God is neither a Democrat nor Republican. But He is absolute truth; and He and His word never change. And He rules in the affairs of men.
Daniel records, "So that the living may know that the Most High is sovereign over the kingdoms of men and gives them to anyone He wishes and sets over them the lowliest of men." It may seem sometimes that the world is out of control, but God is working out His purpose in history just as He said. Man may rebel, but He cannot change what God already has revealed.
Listen to what God has said, "Why do the nations conspire and the peoples plot in vain?
The kings of the earth take their stand and the rulers gather together against the Lord and against His anointed one. Let us break their chains they say, and throw off their fetters. The one enthroned in heaven laughs; the Lord scoffs at them." Recent events and decisions in our own country reveal that we are trying to throw off the authority of God and His Christ just as the psalmist said. When a country legalizes what is morally wrong, and when people glorify the wrong and vilify the right, judgment is just around the corner. History is filled with examples.
It has been written, "Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a disgrace to any people." Or, the Old Testament prophets would put it this way, "For they sow the wind and reap the whirlwind."
For years, America has been sowing secularism and relativism; and now we are reaping its fruit. Secularism denies our need for God, and relativism suggests there is no absolute truth. Both are wrong and both are dangerous. Without God man is left to his own vices, and without truth "everyone does what is right in his own eyes." Obviously there is going to be a clash in what people perceive to be right and wrong. What's right and wrong to one may not be right and wrong to another.
It was that kind of thinking that led to Nazism in Germany and Communism in Russia. In both cases the state became the sole entity that decided what was good and bad. If it wasn't good for the state, it was classified as wrong. Individual rights such as freedom of religion, freedom of speech and freedom of the press no longer existed. And I might add, God was not welcome in either society, at least not the God of the Bible. It already is happening in America.
The battle in our country no longer is between atheism (there is no God) and theism (God exists). It now is between antitheism (against God) and theism. Those who choose not to believe no longer are satisfied to be content with that; rather they are militant against those who do believe. They want to get rid of the idea of God altogether. It is time for those who call themselves Christian to take a bold stand for their own faith.
We, literally, are in a mortal battle unto death. Where do you stand, or better yet, for whom do you stand?
Savits is the pastor at Newberry Church of Christ, 822 Diamond St.