In my previous article, I addressed friendship with the world. There, I quoted the Scripture where James differentiates the wisdom of the world with God’s wisdom.
13 Who is wise and understanding among you? Let him show by his good conduct that his deeds are done in gentleness of wisdom. 14 But if you have bitter jealousy and selfish ambition in your heart, don’t boast and don’t lie against the truth. 15 This wisdom is not that which comes down from above, but is earthly, sensual, and demonic. 16 For where jealousy and selfish ambition are, there is confusion and every evil deed. 17 But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceful, gentle, reasonable, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy. 18 Now the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace. James 3:14-18
America is filled with people who live by the wisdom of the world. They give lip service to Christianity because it is still politically and religiously expedient. But, their deeds speak against them (Jude 1).
We who believe in Jesus and are in the kingdom of God’s Son (Col 1:9-20) find ourselves situated in a worldly culture based on wisdom that is earthly, sensual, and demonic, even among enlightened religious leaders pretending to be righteous.
Current political, political media and religious terms for those who embrace, endorse or are influenced by the wisdom of the world are: liberal, progressive and secular progressive [without God in the world Eph 2:12].
The wisdom of the world leads to the works of the flesh (Gal 5).
In politics, all of the works of the flesh were considered acceptable, exemplified or endorsed by the left in our 2016 Presidential Election campaigns and debates.
In religion, Sam Storms wrote a telling article on the intrusion of the wisdom of the world among enlightened religious leaders pretending to be righteous. It is entitled: THE MOST SERIOUS AND SEVERE DEPARTURE FROM THE FAITH IN OUR DAY.
While I was writing this article, I came across a 3 part essay that is a wake up call for all Christians, particularly as we are about to celebrate Independence Day. It was written by Angelo Codevilla at the end of June and is entitled: Progression—or Degeneracy?
Angelo Codevilla begins Progression—or Degeneracy? Part One:
The American regime that resulted from the American Revolution differs from today’s in size, scope, and character. We do not elaborate the contrasts. Rather, we ask: Whence came these differences between the former’s constitutionally limited pursuits of modest objectives—domestic tranquility, justice, the common defense, the general welfare—and the latter’s unlimited administrative discretion over everything from the planet’s climate to the proper exercise of religion? How could a regime evolve into something so like its own negation?
He begins Progression—or Degeneracy? Part Two:
If, as I have posited in the first of these essays, “whether the men of the American Revolution and founding thought in terms of natural law or of natural right makes the difference between courthouses engraved with the Ten Commandments, and ones whose portals bear the words inscribed over Rabelais’ Abbey of Theleme: “Fais ce que vourdas”—Do what you want (limited only by what you can get away with)” then why, in the founding generation’s voluminous writings is there no distinction between natural law and the concept of a natural right to do whatever one might wish, much less any denunciation the latter?
In the essay, he makes a comparison of the American Revolution based on relationship between God and man to the parallel French revolution, which was planned and implemented with the wisdom of the world.
In conclusion of the series, Progression—or Degeneracy? Part Three Angelo Codevilla begins:
Tocqueville’s The Old Regime and the Revolution echoes forward to our time by highlighting the continuity between France’s ancien regime and the ones that grew in France and throughout Europe after the Revolution. …
While the ruling class/reformers differed on many matters, they were united in their disdain for Christianity. Although “irreligion” was uncommon “among the middle classes and the people” it was “widespread among the princes and the beautiful people.” ”Since “those who denied Christianity raised their voices and those who still believed remained silent, it came to pass that those who kept the ancient faith feared to be the only ones doing so and, fearing isolation more than error, they joined the crowd without thinking like it….”
“ [The ruling class] attacked the Christian religion without trying to put another in its place. [Emptying] souls of the faith that had filled them, they left them empty.”
We who walk worthy of the Lord are blessed with eternal perspective by the wisdom from above.
15Stop loving the world and the things that are in the world. If anyone persists in loving the world, the Father’s love is not in him. 16For everything that is in the world—the desire for fleshly gratification, the desire for possessions, and worldly arrogance—is not from the Father but is from the world. 17And the world and its desires are fading away, but the person who does God’s will remains forever. 1 Jn 2:15-17 ISV
12And so, my dear friends, just as you have always obeyed, not only when I was with you but even more now that I am absent, continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling. 13For it is God who is producing in you both the desire and the ability to do what pleases him. 14Do everything without complaining or arguing 15so that you may be blameless and innocent, God’s children without any faults among a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you shine like stars in the world 16as you hold firmly to the word of life. Then I will be proud when the Messiahi returns that I did not run in vain or work hard in vain. Php 2:12-16 ISV
I pray as Paul prayed and you can join me in his prayer for our selves and our brothers and sisters in Christ.
I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better. I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people, and his incomparably great power for us who believe. That power is the same as the mighty strength he exerted when he raised Christ from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms, far above all rule and authority, power and dominion, and every name that is invoked, not only in the present age but also in the one to come. And God placed all things under his feet and appointed him to be head over everything for the church, which is his body, the fullness of him who fills everything in every way” (Ephesians 1:17-22 ISV).