My parents taught me to tell the truth. Lying resulted in painful consequences. So, I learned early in life to avoid falsehoods and be a person of my word. Just a few decades ago, telling the truth earned one the title of “trustworthy” or a “person of integrity.” Just a few decades ago, people appreciated the truth and those who told it. Nowadays, distinguishing the truth from lies in the world of public service can be a burdensome chore, especially when news outlets are no longer reporters but water carriers for the Administration occupying the White House. How do we peasants discover the truth?
I believe the answer is a spiritual one.
Sure, a handful in media do their best to uncover fact from fiction, but sometimes the truth’s so far buried, removing layer after layer of falsehood can exhaust and frustrate the most determined of reporters. Over the last several years it’s been a practice of most of the mainstream media to swallow the lines and rehearsed responses delivered from the Obama Administration, and only the bravest of souls dare challenge or pose probing queries. White House Director Anita Dunn told an overseas crowd in 2009 concerning Obama’s Presidential Campaign,
“Very rarely did we communicate through the press anything that we didn’t absolutely control.”
So much for living up to the promise of being the most “transparent Administration in history.”
So what about the spiritual solution?
Though seldom talked about in the Nation’s Beltway, a spiritual battle is raging for the heart of this Country. In Ephesians 6, the Apostle Paul reminds,
“For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.”
In our efforts to pinpoint our government’s problems, we identify those we consider to be the top perpetrators. The names of Obama, Jarrett, Holder, Pelosi, Reid, and Boehner (Yes, even a Republican) top the list of most aggregious perpetrators of America’s ills. But in reality, these people aren’t the faces of the real problem. Remember,
“We wrestle not against flesh and blood…”
In the Book of Proverbs, Solomon shares seven things God considers abominations. “Lying lips” makes the list. The Bible teaches Satan is the father of lies. At no time are people more like the devil than when fabricating stories and weaving tales of deception. Unfortunately, people seldom admit to lying, but instead use terms like “misremembered” or “misspoke” to describe their “regrettable” actions. Actually, the only “regret” is getting caught. And, there’s the solution. Illuminating the darkness.
John 1:5 says,
“The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overvome it.”
As Christians, we must start the battle for our Country on our knees. For too long we’ve moaned and groaned about our Country’s course but done little else. If we truly want to turn the juggernaut of overreaching government around, we must follow the recipe as outlined in II Chronicles 7:14:
“If My people, who are called by My Name, will humble themselves and pray, and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from Heaven, will forgive their sins, and heal their land.”
First, Christians need to resolve to get right with God. Asking God to illuminate the areas in our life that offend His holiness. When Christians enmasse commit their hearts to God, then healing to the land becomes a reality.
“The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.”
Those conniving and plotting in the darkness will have their evil deeds fully exposed. Until revival breaks out, we need to ask God to thwart the efforts of those weakening and undermining the foundations of this great Country. We need to ask God to bring to light the truth, and raise leaders in all walks of life to proclaim it. This won’t be popular. George Orwell once said,
“In a time of deceit telling the truth is a revolutionary act.”
The answer to America’s shortcomings is spiritual. America’s problems won’t be solved at the voting booth but at the altar.