Race is the topic of the day. A month ago, it was all about a virus and today it’s all about race. Today, if you aren’t up in arms about reforming our social constructs you must be a racist. In fact, as I watched a nationally televised program on ‘justice’ recently, it told us as much. We are all racists … in fact, I think former President Obama said that.
Racism is real because sin is real. This may not be what you want to hear, but racism is a sin in the eyes of God, and as long as there is sin you will have racism. Tell that to a social justice person, and I’m sure they will go ballistic. My statement does not mean we don’t address racism … just as we do poverty … but like poverty, racism will remain with us because of the condition of our hearts. Does anyone think we can change racism simply by enacting more laws and policies that tell us that it is wrong? Injustice will not go away simply by our marches and our speeches calling for it to end.
As with all sin, only God can take away the pain of it and the injustice it can create. There is one tool that is at everyone’s disposal that can help us face racism and that is the Cross. As Scripture tells us:
1 Corinthians 1:24 But unto them which are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God, and the wisdom of God.
As I listen to the speeches and the call for defunding the police, it reminds me of children playing dress-up with their parents' clothing. Shirts too big for small bodies, shoes too large to fit small feet … but all relevant in a make-believe world of a child’s mind.
In the culture, the only strength they possess is their ideologies. They have become the gods of the culture … idols that we have brought to life to address the problems we face as a society. Some believe so strongly in these idols that they are convinced they can fundamentally change America into a place of equal opportunity for all. That means no borders keeping needy people out. It means no police departments, only social justice agencies. It means creating a society where the poor, the criminal, and the immigrant will have more rights at no expense to them. Conservative commentator Bill O’Reilly said this is what we can expect in the future:
• Many criminals will not be punished and will be released after arrest with no bail. That’s because ‘non-violent’ offenses like possession of heroin with intent to sell are now considered crimes caused by white society.
• The police, not lawbreakers, will be suspect and in some places like Minneapolis, traditional law enforcement will be replaced by holistic policies.
• Our politically correct culture will vastly expand. All men accused by women will be guilty, all those who oppose liberalism will be branded bigots, due process will disappear.
• Some college campuses will even ban non-liberal speech. Virtue-signaling, not facts or reason, will dominate education.
• Taxes will rise along with entitlement spending. That will strangle the economy which will be increasingly regulated by the federal government in order to ‘combat’ climate change.
• A wealth tax will be passed, the first step in a program that would allow federal seizure of private assets. That’s something the socialists must have in order to impose a ‘just’ society.
• Illegal immigration will be accepted. Amnesty for undocumented people a certainty. Sanctuary places that shield foreign criminals will continue their lawless conduct. Millions of foreign nationals will be encouraged to apply for asylum and flood into the country.
• Abortion at any time for any reason will be funded by taxpayers. If you object on religious or moral grounds, you will be branded a ‘misogynist.’
A fair assessment, and that’s just the beginning. America will change as a result of the killing of George Floyd, and the revolution is just beginning. I want you to understand that the transformation of America has begun, and it won’t stop until it is completed. You may not like the word ‘revolution’ but that is what is happening. A ‘cultural revolution’ remaking America into an image of a new generation:
• That generation is without God
• That generation has an attitude of entitlement
• That generation is superior to all generations before it
• That generation is the most naïve and impressionable to date
• That generation is right no matter what, end of discussion
• That generation is focused and determined not to fail
• That generation is the epitome of the wisdom of man
The only hope we have is to firmly preach the message of the Cross. Listen to the Words of Jesus:
Matthew 11:28 Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.”
All of these social issues are heavy burdens, they are beyond our ability to solve, and it is only our pride and arrogance that makes us think we can solve them.
To the church, I say, “Follow the narrow path of Christ crucified.” Our game plans must change. There is no hope or reason to argue silly theology questions. The world is burning, and we are pondering how prosperous He wants us to become, or arguing with others about when He will return, or we are telling people our best life is now. Themes that we either don’t know nor can we prove, while wasting a lot of time and energy being exasperated by them.
I don’t want to be critical, but now is the time to talk about Jesus and his promise of peace. This world has nothing to offer you except to create in you an angry heart that supports the victimization of people. There is no freedom in man’s solutions … absolutely none. You cannot solve man’s problems with man’s solutions … we have been trying this for millenniums. Man is great at gathering knowledge, but he is always short on the wisdom in how to apply it.
Focus on the Cross, the wisdom and the power of God.
Challenging the Culture with Truth … Larry Kutzler