How could this Greek playwright from the 5th century express so eloquently the tragedies of our modern times? Could it be as another wise man said: The thing that hath been, it is that which shall be; and that which is done is that which shall be done; and there is no new thing under the sun. (Ecclesiastes 1:9)
Every news pundit I've listened to since Wednesday, January 6th when our nation's capitol was stormed by insurrectionists, have asked the same question: Were you surprised at the events occurring in our country today? And no matter the response from the guest, mine is always - OH YEAH, WHERE HAVE YOU BEEN?!
Like many, I shake my head [almost] in disbelief when I see some still believing proven lies. Expressing faith that in a democracy of loyal, patriotic citizens, no one would dare turn on their own government. Even those having just experienced death literally pounding on the door, got up and pronounced these were merely a few radical extremists!
In a rage, no Christian ought to have, I turn off my television. Tired of hearing men and women deny accountability and condone evil. Weary of them rationalizing what they saw and twisting their version of truth into something that would soothe their conscience. So quickly they were able to create for themselves a comfortable reality they hope would profit them in the next election! Yes, I was angry!
BUT THEN I REMEMBERED...
We are living in a Fallen world! Fallen from God's intended purpose (I Peter 1:15-17). Fallen In our treatment of others (Matthew 7:12). Fallen as stewards of all our natural resources (Genesis 1:26-28). Fallen short in every aspect! By our own unrighteousness we willfully suppressed the truth (Romans 1:18). So am I surprised by this national shame: the violence of an insurrection; the double standard in administering justice, negligence in the face of a pandemic, and the impeachment of a POTUS twice! Surprised? Not at all!!
Paul's admonition to Timothy in I Timothy 4:1-2 (NKJV) is a warning to us in this present time:
Now the Spirit expressly says that in latter times some will depart from the faith, giving heed to deceiving spirits and doctrines of demons, speaking lies in hypocrisy, having their own conscience seared with a hot iron,
- Deceiving or seductive spirits: to be seduced is to find attractive, alluring, enticing, even hypnotic something that appeals to our fleshly nature. It is not as overt and aggressive as one would think, but is a slow, intentional teasing with carefully placed rewards along the way. Our nation's desire for power and dominance resurrected sinful ethnic pride and was spoon fed to the hungry as patriotism. The promise of low taxes for the wealthy, low unemployment, and a booming economy was the carrot on the stick leading us to destruction!
- Doctrines of demons: Saying it is okay to be outwardly religious without a godly spiritual life is an example of demonic teaching. Holding the Bible while violating U.S. citizens' first amendment rights for peaceful protests using tear gas and violence is another example. Cherry-picking what sins God deems abominable is one more. And senators denying constituents the right to vote by suppression and then disavowing the results is yet another. All have been done in the name of preserving Christian values, upholding patriotism, and maintaining conservative ideals. Have we learned nothing from our past?
- Lies and hypocrisy The Devil is the Father of lies, lying is his native tongue (John 8:44). When he lies it is so convincing that even if one knows the truth, it will not be accepted for the mind has been deceived (2 Corinthians 11:14-15). Lying consist of making false promises; purposely manipulating the truth to fit a particular narrative; pretending to be trustworthy while cheating and undermining those most loyal to them. The gullible become enchanted and enamored by the liar's delusions. They hear them so often that to them it becomes truth!
- Seared Consciences: A person under the influence of seducing spirits are not moved by the pain or struggles of others. They have no remorse for their wrong doing, in fact in their minds they have committed no wrong. They are insensitive to the guilt of immoral behavior. If they are in the faith, they have quenched the Spirit so often that He no longer has an affect upon their heart or mind. (I Thessalonians 5:19)