This Sunday my pastor preached out of the book of Jonah. And we all got a good laugh out of God’s prophet falling asleep in the bottom of the boat during the storm.
Can we Americans really laugh at Jonah? Aren’t we a city on a hill? Yet we are rebelling against God’s commands. There’s a storm brewing all around the globe. Russia, China, North Korea, and Iran are all gearing up for war against us. It would be better for us if we were actually asleep to this storm.
But we’re not. We’re just rolling around the bilge like its a game.
Everything is a game to the over-entertained, sleep-deprived American.
Look at how Sleep is a theme in the Bible. Fools always sleep at the wrong time. For example at harvest when it’s time to work. Or most famously when Jesus asked his disciples to stay alert and pray right before his betrayal.
America found a folly worse than sleep. Entertainment. Read more
The ironic thing about irony is that nobody even knows what ironic means. God knows what ironic means. He doesn’t tell us the definition. He demonstrates it. And ironically we prove what irony means. When we deny God’s wisdom and embrace folly, God gives us over to that folly. Thereby, we prove his wisdom. That process, irony, is hard to explain but easy to see.
If you deny God’s wisdom, and you find something else that’s foolishness but you say it’s wiser than God’s wisdom, and you deny God’s wisdom in order to embrace that foolishness; God will give you over to that foolishness completely, and you will ironically prove His wisdom.
This is the case with America, and Christians in America. We believe that science is higher than God’s wisdom. God has given us over to our foolishness known as science, and we ironically prove His wisdom through it.
Think, for example, about salt. Science teaches us that salt is bad, and our government, which represents us, is on a crusade against salt. The fact is, Jesus told His followers, “You are the salt of the earth.” And he meant that in a good way, because salt is a nutrient. Read more