It is no coincidence that the Democratic Party has, in the same week, taken God out of their party platform and said, “The government is the only thing we all belong to.” It is not a coincidence because this path is described in Romans 1:18-32. I am amazed at how vivid the parallels are between the DNC, Adam and Eve, and you and me.
The party platform for 2012 was approved on Sept 4th and in it they had removed all references to God. After the press began to ask questions, the DNC realized this was not selling well to the American people. They moved to amend the platform to put God back in. Watch this video of the vote. See if you think it was a 2/3 majority. Listen to the boos that the results received.
“Although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened. Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images made to look like mortal man and birds and animals and reptiles.” – Romans 1:21-23.
When people refuse to worship God and remove Him from their lives, they live in a false reality. God is the Creator of all things. There is nothing in heaven above or on earth below that He does not claim for His glory. Everything points to Him. When we live as if that is not true, we live in a false reality. That denial of truth (which is evident to everyone just from the marvels of creation so that no one is without excuse) causes bad thinking. That thinking is futile because it goes against the way the universe is wired to run. It just doesn’t work. Persistence in this type of thinking leads to foolishness and dark hearts.
But it doesn’t stop there. Humanity always needs something to worship. We are worshippers by nature. If we will not worship the immortal God, we will worship something else. Throw out God and create your own. The ancients worshipped the sun, nature, and gods that looked like animals. The Democrats have exchanged God for government.
We are to trust in government. Almighty Government is the solution to every problem. All Caring Government will provide people food, jobs, security, cell phones, education, child care, health care, retirement, mortgages – everything. And when we let it do all of that then the government does own us. We will belong to it whether we want to or not. It will tell us what to eat, where to live, what activities are appropriate, etc.
Listen to this video shown at the DNC on Sept 4th.
“The Government is the only thing we all belong to.” That is the thinking. We are its dependents. We owe our lives to it. This explains the thinking of the president when he said to Americans, “That business of yours – you didn’t build that”. The DNC has exchanged God for government. Government is their god. It is the creator, giver, and sustainer of life in their thinking. Romans 1:25, “They exchanged the truth of God for a lie and worshipped and served created things, rather than the Creator – who is forever praised. Amen.”
But the consequences of this thinking don’t stop there. Romans 1:24-32 says God gives people over to this thinking. In other words, He lets the consequences run their course. Perhaps you can see how God has given them over to their sinful desires. The DNC platform is for taxpayer funded abortion (murder), free birth control, and even gay marriage. Do you see the parallels in the passage? I can’t help but think of slogans like “Pay Their Fair Share” and “The 1%” when I read the warning signs of greed, envy, and malice. Watch the video of the vote again. Did you notice the open deceit and deception of the outcome? They had no problem disenfranchising their own delegates of their votes!
But I’m not accusing the DNC of anything that the rest of us are not guilty of. What I see in this party is a clear demonstration of the fallen nature of humanity. The story is as old as Adam and Eve. Actually, it is their story. Adam and Eve decided to do things their way and not God’s way. They wanted to be like God instead of acknowledging Him and being obedient to Him. So they replaced God with, well, themselves. Their will was done, not God’s.
And it is our story. We do the same thing. Everyone one of us has a sinful, rebellious nature. We are born with it. Theologians call it original sin. We choose to do things our own way and not God’s way. Another word for it is pride.
We think we could really be free and live life to the fullest if we didn’t have these moral restraints placed on us by God. So we throw them off. We work to remove any sign of God by compartmentalizing our private lives and claiming there should be separation of church and state in our public lives. The less God there is the more freedom we have… so the theory goes.
But it doesn’t work. It didn’t work for Adam and Eve. They were separated from God, banished from the garden, brought a curse on the land, and set us all on a course to meet death one day.
It doesn’t work in our own lives. Broken relationships, debt, addiction, and despair are some of the consequences of our “freedom”. We can’t run from it. It weighs on our souls in our quiet moments. It steals our hope and joy. It leaves us empty.
And it doesn’t work in politics either. The world hasn’t gotten any better with government solutions. We have $16 trillion in debt with massive welfare entitlements and more people on food stamps than ever before.
When we do not acknowledge God in our own lives and live however we want, destruction is the outcome. For a myriad of reasons we don’t want to admit it so we look for something else to blame. For Adam, it was Eve. For Eve, it was the snake. For the Democrats, it is Republicans. For you and me, well…..the lies and excuses have to end. Can we acknowledge our pride and sin before it is too late?
We can plainly see that life is broken and doesn’t work so we look for salvation. We have reached the realization that salvation does not lie within so we look to something bigger than ourselves. For many Americans salvation is sought in a government program. Politicians become messiahs. This religion has played itself out before and has never delivered on its promises. Ask the Cubans, the Russians, the North Koreans, or any other people who have worshipped government as their god. This false god of government doesn’t save. It enslaves. That’s what false gods do.
The solution is simple. It is not forcing God into a party platform. It is not paying lip service to the Creator. The solution is repenting of our sin and allowing Jesus to be Lord of our lives as individuals. We must begin to acknowledge how the universe it wired to work. “The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.” – Proverbs 9:10. For life to work, we must turn to the Creator of life and acknowledge Him and His ways.
That’s true for the DNC, Adam and Eve, and you and me.