Is our society becoming degenerate without a fight? No. Some are trying to pull us with them into the Pit, into Hell, but others are pulling back, trying to pull their family, their friends, their neighbors, and themselves back from the brink.
Sometimes we act. Sometimes we see an example of moral degeneration so flagrant — so obviously evil — some of us become appalled enough to drop what we are doing and stand against it. Some of us still see the horror in sin. Some strive against the pull of the unrepentant.
Such was the case in Philadelphia recently. Some people took a stand against abortion. What precipitated their resistance? A local CBS affiliate provided this article, VIDEO: Legislator Brian Sims Films Himself Berating Female Abortion Protester In Philadelphia (philadelphia.cbslocal.com). Here is how the article starts.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) – A Democratic Pennsylvania state lawmaker is drawing criticism for recording himself berating a woman demonstrator at length outside an abortion clinic in Philadelphia, calling her an “old white lady” and her protest “grotesque.” State Rep. Brian Sims posted an eight-minute-plus video on social media that showed him peppering the woman with questions and criticism. (continued here)
The video is oddly surreal. Here we have a big, strong, intelligent, supposedly good man heckling a woman, berating her, for standing outside an abortion clinic and quietly praying with her rosary. What made Sims think that that video would make him look good? But it gets worse. Sims posted a video of himself heckling teenagers and threatening to doxx them, My teen girls were filmed, harassed by a lawmaker for praying outside Planned Parenthood (usatoday.com).
Whenever Sims thought he was doing backfired. Instead of making himself look good, he just engendered greater protests against his favorite abortion clinic.
- A Thousand Pro-Life Protestors Pray outside Planned Parenthood in Philadelphia (nationalreview.com)
- Thousands Of Pro-Lifers Protest Rep. Brian Sims At Philly Planned Parenthood (dailycaller.com)
- Watch: Pro-Life Activists Rally in PA, Stand Up to Bullying by Democrat Brian Sims (breitbart.com)
- Rally draws hundreds protesting State Rep. Brian Sims at Philly Planned Parenthood (philly.com)
What makes people like Sims act that way? Why would anyone so vociferously defend an abortion clinic, a place where doctors murder the unborn? Sims spoke of pseudo Christians. Is Sims a Christian? Has he read the Bible? Does he know what the Bible says?
Whatever Sims believes it is apparent that many of us do not read the Bible and believe what it says. We speak of Jesus. We applaud His message of love, but we do not give the book Jesus so often quoted much attention. Therefore, we do not know enough to take passages like this one seriously, much less obey it.
Proverbs 3:5-6 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart
And do not lean on your own understanding.
6 In all your ways acknowledge Him,
And He will make your paths straight.
What does that passage mean? What does it mean to lean not on your own understanding (Proverbs 3:5-6)? (gotquestions.org) provides a good commentary. In its explanation, that commentary references this proverb.
Proverbs 16:25 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
25 There is a way which seems right to a man,
But its end is the way of death.
The way of death? The way to Hell? Even though the way seems right? Is this why the Bible we must trust in the Lord? We don’t know how to discern the way of life from the way of death?
Judges 21:25 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
25 In those days there was no king in Israel; everyone did what was right in his own eyes.
Because everyone did what was right in his own eyes, not God’s eyes, the Book of Judges is often horrifying. We wonder! How could they have done that? The answer is that instead of trusting God’s wisdom they trusted their own.
Love by itself is not enough. We must trust in the wisdom of God. When we don’t trust God and believe that what He calls sin is evil, we fail to obey Him. When we don’t abhor sin and hate sin as God hates sin, then we lack the wisdom to discern good from evil, to choose between God and Satan, to understand what it means to love someone other than our self.
James 4:7 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
7 Submit therefore to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you.