16 May 2014
(Rev. Dr. Curtis I. Crenshaw)
Bill O’Reilly wrote an insightful article recently on his site regarding the brain washing at colleges. Some wonder why this is happening, and Bill O’Reilly reports the problem without giving the cause or the solution. He reports that political correctness regarding certain “social” issues is the norm both on campuses and in the media. I concur that it is happening.
But Holy Scripture gives the cause: it is the unconverted person’s hatred of God and love for his sins, and the two necessarily go together. In other words, no one is morally neutral regarding the Triune God: either one loves Him or hates Him—there are no other options. In Romans 1:18-28, written about 1900 years ago, we see that those who reject Him have an agenda. Here is part of the passage:
For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth(Romans 1:18 ESV).
One message of this passage is that the sin one loves is not embraced because one’s logic led him to it but because one enjoys it; therefore, he seeks to justify it. In other words, what one desires drives the will, and the mind then seeks to justify something one is committed to. As the Apostle Paul further stated:
22 Professing to be wise, they became fools, 23 and changed the glory of the incorruptible God into an image made like corruptible man—and birds and four-footed animals and creeping things. 24 Therefore God also gave them up to uncleanness, in the lusts of their hearts, to dishonor their bodies among themselves, 25 who exchanged the truth of God for the lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen. 26 For this reason God gave them up to vile passions. For even their women exchanged the natural use for what is against nature. 27 Likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust for one another, men with men committing what is shameful, and receiving in themselves the penalty of their error which was due. 28 And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a debased mind, to do those things which are not fitting(Romans 1:22-28, NKJ).
Three times Paul says God gave them up to their passions so they could justify themselves and then meet Him in the judgment. The only cure is to repent of those sins and bow to Jesus as Lord and Savior who will forgive and change the desires (Acts 10:43).
In another place of Holy Scripture, we read:
18 He who believes in Him [Jesus] is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. 19 And this is the condemnation, that the light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. 20 “For everyone practicing evil hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his deeds should be exposed(John 3:18-20 NKJ).
Notice from this last verse that those who are committed hate to sin the light; that is, the righteousness of God and His commandments. We can see that hatred manifests itself with extreme behavior when they face Christians in society, using four letter words, screaming and spitting in our faces, throwing things at us, urinating on us, and so forth. It is not us they really hate but the Triune God and His righteousness. Jesus said to His disciples:
18 If the world hates you, you know that it hated Me before it hated you. 19 If you were of the world, the world would love its own. Yet because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you.(John 15:18-19 NKJ)
We Christians should recognize what is driving the “arguments” for embracing deviant behavior, especially sexual behavior of gays and lesbians. It is not intellectual objectivity; rather, it is hated of the one God, the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, and hatred of His righteousness as revealed in the Ten Commandments. It is subjective desires that drive them. Yet we must not approach them with a holier than thou attitude, for we have our own issues, and save by the grace of God, there we go. As Paul further states, we owe them the Gospel and Christian love (Romans 1:14-16). AMEN.