I interviewed Robert Orem, the author of the book "Pharmakia: The Biblical View of Drug Use" this morning. I'm doing this every Friday in October. We are preparing folks for Halloween.
Learn about Robert's book on his website: https://pharmakia.org/
Here's today's Shield of Faith COLUMN
Not Afraid of Burning in Hell — Ron Reagan Jr.
Breitbart reported, “Radio host Rush Limbaugh called it ‘one of the most perfect ad placements in the history of advertising,’ adding that ‘you want to reach a bunch of people that don’t like God, don’t like religion, and have no fear of hell because they don’t think it exists and so they don’t mind burning there? Run this ad in a Democrat debate!’ he concluded.”
The Freedom from Religion Foundation called the ad “iconic.” They ran the ad during CNN’s Democratic debate Tuesday night.
In the ad Reagan Jr. says that he’s alarmed by the intrusion of religion into government. Franklin Graham observed, “His father was certainly quite different — President Reagan had a deep faith in God and in His Son, Jesus Christ.”
I led a statewide organization for over two decades that is called the Christian Civic League. It was formed in 1897. The three founding purposes of the privately funded group are to Enact good laws and provide for their impartial enforcement; To elect honest and competent public officials and; To encourage all the people in good citizenship.
The century old statewide ministry focused on the question of sodomy when I was leader. Realizing the threat posed to order and civility by the approval of something so unhealthy, immoral and diabolical the League provided an important public service in teaching Christianity’s view on sodomy. Sadly, a majority approved of all things LGBTQ after over two decades of political wrangling.
Atheists and agnostics like Ron Reagan Jr. played a major role in making that happen. Their desire to be free from religion is rooted in their passions. They insist on being “free” to follow their passions wherever they lead. Consequences be damned.
The Bible teaches that the fear of God is the beginning of wisdom. The fruit of Reagan Jr’s ideology is, obviously, no fear of either God or “burning in hell.” There is no God to guide and restrain the passions in this ideology. Government takes His place. We see that happening now in the United States. That is why it is becoming obvious that wisdom is lacking everywhere you look. There is no fear of God. Therefore there is no wisdom.
There’s a constant screech, click and scroll of “knowledge.” But there’s no wisdom.
Theology is at worst a beautiful distraction, at best a sublime pursuit of truth. Paul the Apostle observes in his letter to the Colossians, “My goal is that they may be encouraged in heart and united in love, so that they may have the full riches of complete understanding, in order that they may know the mystery of God, namely, Christ, in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.” And how about this inspiration from James, “But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere.”
For two thousand years the men of the West imperfectly applied nuggets like this in their daily lives. They thought and acted in the creation of their civilization illumined by Christian ideas and conduct. This patrimony … this heritage ... is to be replaced by what? Atheists and agnostics want to use the government to force their Godless religion on everyone. They obviously want to use the government to do it or they wouldn’t be advertising during a political debate.
The freedom from religion is nothing of the sort. It is actually the establishment of anarchy which is defined as “a state of disorder due to absence or nonrecognition of authority.”
Reagan Jr. appeals to the founders of America in his iconic ad. These are the same founders who wrote this when they decided to declare independence from the King of England:
When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.
America was founded on an appeal to the authority of “their Creator” and “the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God.” We are not a nation rooted in the nonrecognition of authority … especially divine authority. Our national motto is, “In God We Trust.”
The path forward for our nation is the opposite of what Ron Reagan Jr. and his Democrat friends imagine. The future is not paved with the “good” government-dependent intentions of socialists and communists. The future for the world is not globalist or central bank oriented. The future is distributed, and dedicated to a pursuit of the good, the true and the beautiful.