“But God shows his anger from heaven against all sinful, wicked people who suppress the truth by their wickedness…Yes, they knew God, but they wouldn’t worship him as God or even give him thanks. And they began to think up foolish ideas of what God was like. As a result, their minds became dark and confused.” — Romans 1:18, 21
There is an interesting phenomenon emerging in our society. The “town hall meeting” is not new but the manner in which they are being conducted is. The public shouting match is becoming a common occurrence in our day.
From the office of the President of the United States all the way down to the local politician, government representatives are experiencing this raucous reaction from the common citizen. It seems that people are mad and they are not going to take it anymore. A key contributor to this phenomenon is the fact that most of the politicians are filling their meetings with organized supporters who stand and shout down the opposition.
Questions are not answered–even ignored in most cases. Most of the government’s representatives seem to think that if they avoid the questions or drone on in conversation, that sooner or later those seeking truth will lose interest and walk away.
This is not really new. When Paul was writing to the Romans under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, he informed them of the mindset of the world towards the truth–the Gospel of Jesus Christ. He said they “suppress the truth by their wickedness.” The word “suppress” means “to hinder the course of progress.”
We are living in a day when our culture and our government is doing everything possible to hinder the course of progress of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. God is not only being pushed out of the marketplace but out of everyplace in our country. Our country no longer promotes freedom of religion but instead is pushing for freedom from religion.
The tragedy is that when we, as a nation, abandon God, God will abandon us (Romans 1:24)! When we begin to shout down the truth by suppressing it in our lives through wickedness, God allows us to experience the consequences of our wickedness (Romans 1:25-31).
What are the practical consequences of shouting down the truth? The Bible says that suppressing the truth results in darkness and confusion. Our culture has no direction because our culture is in darkness. Spiritually, socially and politically we are adrift on directionless sea. We stand on the most luxurious vessel the world has ever seen but we have no power, no thrust, no forward direction.
Confusion reigns in our land. This is a second consequence of shouting down the truth. People who ought to be “in the know,” are acting like stupid beasts. Humanism has become the new “baal” and the ability to think clearly and look to God has all but vanished.
Is there any hope? Is there any answer? Yes there is! We must not join the crowd that is shouting down the truth. We must surrender to the truth–we must submit to the truth.
David gives us the answer to our plight. He gives us an answer for our society. He said in Psalm 43:
“Declare me innocent, O God!
Defend me against these ungodly people.
Rescue me from these unjust liars.
For you are God, my only safe haven.
Why have you tossed me aside?
Why must I wander in grief, oppressed
By my enemies?
Send out your light and your truth; and
let them guide me.
Let them lead me to Your holy mountain,
to the place where you live.
There I will go to the altar of God,
to God–the source of all my joy.
I will praise you with my harp,
O God, my God!
Why am I discouraged?
Why is my heart so sad?
I will put my hope in God!
I will praise him again–
my Savior and my God!
I challenge you to hope in God and hear his truth! If it doesn’t begin here, now and with you; then the ungodly of our land will shout down the truth and we all will go into darkness and confusion!