As I write these words the entire country is trying to process what happened last night at a movie theater in Aurora, Colorado. I’ll not mention the stats because they seem to be changing by the hour. Suffice to say, a man opened fire on people who just wanted to see the new Batman movie.
Already today I’ve heard one question asked several times: “How could this happen?” I think a better question would be, “How could this not happen?”
As one who spent my childhood years making frequent visits to Mayberry and feeling a special kinship with Theodore “The Beaver” Cleaver, I have witnessed the moral decline of our culture. It has been a slow, steady sink with many key incidents along the way that stood out because they were so obviously groundbreaking: the first X-rated movie, the first curse word on prime-time network television, the first on-screen homosexual kiss, the first school shooting, the first church shooting, etc. Sadly, this seems to be another groundbreaking day. If the Lord delays his return, it won’t be the last. There are still “inventors of evil” among us. (Romans 1:30) Only a fool would believe we’ve hit rock bottom.
There’s a lot about this world I don’t understand, but here’s one thing I know for sure: Humanism (which says that humans are the hope of this world) is Satan’s Mona Lisa, the crowning achievement of his evil imagination. Humanism is everywhere you look, especially in our schools, our literature, our music, and our media. Celebrities, talk show hosts and motivational speakers who seek to empower the inner self are glorified while people who submit to God and his Word are ridiculed and often legislated out of the public arena.
But on a day like this, the lie is exposed.
Humans are not the hope of this world. We are what’s wrong with it.
Jesus said, “From within, out of a person’s heart, come evil thoughts, sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery, greed, wickedness, deceit, lustful desires, envy, slander, pride, and foolishness. All these vile things come from within; they are what defile you.” (Mark 7:21-23, NLT)
Remember that passage the next time someone urges you to empower your inner self.
If you are a Christian, join me in praying for the goings on in Colorado. Never forget that God specializes in bringing good out of bad. And whatever you do, shun humanism in all its forms. It is the ultimate liar’s ultimate lie.
As for me, “My hope is built on nothing less than Jesus’ blood and righteousness.”