The cacophony of cultural voices today scream the narcissistic demand, “Celebrate my uniqueness!” For too many in our society the days of respecting and honoring someone for the simple reason that they are God’s creation is no longer enough.
Atheism and agnosticism is on the rise, and with it comes some odd duplicities. From Hollywood to college campuses our children are told that they are simply a random collection of chemicals that somehow evolved into living-thinking individuals. In some dramatic and ironic leap of logic they are also told that they are special. Shouldn’t “special” indicate that something is made for a purpose – not accidently?
Likewise, many work to remove the idea of a transcendent Creator from the social consciousness while simultaneously issuing their own list of what is good and what is evil. But if we are the product of random-chance with no guiding purpose, what does it matter what we believe or think? And if we should simply decide that it is a good idea for society to make up a list, how do we decide who to ordain – as our god figure(s) – with the authority to determine what is right and what is wrong?
During the Civil War, our nation was divided by two very different ideologies. Ironically, that war was largely over what each side believed God’s law was. (Almost everyone believed in God.) How much more precarious is our situation today when the question is not, “what does God think?”, rather “is there God or not?”
At the end of the day, we are going to follow THE God or somebody is going to play A god. We the people have the opportunity to choose be one nation under God or allow intellectual elites and special interests to play God by making a new list of rules for us to live by from their imaginations or – perhaps without them even knowing – the doctrines of demons (1 Timothy 4:1).