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‘THERE IS A GOD AND YOUR ANGER PROVES IT’

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John 16:33

Recent headlines prove once again a simple fact that is as obvious as the sunrise: Contrary to popular belief, and flying in the face of multiple denials, liberals and progressives alike actually do believe in God. In fact, those on the cultural left such as the ladies on “The View,” or the talking heads on MSNBC, prove their “biblical faith” as persistently and aggressively as anyone, and they do so every day.

When it comes to big issues such as God, we all have to start at the top of the funnel. Whether you are on the right or the left of the political spectrum, every human being who has ever lived has, at one time or another, asked himself, “is there any logical and empirical reason to believe in God in the first place?”

Whether your name is Machiavelli, Maher or Maddow, there is no denying you have wrestled with and tried to resolve this question. Is there a beginner who is responsible for beginnings, an organizer who is responsible for order and an engineer who is responsible for complexity?

Does a painting imply a painter? Does a building suggest a builder? Did the watch just somehow fall together by chance and start ticking? Or is the better and more logical explanation for a time-piece an actual watchmaker who understands time?

For millions over the millennia, the answer has been one of logical deduction. There has to be more than happenstance and chance behind it all. The “book” of our daily existence could not have been written without an author. This is not a leap of blind faith as much as many pretend, but, rather, one that is open-eyed and rational.

However, while beginnings, order and complexity may infer the existence of God, these things don’t really tell us anything about what God is like. Obviously, he or it doesn’t have to be moral or righteous. He could, in fact, be a distant, amoral or even disinterested and cruel deity: A cosmic sadist who enjoys toying with us. He could be something like the self-centered, vindictive and demanding gods of Greek mythology. Evidence of a creator doesn’t necessarily mean he is moral and good.

So, with this as context, how is it that progressives and liberals who fancy themselves above all the “superstition and judgment” of religion actually betray their belief in God, and even implicitly acknowledge the God of Christian orthodoxy and a biblical ethic?

It is through their anger and their indignation with conservatives.

Why are progressives so concerned with the morality of Donald Trump? On what basis do liberals argue that their agenda is just and the conservative’s is not? What leads those on the left to march for what they consider to be good and to protest what they define as evil? Why are they indignant when they see a Republican politician lie? Where does their anger come from and why does it matter so much to them? Why do they care?

As ironic as it seems, it is the left’s anger and indignation — their quickness to be offended that seems to be one of the strongest proofs they actually do believe in a final measure of morality, i.e. they do believe in the God of the Bible after all….

Bottom line: If God does not exist and if he is not good and just and the author and keeper of righteousness, then what is there to be righteously indignant over and to whom are we pleading our case? How can anyone explain and justify their anger if there is no ultimate authority to measure its weight and worth? Isn’t all indignation simply self-referential if some rule, or law bigger than you and me hasn’t been compromised?

If order and complexity point to a God (and they do) and if indignation and anger point to a standard of righteousness (which they must) then it seems only reasonable to ask this question: Is there any evidence of a moral standard that is a perfect scale upon which your indignation can be weighed?

The answer is yes. Badness is subjective and meaningless unless it is juxtaposed with objective goodness, and there is no example of such goodness other than what we see in the Christ of Scripture. Your anger and mine only serves to prove that we believe someone has fallen short and our arguments for justice are really nothing but subconscious appeals to Him to judge in our favor. (Excerpts from Everett Piper article in The Washington Times – Everett Piper, president of Oklahoma Wesleyan University.)

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6 Replies to “‘THERE IS A GOD AND YOUR ANGER PROVES IT’”

  1. Wow, Lord God thank you for this article, and may it be used by your hand to bring those to Jesus that can’t stand His people. In Jesus name, Amen

  2. We have left the sight of our creator, and our conscious have been shut down….we have reached the ultimate sin, anger, deceit, lies, and hostility. We have denied the truth . ” Father chastise us, for then we will know that you are continuing to be or God, Our Father in Heaven”.

  3. “Your ANGER and Mine only serves to prove that we believe someone (else) has fallen short and our ARGUMENTS for Justice are really nothing but subconscious appeals for HIM to Judge in our favor”. This very last sentence sums up all the conflict, the confusion and the anger, the Self-righteousness of each of us, of the problems of getting along. We want to be the one in the right, in control. This is a profound statement and calls us to check ourselves.

    Dear God, guide us who call ourselves by your Name, CHRISTian, to not allow our own self-righteousnessto make us judgemental Remind us that none of us are worthy and all are sinners; none are righteous without Christ

  4. ANN–FL

    JAMES 5:16b
    “–the effectual fervent prayer of the righteous
    availeth much,”

    In many cases, the
    misguided person is angry
    at God for some tragic event, loss (loss of life,
    plan, provisions).

    The life of Joseph proves how God uses loss, hardship and changes it to
    Good.

    God is great!
    God is good, all the time!

  5. Thank you for this perspective. May we see all people through our Creator’s eyes. Praying for hearts pursuing truth to hear and receive, to realize that each need grace, each need a Savior.

  6. Good thinking, great points for debate with those so bent on character assignation or public ridicule, and open hostility to anyone who dares to see with a Biblical Worldview. May those with that Biblical Worldview line up to vote in great numbers in November.
    Thank you, Mr. Piper.

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