Are We Ever Going to Learn This Lesson?

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In Acts 14, Paul and Barnabas visit the city of Lystra, in the heart of Asia Minor, to preach the good news of Jesus Christ. It was not the most sophisticated city they’d ever visited.

In the street, Paul saw a lame man who had never had the power to walk; but Paul, “perceiving that he had faith to be healed” (v. 9), ordered the man to get up and walk–and up he went.

Well, that was all the good folks of Lystra needed to see or hear about. “The gods are here! Mercury and Jupiter–they’re here, man! They healed a guy who couldn’t walk!” In no time at all the local pagan priest had been rounded up, along with a couple of oxen for a sacrifice to the two pagan gods who were visiting the earth.

But Paul and Barnabas, terrifically upset that their actions could have been so baldly misinterpreted, rushed into the crowd, crying out, “Sirs why do ye these things? We also are men of like passions with you, and preach unto you that ye should turn from these vanities unto the living God…” (v. 15) “And with these sayings,” v. 18 concludes, “scarce restrained they the people, that they had not done sacrifice unto them.”

Fast-forward to our time: are we such hicks as those rubes in Lystra, to mistake ordinary mortals for immortal gods worthy to receive sacrifices?

You bet we are.

How many times was that prattling ponce Obama compared to Jesus Christ, the Son of God? Remember that Newsweek cover? Another bunch took out the name of Jesus from a hymn and plugged in Hillary Clinton, that corrupt woman.

And the real God, the true God, the living God–His name they booed at their national convention. I guess they prefer gods they can bribe–and who will bribe them in return

(For those who will deny this ever happened)

That, or we all have it in us to be just as ignorant and superstitious as those huckleberries in Lystra, two thousand years ago.

Christ the Good Shepherd is able to lead us out of that darkness; but there will always be those who stop their ears against His voice.

9 comments on “Are We Ever Going to Learn This Lesson?

  1. If you go back to the history of ancient Israel, idolatry seemed to be the constant problem. They wanted to worship something seen and unworthy of worship, as opposed to worshipping the Unseen God responsible for creating their very lives and establishing their nation. Eventually the nation split with the northern tribes being dispersed and the later the southern tribes being exiled to Babylon. While they were restored to the land and allowed to build a new temple, they never fully recovered from the effects of this judgement.

    Now, look at the world around us. Europe is in trouble, and the US is not all that far behind. 100 years ago, both Europe and the US, for the majority, recognized the One True God, but this is no longer the case. The idols may no longer be in the form of Baals, but the devotion to human “saviors” is idolatry, nonetheless. Obama was heralded as a messianic figure, so was Hillary Clinton. Like the unfaithful in ancient Israel, many in the US (and Europe) have made known their preference for a visible god and rejected the One True God, Maker of all things. The end result will be easy to predict.

    1. Indeed, Unknowable. As hard as life was in Egypt, even Pharaoh seemed better to the children when wandering in the wilderness. God gave them manna (which was freely given to them) and they wanted meat. Always grumbling. Never satisfied. Are we today any better? At their urging, Aaron – who should have known better – fashioned them a golden calf to worship. Imagine. The high priest!

    2. People don’t seem to learn this lesson, no matter how many times it’s shown to be a path to something bad. True worshippers have to worship an invisible God, and many people prefer something physical.

    3. Darkness cannot understand the Light. It’s a pretty safe guess to say they’ll soon change their minds.

    4. My hope is that the current conditions will help more people to see the wickedness of mankind’s alienation from God and to seek salvation.

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