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How far would you go to protect someone or something that has great value to you?

We all know the answer to that question, I think. Most of us would be willing to lay down our lives to protect family, country, and even strangers, if the occasion should arise.

So, please allow me to ask another question. How far would you go to protect, not a loved one or neighbor, but a sin?

Strange question?

Not really.

In the world in which we live, in this United States, in this 21st century, there really are those who would engage in hateful behavior to protect the sins that they and others commit.

A little background.

If you have been reading this blog for a while, you will have noticed that one of the themes we look at every so often is the nature of the coming of Jesus as outlined by Paul in 2 Thessalonians, chapter two. In those verses, he wrote that three things must transpire before Jesus returns. One is that the man of sin (or lawlessness) must be “revealed.” Second, the apostasy (The Greek word is apostasia, variously translated as “rebellion,” or “falling away.”) must occur. Finally, the one who restrains will be taken out of the way. These three pre-return realities are related, and all of them have to do with lawlessness or sin. One is the man himself. Another is the disobedience of the Church in their rebellion. Last, the removal of God’s restraint will result in increasing iniquity. I do not think these events are going to transpire in a short time period. I believe they have been happening for some time and are happening now. I don’t claim to have any knowledge whatsoever about the details of these things, their order, or their timing. But I think one would have to be blindfolded not to notice that in the West we have been consistently moving in the direction of rebellion against God and His law. It is my belief that God is withdrawing His hand of restraint and that withdrawal is part of the process to make ready the path of the lawless one who is to come.

So, in our increasingly depraved condition, what sin is it that many in this country want to protect and hate those who want to stop it? It’s not something like running stoplights, drinking alcohol, or smoking weed.

It is murdering children.

I don’t know if you watched any of the hearings concerning Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh. If you did—and if you did not, I’m sure there are resources online, if you have the stomach for it—you saw the most awful displays of raw hatred that have ever been televised. Why do they hate Justice Kavanaugh so greatly? And why do they hate the man who appointed him, Donald Trump, with such vitriolic fevor?

I do not write about politics in this blog because the penultimate concern of my heart is that people come to know the Christian God, not press for political outcomes that I favor. However, it is enlightening to understand that the primary reason the current president of the United States has endured such hateful opposition since even before he was in office was because he promised that he would appoint conservative justices to the Supreme Court. The opposition party believes this will result in the most offensive outcome imaginable: the diminishment or abolition of Roe v. Wade and the resulting impact upon what they call women’s reproductive health and rights, which are euphemisms for abortion. They believe that innocent children should continue to be murdered because they claim the government has no right to prevent them from doing so. This is a specious argument. All governments pass laws preventing people from committing crimes with their bodies. In the case of abortion, it is a doctor with the consent of the mother committing a crime.

Thus, to sum up, those who oppose the president and specifically those whom he appoints as justices, gush out rivers of hate because they want to continue the sin of murder.

Hating others who want to prevent the killing of children. It’s a strange world, isn’t it?

If that is not a sign along the highway of rebellion, withdrawing restraint, and the coming of a man of lawlessness, I would be hard pressed to find one more apparent.

Please pray for this nation. We have—too many of us—forsaken our Creator and our Savior. We are in need of forgiveness, mercy, rescue and redemption. Love those who hate and pray for them. “Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good” (Romans 12:21).1

 

1All Scripture quotations are from The Holy Bible: English Standard Version. (2016). Wheaton, IL: Crossway Bibles.

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