Thought for Thursday

For many walk, of whom I have told you often, and now tell you even weeping, that they are the enemies of the cross of Christ: whose end is destruction, whose god is their belly, and whose glory is in their shame, who mind earthly things. Philippians 3:18-19

Our text today is a vivid picture of much of today’s western civilization, including Canada, the United States, and much of western Europe. This civilization boasts itself as the most advanced in history in terms of wealth, power, and lifestyle. These nations see themselves as superior to most other parts of the world, and to a great extent they are. Or were. Sadly, the foundations are rapidly crumbling because of economic messes, spiritual collapse, and moral catastrophe. For example, much of the world’s finances are turning away from the once ‘almighty’ US dollar to more stable currencies. When the US issued a dollar coin a few years ago, some were concerned because the words ‘In God we trust’ were not to be found on it. Actually, those words are there, but on the edge, not the face, of the coin. Unfortunately, the god the Americans trust is their belly, not the Almighty whom they once reverenced, but of whom they now appear to be embarrassed. While much of the rest of the world starves, people in our western civilization are becoming more gluttonous than ever. A recent study shows two-thirds of Canadians and Americans are overweight, and a significant percentage of those are obese. What a sorry character for any people!

Some years ago, during his presidency, Barak Obama issued a statement calling on all Americans to embrace homosexuality and welcome homosexuals. Flying in the face of God’s utter condemnation of that abominable lifestyle can only drag that country further into the dunghill of its own destruction. As our text proclaims, they are glorying in their shame. Obama also issued decree after decree to countermand the efforts of the George W. Bush administration to halt the slaughter of the unborn. The situation in Canada is no better, with those who oppose abortion being labeled enemies of society for attacking the right of promiscuous women to slaughter their children. What hope does a nation have that seeks to destroy its own children and future on the altar of immorality and open fornication?

Much of the emphasis of our western civilizations these days is on a thrust for freedom from religion rather than freedom of religion. The rapidly growing trend toward ignoring God and squelching the rights of Christians to exercise their beliefs is sad and telling. How much longer can God endure such rejection in the face of all the blessings He has heaped upon this part of the world?

Our western civilization used to be worth celebrating. But little worth celebrating remains. Our nations are minding earthly things, and ignoring Heavenly things; and they are headed for certain destruction. -Jim MacIntosh

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