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The Word Against Unreasonableness

June 26, 2018

“Finally brethren, pray for us, that the word of the Lord may have free course, and be glorified, even as it is with you: And that we may be delivered from unreasonable and wicked men: for all men have not faith,” (2 Thess. 3:1-2, KJV).

And that we may be delivered from unreasonable men (3:2). In our day, in which irrationalism rules the day, we need this prayer. It can be incredibly frustrating when you desire to have a rational discussion about issues of the day, only to be immediately named called for daring to question a given political or social dogma. Any questioning of the “inerrant revelation” of the political discourse will cause one to be immediately labelled with the hateful names of bigot, racist, misogynist, or xenophobe. Even in the Church, people walk around beating others with the stick of irrationalism without anything even close to resembling less than superficial discourse.

So what are we to do? Should we call out this immorality that is firmly established in our culture? Should we seek in whatever way we can to bring up the rational and empirical reasons for not buying a particular system? The answer to both of these questions is, “Yes.” However, we must remember that often the root of the reason of the irrationality is one’s sin and idolatry to a false god, sometimes coming in the form of a political system or the state. Since any questioning is blasphemy against these gods, evidence will often not be the most powerful way to discourse.

In the passage above, Paul gives us the insight we need concerning how to deal with this situation. “Finally brethren, pray for us, that the word of the Lord may have free course, and be glorified even as it is with you,” (3:1). We must make sure that the primary thing we are preaching and declaring is God’s powerful revelation. The only sure way to defeat “revelation” from a false god, is the revelation of the God of all creation, who knows all things perfectly. You may not be acquainted with all of the statistical data that refutes a various political god, but you do know the 10 Commandments. You do know that all men have sinned and broken God’s Law (Rom. 3:23). You do know that the Law of God is written on the souls of unbelievers so that your declaration of truth, even if rejected, will resonate (Rom. 2:14-15). You do know that the Spirit of God uses the Word of God to convict hearts of the truth (John 16:8, 17:17). You do know that the Spirit will bear witness to our calls to repentance as we declare that hatred in the heart is murder already (Mt. 5:21-22).

In light of this, we must be praying Paul’s prayer, that God would cause His Word to have free course among the people of the culture in which we live. We must pray that God deliver us from unreasonable and wicked men who hate anyone who disagrees with their idol. We must stick to the truths of Scripture as that which we believe and that which we primarily proclaim. Anything less than this will lack the power of God (Rom. 1:16). May God cause us to live this way.

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