America Without God

by Robert Driskell on February 8, 2014 · Print Print · Email Email

The news media reminds us daily of the type of world in which we live: unsettling stories of unemployment; the looming threat of an unbalanced national budget; increasing instances of justice run amok in our courts; wars in all parts of the world; cases of people treating people, including children, in gruesome ways.  Here in Oklahoma we are looking at legalizing marijuana and installing a satanic monument on the Oklahoma City capitol grounds, right alongside the Ten Commandments monument.

The shape of things

Is this the kind of world in which we want to live? If it is, then we should just keep moving away from God. If we continue relying on our own limited wisdom, and following our own lusts and desires, we will keep sliding down the path of increasing degradation until we will end up in a world that does not even resemble the one we thought we were building.

Amazingly, there are some who approve of the direction in which America is moving. They see nothing wrong with the ‘grab all you can get; anything goes’ mindset. Their focus is on outward appearance, or selfish pleasure, rather than inward integrity. “He who dies with the most toys…wins” could be their motto. Any moral standard is flexible if it gets them what they want.

There are others, who do not approve of what is happening in our nation, know the cause, but continue to stand by in silent passivity, as decisions are made that directly affect them and those they love.  These people, knowingly or unknowingly, are still part of the problem.

What is the solution?

The solution to this problem is to live by the standards that the Creator of the universe gave us. He made us and He made us to live in a certain way. We were created to live in a loving relationship with Him. Any other way of life is a perversion of the ideal. Living any other way than God has prescribed will end up in heartache, misery, and failure.

If we are not motivated to give God our lives and our country, we will lose them both.

If we are not motivated to give God our lives and our country, we will lose them both.

The urgency with which this article is written reflects this writer’s sense of impending disaster if our hearts are not changed. If we are not motivated to give God our lives and our country, we will lose them both. The overall spirit of America is one of rebellion against God…and He will not tolerate it indefinitely, “Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, this he will also reap. For the one who sows to his own flesh will from the flesh reap corruption, but the one who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life” (Galatians 6:7-8 NASB).

What, or Whom, we consider our authority has lasting consequences for us as individuals, our families, our communities, our cities, our nation, and our world.  Each of us makes choices, and the effects of those choices ripple out into the rest of the world.  Our choice to follow or reject God affects not just our own personal life and destiny, but the life and destiny of our world. Our future, the future of our children, the future of our country, and the future of our world, is directly tied to our relationship with God.

As Joshua reminded the people of Israel, we have no choice but to choose, “If it is disagreeable in your sight to serve the LORD, choose for yourselves today whom you will serve: whether the gods which your fathers served which were beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you are living; but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD” (Joshua 24:15 NASB).

God’s Will and the Laws of the Land

In this country there is often a conflict between standards of authority. On one hand we have God and His standard. On the other hand, we have the laws of the land (federal laws, state laws, local laws, etc.). At times these two standards are at odds.  Non-believers are quick to attempt to use the laws of the land to squash any public awareness of God or His word. They persist in waving the flag of ‘separation of church and state’ to prevent the opinions of those who love God from getting a fair hearing, even though that phrase comes from no legal document and has nothing to do with our laws.

God, and His Word, is eternal. He has existed before time began. God, as our Creator and Sustainer, is the authority to whom we must ultimately answer. When His laws and the laws of the land clash, we should serve God, not man. More and more, we see people attempting to pit the Constitution against the Word of God.  They believe that anything that conflicts with the Constitution, or anyone’s civil rights, the words of the Constitution are the final authority.  Granted, the Constitution is an important document, foundational to the fabric of this country; however, when it is used to oppose God’s Word, it becomes something harmful and destructive to life in America and, inevitably, the eternal destiny of many.  When the Constitution, or any other man-made construct, is used in this manner we Christians must oppose it.

