A dark cloud looms large over America.
Judgment has come. Why?
All the king’s men – doctors, lawyers, politicians, social scientists, educators, psychologists, bureaucrats, and various and sundry other experts – who ply their disciplines against the raging problems of our day, certainly cannot be faulted for their concern over man’s future. They go wrong by taking matters into their own hands, abandoning the Awesome, Almighty, Living God, and leaving His solution out of the solution formula. Therefore, the horrors get worse, the consequences worsen, and America falls further into an abyss of desperation and helplessness.
The reason that they fail, the reason they unleash horrors, is that they completely ignore, and as a consequence violate, God’s solution to any particular problem. Instead of adhering to the wise and inerrant counsel of Scripture: they do “…what was (is) right in their own eyes” (Judges 21:25). For all their good intentions, their programs are man-centered, thus, doomed to fail.
In other words, they live by a humanistic/atheistic philosophy.
According to Francis Schaeffer, an Evangelical Christian theologian, humanism is the “placing of man at the center of all things and making him the measure of all things.” Or, as Aleksandra Solzhenitsyn, Russian novelist awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1970, said, “Humanism is the proclaimed and practiced autonomy of man from any higher force above him.” According to humanistic thought, there is no notion of absolute right or wrong. There are no clear-cut standards. Standards flit and flex with the whims of fashion.
According to humanistic thought, men’s passions are not to be restrained. Instead, passions are to be unshackled, floating free in the ever shifting, ever changing currents of the day.
Western civilization was once informed almost exclusively by the basic tenants of the Christian faith as delineated in the Bible. Scripture was the authoritative voice and conscience of the culture, establishing certain and secure standards, ensuring “life, liberty, and justice for all.”
However, in recent years American culture has witnessed a coup d’état, a dramatic revolution. Christianity, its moral values, principles, and precepts have been overthrown and replaced by the totally contrary world and life view of humanism.
So today, when a problem arises, the experts who determine the course of the America’s future her role in the world, and her contributions to a civilized culture look to man’s own ingenuity. Instead of turning to the Bible, they look everywhere else for answers. The problem is that such humanistic reasoning is entirely out of synch with reality.
”All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work” (2 Timothy 3:16-17).
To attempt to solve the perilous problems of modern society without hearing and heeding the clear instructions of the Bible is utter foolishness (Romans 1:18-23). It is an invitation to inadequacy, incompetency, irrelevancy and impotency (Deuteronomy 28:15).
All such attempts are doomed to frustration and failure, as the horrific litanies of modern life have so amply and aptly proven. Humanism and its various programs, policies and agendas cannot work because humanism ignores the fabric of reality (Ephesians 5:6). It is fraught with fantasy (Colossians 2:8).
Only the Bible can tell us the truth about our lives (Psalms 19:7-11). Only the Bible faces reality squarely, practically, completely, and honestly (Deuteronomy 30:11-14). Thus, only the Bible can provide genuine solutions to the problems that plague mankind (Psalms 119:105).
Judgment remains until America’s Christians not only humble themselves and pray (2 Chronicles 7:14) but engage (1 Peter 3:15) those who oppose God and His Word in the marketplace of ideas and in the public square. Christians must rise up to form a line of resistance to the hordes of humanists who demand their way in public schools, state and federal legislatures, our homes, and churches. One must either resist now or forever regret one’s cowardice in the face of bigotry, prejudice, and discrimination by humanists.
~ Peter E. Waldron