Sunday, October 12, 2014

Misplaced Trust - October 12, 2014

Jeremiah 17:5-6 (New Living Translation)

5 This is what the Lord says:

“Cursed are those who put their trust in mere humans, who rely on human strength and turn their hearts away from the Lord.

6 They are like stunted shrubs in the desert, with no hope for the future. They will live in the barren wilderness, in an uninhabited salty land."

These days we hear much about radical Islam sweeping through the Middle East, North and Central Africa, and gaining footholds across the world. Many fear that this radical belief will drive the group ISIS to start terror strikes within the United States. As scary as that may seem, there is a more insidious religion spreading through out the world. It started in Europe and the West, leaving a vacuum that has allowed radical Islam and other alternative beliefs to corrode the foundations of centuries old beliefs, and it has been creeping throughout our culture over the last two decades, reaching an especially rabid fervor over the last six years.

This new "religion" of sorts that has been eroding long established culture and morals, has been steadily gaining ground around us, and in our Nation. You see it with the constant barrage against Christianity and other religions, and its attempt to wipe out every vestige of any of the established religions. Practitioners of this "religion" use our own laws against us to assist in their efforts, and they have been winning, because those who do practice a mainstream religion seem to be apathetic to the problem. It mocks the God of our founding fathers, and it ridicule and ostracizes all who wish to practice the faiths that have made our Nation great.

What I am talking about is the religion of Secular Humanism. Wikepedia defines that it,"alternatively known as Humanism, is a secular philosophy that espouses human reason, ethics, and justice, and the search for human fulfillment. It specifically rejects "religious dogma, supernaturalism, pseudoscience or superstition as the basis of morality and decision-making."

In other words, it is a "religion" that trusts or has faith in the ability of human beings to determine how they should lead their lives apart from the belief in any supernatural, transcendent, being. It believes it can answer all of life's questions from the natural world and science, free of anything spiritual or sacred. And yes, if you are a believer in this, you are practicing a "religion"; the belief, faith or trust in humanity alone.

Through the prophet Jeremiah, God likened those who believe this way as "stunted shrubs in the desert with no hope of a future". If you have ever been in a desert, you know what this means. In the desert, many plants flourish for but a few short days when the Winter rains bring much needed water. Although they may green up and flower, they will soon succumb to the heat and lack of moisture, shrivel up and die. When you drive through the desert in the Summer, you will definitely come across many plants such as tumbleweeds, blowing across the barren land.

If we place our hope and trust in our own efforts, we may find ourselves in these same circumstances. In the beginning, it may seem like everything is great; we might be successful and having fun, doing whatever we like with our lives. Sooner or later though, when we are in an empty and troubled place, a dry and barren place, we will have nothing to turn to or depend on to help us make it through this difficult place.

We will wander about aimlessly, coming to the end of our lives without any hope of a future. Very few people that believe this way find true joy and contentment, when they come to the end of their lives. Most end up very much alone, depressed, and fearful of the unknown. Imagine only being able to count on the fact that when you die, you just decay and turn into dust? Can you believe in something, where that is all their is to life?

Photo "Wastelands" by Justino307, 4-4-2007, from stock.xchng

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