This lesson is made clear in the teachings of the New Testament book of Acts, chapter 5. The apostles of Jesus had been instructed to stop preaching. The Jewish leaders demanded that they no longer spoke in public about Jesus or His offer of salvation, “When they had brought [the apostles], they stood them before the Council. The high priest questioned them, saying, ‘We gave you strict orders not to continue teaching in this name, and yet, you have filled Jerusalem with your teaching and intend to bring this man’s blood upon us’” (Acts 5:27-28 NASB).  Although the Jewish leaders had given them specific orders not to preach about Jesus, the apostles knew that it was right to do what God had told them to do, “But Peter and the apostles answered, ‘We must obey God rather than men’” (Acts 5:29 NASB).  The apostles were keenly aware of their responsibility and they knew that the real authority came from God, not the laws of man. When the two standards clashed, they rightly chose to obey God.

Conclusion

In today’s political climate it is sometimes difficult to remember where true authority comes from. We must always keep in mind that all authority comes from God and is only on lease to mankind. More and more, even we Christians are losing sight of the fact that no man-made law that is in conflict with God’s Word can be allowed to sway us in our commitment to God and His Word. Man-made laws are fallible, God’s Word is not.  Christians should not be troublemakers, however; when man’s law contradicts God’s will, we should say with the apostles, “We must obey God rather than men.”

Related reading: A Prayer for the United States of America

Resource - “Scripture quotations taken from the New American Standard Bible®, Copyright © 1960, 1962, 1963, 1968, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1977, 1995 by The Lockman Foundation  Used by permission.” (www.Lockman.org)



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Jack H February 9, 2014 at 12:55 pm

Hello, Robert! Clearly you were inspired by God himself! I admit, it seemed weird and factually questionable that an actual memorial to Satan was being built in “christian” America, but when I looked it up, *sob*, IT WAS TRUE!! >_< I don't believe this…… how much longer will it be until THAT happens to my country, Great Britain? You speak with righteousness. For after all, we are not fighting against people, but against evil. However, we have to take a rest from time to time. There is, after all, an appropriate time for everything! :D God bless you and your country, and who knows, perhaps when Yeshua returns, he'll send his angels to smash that statue into a million pieces! Idols shall not endure forever under the watchful eye of the Almighty! :D

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DocReits February 10, 2014 at 12:50 am

Well spoken Robert and I sense your frustration at a world more and more in Satan’s grip:

“Christians should not be troublemakers, however; when man’s law contradicts God’s will, we should say with the apostles, “We must obey God rather than men”.”

Amen!

Do you find it as hard as I do to reconcile Paul’s admonition to the Ephesians to ,”.. speak the truth in love, growing in every way more and more like Christ…”(Eph 4:15), while hearing David call out God’s wrath upon the wicked, in his deprecatory Psalms:

“13 Why do the wicked renounce God?
He has said in his heart,
“You will not require an account.”
14 But You have seen, for You observe trouble and grief,
To repay it by Your hand.
The helpless commits himself to You;
You are the helper of the fatherless.
15 Break the arm of the wicked and the evil man;
Seek out his wickedness until You find none.”(Ps 10: 13-15)

David again here speaking of the wicked:

“Break their teeth in their mouth, O God!
Break out the fangs of the young lions, O Lord!
7 Let them flow away as waters which run continually;
When he bends his bow,
Let his arrows be as if cut in pieces.
8 Let them be like a snail which melts away as it goes,
Like a stillborn child of a woman, that they may not see the sun.
9 Before your pots can feel the burning thorns,
He shall take them away as with a whirlwind,
As in His living and burning wrath.
10 The righteous shall rejoice when he sees the vengeance;
He shall wash his feet in the blood of the wicked,
11 So that men will say,
“Surely there is a reward for the righteous;
Surely He is God who judges in the earth.”(Ps 58:6-11)

Here David asks the Lord not to slay them. He thinks that is too good a fate for them:

“Do not slay them, lest my people forget;
Scatter them by Your power,
And bring them down,
O Lord our shield.
12 For the sin of their mouth and the words of their lips,
Let them even be taken in their pride,
And for the cursing and lying which they speak.
13 Consume them in wrath, consume them,
That they may not be;
And let them know that God rules in Jacob
To the ends of the earth. Selah”(Ps 59:11-13)

Many more such sentiments come forth in like manner. My point, we know that while there is life, there is hope and we do not know the chaff from the wheat. Jesus was not timid when speaking to the hypocrites of His day. He called them out as being a brood of vipers(Mt 12:34).

