Formerly, when you did not know God, you were enslaved to those that by nature are not gods. -- Galatians 4:8
Tuesday, March 3, 2015
Who Do You Think You're Fooling
Those who reject God are not escaping some servitude or slavery. They are not free to think and do as they please. The great deception of the world is that I can, as “Invictus” says, be The master of my fate/ The captain of my soul. We are never without “gods”. If we lack knowledge of the true God, we are drawn to follow the false ones, as Matthew Henry says, adding then: Those who forsook the God who made the world, rather than be without gods, worshipped such as they themselves made.
Paul expresses the same idea in Romans 1:25 in speaking of those who … exchanged the truth about God for a lie and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator…. And, again, in 2 Thessalonians 2:11, we learn those who chose to remain in ignorance and deceive themselves will be sent “a strong delusion” by the Lord Himself that they may be locked and held captive by that which is false. Only in Christ do we have peace with God and liberty.
For this reason, among others, we do well to remember that our struggle in life is a spiritual one. The creatures of flesh and blood that would oppose us, do us harm, and otherwise oppress us are themselves deluded to a greater or lesser extent. Do not fear them. At the end of Fargo, Marge chides her prisoner for his bloody crime spree saying it was for a few dollars. You can look at the men who have held the title of “leader of the free world” over the last hundred years, and, aside from a couple of exceptions, they are mostly small, shallow men, perhaps clever, some decent enough, but not anyone you would want your child to emulate. Most sought power and adulation to fill the emptiness in their souls, thinking that by ruling over others, they might find freedom. It never happens. They, too, sell their souls for false, vain promises and illusions. Do not envy them. The bill is due, and Mephistopheles knocks.