The blatant view of the liberal mind is that God should be fixing this and therefore we should not believe in His existence because He is doing nothing about the problems WE people create. Is God suppose to fix this? Or did God give us the tools and the ability of heart, mind, and soul to fix these problems ourselves?
My personal opinion is that God gave us His word and teachings that we should train our mind and children up with that which is good and righteous. In so doing we would embed within our hearts and minds the commandments, laws, and statutes with which we can be guided to make all of the right decisions. We were promised that if we acted such a way, that we would receive such great things and lives; but we haven’t acted as we were told to act.
“Therefore you shall lay up these words of mine in your heart and in your soul, and bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. You shall teach them to your children, speaking of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up. And you shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates, that your days and the days of your children may be multiplied in the land of which the Lord swore to your fathers to give them, like the days of the heavens above the earth.” ~Deuteronomy 11:18-21
Many of us did not act or train up our children as we should have, many of us as children weren’t raised in such a way. Just because you were raise in a Catholic, Protestant, Pentecostal, or even a Baptist home does not guarantee you are acting or even living as such. I was raised in a Catholic home, but we were told to act such a way, but not trained to do so; nor were we even trained into understanding why we believe the things that we supposedly believed. You might say that we were “weekend warrior of the faith.” Like so many other people, who were late bloomers into the faith, out there Sunday was the only day of faith, so we were all prepared to sin throughout the week! Does that sound familiar?
“Now it shall come to pass, if you diligently obey the voice of the Lord your God, to observe carefully all His commandments which I command you today, that the Lord your God will set you high above all nations of the earth. And all these blessings shall come upon you and overtake you, because you obey the voice of the Lord your God” ~ Deuteronomy 28:1-2
While at the same time we were promised a great life, we were also promised what would happen if we did not abide by God’s will and follow His commandments, laws, and statutes. We were shown what was behind both door #1 and Door #2 prior to choosing…but we chose the wrong direction any way. Despite all of the warnings!
“But it shall come to pass, if you do not obey the voice of the Lord your God, to observe carefully all His commandments and His statutes which I command you today, that all these curses will come upon you and overtake you” ~Deuteronomy 28:15
Man has this problem with faith. He cannot stand to wait for something which he feels he should have despite his actions. A life of faith is not an easy one and is not for the one who expects quick results and pleasure on demand. Faith is a life of discipline and a strong heart.
What I am getting at is that God could, if He desired to, fix everything in our lives with one word. But the problems within our lives are the byproducts of the decisions we or someone else had made and we must live with the consequences of those decisions. We can make something good come of it by using it as a learning moment in our lives. Sometimes what had occurred was there to teach us something, other times they were springboard moments of greatness for us because we chose to use it to do something great for mankind in general that spread the love of Christ to others — that they may come to know Him in a more personal way. God is not there to pick up all the pieces and make it all better. But through steadfast prayer, study of the scriptures, and keeping our hearts open for the love of God — God’s will can be expanded through our meager existence.
People always seem to fail to realize that we must repair and fix our lives by applying God’s word, by emulating the life of Jesus through the guidance of the Holy Spirit. If we do not realign our lives to God’s plan, we as the species of man are destined to doom & desolation. We as man & as a society have spent so much time kicking God out of our lives the we as both man & society have utterly become hedonistic in nature. Sodom & Gommorah are really not that far fetched just by reading the news, or by seeing the transformation of this world.
You cannot fix this world without first fixing the heart of man. And that begins with our own heart first!
May God Richly Bless You All!
MK Murphy, PhD, DD