Sticking with the tree metaphor…if your tree is to produce good things, then it must receive good nourishment. Structure is also important. What would happen if everybody was left to establish the point where they would follow societal structure or where it was okay to break those laws? As with the Laws of Thermodynamics and the four grand forces of the universe, everything is held together with a planned God-designed structure, but left alone without this structure; one would have chaos and no form. So too with the world’s cultures, if we don’t have “a good structure”, then we’ll have the deadly chaos of all the genocidal dictators of history and today. The “Black Lives Matter” group wants to do away with all police; what do they want? Anarchy? Without the structure of reinforced societal laws, we would have anarchy and chaos. Thinking from a spiritual point of view, this is where the atheists have no worthwhile structure or position. What is in it for them to attack Christianity, anyway? Why not just keep quiet and let each side exist on their own turf? If I am wrong in my faith, it doesn’t hurt them. What skin is it off their nose for me to believe in God and they don’t? I don’t attack them. Why do they attack me? Maybe they have such a weak structure, that they desire reinforcement from a like band of non-thinkers.
The correct answer lies in the fact that they are dry inside; there is no rich nourishment in an atheist; they are “desert people”, dryer than any 100 year old white bone. Just what is the reward for believing in atheism? Yes, it takes faith to not believe in God just as it does to believe in God. Actually, in my opinion, besides faith to not believe, it takes a willingness to not open your eyes, to not believe in God because God’s creation reveals its Creator (Romans 1:20 and Psalm 19). The heavens reveal the glory of God; you can deny it all you want but it still remains right in front of your nose!
As I reflect more about our world, our culture, I see a complete breakdown in structure. Our great country was established with 3 equal branches of government; there were checks and balances. We now have a president who openly says he is going to go around congress. He unilaterally changes written law and a blind congress cheers him on! We have half the country wanting government to do everything for them; what will we have in another 5 years? Friends this is an extreme chaotic situation. All structure has become burry and fuzzy! Where is truth anymore in the dark abyss of relativism?
Published today, a great thinker of our day, Thomas Sowell wrote in his last paragraph on “Random Thoughts”:
“Once, when I was teaching at an institution that bent over backward for foreign students, I was asked in class one day: “What is your policy toward foreign students?” My reply was: “To me, all students are the same. I treat them all the same and hold them all to the same standards.” The next semester there was an organized boycott of my classes by foreign students. When people get used to preferential treatment, equal treatment seems like discrimination.”
With words better than mine, Dr. Sowell has painted a perfect picture of chaos. Everyone wants preferential treatment; how can that possibly have a chance of succeeding? Where is common sense? Where is balance? Where is forgiveness and grace? In a world such as what we are currently building at breakneck speed, we can only end up in destruction. SO…this begs the question…what can we do about it? It is obvious to me; we have to put back what we took out. And, what did we take out? The main structure of the universe, the Creator of you and me, the God who loves you so much He sent His only Son to come, show you how to live, and to give you a new start by taking your sins away. You have been redeemed, but salvation requires your action, you have to turn toward Him, have faith and believe in Jesus. Friends, we must put God back in our lives! Give Jesus Christ the preeminence in your life and you will see the dark chaos removed from your life. It will be such Good News that you will want to tell somebody else, and then somebody else, and then somebody else…and so it goes! It is our only salvation from chaos!