Tuesday, June 15, 2010

The So-called Wise are Foolish. Will You Help Them?

Rom. 1:21- 23 NLT
  21  Yes, they knew God, but they wouldn’t worship him as God or even give him thanks. And they began to think up foolish ideas of what God was like. As a result, their minds became dark and confused.  22 Claiming to be wise, they instead became utter fools.  23 And instead of worshiping the glorious, ever-living God, they worshiped idols made to look like mere people and birds and animals and reptiles.

Paul taught believers in the Church at Rome, and us as well, about the foolishness of the supposed wise and educated people in society.  Human nature is fallen and for those in power, it is just as fallen-- perhaps more so because of the temptations to lust and greed they all face along with their power.  Fallen humanity cares about self not others and certainly not Creator God. As I mentioned yesterday, scripture teaches that humankind has a hidden code with that speaks unconsciously at our root levels about the one True God of all that is. And, when we listen to truth, when we become open to it, we learn that there is both bad news and then good news. The bad news is that we are fallen in our sin and lost from a relationship with God our creator. The good news is that God's love for us was so strong that he went to infinite measures to redeem us from our fallen ways and the consequences of our sin. This message rings true to all hearers. However, each hearer must become willing to say no to self supremacy and yes to God.  Those who are unwilling to bow in worship of God over themselves, cannot give Him thanks. They fool themselves and eve work to confuse others to believe the lies they knowingly embrace. They claim wisdom but are the truest of fools. Some of the so called smartest people in our world today, with degrees and publications, wealth, and fame, are among the most foolish because they refuse God. They worship what their own hands create instead of the hands that created them.

These are ones that the Father has called us to disciple-- for as long as we are left on the earth. Today could have been a day when you could have influenced one such person. Did he or she see Christ in you today?  Will they see Christ in you tomorrow? If you ask the Lord, He can make it so.

Your Servant in Christ's Love
Dan Elliott

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