“The Spiritually Blind and Blind Faith”

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Each new year brings thoughts of new opportunities to straighten-out what we made crooked the previous year and to follow-through with the commitments we made that we allowed to miscarry. This is the time of year to renew our resolve to recover and maintain our spiritual, domestic, vocational, and civil priorities. One area of spiritual priority that we must especially not take lightly this year, is our need to regularly bear-witness of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ to this postmodern age.

In case you haven’t noticed, our 21st century American culture is in spiritual hot water. Our nation is undeniably materialistic, atheistic, anti-supernatural, and thoroughly committed to a naturalistic worldview. Sadly, this commitment arises from a whole-hearted conviction that everything in our world should and ought to be understood through the grid of Darwinian evolution. Just listen to the words of one of its former proponents, Dr. Stephen Jay Gould, who said just prior to his death, “We are here because one odd group of fishes had a peculiar fin anatomy that could transform into legs for terrestrial creatures ... We may yearn for a “higher” answer, but none exists ... We must construct these answers ourselves from our own wisdom and ethical sense. There is no other way.” Ethical sense? Naturalism has no ethic. Materialism rejects all forms of immaterialism. To have an ethical sense, one must borrow it from the Christian Worldview! Echoing the same sentiments just prior to his death, the famed naturalistic astronomer, Carl Sagan, said, “I would love to believe that when I die I will live again, that some thinking, feeling, remembering part of me will continue. But as much as I want to believe that, and despite the ancient and worldwide cultural traditions that assert an afterlife, I know of nothing to suggest that it is more than wishful thinking.” Jesus described such fools, in this way, "Let them alone. They are blind leaders of the blind. And if the blind leads the blind, both will fall into a ditch" (Matthew 15:14) Dear reader, do those quotes, and our Lord’s own words, not sadly convey to us the desperate plight of natural man (1 Corinthians 2:14; Romans 1:18-32)? Of course, but how shall we then live in such a foolish age? We must arise and proclaim to this godless culture a living Savior (John 14:6). Indeed, we must go to this spiritually-blind generation and beg them to come to Christ (2 Corinthians 4:3-4; 5:17-21). And, while doing so, we must remember the following words of the apostle Paul, to an age much like our own, “The God who made the world and all things in it, since He is Lord of heaven and earth, does not dwell in temples made with hands ... He is not far from each one of us” (Acts 17:24,27). I leave you with the clarifying words of Dr. Stephen Grocott, “I am afraid that as a scientist, I simply cannot say strongly enough that believing in the spontaneous origin of life is chemical nonsense, and therefore, I am left with no alternative; but to believe that life was created.” Amen! Now, let us draw near to God, first, by taking heed to our heart preparation today, for encountering the living God tomorrow, in our public Worship service, both through our praises and prayers to Him, with God’s people; and secondly, through our attending to the reading and preaching of His Holy inspired, infallible, and inerrant Word! 

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