Friday, July 29, 2011

August 11, 2011 (1 Samuel 1; Romans 1; Jeremiah 39; Psalm 13-14)

Two of the passages interrelate in a way that is worthy of mention today. Psalm 14:1 says that “The Fool says in his heart that there is no god.”  The Hebrew word behind what we render in the English as “fool” is much stronger than its English counterpart. The word does not signify only stupidity and ignorance but also moral perverseness.  This is what Paul has in mind when he writes Romans 1:18-32. “Claiming to be wise they became fools” (v.22) and exchanged the obvious truth about God for lies of their own inventions. Atheists are fundamentally atheists because they have a moral problem, not an intellectual problem. When the truth is suppressed long enough and hard enough (v.18) it must be replaced by something else. And on God’s part when man is happy to indulge in such replacement He “gives them over to do so” (v.24,26,28). This is the most profound expression of God’s wrath (v.18) that is now being revealed. In light of this would it be more precise to say that God’s wrath is coming to our country, or has already come?

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