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We’re seeing yet more evidence of the increasing antagonism against Christianity in America.
Controversy arose recently over a Ten Commandments monument outside the Oklahoma State Capitol building. The monument was donated in 2012, and it now stands on state property. A local group of Satanists wants their own monument to stand next to it. The group asked for donations and received more than they needed to make a bronze statue.
Pictures of the monument were released earlier this month, and it’s as grotesque as I imagined it would be. You can see pictures here. Now, I understand that there are political issues surrounding these monuments. But the bigger issue is how this indicates where our culture is headed.
You see, the Ten Commandments teach foundational morality, such as not murdering and not stealing—all of which originates from God’s Word. Romans 2:14–15 reminds us that God has written His law on our hearts:
For when Gentiles, who do not have the law, by nature do the things in the law, these, although not having the law, are a law to themselves, who show the work of the law written in their hearts, their conscience also bearing witness, and between themselves their thoughts accusing or else excusing themIn fact, if it weren’t for the fact that God has written His law on our hearts, our sinful world would be an even more difficult place to live in. I’ve written before that morality couldn’t have evolved slowly through random processes. It had to originate from the ultimate source of truth—the Creator God.
But the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)—which is challenging the Ten Commandments monument—doesn’t want people to be reminded of the fact that evidence of God’s existence is all around us, including in our moral conscience (Romans 1:18–21; Romans 2:15). And the Satanic Temple in Oklahoma wants either both monuments—the Ten Commandments statue and their own statue glorifying Satan—or neither of them:
[Lucian] Greaves [the Satanic Temple spokesperson] has made it clear that the group would no longer petition to have the statue installed should the ten commandments [sic] monument be removed.It’s sad that these people want to see something that promotes morality to others torn down—and that they want to see a being who hates God’s law glorified by the world. The people involved with the Satanic Temple are living in direct rebellion against God.
I urge you to pray for them. They know the truth, but they are suppressing it in unrighteousness. And pray for the leaders of Oklahoma, that they would make decisions regarding these monuments that glorify God and benefit the community.
Thanks for stopping by and thanks for praying,
This post was written with the assistance of Steve Golden.