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Righteousness vs. reproach - we choose

Jun 30, 2017

By Rev. Monte Knudsen, Faith Christian Outreach Church

 

Proverbs 14:34: Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a reproach to any nation (people).

The word “reproach” is rarely used in our vocabulary. It means disgrace or discredit – to rebuke or censure. Sin does that to a nation, while righteousness will exalt it.

In the United States of America, our founding fathers lived by this scripture.

John Adams warned in 1798, “We have no government armed with power capable of contending with human passions unabridged by morality and religion.”

Benjamin Rush, a signer of the Declaration of Independence, said, “Without religion there can be no virtue, and without virtue there can be no freedom, and liberty is the object of all republican governments. Without religion, I believe learning does real mischief to the morals and principles of mankind.”

The Bible is a perennial best seller, and Americans buy more Bibles than any other people on earth. Yet the Bible has virtually disappeared from American education. It is rarely studied even as literature, and students can be expelled simply because they are “caught” reading a Bible, or a teacher reprimanded and punished with loss of income for having a Bible on his/her desk.

How is it that a nation that seems to love the Bible works so hard to keep the next generation ignorant of its content? We say we revere the Bible as God’s word, yet we rarely read it. Six out of ten Americans (60%) have no clue who delivered the Sermon on the Mount. Less than 50% of those six can name the four gospels.

The Bible, God’s Word, teaches us all His ways of righteousness, or right doing. From human relations between each other to our relationship with God.

Noah Webster, author of Webster’s Dictionary said, “The Christian religion in its purity is the basis, rather, the source of all genuine freedom in government…I am persuaded that no civil government of a republican form can exist and be durable in which the principles of that religion have no controlling influence.

In American society, three different ideologies are competing to exalt their belief: Islam, Christianity, and Humanism. Islam declares all other faiths are infidels and must submit or die. Christianity declares Jesus is God come in the flesh, and people can receive Him as Savior, or choose to reject Him. Humanism declares man can determine right on his own and needs no God.

When all gods are equal, it always leads to relativism (all moral codes are equal). Relativism leads to humanism (Man makes his own laws), and Humanism leads to statism (the state is the pinnacle of power, not God).

When absolute law is denied or rejected, it will mean the only universal law possible will be imperialistic law – which is law imposed by force have no basis of right other than coercive imposition; i.e., rights come from Government, not from God.

Romans 1:28 explains: Even as they did not like to acknowledge God in their knowledge, God gives them over to a mind empty of discerning what is right…

The terrible fighting in our government today is caused by sin, rejecting God, and is bringing both shame and reproach to our nation. This 4th of July, remember to take time to celebrate the freedom which was won by courageous and brave people who knew – if we exalt God, that which is right, our nation will be exalted. But if we reject Him, will not acknowledge Him and sin, it brings us disgrace.

 

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