A Debased Mind.

I want to beg the indulgence of those who visit our site from outside the United States for a bit and address events that occurring in the Presidential campaign in the States.

Given the deplorable state of the U. S. economy and the woeful void of leadership in matters of foreign policy, pundits are scratching their heads, wondering how the Presidential race could be in a dead heat. Just last night, our ambassador to Lybia was assassinated and our current “leader” doesn’t seem to have the intestinal fortitude to react with swift force. I couldn’t help remembering the “war of Jenkin’s ear” between England and Spain that was precipitated by the severing of an ear from Robert Jenkin, the captain of a British merchant ship. It should not go unnoticed that last night’s heinous act occurred on the eleventh anniversary of yet another day that will live in infamy when a group of religious thugs flew planes into the world trade center and the Pentagon. It seems to escape our President that an attack on our embassy is not “a crime” but an act of war against our nation. We should not forget that in the middle eastern mind-set, there is a solidarity between the individual and the society in which he lives. One man’s guilt is the guilt of the society as a whole.

Common sense would dictate that it is time for a new leader, but common sense isn’t so common any more. Why is it that the Presidential race is still so tight?

I believe the answer is found in Romans chapter one. Paul wrote, “And since they did not see fit to acknowledge God, God gave them up to a debased mind to do what ought not to be done” (Romans 1:28).

If we argue that the desire to protect human life is extreme and advocating the murder of babies who are in the process of being born isn’t extreme, we clearly have a debased mind.

This morning I read a passage in Luke’s Gospel that was eerily similar to events that occurred at the Democratic National Convention last week. No one seemed to be able to explain why the word “God” was omitted from the Party Platform. In my view, that omission was far less significant than what followed. Scrambling to try to correct the omission, the delegates were asked to decide whether the word “God” should be included in a document that ostensibly reflected the values of the Party. The matter required a two/thirds majority of the delegates voting. It was clear to everyone watching that the vote was evenly divided at best. The moderator tried three times to procure the desired result that had already been written for him. The loud response of half the delegates was, “we do not see fit to acknowledge God!” This should come as no surprise. The Progressives [a euphemism for liberals] in our country have been on a campaign to vote God out for decades.

Look at the Luke passage I read this morning,

But they all cried out together, “Away with this man, and release to us Barabbas”- a man who had been thrown into prison for an insurrection started in the city and for murder. Pilate addressed them once more, desiring to release Jesus, but they kept shouting, “Crucify, crucify him!” A third time he said to them, “Why, what evil has he done? I have found in him no guilt deserving death. I will therefore punish and release him.” But they were urgent, demanding with loud cries that he should be crucified. And their voices prevailed. So Pilate decided that their demand should be granted (Luke 23:18-24).

Notice that Pilate tried three times for a different result, then gave in to the will of the people [talk about leading from behind].

The will of the people was to crucify the Lord of glory. I believe if half the delegates at the Democratic Convention had their way, they would drag God from his throne and trample him underfoot. No wonder people don’t have the “common sense” to make proper decisions.


3 Responses to “A Debased Mind.”

  1. 1 Ariel D. Moya Sequeira
    September 12, 2012 at 9:28 pm

    Well… It’s the common sense of sinners to deny or actively reject even the slightest mention of God.

    About the DNC change of values, one of the main aspects an enterprise should define is its values. However, in practice, it is often just “sweet talk” and quickly forgotten. The values should, theoretically, direct the way enterprises work, not the other way around. If values are skimped over, then the organization suffers a shift from a set of “purely-theoretical” values to a different, more “noticeable-in-practice” set of values.

    The big picture cries “demagogy”, but that’s another topic.

    By the way, the similarity between Jesus’ trial and the DNC is quite striking.

  2. September 14, 2012 at 8:32 pm

    What’s rather ‘interesting’, and perhaps hypocritical (did I say ‘perhsps’?) is the attempt to put God back into the DNC platform while maintaining killing babies and same-sex marriage. I completely aggree concerning Romans 1. No one born is born sans the knowledge, but all are born truth supressors, which explains exactly Christianity is vilified while other religions permitted and even TAUGHT in shools where things ‘Christian’ are banned.

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