Thursday, July 21, 2011

Thoughts about God's Precepts, Liberal Pundits, and Carbon Monoxide

The law of the LORD is perfect, converting the soul: the testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple. The statutes of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart: the commandment of the LORD is pure, enlightening the eyes. The fear of the LORD is clean, enduring forever: the judgments of the LORD are true and righteous altogether. More to be desired are they than gold, yea, than much fine gold: sweeter also than honey, and the honeycomb.

We live in a day in which antinomianism is on the rise.  Liberal pundits like Bill Maher, Keith Olbermann, and Rachel Maddow daily launch attacks against the God-given principles that Christians live by. To them, as well as to most political and theological liberals of this day, God-given morals such as sexual purity before marriage, absolute faithfulness in marriage, modesty, and personal holiness in general are hilarious jokes to be laughed at at best, and Victorian aged, pointless traditions to be torn down at worst.

One of their favorite arguments against universal, objective morality goes something like this: "If everyone followed these archaic, pointless rules, life would be boring. There needs to be variety! For some people, staying faithful to one woman just isn't possible. In fact, some men don't even want to be with a woman- they prefer men! But that's okay. It's all about diversity! It's all about acceptance of a wide range of morals. How boring this world would be if we all lived by some kind of universal set of rules!"

That is the equivalent of saying, "Wow, how boring it would be if EVERYBODY survived by breathing in oxygen! I mean, we need diversity here. And what's all this nonsense about people having to drink water to survive? There ought to be people out there drinking gasoline, just to make things a little more diverse!"

While liberals would laugh at such a comparison, it is actually spot on. You see, God's ways are to our lives what oxygen is to our lungs. Just as our lungs were designed to function on oxygen, we have been designed to reach our fullest potential as humans by living according to God's timeless precepts. (Of course, none of us can do that in our fallen nature. That is only possible when we place our faith in Jesus Christ for our salvation, and live our lives in the power of the Spirit. But that is another topic.) When a person decides to ignore God's commandments- which are written in all of our hearts- and substitute them with a morality of their own making, it is like trying to survive by breathing in carbon monoxide. It will only lead to death.

Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful. But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night. And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth his fruit in his season. His leaf also shall not wither, and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.

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