Is It Just Me?

Over the past week or so is it just me or do others see the height of hypocrisy and duplicity in the response to the events that played out in the nightly news and the printed page concerning the tragic shooting and loss of innocent life in Newtown Connecticut? I am very aware that events such as these affect and even scar the human heart deeply. I also believe this proves the point that God has created us to know Him in a very personal way.  When that relationship is broken because of sin which separates us from God the result is clearly a void in one’s life spiritually and we yearn for comfort from the One Who created us.

But I want to bring to your attention two areas of clear hypocrisy from some individuals as they address these tragic events. It seems odd to me that the very people that call for God and any mention of deity to be removed from the public arena are now without regard invoking His name and calling on Him to comfort the hearts of those affected in this tragedy and heal our nation. Don’t they see the hypocrisy of calling on the name of God and even quoting Holy Scripture after years of leading the effort to systematically strip God out of the public eye and market place all in the name of political correctness?

Don’t get me wrong, I applaud anyone calling on the name of God and referring to Holy Scripture as a source of comfort and healing during a time of trial and tragedy. I know that is the only source from which such comfort and healing may come. But when these same individuals are willing to infringe upon the freedom and the right of a student who simply wants to mention their faith in such a deity as part of their commencement address yet are prohibited in the interest of tolerance, they have clearly cross the line. Why is it ok in their minds for their President to refer to such a deity and even quote Scripture while addressing a mourning nation from a public school campus of all places? The hypocrisy and duplicity is clear in my mind.

Second, I’d like to point out the clear hypocrisy of calling for the protection of our innocent children while leading efforts to allow the continual slaughter of innocent babies in what should be the safest place, their mother’s womb.

Clearly as Scripture points out their consciences have been seared. Romans chapter 3 tells us such people suppress the truth, their thinking is futile, their foolish hearts are darkened and they are without excuse before a holy God. The only remedy for such people is the remedy God provides through the gift of His Son the Lord Jesus Christ who bore our sins and God’s wrath to provide a way of salvation for us out of the darkness of sin.

But when the goodness and loving kindness of God our Savior appeared, He saved us, not because of works done by us in righteousness, but according to His own mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewal of the Holy Spirit, whom He poured out on us richly through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that being justified by His grace we might become heirs according to the hope of eternal life. (Titus 3:4–7)

This is the true meaning of Christmas. Being reconciled with our God and Creator through His gift, the Lord Jesus Christ.

Oh, did I mention, Merry Christmas!

 

About scon777

Pastor/Teacher at Grace Bible Church in Redwood City, CA since 1998.
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