2014 – Year of Heathen Rage?

2014 has been declared “Year of the Bible” by a mayor here in my beloved Texas.  That’s good, right?  The mayor of Flower Mound, Texas has made the declaration and it’s (of course) being met with both welcome and outrage.  You can read articles about it HERE or HERE if you would like.  If you do, be sure to check out the comment section at the bottom, although I suspect most will already know what kind of comments are to be found: angry, full of resent, resistant to even the idea that there is a God let alone being open to seeing what He might have said in His Word.  Some comments word their resent politely, some don’t.  At their core, most of them remind me an awful lot of the first few verses found in Psalm 2:

Why do the nations rage
    and the peoples plot in vain?
The kings of the earth set themselves,
    and the rulers take counsel together,
    against the Lord and against his Anointed, saying,
“Let us burst their bonds apart
    and cast away their cords from us.”

He who sits in the heavens laughs;
    the Lord holds them in derision.
Then he will speak to them in his wrath,
    and terrify them in his fury, saying,
“As for me, I have set my King
    on Zion, my holy hill.”

At the heart of the unbeliever’s rage is what we see in the third verse.  It is the bonds and cords of God that they hate.  What bonds?  That is, of course, His authority and law.  It is the moral law of God that the heathen hates.  It convicts them, it limits them in pursuing their various lusts and it offends them with its’ purity.  The idea that there even is an authority higher than their own minds & morals is cause for offense.  There is unashamed rebellion against anything that even suggests that they themselves are not sovereign in their own lives.  It is this idea of the higher authority (and His law) that we in the U.S. are so desperately trying to cast off.  It is this that we rage against in our universities and courtrooms.  We as a nation are using every breath of God’s air to scream against Him, even to the point of denying there is a Him. 

Myself, I don’t think we are yet at the peak of this tidal wave of rebellion and rage against our creator.  Not by a long shot.  I expect that this coming year we will see more and more laws, rallies, comments and speeches aimed at denouncing any mention or influence of the one true God.  The written Word will be denounced at every opportunity.  This year we will likely see America stand proudly on her own, arrogantly declaring that she has the right to make her own moral law.  It will be the year of heathen rage.  And if you think that I am about to warn you the reader that this will invite God’s judgement, you are wrong.  This is God’s judgement.  When people (or nations) are turned over to their own rebellion and sin they reap what sin always pays out.  It is only those who are ignorant of history that celebrate this.

I pray that our Lord will grant repentance and the forgiveness of sins to many this coming year.  I pray that what is coming strengthens the true church and drives off the cultural, purpose-driven Christianity into the weeds.  It has already tarnished the Lord’s name for far too long.  I guess we’ll see.  I am not a prophet nor the son of a prophet, but if I were to predict what 2014 will bring it would be this – the year of heathen rage.

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