Saturday, February 27, 2021

The most important moment in Congress this week

The most important moment in Congress this week had nothing to do with a spending bill.

From the false teaching of the Greeks in ancient times, a name carried down through the centuries as a symbol supernatural power: the Titans. As men applied their advances in technology to the seas, a vessel was named after these false gods.

A 1911 issue of Shipbuilder magazine described the RMS Titanic as being “practically unsinkable.” When Mrs. Albert Caldwell was boarding the Titanic in Southampton, she asked a crew member if it was true the ship was unsinkable. He told her—“Yes, lady, God himself could not sink this ship.” (Source)

The U.S. House of Representatives this week passed H.R. 5 which mandates universal acceptance of sexual immorality and specifically excludes any exceptions on the basis of religious freedom.

Section 9 specifically states, “The Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 1993 (42 U.S.C. 2000bb et seq.) shall not provide a claim concerning, or a defense to a claim under, a covered title, or provide a basis for challenging the application or enforcement of a covered title.”

During floor debate on the bill, Rep. Greg Steube (R-FL) explained how he was going to “start with the truth” and spoke from the Scriptures about the actions the House was about to take.

Steube quoted from the Dr. Tony Evans' commentary Bible on the Scripture: “Men and women equally share in bearing the image of God, but he has designed them to be distinct from and complementary toward one another. The gender confusion that exists in our culture today is a clear rejection of God's good design. Whenever a nation's laws no longer reflect the standards of God, that nation is in rebellion against him and will inevitably bear the consequences.

Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) was managing floor debate for the Democrats. At the conclusion of Rep. Steube's remarks, Nadler responded, “Mr. Steube, what any religious tradition ascribes as God's will is no concern of this Congress.”

That's what our culture believes right now: God is nothing more than a “religious tradition,” and Congress is beyond tired of working around that limitation in order to get its way. “God himself could not sink this ship.”

The Scriptures teach otherwise. Paul asked the Romans, “Will their unbelief make the faithfulness of God without effect?” (Romans 3:3). He could have asked the same about both the “goodness and severity” of God which he mentioned later (Romans 11:22). God is still God and does what He does no matter if people believe Him or not.

Just because man may say God cannot sink a supposedly unsinkable ship doesn't mean it can't end up rusting away to nothing at the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean.

Just because man may say God's will is no concern of this Congress doesn't mean He will not bring about a host of “then they will know” kind of moments like He did throughout the books of Exodus and Ezekiel. 

The open defiance of our elected officials against God is nearing its peak. For a time, God did not expel the Amorites from the future land of Israel because their sin was “not yet full” (Genesis 15:16). How close is the sin of the Americans to being full? Do we believe God indeed hates the shedding of innocent blood of 60 million unborn children? Do we believe those who protect and promote such actions are in danger of His wrath?

One of the surest signs of men heading to destruction is there being “no fear of God before their eyes” (Romans 3:18). Romans 1 tells us about those who do “not like to retain God in their knowledge” and are “filled with all unrighteousness,” “practice such things,” and “approve of those who practice them.” And now, while they're at it, they're attempting to make it illegal not to approve of those who practice such things because “God's will is no concern of this Congress.”

If there were ever a time to pray for our leaders, for our culture to change its mind about the Word of God, and for a fear of God to fall on this nation, it is now.

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