I am surprised by the shock shown by so many people when it comes to Donald Trump and his presidential bid. Why? Because it is a direct reflection of our society as it stands today.
A culture that glorifies violence and sensuality, mortally plagued by eroding values, the elevation of style over substance, the concerted effort to remove God from everything, and all the while fueled by the media and its amoral agenda. The reality is harsh, and we have no-one to blame but ourselves.
Look around, every aspect of our society has its bombastic and irreverent wings which are over the top in either their personal philosophies or demonstrated agenda. We are drawn to its conflict, controversy, sensationalist people and we love a good fight. So why are we taken aback by a politician actually using these same tactics?
People decry the “lower than the office” rhetoric, Nazi-like salutes, and scandalous accusations…and then allow themselves to be programmed by media. We glamorize those who push the limits of entertainment, and are mesmerized by the real lives of people who fall from grace. We are increasingly desensitized to violence and promiscuity and openly lie to ourselves about the results.
This is the reality of our culture.
This has been the truth of mankind since the beginning, and it isn’t about to change. The question is-will you be swept along in its pervasive current, or find a way to escape it’s worsening depths?
This is what I see in the Bible, and I think it is very reflective of the times in which we live.
Ignoring God Leads to a Downward Spiral
Romans 1 (The Message Bible)
18-23 But God’s angry displeasure erupts as acts of human mistrust and wrongdoing and lying accumulate, as people try to put a shroud over truth. But the basic reality of God is plain enough. Open your eyes and there it is! By taking a long and thoughtful look at what God has created, people have always been able to see what their eyes as such can’t see: eternal power, for instance, and the mystery of his divine being. So nobody has a good excuse. What happened was this: People knew God perfectly well, but when they didn’t treat him like God, refusing to worship him, they trivialized themselves into silliness and confusion so that there was neither sense nor direction left in their lives. They pretended to know it all, but were illiterate regarding life. They traded the glory of God who holds the whole world in his hands for cheap figurines you can buy at any roadside stand.
24-25 So God said, in effect, “If that’s what you want, that’s what you get.” It wasn’t long before they were living in a pigpen, smeared with filth, filthy inside and out. And all this because they traded the true God for a fake god, and worshiped the god they made instead of the God who made them—the God we bless, the God who blesses us. Oh, yes!
26-27 Worse followed. Refusing to know God, they soon didn’t know how to be human either—women didn’t know how to be women, men didn’t know how to be men. Sexually confused, they abused and defiled one another, women with women, men with men—all lust, no love. And then they paid for it, oh, how they paid for it—emptied of God and love, godless and loveless wretches.
28-32 Since they didn’t bother to acknowledge God, God quit bothering them and let them run loose. And then all hell broke loose: rampant evil, grabbing and grasping, vicious backstabbing. They made life hell on earth with their envy, wanton killing, bickering, and cheating. Look at them: mean-spirited, venomous, fork-tongued God-bashers. Bullies, swaggerers, insufferable windbags! They keep inventing new ways of wrecking lives. They ditch their parents when they get in the way. Stupid, slimy, cruel, cold-blooded. And it’s not as if they don’t know better. They know perfectly well they’re spitting in God’s face. And they don’t care—worse, they hand out prizes to those who do the worst things best!
Can you find a Donald Trump, a Hillary Clinton, a co-worker, or even ourselves in these verses? The question is-once confronted with truth, where should we turn?
2 Chronicles 7:14King James Version (KJV)
14 If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.