Let’s start out with me linking something external again.
A friend of mine posted that on his Facebook page, and as is the case with most of the things that friend posts on his Facebook page, I was in complete agreement. In fact, my last post actually touched a little on some of the same things, though Dr. Moore is much more articulate and well-spoken than I am. There are some very big topics that can and are and should be discussed which that article brings up, but there’s one quote in particular that got me thinking today. It’s something of a tangent, as many of my posts of this nature are.
“Our Lord Jesus faced this test when Satan took him to a high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the earth, and their glory. Satan did not mind surrendering his authority to Jesus. He didn’t mind a universe without pornography or Islam or abortion or nuclear weaponry. Satan did not mind Judeo-Christian values. He wasn’t worried about ‘revival’ or ‘getting back to God.’ What he opposes was the gospel of Christ crucified and resurrected for the sins of the world.”
Think about that for a moment. Satan isn’t primarily concerned about getting guys to look at pornography, to get women to have abortions, to have other religions rise to prominence in America, or even to promote atheism or agnosticism. His concern is to distract you from Jesus’s sacrifice. To play it down, to marginalize it. Taking that a step further . . . that would mean that such things as perversion, murder, pride, etc., are not creations of The Evil One. They would be creations of man–all results of our own sinfulness. I’ve often grated up against verses like Luke 11:13 (“If you then, though you are evil . . .”) because Jesus is calling us evil. But look at what we’ve made! Look at what we’ve done with what he’s given us!
Something else that was put into new perspective by that quote above is the doom that faces us all by continuing this pursuit of bringing America “Back to God.” Dr. Moore elaborates more on that in his article,
“. . . American Christians have had to endure years of vacuous talk about undefined ‘revival’ and ‘turning America back to God’ that was less about anything uniquely Christian than about, at best, a generically theistic civil religion and, at worst, some partisan political movement.”
I’m going to be bold here and declare that it is Satan who is pushing such empty “revivals” like the one called for by Mr. Beck. As long as American Christians stay focused on such goals, they’re missing the point, and forgetting what Jesus did on the cross. The Cross cannot be secondary. It cannot be an afterthought. It is where salvation and new life starts. How clear it becomes when you see that, how it is that so many who “believe” have become fist-pumping loudmouths and not living, or caring to live, lives that represent Christ. They are no more than more people with opinions. Also, on a last note, this also puts into perspective for me all of the “good” and charitable causes contributed to and led by Humanistic organizations and people.
Well . . . that’s all I have on this one today.