Those Who Suppress the Truth Prove Gods Existence
Post-modernism is the new black. Many millennials wear it like a favorite pair of toms. They let it soak into their minds like an inspirational quote on Instagram. And the complete rejection of logic is saddening.
“Your truth is your truth.”
Actually, no, that isn’t true. The definition of truth is that which is in accordance with fact or reality. There is only one reality and only one truth. You can disagree with what I believe to be true but you can’t claim two contradicting beliefs to both be true.
Furthermore, the rejection of truth actually proves the existence of a holy, righteous God.
The Law Reveals Our Sin
Ask almost anyone on the street and they’ll admit that they’re a sinner. This is because each of us are image bearers of God (Genesis 1:26-27) who have the law written on our hearts.
They show that the work of the law is written on their hearts, while their conscience also bears witness, and their conflicting thoughts accuse or even excuse them…(Romans 2:15 ESV)
Even those who have never heard the gospel have God’s law seared into their consciences. They have a basic understanding of right and wrong. They feel guilt and shame because of their sin.
It is impossible for a person to live without any morals, though many times those morals are misguided. If you make any kind of judgment regarding right and wrong, you prove to be created in the image of a God of justice. You may be screaming, “Judge not!” at your neighbor while you simultaneously judge them for disagreeing with your lifestyle.
No matter how much we try to cast away God’s law, we cannot escape the truth that we are moral beings forever attached to our Creator.
Now we know that whatever the law says it speaks to those who are under the law, so that every mouth may be stopped, and the whole world may be held accountable to God. For by works of the law no human being will be justified in his sight, since through the law comes knowledge of sin. (Romans 3:19-20 ESV)
The law is meant to bring people to a knowledge of sin. The correct response is repentance and trusting in Jesus who obeyed the law on our behalf. But many people choose to reject that there even is such a condemning law.
The evidence of God’s existence is in the person who casts off the law as meaningless and suppresses the truth that there is a God to which each of us are accountable.
We don’t want his accountability. We would rather to cling to our sin instead. So we ignore truth, hush our guilty conscience and deny his existence.
Those Who Suppress the Truth
For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth. (Romans 1:18 ESV)
Those who suppress the truth actually reveal the wrath of God which in turn, proves his existence. Funny how that works. In striving to run from the truth they show God’s word to be 100% accurate.
For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them. For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse. (Romans 1:19-20 ESV)
Avoiding the truth that God is Creator and has authority over all is inexcusable.
Rejection of God as Creator is the first step down the trail that leads to destruction. And the wrath of God is revealed in the lives of those who follow that path.
This rejection leads to dishonor, ungratefulness, darkened hearts, foolishness, and drives us further into sin.
For although they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened. Claiming to be wise, they became fools, and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images resembling mortal man and birds and animals and creeping things. Therefore God gave them up in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, to the dishonoring of their bodies among themselves, because they exchanged the truth about God for a lie and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever! Amen. (Romans 1:21-25 ESV)
Human hearts were made to worship. If our affections aren’t directed toward the God of the Universe, they will find something to replace him, though that replacement be faulty at best. We worship boyfriends, money, sex, feminism, friends, even ourselves. While none of these things will satisfy, all of them will destroy us if made to be lord of our life. And these things we make our “god” prove the existence of the one true God.
Given Over to Sin
In Romans 1:24-32, the words “God gave them up” appear 3 times.
God’s wrath is revealed on the unrighteous by allowing them to continue in their enslavement to sin.
Because they exchanged the truth for a lie and rejected God, he gave them up to
- the lusts of their impure hearts (vs. 24)
- the dishonoring of their bodies among themselves (vs. 24)
- dishonorable passions, including homosexuality (vs. 26-27)
- a debased mind to do what ought not be done (vs. 28-31)
They were filled with all manner of unrighteousness, evil, covetousness, malice. They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, maliciousness. They are gossips, slanderers, haters of God, insolent, haughty, boastful, inventors of evil, disobedient to parents, foolish, faithless, heartless, ruthless. Though they know God’s righteous decree that those who practice such things deserve to die, they not only do them but give approval to those who practice them. (Romans 1:29-32 ESV)
Sin is a cruel master, leading people to more darkness, pain and eventually death. The most gracious thing God can do for sinners is to save us from such destruction. The scariest place to be is given over to a debased mind; to our darkest desires. This is where his wrath is revealed.
