By Roy Burner (Minister of the Gospel)
Voices of Dissension ring a distinct sound; some to the tune of social injustice, others towards the demise of godly ways of life. There has been an influx of the latter category in an attempt to alter the godly values of yesteryear that endear a nation towards a godly stance. There has been a flow of actions attempting to rewrite history; to the satisfaction of those in a rebellious state.
Voices of dissension are those in conflict with opinions, actions, or character not in line with their own. Disagreement, in the present state of affairs, are often of a violent nature rather than a peaceful means. There are heated debates, in a partisan and contentious mode, that brings strife and discord into the picture.
A Sunday school commentary noted: Where there is no fear of God, no reverence for God, every evil can and will abound. The idea that we humans will be good without God is a deceptive fallacy. When people are devoid of the knowledge and wisdom that come from believing God and having reverence for Him, they become morally corrupt, exceedingly evil, violent and destructive.
We are seeing these words play out in our present day culture; by a minority who are attempting to bring a culture and submissive change that offsets any notion of a free republic, with godly values being tossed aside.
Daniel Webster, an American statesman stated: Moral habits cannot be safely trust on any other foundation than religious principle, nor any government be secure which is not supported by moral habits. If we abide by the principles taught in the Bible, our country will go on prospering and to prosper; but if we neglect its instructions and authority, no man can tell how sudden a disaster may overwhelm us and bury all our glory in profound obscurity.
The trend of today no longer listens to the reasoning of the past; as attempts are being made to derail godly values, with the ungodliness of man surfacing, to march in cadence towards the downfall of the godliness of man.
Scripture reveals: He that justifies the wicked, and he that condemns the just, even they both are an abomination to the Lord (Proverbs 17:15). It is an honor (or honorable) for a man to cease from strife: but every fool will be meddling (Proverbs 20:3).
Scripture gives warning towards those who would disrupt, or attempt to annihilate the structural foundation of a godly nation; allowing the ungodliness of man to prevail: The wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold (or suppress) the truth in unrighteousness (Romans 1:18).
There are many once godly nations that have shifted colors towards acceptance of ungodly influences; and are no longer seeing the blessings of God, as before. God's coveted protective umbrella does not embrace the ungodliness of man; or those who walk away from His Unadulterated Word.
Voices of dissension; though a minority, have been enlarged by the social media; along with mainstream news agencies bias reporting. Those who facilitate the reporting of events, through modern day technology, are able to set the tune of the day in accordance with their agenda.
There is no unbiased reporting by those who seek to dominate the ungodly trend of today. Inroads are being made to accommodate the restructuring of a nation's political and moral standing. Character assassination is a primary weapon used to offset any attempt to keep a nation morally responsible to a godly role.
Voices of dissension can either help institute freedom; or abolish freedom as we know it. A former American President, Franklin D. Roosevelt stated: If the fires of freedom and civil liberties burn low in other lands, they must be made brighter in our own. If in other lands, the press and books and literature of all kinds are censored, we must redouble our effort to keep them free. If in other lands the eternal truths of the press are threatened by intolerance, we must provide a safe place for their continuation.
There are many voices of the past who have warned against what we are see advancing today. There is an inroad towards self-destruct that is not being recognized by a young generation; who have failed to receive the lessons of the past, allowing the ungodly trends of today to be promulgated.
Scripture reveals: As they (the ungodly) did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient (Romans 1:28). Some characteristics mentioned are unrighteousness, wickedness, maliciousness, strife, deceit, and evil-mindedness.
The prophet Jeremiah wrote: Were they ashamed when they had committed abomination? No, they were not all all ashamed, neither could they blush (nor know how); therefore they shall fall among them that fall: at the time that I visit (or punish) them they shall be cast down, saith the Lord (Jeremiah 6:15).
A Bible commentary noted: The people's stubborn refusal to walk in the traditional ways of true righteousness were moving in their own paths is oftened mentioned by Jeremiah. Moving in their own paths and following their own way could only lead to their destruction. Voices of dissension today, of an ungodly nature, are paving the way towards the destructive mode of Jeremiah's day.
Voices of dissension, aligning themselves against God, are facing a fate that far exceeds any troublesome activity they may have created on earth. Scripture reveals: The Lord brings the counsel of the heathen (or nations) to nought: he makes the devices (or plans) of the people to none effect (Psalm 33:10).
In the Old Testament tells of those who worshiped idols, who said: The Lord sees us not; others having their back towards the temple of the Lord, faces toward the east, were worshiping the sun towards the east; was well as other abominations shown to the prophet Ezekiel.
God asked Ezekiel: Is it a light (or trivial) thing that they commit the abominations which they commit? Scripture reveals the outcome: Therefore will I deal in fury: by eye shall not spare, neither will I have pity: and though they cry in my ears with a loud vocie, yet will I not hear them (Ezekiel 8:18).
Scripture reveals that when Moses came down from the mount of God; the people were in array; having turned aside from the way of the Lord, corrupting themselves, and falling back into idol worship. Moses cried out: Who is on the Lord's side? Let him come to me (Exodus 32:26).
A similar occurrence happened in the days of Joshua, who said: If it seem evil to you to serve the Lord, choose you this day whom you will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood (or Euphrates), or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you dwell: but as for me and my house we will serve the Lord (Joshua 24:15).
Voices of dissension towards the ungodliness of man; has created an ungodly climate that has to be individually dealt with. A decision has to be made, as in the days of Moses and Joshua, as to whom one will serve? One does not have to dance to the tune of the voices of dissension that are loud and boisterous; demanding acceptance of their ways; caring less who is hurt, as long as it paves the way to meet their demands.
Scripture reveals: If you have bitter envying and strife (or self-seeking) in your hearts, glory not (or do not boast), and lie not against the truth. This wisdom descends not from above, but is earthly, sensual, devilish (or demonic). For where envying and strife exists there is confusion and every evil work (James 3:14-16).
A Bible commentary noted: The wisdom of God is pure and promotes peace, ending in righteousness. But the other is demonic, visible as jealously and ambition. The result of such is evil living and confusion.
We are seeing both traits struggling in the culture of today; with voices of dissension being more of an influence than the godly influence of the past. There is a demonic influence as a magnetic which attracts objects to its embrace. The ignorant and unlearned are influenced by this demonic behavior due to the lack of knowledge of the truth.
Scripture reveals: Foolish and unlearned questions (or ignorant disputes) avoid, knowing that they do gender (or generate) strife (2 Timothy 2:23). Let us walk honestly (or properly) as in the day; not in rioting and drunkenness, not in chambering (or licentiousness) and wantonness (or lewdness), not in strife and envying (Romans 13:13).
If you bite and devour one another take heed that you be not consumed one of another (Galatians 5:15). Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation; and every city or house divided against itself shall not stand (Matthew 12:25).
Voices of dissension, towards the ungodliness of man; needs to be condemned and avoided. Many once godly nations have allowed voices of dissension to institute structural changes that bring them dangerously close to a godly intervention from on high.
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