Hebrews 5:12-14 states: “In fact, though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you the elementary truths of God’s word all over again. You need milk, not solid food! Anyone who lives on milk, being still an infant, is not acquainted with the teaching about righteousness. But solid food is for the mature, who by constant use have trained themselves to distinguish good from evil.”
The Bible compares the immature Christian to an infant on a diet of milk versus the mature Christian on a diet of solid food. Hebrews 5:12-14 speaks of how one’s spiritual diet and level of maturity ties in directly with the believer’s ability to distinguish good from evil. That is to say, discernment is the ultimate indicator for the level of biblical maturity in an individual and the Christian culture as a whole.
There are at least four diagnostic questions that I have come up with regarding evil and today’s social ills that all Christians need to ask themselves as a prerequisite toward gaining spiritual maturity and discernment:
1/ Are you looking deep enough?
To understand the essence of evil, we must avoid viewing sin from a strictly superficial viewpoint. In other words, we must look at general morality (or things like dishonesty and murder) from a deeper perspective. For example, we must understand the fact that ungodly activities such as the “redistribution of wealth” and the “concentration of power” lead to corruption (dishonesty) and abortion (murder).
In this case, and perhaps most importantly, we need to recognize that much of the evil around us today is merely a manifestation of our culture’s ever increasing lack of knowledge and respect for the biblical concepts of “individual liberty” and the “right to private property.” Therefore, by delving into the Bible on a much deeper basis we can recognize these sins and others which are often deceitfully cloaked in righteousness.
2/ Do you know God’s prescription?
As we examine the various areas of life from a biblical perspective, Christians tend to hyper-focus on the negative or sinful connotations of a particular realm. For example, when we hear a message or sermon preached on economics or politics pastors generally deal with those spheres solely as they relate to things like the establishment of a one-world order.
However, we often fail to recognize God’s positive blueprint for these same areas when it comes to the way in which He expects us to govern ourselves and treat each other in this fallen world. In regard to economics and politics, the Bible clearly prescribes and explains the virtue of a free-market system (capitalism) and warns us of the tyranny associated with a government controlled economy (socialism).
3/ Can you identify the root of the problem?
We often mistakenly perceive certain types of sin as the problem rather than as the natural outcome of a shift in worldview. For instance, many Christians see things such as the acts of legalized abortion and the removal of prayer from our schools as the main reasons for our cultural decay; when in reality, these acts are merely the symptoms of our decline. We must not forget that without property rights no other rights are possible – including the rights of the unborn!
This is why there are never any long-term benefits to hyper-focusing solely on a symptom such as abortion. Instead, we need to turn our attention toward our broken socio-economic system (or the root of the problem) as well. This means that America needs to relearn the biblical concepts such as property rights, individual liberty, free-markets, dispersal of powers, and so forth.
But this will require that a pastor have the courage and integrity to feed his flock solid food despite the fact that many of his congregants will be offended by such teaching and preaching. In other words, if Christians are serious about ending things like abortion then we must also fight to abolish things like Social Security, Medicare/Medicaid, food stamps, public welfare and all of the other immoral entitlements on which we’ve become dependent.
4/ Are you able to connect the dots?
Francis Schaeffer once said, “The problem with Christians today is that they see things in bits and pieces.” Dr. Schaeffer understood, perhaps more so than anyone else, that all areas of life are interconnected. No single realm on this earth exists autonomously. Everything is connected, and everything is political! Areas such as law, government, sociology, science, history, education, economics, business, philosophy and the church are inseparably linked. All of these spheres dovetail in such a way that all-of-life function as one interrelated organism.
For example, along with the removal of God and The Ten Commandments from our schools, public education now indoctrinates our children through a syllabus of leftist ideology consisting of things like “social justice,” evolution, environmentalism, and revisionist history. All of these and most of the modern curriculum in general are symptomatic of the unbiblical influences on those spheres listed above. In a nut shell, the problem with public education is largely rooted in the expansion of government and its centralization of power, both of which are immoral.
If Christians were to strive toward dismantling the Federal Department of Education, removing any influence by the teachers unions, and placing our education system under the jurisdiction of parents and local school boards, we would once again have God back in our schools. At which point, our children would be free to learn the biblical truths such as limited government, self-reliance, property rights, individual liberty, and free-market economics, which were once taught in our schools and churches.
For more information on spiritual discernment and developing a biblical worldview, please click on the following link; and while there, check out our other pages containing similar types of resources regarding God’s cultural mandate and His personal plan of salvation (which is most important to any hope of a national revival): http://www.godgov.org/id24.html
Ray Harker is founder and director of Liberty Lighthouse (God in Government), a teaching ministry dedicated to a biblical worldview and God’s cultural mandate. Ray is the author of the books God in Government and Solid Food for the Soul. He writes commentaries for several newspaper and online publications. He is a public speaker, ideological activist, and expert on competing worldviews. Ray is currently working on a home school/Bible study edition of “Solid Food” and continues his education in Advanced Biblical Studies at Liberty University.