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|Fools Cannot Make Wise Decisions||06/26/2009|
Be reminded, that God said through the prophet Isaiah, "Woe to those who call evil -- good and good -- evil, who substitute darkness for light and light for darkness, who substitute bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter. Woe to those who are wise in their own eyes and clever in their own sight." 1
We have many people within Washington, the media, and every community of influence who really think they are smart and yet they are proving they are anything but smart. The wisest man who ever lived exhorted every person on this planet, "Trust in the Lord with all your heart, do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will make your paths straight. Do not be wise in your own eyes. Fear the Lord and turn away from evil and it will be healing to your body and refreshment to your bones." 2
Solomon said that we must acknowledge and trust God and not lean on our own understanding. Paul said that if you do not magnify God in your life, actions and choices and continually give thanks to Him as our founders did and as all wise leaders have, you will be darkened in your understanding and professing yourselves to be wise, you will become fools. 3 He then went into a clear description of the incredible extremes to which people would take their physical, emotional and mental practices and how they would behave. We are witnessing this today.
Somehow many in the public, although we are told the trend is changing, have approved the termination of the most innocent, most helpless lives -- the lives of the unborn. With vicious defense of a woman's right to terminate a child, these groups boldly take their stand. They are calling evil "good." There is more compassion expressed for the life of an animal or, as recently demonstrated, a fly that President Obama killed in the White House. While crying out in such ridiculous fashion, the same people disregard the value of a human life in the womb. All of us understand the need to protect both the life of the mother and the child, but we must never openly endorse abortion as an accepted form of birth control or a greater liberty to live sexually licentious.
We are also openly embracing the practice of confiscating the productivity of others to accommodate the lack of productivity on the part of some. If any person came to your home and robbed you and took your goods or your money and claimed that they were doing it to give to someone else who had a need, you would still call it robbery and rightly resist it. But even now our government is in the process (and watch the momentum grow) of confiscating people's income through what will be an ever-increasing tax burden, taking what you have and disbursing it at their will. They will continue to do this until people stand up against it.
Bear in mind, the people who are going to determine who gets what others earn will be the very people who are approving abortion on demand, approving immoral practices and mocking those who believe there are absolute moral standards. This incredible momentum of out-of-control "mob rule" is going to determine the policies, practices and laws that you, your children and grandchildren will live under. We are foolishly attempting to make all men equal in the most impure and impractical fashion possible. The God that wants everyone to have an opportunity if they will put their hand to the plow (and bear in mind, plow straight ahead with a standard in sight) and really break up unproductive ground to become productive in every aspect of life so that they are fruitful and not only taking advantage of opportunity, but creating opportunities.
Those who never choose to plow and do not have a standard so they can plow straight are going to share the productivity of those who choose to do it right, understand the benefits of freedom and take advantage of the opportunities it affords. The misguided attempt to do what God in all of His creative genius never did. They are going to remove the distinctive differences, the beauty of the fact that no two people are created exactly the same with the exact same abilities, and try to make everyone the same. This is the philosophy of Karl Marx.
We are gravitating toward an improper and totally twisted concept of what it means to offer people equal opportunity and not be put down because of class or race or social standing. Rather than encouraging people to set their sights high, to reach for the unreachable star because we know all things are possible to those who believe -- if they believe the truth. It is wrong to force an unhealthy sense of equality on an entire society and literally without guns, but through government, rob those who have in order to give to those who do not have. Without compassion and a helpful, meaningful connection, we are simply throwing money at the wall.
When leaders defend what God says is wrong as though it is right, how can we expect them to make good policies? When they mock those who say there is a biblical standard, how can we support their man-made solutions? Betty said to me recently, "The state of our heart will determine the state of our nation." As Americans and Christians, we need to take a good, hard look at our hearts.
We are in the process of undermining and destroying everything that made us great. Is it possible to make wise decisions when you have decided to call light "darkness" and darkness "light"? When we call good "evil" and evil "good," we clench our fists in the face of a loving God and say, "My will be done," rather than, "Thy will be done." Can our will, apart from God, ever prove to be the right way? I don't think so. If ever we needed wisdom from above and the ability to recognize that we will never make the right decisions apart from God's wisdom, it is now.
Author: James Robison
Editor: Randy Robison
Word Count: 1135
About the author: James Robison is the founder and president of LIFE Outreach International, a Christian media ministry and mission relief organization. He and his wife, Betty, host of the television program Life Today; He has authored numerous books, including The Soul of a Nation, The Absolutes: Freedom's Only Hope and True Prosperity.
Media Contact: Randy Robison, editor at jamesrobison.net . Photo available upon request. Reprint rights granted with attribution for complete, unedited article. Revisions allowed only with approval.