It had to come.
It’s an axiom.
In logic, this means a proposition, not subject to proof or disproof. Its truth is assumed to be self-evident because most people believe it. Once broadly accepted, it becomes a premise from which other conclusions are logically and inescapably drawn.
Nobody has proved it’s true. It may not be true. But enough people believe it’s true. So it’s seen as true and declared as true.
One central axiom of our time is the normalization of a new form of personal morality. The most important and irreversible vanguard of shifting sexual mores in America is the widespread and rapidly growing acceptance of homosexuality.
It must be true.
Once gay marriage was established as a constitutional right, the war was over. Traditional values had lost, tolerance had triumphed. There were all sorts of complex demographic, cultural and political factors leading to this approval but it was undeniable.
It’s an axiom.
Life goes on.
We’re not going back.
We live in a new world and we must be brave.
That’s the abbreviation for the latest frontier – transgendered people. They are neither “her” nor “him”. They’re somewhere in between, moving in one direction or the other, seeking their true identity; reveling in their happy selves as members of the opposite sex from the one they were trapped in at birth.
They are the new champions of change – literally.
Past generations might have scratched their heads at the mystifying phenomenon. It’s another example of an infinitesimal minority managing to roil the cultural waters of an entire nation.
The Governor of North Carolina backed a new state law restricting public restrooms to those of the same sex at birth. Saying it was discriminatory – a powerful word if ever there was one – the Justice Department, urged on by President Obama, threatened to sue the Governor.
The bathroom law was all washed up. It never stood a chance.
Tolerance is unrelenting in forcing itself on all those who disagree. None dare raise a conscientious objection and be seen as hopelessly out of touch with “the real world”.
That’s ironic. It’s also an axiom of our age. It must be true.
We’ve embraced boundless tolerance – except for dissent.
The other day a news magazine arrived. On its cover were Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. They both were sporting yard-long noses. The Truth Hurts was the headline.
Perhaps this picture is prophetic.
Describing the corruption of an earlier age, Isaiah wrote:
“So justice is driven back, and righteousness stands at a distance; truth has stumbled in the streets, honesty cannot enter” (Isaiah 59:14, NIV).
This nation is set to nominate the two least popular and most controversial and morally-challenged candidates for president in American history. It may end up being a contest over who has told the fewest lies – or the biggest.
“Truth has fallen in the streets, honesty cannot enter”.
People get the government – and the leaders – they deserve.
It’s another axiom; true through all ages and in every civilization.
In a society where “justice is driven back and righteousness stands at a distance”; where evil is called good and good evil; in a culture where bitter is substituted for sweet and sweet for bitter; and in a land where leaders more often reflect the dominant values than shape them, the sad and pathetic choice we’ve been given in 2016 is richly deserving.
This is a choice for our times; the emblem of poetic justice.
We are reaping what we have sown (another undeniable axiom).
“When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice: but when the wicked beareth rule, the people mourn” (Proverbs 29:2, KJV).
This is God’s axiom.
It’s his judgment upon a people who have chosen to cast off moral restraint, define their own morality and seek their own way.
Trump and Clinton have been supported by millions to whom truth and integrity are subjective, relative and – in the end – dispensable. It’s rampantly true in people’s personal lives, why not in the lives of their leaders?
For the Christian this is not the time to despair or give up. It is the time to pray, think and vote.
No matter what has happened to get us here, is happening now or will happen in November and beyond, our sovereign God is in control. He knows the end from the beginning, and he will protect his church against even the gates of hell itself.
And a corrupt president – if we should elect one.
God’s still on his throne.
He has a plan.
Yes, you may sometimes feel like a Puritan living in the midst of Babylon but remember God’s people have lived in interesting times before.
Take the first century, for example.
“Be on guard,” Paul told believers then. “Stand firm in the faith. Be courageous. Be strong. And do everything with love” (I Corinthians 16: 13-14, NLT).
Don’t fear the polls. Trust God.
“Dwell in the land and cultivate faithfulness” (Psalm 37:4, NASB).
Paul closed his second letter to the Corinthians with this consolation:
“Be joyful. Grow to maturity. Encourage each other. Live in harmony and peace. Then the God of love and peace will be with you” (II Corinthians 13:11, NLT).
Our faithfulness, his presence.
It’s logical. It’s true.
It’s a divine axiom.
Today, tomorrow and forever.