There is tremendous consequence to forgetting God. While it may not come cascading down instantly, we can be assured there is always a price to pay. Like when the amateur mechanic, who leaves out parts he deems unnecessary, everything may eventually grind to a halt–an obvious consequence. Likewise there are many unintended outcomes when a nation abandons faith in God.
Till It’s Gone
One line fitting our current social scenario comes from Joni Mitchell’s, Big Yellow Taxi. It says, “That you don’t know what you’ve got till it’s gone”. This is certainly the case pertaining to the honour our culture formerly gave to God. As goes worship so does common sense. Christians are of course aware that darkness is sure to follow the extinguishing of the light. But for the blind unbeliever, confident his sight is an inherent fixture of himself, the wake-up call will come ever so slowly.
A case in point is made abundantly clear by the suggestions of a Swedish Journalist in the wake of last weeks terror attack in Stockholm. She proposes banning cars from inner cities. Rather than attacking the root of Islamic Fundamentalism gone awry we should now ban vehicles. Yes, the problem is not religious extremism bent on destroying Christianity, Judaism and the Western Hemisphere, but cars(see ‘Breitbart’ for story). ‘If we remove cars then we will be safe… cars and trucks.. and sharp spoons.’ The twisted musings of yet another confused enthusiast of ‘political correctness’ has clearly missed the mark in outrageous fashion.
Courage and Common Sense
So let me be clear concerning the real issue. Courage and common sense are evading us at an alarming rate. This is one of the causes of God’s absence – we fall into the abyss of confusion and cowardice. The very idea that suggestions like ‘banning cars’ is not be universally mocked is alarming. The only reason such foolishness is tolerated is the absence of courage. Otherwise our society would rise and challenge the source of terrorism instead of avoiding it with nonsense.
Courage, like common sense, is a by-product of the light God gives us when we aligned with Him. Thus the absence of both courage and wisdom is an unexpected consequence of leaving God out of your knowledge. As we have been previously reminded, the scripture is clear in saying ‘God is the very root and wellspring of knowledge’. Try not to forget this verse as it defines our future unless we decide to include God.
“…because, although they knew God, they did not glorify Him as God, nor were thankful, but became futile in their thoughts, and their foolish hearts were darkened. Professing to be wise, they became fools…” – Romans 1:21-22
The only question remains, how foolish do we need to become before we recognize our condition?