Two Great Contenders for the Soul of Mankind

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Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego replied to the king, “O Nebuchadnezzar, we do not need to defend ourselves before you in this matter. If we are thrown into the blazing furnace, the God we serve is able to save us from it, and he will rescue us from your hand, O king. But even if he does not, we want you to know, O king, that we will not serve your gods or worship the image of gold you have set up.”” (Daniel 3:16-18, NIV)

I have recently been ‘reunited’ with some of my treasured books that had been in storage.  As I was doing some reviewing I came across a great commentary in Charles Colson’s ‘Kingdoms in Conflict’ that I thought worth sharing.  With all of the fanfare of Gen Y, it occurred to me that they have grown up unaware of ‘The Cold War’.  Indeed, GenX and the boomers may well have forgotten it as a thing of the past.  That battle ended when the Berlin wall came down right?  No, that evil philosophy is alive and well.  Perhaps changing its colors and morphing its terminology (Liberation Theology), but far from dead.  It’s actually becoming quite ‘popular’.  But Charles Colson explains the reality:

Why is the conflict between the Christian church and the Marxist state so fundamental, ceaseless, and protracted?

Many in the seculared, tolerant West are offended by terms like “mortal enemies,” preferring to see Communists as a particularly enthusiastic band of social reformers and the church as one of the many social institutions that must adapt to changing political circumstances.  History, however, teaches a different lesson.  Communism and Christianity are at odds for very good reasons.

First, Christianity and Communism are irreconcilable in their basic premises.  The Christian believes that the dynamic of all history is spiritual, that its unfolding reveals God’s dealings with men, that Jesus Christ is God in the flesh, and that at the end of history, He will reign over all the nations.

For Marxists, the material realm is all there is.  God and the spiritual order are illusions.  Mankind swims in the current of history, which progresses by economic forces from the decline of capitalism, through the dictatorship of the proletariat, to the earthly paradise of the classless society.  Communists are materialists and determinists; individuals count for nothing, the collective or state for everything…

Marxists claim that their system is scientific, in contrast to the “superstition” of Christianity.

I hope that you were able to recognize at least a few of those ideas that are becoming prevalent in our headlines.  I hope that last line sends a chill up and down your spine.  Even though the blood of so many Christian martyrs of the last century has barely dried, we have moved on and forgotten that there is a spiritual war raging over the soul of mankind.  Colson goes on to explain:

The Christian church and the Marxist state may work out an accommodation for a time, but they will always be adversaries.  The very nature of each makes any lasting accommodation impossible.  They are the two great contenders for the soul of mankind.

As our President vows and many in our nation applaud the ‘restoration’ of science to its rightful place and has commited to remove any hindrance, we surely are moving into A Brave New World.  The objective ‘scientist’ unbounded will be able to determine right and wrong, free from politics (your will and mine).  Of course right and wrong, those are just so passe these days.  Can they even be defined anymore?

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Are you ready to be brave…for the name of Christ?  Will you be a contender for faith in Jesus Christ or will you be a passive bystander as another contender steams forward?  It will march over the defenseless unborn, it will march over the elderly, it will march over the sick, and then it will march over you.  The track to Auschwitz was not built in a day.  The German people did not wake up one day and decide to do atrocious unethical, unthinkable things to other human beings.  No it was a slow substitution of ‘quality of life’  in the place of ‘sanctity of life’.  It was the economy stupid… and they looked the other way… until it was too late.  Then they looked in stunned and ashamed disbelief of what they had done and become.  Do I sound like an alarmist?  I hope so, because I am.  Our current trends run almost as parallel as the tracks shown here.  Will you stand or look for a means of compromise?  After all what does faith have to do with politics?  It’s a private matter right?  No, it is not.  Will you turn a blind eye, justify a simple vote, will you choose a false economic hope over Christian moral conviction, will you shrug off the trend towards the ever-increasing power of a secular State.

Or will you stand up and say enough is enough.  Will you contend for truth in the public square.  Will you put your votes where your Christian convictions are?  Shadrach, Meshack, Abednego and countless followers of Christ in the last century, in the last few decades, in the last day, have taken their stand.  What will you do?  You best get ready either way, because the train is coming.

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