All Are Accountable to God
No matter how much a person strives to suppress the truth, in the end they will see their striving was in vain.
You can’t will accountability to God away. You can’t run from Almighty God. There is only one escape from his wrath and that is by the blood of his Son. Only through Jesus will anyone be saved from the wrath of God.
For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, whom God put forward as a propitiation by his blood, to be received by faith. This was to show God’s righteousness, because in his divine forbearance he had passed over former sins. It was to show his righteousness at the present time, so that he might be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus. (Romans 3:23-26 ESV)
A propitiation is the effects of the death of Christ in appeasing the divine justice, and gaining the divine favor on our behalf. It is only by the atoning sacrifice of Jesus that we are saved.
The law is meant to bring us to our knees before our Creator in acknowledgment of our sin and our need of a Savior. It is there where grace is found. It is there where sinners like you and me can be justified by faith.
Oh, how I pray that his kindness would lead those who are lost to repentance today.
Miscarriage: Those Little Lives Matter
Warning: There are some short and somewhat graphic descriptions in this article.
The world still spins. People continue to laugh together. They eat dinner with their family. Friends go get coffee. Children keep playing. But my world is tearing at the seams as the evidence of the death of my baby takes over my body and my heart shatters.
The cramping almost works as a distraction from the pain in my heart. A distraction which simultaneously works as a reminder of reality. The heartbeat I rejoiced over has faded. And only God knows his/her name. The blood is like a thorn, pricking my heart with every sight of it. “You lost your baby!” it screams. No one talks about how bad it is. No one prepares you for what it’s like to see parts of the child you longed for in the toilet or on a pad. It’s frigid and wrong, and yet there’s nothing you can do. Seeing that does something to you. It wrecks you. The pain is as treacherous as labor pain. Those labor pains which were meant to produce joy at the end. Instead, they act as swift kicks to your bruised heart, reminders of that baby you had already grown so attached to. The one you’ll never meet on earth.
I am amazed at the amount of dear women who have told me their stories these last couple days. Women I knew personally and yet never knew they had such grief in their life. It’s common, but that doesn’t make it less painful. That doesn’t make it okay.
I can see why they don’t talk about it. The pain is too deep and the memories are horrific. Mix that in with the culture of death in America, which creates a stigma that causes women to hush.
The world would say I’m mourning a clump of cells. They would say I’m insane for being so attached. No, I’m mourning a baby whom God knows. One who had a strong heartbeat. A little life that for a short time grew in my body. Don’t tell me my pain is meaningless! Don’t you dare tell me to keep quiet because that life doesn’t matter! That life changed me. God used our child to change me from within my womb.
These little lives matter. They had purpose.
Sweet friend, if you’ve lost a baby from the womb, your baby’s life matters. You don’t have to grieve in secret.
We have found so much comfort during this time through the prayers of the saints. We know that there are people in our corner bearing our burden with us. Friends have cried with me, prayed with me and held me. If you are part of a local church, let them know and watch God work through the people there. The Body of Christ is meant to bear burdens (Galatians 6:2), but they can’t do so if they don’t know. Be brave, and God will use fellow believers to comfort, provide and bear your burden with you. Don’t rob them of the joy of being the hands and feet of Jesus.
This pain is like no pain I’ve ever felt. I’m confused, heartbroken and feel like I’m living a nightmare. I fear the sting that is most certainly to come when a friend gets pregnant or when I see a baby bump at Target or those cute onesies I was waiting to buy. I fear starting over and can’t even think about trying again right now. But I know God is good. And just as he met me in this fear and has walked us through it, he will do so time and time again.
Our gracious Father has orchestrated things so perfectly, like only he can do. I look back and I see his sovereign hand. From causing friends to stay in town a little longer so that I had a friend to walk with me who has been where I stand to providing drivers to camp who took my husbands place so that we could be together. Little graces like gift cards, sunshine, offered meals, baby bunnies, cute little foxes and puppy cuddles all point me to the truth that he is with us and he is good.
