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The Fool Who Disgraces God! (2 of 5)
Steve N. Wagers
1. The late President Calvin Coolidge returned home from attending church early one Sunday afternoon. He met his wife, who was unable to attend with him, that morning; and, he sat down to eat dinner. His wife was interested in what the preacher spoke on in his sermon. Coolidge told her that he spoke on 'Sin.' She pressed him a little further, and asked, "Well, what did he say about sin?" And, being a man of few words, Coolidge responded, "I think he was against it!"
2. In a day of soft diplomacy, and political correctness, straight talk is a rare commodity. Most statements are couched in diplomatic terms so as not to offend anyone. Words with sharp edges are rounded off and shaped to more easily fit the ears of the hearer. T. S. Eliot was correct when he said,"We humans cannot bear very much reality!" (1)
3. We live in a day when where we are more divided than at any time since the Reformation. We are divided over what is right and what is wrong. We are divided over what is good and what is bad. We are divided over what we should do and what we shouldn't do.
4. However, even more tragic is the fact that we have made the wrong thing the right thing, and the bad thing the good thing. No longer is there any thought of what we should do, our decisions are based on what we want to do. And, the modern day motto holds true, "If it feels good, do it!"
5. I think of a recent poll conducted by George Barna, which revealed how Americans feel about sin:
- 58% believe that Satan is "not a living being, but only a symbol of evil.
- 32% contend that there are some crimes, sins, or other things people might do which cannot be forgiven by God.
- 29% believe that the whole idea of sin is completely outdated. (2)
6. Many of our day lend their ear to the voices of influence upon them. For example:
In Chemistry, men listen to Levoisier
In Pottery, men listen to Wed ...
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