Pride or Faith

With the current level of Bible ignorance afflicting our society today it would be no surprise at the mention of the Old Testament book of Habakkuk that some might feel compelled to respond with a “Bless you”; however, Habakkuk is nothing to “sneeze at.” He was an Old Testament prophet who carried on a dialogue with God, asking what had become of Him and why was He not listening to His children’s cries. Counter to the false religious perceptions of mainstream religion in America (that God never turns a deaf ear, cf. 1 Samuel 8:18; Psalm 66:18; Isaiah 59:2; Jeremiah 14:11-12; et al.), God has set restrictions on His availability. Habakkuk reveals that God is “…of purer eyes than to behold evil, and cannot look on wickedness. Why do You look on those who deal treacherously, and hold Your tongue when the wicked devours a person more righteous than he?” (Habakkuk 1:13). God’s response was simple: “Behold the proud, his soul is not upright in him; but the just shall live by his faith” (2:4).

In America, as a culture, we have seemingly gorged ourselves on pride. We are the self-appointed global policing agency, manipulating foreign affairs to promote our greed and meddling in matters beyond our place. Here at home, we are sliding down the slippery slope toward socialistic atheism, persecuting even the mention of Christ Jesus in contrast to many Communist countries who are using the Bible in their public schools to teach English. If you ever look around at our country and wonder why it is that our we seem to have lost that “one-nation-under-God” feel about us, ask yourself why the 10 Commandments are banned from federal property, why the Bible as history cannot be taught in public schools, why there is no prayer at our sporting events, why new-born babies are found in dumpsters and why the acceptance of abominable perversions are being forced upon us as merely alternative lifestyles… then ask yourself: What am I doing about it? Am I living by pride or faith?

“Righteousness exalts a nation, But sin is a reproach to any people” (Proverbs 14:34). We have opportunities in this country to let our voice be heard. We must, in action, in speech and at the voting booth, both locally and nationally, let our voice be heard. Christians must be heard to say: Enough is enough, we walk by faith!

Jeff Sweeten