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Church Bulletin 2

December 24, 2008

The God who is There Part 2

Right after WWII, many German officers were on trial for war crimes. The officers kept appealing to statements such as, “I was only doing what I was told to do” or “I was obeying the laws of my land” to justify their atrocities against mankind. After several rounds of these ‘answers’, one member of the jury finally said, “Is there not a law for humanity that’s greater than any nation’s law?” And the answer is “No!” if God is dead. The jury member was wrestling with the harsh reality, although he might not been able to articulate it, that a world that does not acknowledge the reality of God’s presence sinks in the quick sand of relativism. Without God, there is no basis for true justice, only ‘might is right’ rules the day. The one who is right and gets to judge other’s ‘crimes’is the one who wins! What if Germany had won? What would’ve happened to the British and American Generals? They would have been killed for war crimes even though they were trying to stop the butchering of the Jews and the spread of Germany’s genocide, assuming they even got a trial! 

The loss of the transcendent (that is, the higher than/other than aspect of life) leaves us with a flat existence. There is nothing to lift humanity above the mere creation, nothing to remind man of his special existence before holy God. Our founding fathers realized that a nation that does not have transcendent (God-given) law will soon give way to (as is happening today!) law that changes based on the majority. They wrote in the Declaration of Independence: “ 

 

 

We hold these truths to be self-evident (conscience and the nature of reality tell us this!), that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights (that means that no man can take them away-they are God-given and irrevocable by no man!), that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. With the loss of Transcendent law, which is derived from the reality of the God who is there, society will be ruled by statism, utilitarianism, pragmatism, and/or the uniformed masses! What do these terms mean? Statism is absolute control by the government over society. Government imposes its will, if need be by military/policing activity, over the people. Utilitarianism is the idea that the moral worth of an action is determined solely by its contribution to overall outcome in producing happiness or pleasure as agreed upon by the masses. Put simply, the ends justify the means! Pragmatism believes that worrying about finding out the basis for transcendental norms is useless. Everything is to be considered true or not if it works. Scary enough, all of these are evident in America. Either we as the church learn to engage our minds THOUGHTFULLY and interact WHOLISTICALLY in life, or America WILL BE (not maybe!) a lost cause! History proves over and over with the loss of the God who is there, man plummets into eventual anarchy because everyone is trying to discover, make, and/or live out their own version of truth. In the midst of anarchy, statism always arises. In other words, the nation that loses absolute truth from an Absolute Being will be lead by a dictator who imposes his will over everyone! If God doesn’t rule, then Man will! Case in point: look at the overall tendency of the kings of Israel when the nation rejected God as being king over them, and look what happened when the Marxists took over Russia and aborted God from their conscience – millions were killed in the name of a revolution that promised a utopia apart from God!

The hope of these 2 articles so far is to begin to show you some of the dangers of a nation without God and His law as its guiding principles. I hope to show you some specific areas like government, education, health industry, etc. where this transcendent loss is taking place. We MUST understand the task at hand and how much ground the church is continuing to lose due to its inactivity in the world! You may say, “It’s too much for me.” This is a cop-out! To let culture die (See Gen. 1:26-28) is to give away God’s glory and man’s stewardship. The end result is a society that dies in its sin and faces a holy God in judgment because we failed to be faithful to our tasks as watchmen! (See Ezek 33:1-7)

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