The Question No One Wants to Answer

September 27, 2016 By Pastor Dave Ryan

The Question No One Wants to Answer

Like many Americans, I watched the presidential debate last night and was probably left with more troublesome thoughts on the candidates than confidence. It was interesting how several times the moderator or a candidate would raise a prickly question, and the other person would avoid a straight answer.  But there was a question that no one seemed to want to take up because it is so troubling and humbling.  Why do we have so much chaos and trouble in our world and on the streets?  Will raising more money, giving more training, or passing a new rule really curtail brokenness and the effects of pride?   Isaiah 43:22-24, Romans 3 and James 4 make the impossible situation clear.  We have wars and brokenness due to our breaking of God’s law and offending Him at every level.  This offense and war with God in our hearts spills over into our homes and every day lives bringing turmoil and conflict no matter how well we try to cover.  There was a time in US history long ago when national and state leaders would bravely identify this and call out citizens to repent of their sins and call out to God for restoration and mercy.  Now, we are left only to our own strategies, cunning and diplomacy to cope the best we can.

But praise God this is not the end of God’s answer to this question no religion or leader can answer!  God answers it clearly through Isaiah and Paul,  “I am the One who will blot out your transgressions for My Name’s sake” (Isaiah 43:25) and “…being justified as a gift by His grace through the redemption in Christ Jesus” (Romans 3:23-26).  God, who is entirely holy, has made a way by bearing our sinfulness in Christ so that He can grant us forgiveness and a transformed heart and His righteousness!  Do you know this gift and answer personally?  Your brokenness and control of sin’s oppression can be lifted and removed through the grace in Jesus Christ.  But finally, those who have received this gift must be reminded again and again that the key to growing in Grace and defeating the power of sin will not be in coping on our terms, but in continually putting off our old nature and looking to the plan and power of our Savior Jesus. (Hebrews 12:1-3; Ephesians 4:17-24)

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