Looking for a cure for a dread disease? There may not be one.
Diabetes is an insidious disease that can kill silently. So can high blood pressure. Both are known as diseases that can kill before the victim even realizes what has happened. Heart disease can also be a silent killer. One may go for years and never suspect coronary arteries are closing until there is pain and death.
Physicians would like to cure diseases, but there is only so much they can do. Sometimes, all the doctors can do is treat the symptoms. To treat diabetes, they give drugs to lower blood sugar and encourage the patient to exercise. Treatment may help an afflicted person live longer, but, often, people stop the treatment and the disease continues its course. The same is true for heart disease, high blood pressure and a myriad of other types of illnesses.
The United States has a disease. The disease is spiritual; it is sin. This disease has always existed, but some people don’t like to think about it or find a treatment. Sin is a silent killer going undetected by the victim until spiritual death. But, with this spiritual disease, there is only one cure. One must change the heart and mind and conduct and obey God. As with physical disease, many people don’t like the prospect of the spiritual treatment.
That this nation has departed from the living God is self-evident. A look at the conduct of its people is diagnostic. Millions are lost in sin in a nation with religious freedom. Divorce rates have been escalating since 1950 and, now, at least 50 percent of marriages end in divorce. Why? It’s a symptom of spiritual disease.
Abortion, the murder of the unborn, has remained at about the same rate since the Roe vs. Wade decision by the Supreme Court in 1973. Although politicians have promised to stop this premeditated murder, they have failed. Richard Nixon, Gerald R. Ford, George H.W. Bush, and George W. Bush all promised to appoint Supreme Court justices that would throw out the 1973 decision. They all failed. Why? Because we are talking about a spiritual disease here.
There is only one thing that can stop the insidious disease of sin and the fruit that it bears, and that is obedience to the gospel. The apostle Paul lived in the days of the Roman Empire, the most corrupt and sinful system of government the world has ever known. Yet, Paul knew that if people repented and obeyed the gospel the world could change. It is impossible to read Paul’s letter to Philemon about the slave Onesimus and not see this. Changing people into obedient children of God makes us all brothers and sisters. Obedience changes our relation to God and each other, (Galatians 3:26-28).
This is the only cure for sin. The writer of Psalms wrote by the inspiration of God, “Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD; and the people whom he hath chosen for his own inheritance,” (Psalm 33:12). He did not write that any nation whose God is its belly is blessed. He wrote, “Blessed is the nation whose God IS the LORD.” The inspired psalmist did not write, “Blessed is the nation whose God WAS the Lords, but isn’t now.” The United States hasn’t been a nation whose people are the Lords for a very long time. The evidence of this is incontrovertible.
If we want this nation to become one centered in obedience to the Lord, it won’t happen through the political process. Politics is a popularity contest. Politicians are elected to do what the greatest number of people want, and the greatest number of people in this country want to march on to eternity bound for condemnation. Why do you think we have the leaders we have? It’s because we wanted them.
This is not a new problem. Judah was led to accept the “lesser of two evils” called idolatry. They were simply hedging their bets. They didn’t believe God was helping them and they thought Baal might, so they capitulated. Who led the way? Judah’s politicians and leaders, that’s who. Isaiah wrote, “’Now therefore what have I here,’ declares the LORD, ‘seeing that my people are taken away for nothing? Their rulers wail,’ declares the LORD, ‘and continually all the day my name is despised’”, (Isaiah 52:5).
The disease of sin is insidious and the cure does not just treat the symptoms! The only change that can redirect this country is a spiritual one — obedience to the gospel and God’s commands — because nothing else will change it. Elect whomever you will, no politician has ever preached the truth of the gospel (which is the only way to become a nation of godly people), and they never will. Unless and until people obey the gospel and live obediently for God, there is no hope of changing it.