The longer I live, the more I’m convinced that the world is full of really stupid people.
And it’s easy to see that in countries outside America. For instance, I just returned from a second trip to a Muslim country. And I never realized how many lies those people are believing. For instance, they think America is a Christian nation and is paying missionaries to go into the world and preach the Gospel – Hah! They also think Christians believe in three gods and that God had sex with Mary to produce Jesus. Weird…and totally false!
And these aren’t backwater people. These are metropolitan, Starbucks-drinking, university-educated (some even in America!) Muslims. Believing all these ridiculous lies!
It reminded me of 2 Corinthians 4:2-4, where Paul says,
“But we have renounced disgraceful, underhanded ways. We refuse to practice cunning or to tamper with God’s word, but by the open statement of the truth we would commend ourselves to everyone’s conscience in the sight of God. And even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing. In their case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelievers, to keep them from seeing the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.”
Wow. No wonder people believe so many stupid lies – Satan, the king of lies, has blinded them. And it’s not just the Muslims!
I’ve returned to an America whose President decreed that all schools have to allow anybody into any restroom. Think about that. It’s absolutely ridiculous to any fair-minded person. Is nothing sacred anymore? And this isn’t just a Democratic push – the Republican front-runner agrees with letting transgenders into any bathroom! What have we come to? Why is there such amazing stupidity?
Why is it that Christians like myself seem to be the only logical people out there?
Oh wait. When I look at my own heart, I see I’m playing the hypocrite – for I too have been blinded by Satan. I’ve believed so many stinking lies! I believed that Satan’s temptations for pleasure and power would bring me more satisfaction than God. I’ve believed that my flesh is better than Jesus. I’ve pushed God out of my mind – with all His truth – and lived for my own sensuality.
I’m no longer blinded by Satan as an unbeliever – God’s light has shined into my heart and freed me! And yet…I so often return to the darkness.
Yes, the world is full of stupid people…including myself. What we all need to cure our stupidity is the light of the Creator.
“For God, who said, ‘Let light shine out of darkness,’ has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. But we have this treasure in jars of clay, to show that the surpassing power belongs to God and not to us.” -vs. 6-7
I need that surpassing power. Because as I’ve often blogged about, I’m a cracked jar of clay. So it’s a good thing God’s surpassing power has filled me! Because it’s only by His power that a hardened Muslim, a deceived transgender activist, or a dirty rotten sinner named Matt could ever achieve victory over their own stupidity.