The Glory of God in the Gospel-Centered Life
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EVERYONE EXPECTED THE MID-TERM ELECTIONS to be a red wave. Instead, we experienced something like a red drip from a leaky faucet. It looks like Republicans will barely capture control of the house and senate.
This should astound us. It did me because I have been expecting rationality from our electorate. But that did not happen. The U.S. electorate is either illiterate or evil—one or the other—maybe both. Why would I make such a damning assertion?
When Obama ran for his second term in 2011 it had become apparent that he was corrupt. He was a liar, a user, and a manipulator. I thought surely the electorate would see this and not re-elect him. Wrong.
Then in 2015 Hillary ran against Trump. She had obviously lied about Bengazi. She also lied about the illegal use of her non-secure private server to send and retrieve top-secret documents. This was a felony, but it just scratched the surface of her notorious lawbreaking and deceitfulness. She repeatedly acted as though she was above the law. Surely the American people will see through this, I thought. They won’t vote for her. They will vote for her opponent. Well, they did, but just barely. Trump won, but the astounding reality was that Hillary came within a few thousand votes of beating him. Despite her high crimes and immorality, she still received over half the votes.
But in the last two years we have experienced governmental corruption on an entirely new level. I have experienced nothing like it in my seven decades. Biden took an oath to uphold the constitution. The constitution commands him to “execute” the laws of the land. He has not even attempted to do this. For example, for political reasons he has refused to enforce the laws that secure our southern border. Five million illegals have crossed in the last 22 months.
Then there is the out-of-control spending. Our deficit is now over 31 trillion. That is $95,000 of indebtedness for every man, woman and child in America. It is $380,000 for a family of four. We will never be able to repay this. It is a noose around our corporate necks, and no one in Washington seems concerned about it.
On top of that we have the collusion between the democratic party and big tech to shut down free speech. Our schools are teaching Critical Race Theory and Wokeism, the fertility rate is plummeting, young people are abandoning marriage, religious persecution is escalating, and government lies to us about almost everything. Inflation is the highest in forty years, we are engaged in a Ukrainian war that has no foreseeable end, and government is shutting down the fossil fuel industry with no workable energy alternative. Gas prices are rising. This winter some states will lose the ability to heat their homes and offices. On top of that we have a critical shortage of diesel. It feels like madmen are running the country.
I have not even mentioned our approach to Covid, the government lockdowns that followed, the constant lies about vaccine efficacy, and millions that lost their jobs because they refused to take the jab.
I was sure that this time the voting public would rise in anger, that there would be a massive tsunami of political unrest, and they would slap down the culpable party—the democrats.
Shockingly, they didn’t. Few seem to care.
All of this has brought me to one positive place—a peaceful place for which I am thanking God. I have transferred my hope from the common sense of the American people to God. The Psalms remind us to “put not your trust in Princes, in men in whom is no salvation.” I have been a fool. I have done the oppostie. I have trusted in the down-to-earth nature of the American people, but it is not there. Our body politic is in deep trouble.
One of the most dangerous errors is [the belief] that civilization is automatically bound to increase and spread. The lesson of history is the opposite; civilization is a rarity, attained with difficulty and easily lost. The normal state of humanity is barbarism, just as the normal surface of the planet is salt water. Land looms large in our imagination and civilization in history books, only because sea and savagery are to us less interesting.C.S. Lewis
But God is trustworthy. He is always faithful. He will bring good out of evil. “He works all things for good for those love him, for those called according to his purposes” (Romans 8:28). “The heart of the king is in the hand of the Lord. He directs it wherever he wills”(Proverbs). God is not directing it where I want him to direct it, but he is directing the kings heart for our good and his ultimate glory. For that we should be thankful. It may mean suffering and persecution, but God will even use that for good.
This blog is about the gospel and how it influences every aspect of Christian life. Many Christians here the word, “gospel,” and think, that’s for beginners. I want to move on to the deeper truths. But this kind of thinking is a problem. Properly understood the gospel is the deepest truth in scripture. If you knew nothing about the Bible but the gospel, but knew it really well, you would have all the knowledge necessary for a life of godliness.
The gospel reconciles Old Testament and New. It is the center of the Bible. The Old Testament demonstrates the need for it . The Old Testament predicts it. Then the four gospels record the life and death of Jesus, the Messiah, which is the gospel. Last, the epistles look back on the gospels interpreting and applying them.
The gospel is also about ultimate issues. A display of the glory of God is God’s purpose for creation and redemption. The cross of Christ, the center of the gospel, is the greatest display of God’s glory in human history. It also displays the bankruptcy of man. In sum, the cross glorifies God and humbles humanity, and this is how it should be.
The gospel informs how married couples should relate, how they should raise their children, how they should relate to other Christians, why they should evangelize, and how they should conduct themselves in the market place. It’s all there for those who have eyes to see.
The gospel is the heart and soul of the Christian worldview. It explains how we got here, why life is often problematic, and the glorious hope that God has set before all true Believers.
These subjects and others, this blog will explore. Occasionally we will address culture and politics, but the main subject will be the gospel and its application.
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