Freedom or confusion?

Posted: Tuesday, July 22, 2003

We have had several "My Turn" columns addressing God and freedom and their place in our government and country. I am not going to argue history with a historian or law with a lawyer. I just want to provide a Christian perspective from a Christian in hope that it will help somebody out there sort things.

Albert Einstein said "Perfection of means, and confusion of goals, seem, in my opinion, to characterize our age." In the Bible, the Apostle Paul says "God has chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty; and base things of the world, and things which are not, to bring to nought things that are." I am not sure Albert Einstein was considering spiritual matters when he made his statement, but his observations are remarkably similar to Paul's.

The human race gets "smarter" and more advanced, but to what end? We get more technology and more medical expertise yet we still die. We get more and more history under our belts, but have these lessons brought us any closer to saving the world than we were a thousand years ago? We get more laws and opinions, but is the world a better place? Are things simpler today or more complex? Are the greatest brains in the world really helping us, or just confounding us and confusing our goals?

The brains of this world can do a great amount for humanity and the planet, but they cannot replace God. Without God's guidance, they will only confound. But there is help. The Bible assures us "If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall begiven him."

What happened when they killed Jesus? He rose again! They tried to eliminate the "problem" by killing him, but he rose and became our savior, stronger than ever. Don't you think the attempt to eliminate God by removing him from our schools and writing him out of our history will ultimately prove to be even more futile? Those who crucified Christ were wrong, so God was able to defeat them by simply letting them have their way. Even Sun Tzu would envy that move.

God gives us freedom, so truth can be spread and we can live. Jesus tells us "God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God." The Apostle Paul asked "How can they believe if they have not heard?" They cannot believe if they have not heard, and those who will erase his name will reduce opportunity to hear. If we use our freedom to share his name, we all win. If we use our freedom to deny his name, God will still win, but our friends, family, neighbors, and even our country, will lose. Freedom only works for our good if we choose God.

Kurt Cox

Juneau



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