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Change You’ll Regret

October 14, 2008

The United States will fall some day.  Election 2008 might mark the watershed moment of its sharpest ever decline.  Paul wrote Timothy, “The love of money is the root of all evil.”  I’m not sure that our country wouldn’t vote for a sadistic axe-murdering cannibal if he promised it a better economic package than the other guy.  Twelve years ago Robert Bork wrote Slouching Towards Gommorha.  The slouch has turned into a slippery slide.

What has so destroyed the discernment of American people that they have become so out-of-touch with God-given values?  David Wells writes in No Place for Truth (p. 56):

Those who can manufacture such abundance are not immune from the moral corruption that multiplies in the abundance.  Genius is never antiseptic.  No matter how brilliant the Western achievements are—and they have been brilliant—like all other human achievements, they, too, serve as vehicles for the vices to which fallen human nature is constantly prone.  The values that often accompany Western plenty are not made hygienic by the genius whose company they keep.  On the contrary, they have become the acid that is eating at the Western soul.  The hand that gives so generously in the material realm also takes away devastatingly in the spiritual.

What happened?  Wells continues (pp. 57-59):

The Enlightenment world liberated us to dream dreams of the world’s renovation and of ourselves at its center, standing erect and proud, recasting the whole sorry scheme of things bare-handed, as it were, leaning only on our reason and goodness. . . . It is as if the ability to make better cars and better airplanes and better medicines and better theories imply an ability to make better selves. . . . The need to be in motion, moving toward the future, to know that we are leaving behind periods of lesser achievement and shaking ourselves free of what is obsolete, is obviously very great. . . . [B]eneath all of the difficulties and disappointments that modernity has brought, there still resides a belief in progress; we continue to think, or perhaps fervently hope, that we are still moving toward a better future. . . . There is always hope because things are always improving, despite the fact that under secular auspices there is no truth by which one can judge whether a culture is moving foward or backward.

This is Obama’s belief in change for change’s sake and the hope in hope and the hope in change.  None of these are hopes rooted in absolute truth.  They are rooted in the enlightenment optimism in change.  Change means progress.

But does change mean progress?  Not according to the Bible.  Without God, we’ll change for sure.  That change will always be a change toward the worse.  It will start with spiritual deterioration and end in psychological and then physical devastation.  God hasn’t made this world to change for the better without Him.  We only change for the better by the grace of God.  Without Him, its always a change for the worse.

This trust in progress separate from God leaves the absolute truth of God’s Word to relativism and then to secularization.  Man becomes the new standard, elevating his own thoughts above God’s.  Without inalienable truth, the culture loses its ability to transmit its values or even meaning from one generation to the next, so neither can it regulate behavior.

With the now uncertain standard, more important than substance is style, the ability to relate and make someone feel happy and secure.  A previous world prized permanence.  Ours wants change.  Wells writes (pp. 42-44):

They made houses and shoes to last; we build obsolescence into many of our products, and our houses last only about forty years. . . . Men’s socks used to be darned and shirt collars and cuffs turned to make them last longer.  Now we simply replace them. . . .The norms, values, and principles that were once seen to be enduring absolutes, along with the knowledge of God in which they were grounded, now seem quite uncertain and perishable.

Men will place their hope in change.  They know they’re enlightened and they’ve progressed.  They moved from the old ways to new ones.  They prove to themselves that they’ve been liberated from any bondage to race, gender, sexual orientation, or system of morals.  Imagine a nation that prefers a candidate who promises to steal the possessions of a few Americans to spread their earned or inherited wealth to everyone else, who blocked a bill that would protect infant survivors of abortion attempts, and who is unrelenting in his assocations with an unrepentant domestic terrorist who bombed our capital.  He looks good.  He sounds amazing, or at least that’s what the experts tell us.  And he’s promising change.

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  1. October 15, 2008 at 6:07 am

    Excellent post. I loved your succint summation of the Illinois Senator – “Obama’s belief in change for change’s sake and the hope in hope and the hope in change.” He rarely takes a stand on anything, but when he does plant his feet it’s always in a pile of manure. Good stuff, and I really liked the No Place for Truth quotes.

    By the way, you guys can move me from the “Links that Link Us” list to the “Links that Like Us” list. I like you guys! Always have.

