This post continues on the theme of truthfulness that ColorStorm initiated with his brilliant post, Two cents can bring a change that touches on the deepness of God’s word and how it is always “reliable, verifiable and truthful”. As ColorStorm states,” too many today fail to acknowledge the creator behind all that is accomplished. We laud the architecture of European castles and the estate of Bill Gates, yet we fail to see how they pale in comparison to the implanted nature and engineering of a spider’s web, or the roots of a tree, or the fanning strut of the male turkey, given freely by He who made all things.”
Indeed, take a simple sunrise which is not so simple really. Brilliant colors perfectly painted by a Creator at exactly the right time each and every day? Or just a random scientific reaction of sunlight scattered about by the earth’s atmosphere? Who is behind the scattering and who commands it to happen every morning? Yes, science explains the phenomenon but who created the laws behind the science?
Citizen Tom builds on this in his excellent post, OH HOW WE CHERISH THEY WHOSE WORDS ARE SURE, taking ColorStorm’s devastatingly accurate statement that, a “man’s word changes like a chameleon depending on what is convenient, and the handshake to most is merely a courtesy” and tying it in with our political leaders and how miserably they fail to live up to the oaths they give upon entering office to uphold and protect the Constitution.
In Citizen Tom’s words, “Why are these oaths significant? When the Constitution was written, Americans still took pride in their word being taken as their bond. To defend their honor, which they regarded as sacred, they understood they must support the Constitution with a full regard to the original intent of the men who wrote it. They could not pretend the Constitution is a living document. They could not act as though the Constitution says whatever they wished it to say. If they had given their word to support Constitution, then they were bound by their honor to support it.”
Citizen Tom then looks at today’s politicians and notes how far they’ve strayed from these principles and goes on to connect this directly with distance from the Bible and the truth of God’s word.
Indeed. Not only are we denying the central truths behind what sustains us politically, culturally and economically, but we allow our leaders to openly lie to about it. The major building blocks of society are crumbling and yet we keep electing people who will play along with our various charades of denial, hoping to never face the music.
This is easiest to see in the shameful structure of government entitlement programs, which are going bust and will require massive benefit cuts and tax hikes if left unaltered. We all know this, yet those calling for responsible reform to make them sustainable and perhaps steer people towards self sufficiency are called “heartless” and “selfish”. Yet there are others who wish to DO NOTHING and who are LAUDED for this even though it will lead to the eventual collapse of these programs and much misery. No truths here, only false promises that too many mistake for compassion.
And if the government can spend zillions of dollars it doesn’t have, well why not pass this falsehood down to individuals? People are in debt up to their eyeballs on credit cards, student loans, mortgages, car payments etc…, yet homes are filled with the latest Apple products, flat screen tv’s and luxury cars. I’d never knock a person for buying things they can afford, but with over 60% of Americans having less than $1,000 in savings, it’s hard not to see a rude awakening happening soon. I’d gladly pay you Tuesday for a hamburger today doesn’t work in the real world unfortunately and you will never win a battle with math. Again the truth loses here
Culturally too we are a hot mess of untruth. We feed young women and teens the lie that sleeping around is somehow empowering. We allow children who are confused about their sexuality and wishing to change genders to permanently mutilate their bodies, hoping this will somehow “fix” things. We pretend the word euthanasia somehow means something other than state sanctioned suicide. We encourage dependency on the government as if it’s a good thing and our national pastime has become playing the victim and being perpetually offended.
Truth, justice and the American way have become lost words to a society too embarrassed by itself to stick up for what’s right and defend the very values that made this country great.
There is much spiritual rot here in this place we find ourselves in, where words mean their opposite, up is down, the good suffer and the bad thrive. What to do then but turn to the only thing that’s reliable, verifiable and truthful as ColorStorm would say? Each and every morning the promise of a new beginning is freely given with the dawn of a new day. Grasp it and the truths that lay behind it. Wake up sleepy head and look up to something larger.