejected the word of the LORD, he hath also rejected thee from being king." -I Samuel 15:23.
I hear a lot of lips flapping in America about the need to “return” to the Constitution; “rebuild” the nation; “recover” economically, “reclaim” our government; and “restore” fiscal sanity.
I think the most import “re” America can engage in is the need to “REPENT.”
The plans of man are doomed to failure. “Professing themselves to be wise they have become fools.” Godless government is the apex of foolishness. “The fool has said in his heart there is no God. The are corrupt, they have done abominable works, there is none that doeth good.”
A Tea Party movement void of God will not hold the day. It may turn the tide in an election but it will not hold sway over a generation. A short term fix will not heal a chronic sickness.
We must speak the Truth, demand the Truth, expect the Truth, teach the Truth, and live the Truth.
“Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.” -John 8:44
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The problem in America is not that the god-less are acting like their father, but that Christians are not acting like theirs.
"Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them." -Romans 1:32.
Instead of joining in the suppression of Truth it is time for Christians to stand up and defend it.
It begins with you.
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