  2. October 15, 2008 at 7:50 am

    The change B.O. wants is in our pockets.

  3. October 15, 2008 at 10:57 am

    I’m voting for whoever will give ME the most. I don’t care if other people suffer for that to happen.

    That does remind me of Gollum in Lord of the Rings. He wants in your pocketsssesss.

    Thanks for the comments. Travis, I think Jeff will move you to the “like” category. I’m sure he just wanted to make sure you were linked and didn’t know if you liked. He administrates the site and will probably read your note here.

  4. October 15, 2008 at 8:30 pm

    That’s all will have left in our pockets!!

  5. October 15, 2008 at 9:04 pm

    Good one, Billy.

    I’m not going to think about B.O. reaching for the change in my pocket.

  6. Bobby Mitchell
    October 16, 2008 at 6:13 am

    “Obama: If I can answer the question. Number one, I want to cut taxes for 95 percent of Americans. Now, it is true that my friend and supporter, Warren Buffett, for example, could afford to pay a little more in taxes in order…

    McCain: (chuckling) We’re talking about Joe the plumber.”

    That, to me, was one of the most telling exchanges of last night’s debate.

    They are talking about Joe the Plumber and Obama uses the example of his “friend and supporter” (drum roll here) “Warren Buffet.” McCain’s response was priceless. Obama is the one who is OUT OF TOUCH. Buffett is a billionaire and Obama is using him to attempt to persuade Joe that Joe should pay more in taxes to “spread the wealth around.” I love McCain’s attitude that it is not a time to raise ANY taxes.

    Obama–elistist, socialist, snob! No thanks!

  7. October 16, 2008 at 10:07 pm

    Bobby,

    They didn’t vet Joe the Plumber before his spontaneous interview, so now we know he doesn’t have a license and that he owes back taxes. Both Obama and Biden attacked Mr. The Plumber today. Biden snarls, “I don’t know of any plumbers making 250,000 in my neighborhood!!!” Does this stir up class hatred?

    We can all hope that all plumbers suffer and are able to keep their income below the undesirable, evil 250,000 barrier. Once above that magic line, chosen because the campaign architects don’t want to say 249,999.99, one must turn over a larger percentage of the money to the government for redistribution.

    Will poor people ever see the money? They’ll see a small percentage of it once it moves its way through the hands of rich and elitist bureaucrat and “administrators,” but only in the form of something that will make them more dependent on the government or Democrats. The recipients won’t have to work for it either. The key for getting the funds is to perform badly and vote democratic.

  8. October 17, 2008 at 3:48 pm

    Without prayer for this election, change will certainly be for the worse. I think we must also contact our elected officials to voice our concerns so change can be for the better.

    I would like to share a Prayer Guide for Nov 4th Elections, followed by a letter I sent to Senator McCain and Governor Palin Thursday morning after the debate.

    Prayer Guide for Nov 4th Elections
    It is critical that Christians pray for the coming presidential election. There is amazing power in united prayer. Please print out this prayer guide and pray daily until the election. Pray with others whenever possible. The power of prayer can overcome any obstacle or ungodly influence and, indeed, do great things! Please forward this to every Christian you know.

    Remember 2 Chronicle 7:14: “If my people who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.”

    Psalm 32:6-7 – Pray that Christians will be motivated to pray faithfully for this election and that the Lord would deliver us from the wrong leaders.

    Psalm 16:7-8 – Pray that the Lord would give wise counsel and guidance to His choice for president in this campaign.

    Proverbs 16:13 – Pray that our nation will listen to the truth and not be led astray.

    Psalm 18:32-36 – Pray that the Lord would arm the man of His choice with strength; that He would guide him in battle (this election), and that He would sustain him and give him victory.

    Hebrews 11:32-34 – Pray that God’s man could, through faith, persevere and maintain his courage throughout this election.

    Psalm 125 – Pray that those who trust in the Lord will not be shaken.

    Psalm 86:14-17 – Pray that the Lord would defeat those who have no regard for Him in this election.

    2 Cor. 12:9 – Pray that the Lord would empower and enable his man in any area of weakness.

    II Kings 13:16 – Pray that the Lord would put His hands on the man of His choice for president (and his team) and guide them in this election.

