We are 18 months away from the 2016 Presidential election, and already it’s the daily topic of political pundits.
Many conservative news commentators seem to believe all of America’s ills can be solved by new leadership in Washington. A stronger military. Or a robust economy. The challenges our country faces today are greater and more serious than any of these.
In one of the great Bible verses, Proverbs 14:34, the wise man forever encapsulates the greatness or decline of any nation in a single sentence.
“Righteousness exalts a nation, But sin is a reproach to any people.“
Sin is our real problem and is seen in so many areas of our national life. Consider just these five.
(1) Sin is responsible for the collapse of the family unit. Our family problems begin with a disrespect for God’s marriage laws. Easy divorce. Adultery. Selfishness. Yes, it’s us. And it is sin! ( Heb 13:4)
(2) Sin breeds corruption in government. A similar scenario is played out over and over again through the years. Abuse of position. Scandals. These are dominating the news. Again. Why? Pride. A lust for power. Selfish agendas. (Prov 16:8).
(3) Sin is the culprit in corporate abuse. Some blame our capitalistic, free enterprise system. But it’s not the system. It’s people. Stealing, dishonesty, and embezzlement are sins of greed (1 Cor 6:10).
(4) Sin actually contributes to our economic problems Surely sin has nothing to do with that? When folks fail to work, take personal responsibility, and would rather receive a handout, then, it will impact the overall economy. It speaks to sins of laziness. Covetousness. Greed (2 Thess. 3:10-12).
(5) Sin even invades churches and produces scandal among religious leaders. Some like to blame religion. But that is not true. It’s hypocrisy. Lack of spirituality. Sinful attitudes and behavior (Matt 23).
It is a maxim that I’ve heard all of my life: “Sin will take you farther than you want to go, keep you longer than you want to stay and cost you more than you want to pay.” And today our country is paying! And not just economically. But ethically. Morally. And spiritually.
Make no mistake the greatest problem of America and humankind is sin. Sin enslaves the will. Sin stains the soul. Sin scars the conscience. Sin separates us from God.
Don’t blame Washington for America’s problems. Or the politicians. Or the President Our only hope as a nation is a return to righteousness. Godliness. And a Biblical standard of morality.
However, the good news for us individually, is that we do not have to be slaves of sin. We can be cleansed of its stain. We can be free from its entanglement. We can rise above the reproach.
In a world gone mad with lust and license, let us practice righteousness, sow seeds of righteousness, and produce the fruit of righteousness.
–Ken Weliever, The Preacherman