While there is space for this in certain circumstances perhaps our prayer and behavior should attempt to be as “harmless as doves but as wise as serpents”(Mt 10:16) in our dealings with people, in showing Christ’s love to the world while at the same time petitioning the Father to scatter the works of the evil one who works in the hearts of the children of disobedience(Col 3:6, Eph 2:2).

Your thoughts?

DocReits

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Robert February 11, 2014 at 4:52 pm

Doc,
In a nutshell, I don’t think Christians are near as outspoken as we should be. You are absolutely right about praying for the lost and praying for the suppression of evil. God bless you, Doc.
Yours in Christ,
Robert

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cken February 10, 2014 at 11:30 pm

Why is the legalization of marijuana any more moving away from God than alcohol or pain killers for that matter? The U.S. takes 80% of all the pain killers sold in the world. I think one could make a case that the population as represented by the SBNRs is moving towards God. Perhaps this is because going to church has become following man rather than Jesus. Now that most of the population can read it will be more difficult for the church to indoctrinate people using worn out religious cliches. Many of which even the pastor can’t explain. Guilt and fear religion has used for over a thousand years will no longer be sufficient to control the masses and get new members. Religion needs to get beyond the words and the allegories and explain/preach the why, which is and should be presented as a positive thing.

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Robert February 11, 2014 at 4:48 pm

Cken,
Thanks for reading and commenting. Let me see if I can address your concerns.

You asked, “Why is the legalization of marijuana any more moving away from God than alcohol or pain killers for that matter?” Let me answer you by posing another question, “Why is inebriation of any kind, or attempting to attain some sort of altered state, a good thing?” Our purpose on earth is to worship, love, trust, and live for God. Getting high, drunk, or stoned does not honor God in any way, does it?

Your logic of comparing marijuana use to the use of pain killers is a stretch. The legalization of which I wrote of in my article is not for medical use, but simply for recreational purposes. Do you think we need more people who cannot think straight? I don’t. Or are you positing the idea that recreational drug use brings one closer to God?

Of course you are right in your saying that we should follow Jesus rather than fallible man’s ideas. You are also right that bad things have been done in the name of religion. However, these are the aberrations, they are not the norm, and you certainly can’t lay the blame for all bad things at the feet of organized religion. Non-religious and atheistic people and groups have done their fair share of creating mayhem and misery.

Nevertheless, the remedy for all this is not to get stoned or drunk and simply check out. We need to recommit our lives to Jesus Christ and love and obey Him…regardless of what some may preach/teach/say. (One word about clichés: clichés many times exist because they ARE TRUE; they are repeated because of their truth)

I hear that you do not care for organized religion, I don’t care for organized religion that abuses its status, but the large part of the Christian community are loving human beings that seek to honor God with their lives. I suggest you search out these people, join with them, and live for Jesus Christ.

God bless you.

Yours in Christ,
Robert

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DocReits February 11, 2014 at 12:38 am

Hey cken,

Not to jump in front of Robert, but what would you say to someone who asked you if you believed in an afterlife, like heaven(even if that is a cliche)?

If you said yes, and they wanted to know how they could get there, what would you tell them, besides dying? We know its not church or listening to words as you correctly pointed out. How does one get to heaven, if such a place exists?

Since you say “Religion needs to get beyond the words… and explain/preach the why, which should be presented as a positive thing”, what besides smoking marijuana and hanging out would make it positive, in your opinion, or is that it?

Thank you,

DocReits

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