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Arrogantly Stubborn 


Proverbs 16:18 says that pride goes before destruction.  From my vantage point, I see our western culture, especially in the world of entertainment, becoming one of the most self indulgent and prideful cultures in history.  If my assessment is accurate, then according to this proverb, you know what lies ahead for western culture.   


One of America's most popular media personalities is Bill Maher.  He arrogantly evangelizes his liberal atheistic gospel over the air waves, cable T V, internet, and wherever he can find an audience; and he always has an audience.  Although I view free speech more of a privilege than a right; he is certainly taking advantage of his freedom in our current entertainment driven news media world.  His rants are a mixture of news, commentary, comedy, and his brand of atheistic liberalism.  His blasphemous and vulgar rants against God, religion, and all things conservative, influence many who have long since lost the ability to think issues through for themselves. 


While commenting on the recently released Hollywood movie entitled "Noah", Maher called God a dick.  That's mild compared to the rest of his rant.  If you choose to listen to his blasphemous rage you can click the link below.  If you have any sense of holiness, this will cause your righteous blood to boil, something his loyal fans no nothing of.  You'll hear them laughing away while they enjoy each and every vulgar word.  For Christians, this is no laughing matter.  If righteous indignation doesn't rise within your soul as you hear this rant, I suggest you examine yourself to see if you really have the faith you claim to have. (2 Corinthians 13:5)   



The language and content of Maher's rants would have pushed him off the airwaves a few years back, but not any more.  I recall Jeannie C. Riley's "Harper Valley PTA" and the Rolling Stones' "Let's Spend The Night Together" being banned on many top 40 radio stations.  This is far from the case today.  In the name of tolerance and moral relevance the stuff that was banned in the 1960's is the stuff that young children learn in school today.  Blasphemous vulgarities have become the norm in our free for all social media forums.  I don't challenge Maher's freedom to say what he wants, when he wants, and, how he wants.  I do point out however, that Christians have the same freedom.  I'd only hope we'd express ourselves with more civility than Bill Maher, but that's not always the case.         


All this reminds me of Revelation 16:10 11.  " Men gnawed their tongues in agony and cursed the God of heaven "  Revelation 6:16 tells us that these men will cry out to the mountains to fall on them just to escape "the One who sits on the throne and from the wrath of the Lamb".  At some future date, there will be no atheist.  These verses tell us that men and women will know God exists because they curse Him and attempt to escape His wrath.  You don't try to escape a God you believe doesn't exist.  In their stubbornness they cannot bring themselves to admit that they've been wrong about God.  Revelation 9:20 says that they will not repent, even after God has pinned them down to the floor in judgment.  I know the atheist will tell me that Revelation is a fanciful prophetic fable, but when the majority of Biblical prophecies have already been fulfilled, I wouldn't bet on Revelation not being fulfilled.  It's amazing how man can be so arrogantly stubborn, even in the face of such horrors they clearly know are from the God they've consistently denied.   


Bill Maher's arrogant and vulgar rants show us a glimpse into the world of God mockers, but as we know, "God cannot be mocked.  A man will reap what he sows". (Galatians 6:7)  Even natural law tells us that what is sown will in one way or other be reaped.  The day will come when the reaper's sickle will swing its way across the earth in judgment. 


The apostle Peter put it bluntly when he spoke about arrogant blasphemers. "These people blaspheme in matters they do not understand.  They are like unreasoning animals, creatures of instinct, born only to be caught and destroyed, and like animals, they too will perish". (2 Peter 2:12)  Ironically, Peter wrote these words just 7 verses after mentioning that Noah was a righteous preacher in a world of arrogant blasphemers.  


Peter wasn't the only Biblical personality that spoke like this.  All of the prophets and apostles, and Jesus Himself, concur.   Look at John the Baptist.  He exercised his prophetic ministry in a world that knew no freedom of speech.  His public rebuke of King Herod's immorality and other sins cost him his head.  You may be glad you don't have the same type of prophetic ministry that John had.  Not all of us are prophets, but in the broadest sense of the word, all of us should prophesy.  Every one of us who has handed his life over to Jesus has become His representative here on earth.  In other words, Christians are Jesus' spokespeople to both individuals and to nations.  When we speak on the behalf of Jesus, Biblically speaking, we prophesy.  Let us never neglect being the spokespeople we are meant to be, and let's do so while we still have a measure of freedom afforded us in our western democracies.  The day will come when being a spokesperson for Jesus will be a costly venture. 

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