    Proverbs 1:5-6 – Pray that God’s man will listen with discernment, add to his knowledge, and receive wise counsel in this campaign.

    John 16:33 – Pray that the man of God’s choice would be given wisdom and ability from the Lord to overcome any obstacle or difficulty during this campaign.

    Acts 17:30 – Pray for repentance for yourself and for our nation.

    Luke 12:54-57 – Pray that God’s man and our nation will be discerning and do what is right.

    Phil. 4:13 – Pray that the Lord’s choice for President will have special strength and unusual ability from God.

    Habakkuk 1:5 and 3:2 – Pray that the Lord would do something that would utterly amaze us and give His servant victory.

    This is a letter/email I sent to Senator McCain and Governor Palin Thursday morning after the debate.

    Hello,

    I am a big supporter of John McCain and Sarah Palin. In a 75% black
    neighborhood of Pottstown, PA, I have a big 4X9 lighted billboard
    with the official McCain Palin logo covering my front porch. This is
    a very unpopular in my neighborhood.

    Senator McCain, the reason I am writing is I was happy you were
    speaking out about Barack’s associations with ACORN and terrists like
    Ayers and socialists like Chavez. AMEN. Keep speaking out like this
    without compromise and political correctness.

    However, I was deeply disappointed by your refusal to turn down a
    Supreme Court Justice Nominee with a pro-abortion voting record. We
    understand you were trying to be politically correct, but this is
    compromise. Of course a pro-abortion voting record doesn’t rule out
    the nominee’s other abilities and experience, but the point is if
    your voting record is for killing babies you don’t belong in that
    position. The value and sanctity of life is the main issue I vote on
    and many of my friends have also stated is the tipping point of the
    scales when it comes to a vote for or against you.

    You have my vote as a protest against Obama, but if before the
    elections you address this issue again and completely stand against
    abortion in all cases – even rape and incest (it’s never right to do
    wrong to do right); if you promise not to appoint judges with pro-
    abortion voting records, I know for a fact you will tip the scales in
    your favour. I know many who are voting 3rd party because of you have
    not stood strong in this area.

    I am voting for you so please do the right thing when it comes to
    appointing Judges. Please don’t make me regret my vote. Thank you and
    we are praying fervently for you to make the right decisions.

    Sincerely,
    Josiah and Tiffany Kuenzi
    http://www.BornAliveTruth.org

  9. October 17, 2008 at 8:33 pm

    I just read through a voter’s guide for Baldwin, the Constitutional Party Candidate. He has a great stand on abortion, sodomy, and the UN; but the rest of what he believes really worries me. If I WAS to vote for a third party candidate, who would it be? Baldwin is an isolationist. I think isolationism is the fastest way to kill worldwide missions outreach and leave missionaries out on the field to die. I’m sure there are good reasons for isolationism when it comes to the economy, but is it really the way to go? For instance, Baldwin is completely against foreign aide (according to the guide), even in times of catastrophe or to further US interests. He wants to cancel all trade agreements and bring all our troops home from all over the world. Personally, I believe we cannot be isolationist and AS missionary at the same time.

    This brings me back to McCain, though he is not as strong on many issues as I would like.

  10. Titus Quinctius Cincinnatus
    October 18, 2008 at 9:42 pm

    McCain isn’t perfect, but then again, I’m not looking for a candidate who is going to effect political salvation for the United States. There will be no political salvation. Our hope should be in God, not in “getting the right guy elected”, which seems to be the tack taken by the “principled stand” people who want to choose a Chuck Baldwin or a Ron Paul over McCain. They are so willing to toss their vote into the trash by voting third party, thereby helping to elect an out-and-out socialist like Obama. Sure, McCain is the “lesser of two evils” (and I use that term somewhat sarcastically with reference to those who really mean it) – but hey, we live in a fallen world with an evil world system, so what do we really expect? That we’re going to elect a President who solves all our problems and restores this nation – which is *really* only going to happen if we Christians get serious about living for the Lord again, not by electing some person into office? Right now, I’ll settle for the guy who takes us down the river slower, thereby giving us more time to serve God with quiet and peaceable lives – and that guy is McCain.

  11. October 19, 2008 at 12:43 pm

    Bro Heinz, Good point to consider about Chuck Baldwin regarding the effect something like that might have on foreign missionaries.

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