Problem is Unrepentant Sin
By Coach Dave
the good that I would I do not: but the evil which I would not, that I do.
Now if I do that I would not, it is no more I that do it, but sin that
dwelleth in me. I find then a law, that, when I would do good, evil is
present with me. For I delight in the law of God after the inward man…”
It is a word that you don’t hear a lot about any more. Like so many other
things in America the idea of sin has been sanitized. We call it a
“mistake,” or an “error,” or a “miss-step,” but no matter how much
lipstick and make-up you put on the pig, underneath it is still a pig.
Politicians don’t lie, they “miss-speak.” Governments don’t steal, they
“tax.” Schools don’t educate, they indoctrinate. Whoremongers don’t commit
adultery; they “sleep around.” Yep, in America today we rarely call things
what they are. Politically correct synonyms are now the white-washed
lexicon for long established prohibitions.
asked in a commentary five years ago, Whatever Happened to Sin?
of the problems that our nation is dealing with are a direct result of
sin. We live in a fallen world where the heart of man is deceitful above
all things, and desperately wicked (Jeremiah 17:9). We used to understand
that. We used to teach it to our children. For man, sinning is as natural
as breathing. No one has to be taught how to be selfish. But today, we
have bought into the fable that men are naturally good.
of the evidence leads to a different verdict.
America has a sin problem.
is an individual problem that impacts us all. The price of it is death
(Romans 6:23). But somewhere along the path to liberation sin has been
sanitized. You see, my sin does not just affect me; it touches others in a
way we cannot even understand. Sin would be bad enough if my soul was the
only one injured by my disobedience but, unfortunately, individual sin
bleeds over on the rest of us. Collateral damage is what Timothy McVeigh
idea that my sin doesn’t harm others is preposterous. Hitler sinned. His
lust for power led him to murder. How many lives have been impacted by his
actions? All Bernie Madoff did was steal, but his purloining rattled the
foundations of the financial world. Margaret Sanger only wanted to be
“liberated” but her selfish heart lead to women’s “reproductive rights”
and the destruction of millions of lives. Hugh Hefner's crusade was waged
to feed his natural sexual attractions but it opened the floodgates to the
heart is deceitful above all things. Your heart can convince you that good
is bad and bad is good. LBJ thought that government charity was the
“Christian thing” to do when he created the “Great Society”, turning on
the spigot of legalized government coveting. Lincoln thought he was doing
a good thing when he over-ran the rights of individual states. Obama
believes the government's function is to take care of us from womb to
tomb. “I hear tell the road to hell is paved with good intentions.”
laws are nothing more than government’s attempt to control the sin nature
of the individual. Although the moral anarchists want to tell us that we
can’t “legislate morality”, the obvious fact is that is exactly what the
purpose of laws are. Stealing is wrong, so, in an effort to stop it, we
make laws to punish it. “Law-breaking” is the moniker we put on the
behavior and fines and incarceration are the penalty of civil-sins.
external restraints are never enough to control inward desires. No matter
how many laws we create someone will always find a way around it. In fact,
we hire “lawyers” to poke escape hatches in those restraints. Over the
centuries our law-books have exploded from ten simple rules, to law
libraries full of the failures of “legislating” morality.
simplified it even more when he cut the list to two. That is why I love
the Law of God.
If we follow it, no one gets hurt. Yet we are hell-bent on removing its
clear teaching from the minds of our children. We can’t build enough
prisons to control the hearts of un-regenerated men.
see, God’s plan was simple. Knowing the heart of man, He put into place a
set of controls (government) for society and it began, first and foremost,
with the individual.
ultimate goal in God's justice system is for the individual to establish
self-control. If we fail to teach to our children the importance of
self-government by obeying the “law written on the heart” then all true
liberty will be lost (Romans 1:16-32). Liberty comes through obedience.
Disobedience (sin) brings a loss of freedom. Failure to control ones
inward desires leads to outside controls.
Family is the next level of government that the Lord put into place. From
the earliest age parents are admonished to “train up a child in the way he
should go.” (Proverbs 22:6) It is the role of the parents to help the
child strength his/her inward controls. In the simplest of terms it is the
parents’ duty to teach a child to govern himself so that others will not
have to. Because the enemy has directed his laser at the destruction of
the family this safety net of first response has eroded.
the child fails to control his behavior the responsibility falls to the
parents. If no parental controls are in place, or if the controls are
ineffective then the family turns to the church for restoration.
church is God's sanctuary between the people and the civil magistrates.
But the church has dropped the ball. Having bought into the church growth
movement, relationship evangelism, and the Purpose Driven bilge, the Law
of God is no longer used as the antidote to the Spiritual AIDS ravaging
America. As the church goes...so goes the nation. A little leaven infects
the whole crowd and our toleration of sin in the camp has weakened the
cultural immune system....the church. The ineffective “religious system”
has given sway to the civil authorities.
anarchy reigns supreme as we turn to amoral government to harness the
passions of men. Morality is only relative in the absence of truth. Today,
America's prisons are full and her churches are empty as we continue to
ignore the clear warning of our founders.
no government armed in power capable of contending with human passions
unbridled by morality and religion. Our Constitution was made only for a
religious and moral people. It is wholly inadequate for the government of
any other.” -John Adams.
Government has usurped the authority that God originally gave to the
people. We have surrendered the rights of the individual to the
sovereignty of Caesar.
Samuel Adams, the Father of the American Revolution said:
divines and philosophers, statesmen and patriots, unite their endeavors to
renovate the age by impressing the minds of men with the importance of
educating their little boys and girls, inculcating in the minds of youth
the fear and love of the Deity...and leading them in the study and
practice of the exalted virtues of the Christian system.”
Madison, The Father of the Constitution opined,
staked the whole future of American civilization, not on the power of
government, far from it. We've staked the future of all of our political
institutions on our capacity...to sustain ourselves according to the Ten
Commandments of God.”
wonder if these boys could get elected today…
America’s leadership is swimming in sin. They are incapable of delivering
us from our body of death. We will never change America through the
political process. Changing one set of sinners for another will not save
us. Only a return to Biblical morality and the Grace of God can.
is a decay of conscience, the pulpit is responsible for it. If the public
press lacks moral discrimination, the pulpit is responsible for it. If the
church is degenerate and worldly, the pulpit is responsible for it. If the
world loses its interest in religion, the pulpit is responsible for it. If
Satan rules in our halls of legislation, the pulpit is responsible for it.
If our politics become so corrupt that the very foundations of our
government are ready to fall away, the pulpit is responsible for it. Let
us not ignore this fact, my dear brethren; but let us lay it to heart, and
be thoroughly awake to our responsibility in respect to the morals of this
nation." Charles Finney
educate a man in mind and not in morals is to educate a menace to
society.” -Teddy Roosevelt.
we recognize the source of our trouble this nation is doomed. America does
not have a political problem. America’s problem is sin.
Coach Dave Daubenmire,
founder and President of Pass The Salt Ministries and Minutemen
United. In 1999 Coach Daubenmire was sued by the ACLU for praying with
his teams while coaching high school in Ohio. He now spends his energy
fighting for Christian principles in the public domain.
Volume 15, 2010