I must cling to that truth. It’s all I have. After all, am I to accept Gods goodness in the form of gifts and not in the form of suffering when Christ so suffered on my behalf? Am I to accept only joy in this life and not sorrow when Jesus experienced the depths of sorrow for the joy set before him? Am I to believe the lie that I mourn without hope?
No, in all things, even miscarriage, I have reason to rejoice. Because of Jesus.
When God’s Calling is to Wait
This article was originally written for Broken Beautiful Bold Ministries here.
“What is God’s calling on my life?”
Oh, the question every Christian seems to have been asking since the day they were converted. And to be honest, I’m not a huge fan of it.
We tend to view a “calling” as a passion God has placed in our heart. And while this is something God certainly does sometimes, he also calls us to hard things. Things we never wanted to do and possibly still don’t.
Some are called to singleness.
Some are called to infertility.
Some may be called to ongoing health issues.
And somehow, in his sovereignty, God uses both for the growth of his Kingdom. He uses the passion and the trial for his glory and our good. Neither have a bigger impact than the other.
Oftentimes, we think of a calling as something that will exalt us rather than the Kingdom. This is why we tend to view a call to go overseas as better than a call to witness to the lost at the local food pantry. Or a call to be a speaker as more important than a gal who mentors younger women. But God doesn’t cherish one person more than the other. He uses each one of us.
Our callings are not about us. They are about him.
Called To Be Holy
As obedient children, do not be conformed to the passions of your former ignorance, but as he who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, since it is written, “You shall be holy, for I am holy.” (1 Peter 1:14-16 ESV)
Every Christian has one specific call that we can know for certain: Holiness.
When you look at scripture, you won’t find much about God’s secret will. What we do know is he wants us to become more like his Son.
Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect. (Romans 12:2 ESV)
God has called us to no longer follow the paths we once followed and instead to renew our minds with his truth so that we will be changed into the likeness of Christ. This truth is echoed in 1 Thessalonians 4:3 where Paul says, “For this is the will of God; your sanctification.”
Seems pretty clear to me. But within our hearts is a longing to know what’s next in his secret will. What does he have for us in the future?
A Calling is a Season
Our lives consist of a series of “callings” rather than one over-arching call. (Other than the call to be holy and make disciples.)
Each of us are called to something right now. Today, I’m called to be a wife, homemaker and a writer. You may be called to motherhood or college. Look around you, what are your responsibilities? Those are what you’re called to. The desires of your heart may be callings today or in the future but we must focus on the ones found in our current season.
Many people spend years trying to figure out what this specific “calling” is and they cause themselves to worry and wonder so much that they steal their own peace.
A calling is a season. We must be open to change and hopeful for the future knowing that as long as we follow where Jesus leads, (even if that means letting go of what we thought was his calling), we will have joy and peace.
As seasons change, callings shift. And he is there to guide us in each step.
Called To Wait
Before the Lord graciously paved the path for me to stay home and write, he placed me in a season of waiting. Day after day I would sit at my desk restless for a way out. I felt smothered by the stress of a heavy workload and a hostile coworker. And my heart ached to pursue writing. But for that time, I was right where God wanted me–working that job. So I waited for 3 years until a new season approached.
Some of you are waiting now. You’re waiting for a job, a husband, a baby, maybe even healing.
And that’s hard.
But here’s a truth I want you to cling to: God’s goodness is both displayed in the fulfillment and the withholding of our desires.
Stay with me here…We may not feel like waiting is God’s goodness but scripture reveals that only goodness and mercy shall follow us all the days of our life. (Psalm 23:6). This means that all things are for our good. Even the hard callings of life. (Romans 8:28).
Because of this truth, you can be sure that the thing you’re waiting for is not good for you right now. That could change tomorrow. But for today it is for your good that God has called you to wait. Remember, his ways are higher than ours. (Isaiah 55:8-9).
He Equips The Called
Whether your calling today is marriage, singleness, motherhood, missions, writing, adoption, waiting etc., you can be sure that he has equipped you for it.
He has given you all that you need to thrive in this season of life.
His divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of him who called us to his own glory and excellence, (2 Peter 1:3)
We can trust him with all of it, because he knows best.