May 2013 – The Natural Man
Jeremiah 17:5 “Thus says the LORD; Cursed be the man that trusts in man, and makes flesh his arm, and whose heart departs from the LORD.”
In life’s observations we often miss the basic point of Scripture concerning corruption of the human condition. We so desire to see something good, to believe that “This time it will be different.” We get caught up in the idea that the next politician will make the needed changes. We have wishful thinking that says “If we could only get our party or candidate in office, finally we will go back to the Constitution.” The political forces know this and use it well with parsing of words and images to manipulate the masses into a false hope that this time it will be distinctively better.
Many years ago when I was in my 20’s I too held to that hope, the hope that if we could work hard to change politics the nation would once again be great. With each passing year, with each passing election, with each passing set of lies, it became more and more clear that the above biblical passage rings true. Trusting in flesh leads to discouragement, and a curse.
When Barack Obama was running for president his team was more than skillful at manipulating masses of people. They were downright brilliant in their tactics. “Hope and change” was their slogan and it resonated with so many. The idea that a black man could be president was moving to many blacks, who view the nation’s history of slavery as the supreme motivator in electing him. I can understand it. I understand very well how any group of people can be manipulated by political power and promises. In fact many Evangelical Christians were manipulated by the Republican Party as well.
What has happened is that each election has simply brought more of the same corruption, central power, fear of government, and infringement of natural rights. In fact Obama is really Bush on steroids when it comes to spending and central power grabbing. From Bush’s “no child left behind” power usurpation of state and parental rights to Obama’s banking and health care power grab, the country has given itself over to a deep trust in the natural man, and trust in flesh. Government will be god by manipulation first, and then by force against all who do not drink the Kool-Aid and continue to stand in its way.
We are now a nation that loathes our history of slavery and the way we treated the Native Americans (as we should), and at the same time murders 55 million of our children with a strange celebration of it as a “right.” Recently President Obama addressed the national Planned
Parenthood conference and said these words: “Thank you Planned Parenthood, God bless you.” Just the thought of a president addressing and lauding the demonic practices of the abortion industry leader is enough to make any Christian nauseous, but to hear him say “God Bless You” to Planned Parenthood truly shows the state we are in and that trusting in flesh is indeed a curse. 55 million babies murdered and the largest percentage of them has been slain by Planned Parenthood. In Florida, Planned Parenthood testified against a bill that would at least say that a baby born alive from a failed abortion attempts must be cared for and allowed to live. The abortion “provider” wanted the doctor to be able to kill the child even if she survived the abortion attempt. How sick have we become?
Am I saying that there is no way we can come back to sanity, and that we should not vote? No I am not. In fact the history of Israel teaches us that there were some revivalist kings who did the right thing before God. What I am saying is that our “trust” must never be in the flesh. The natural man if not our hope. The political marketing, manipulation, and twisting must never be our motivator. We must do as Reagan taught us “trust but verify.” Never believe any politician’s word. Watch their previous actions.
We must remember that the flesh is enmity with God:
Romans 8:5-7 “For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit. For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be.”
Trusting a political party or politician is a curse. It is misplaced trust and leads to discouragement. The natural man does not understand the things of God and therefore any Christian who puts their trust in unsaved leaders (even if they use Christian lingo) is making a large error in judgment. For over twenty years many “pro family” organizations have been in bed with the Republicans in an unholy alliance of trust. Instead of seeing things change, we have seen an increase in government size and abuse. There seems to be something intoxicating for many who are in the thick of power. Even good people can become corrupted by its lure. The Republican Party has baited Christians for over twenty five years with promises. What has the “Christian” political cabal done to keep them accountable to their promises?…nothing!
I am not advocating giving up politically; I am simply saying that we must not put our trust in flesh. Jeremiah warned us long ago but as usual in the human condition, we thought we knew better and “this time it would be different”….well I think it’s clear that it has not been different; in fact it seems that Ecclesiastes was right as well when he said “there is nothing new under the sun.” Flesh has always been a curse since the fall, and it continues to be today. May The Lord have mercy on us and may we elect leaders who lean on the blessed Savior instead of on their own flesh. Obama is the worst President we have ever had, but we must ask ourselves is he is the problem or is it that our nation has simply become cursed by our trust in the man’s wisdom. I think it is quite obvious. We have trusted in the human condition and we have been cursed with a leader who celebrates the murder of 55 million babies with “thank you Planned Parenthood, God bless you.” Obama is simply a reflection of our worship of the false god of human wisdom over the true God of the Bible.