“Obliterate”

Does it seem that mankind has always had a dual mission since the beginning of time?  On the one hand it appears that the goal is to ignore, deny and limit any evidence of others existence and sovereignty. While on the other hand there has been the constant desire to build a legacy of self-aggrandizement. Individuals are glorified in books, legend, media and statues only to have later groups obliterate any mention of them. Nations and cultures do the same thing. Churches have been destroyed and mosques built over them only to have the process reversed by the next culture. Totalitarian governments are very proficient at obliterating not only the lives of rivals but also any mention of them in photos and documents.

This behavior has not been limited to individuals and cultures. From the beginning humans have chosen to obliterate the knowledge of God from their lives and when possible the minds of others. Perhaps the first record of this is found in the history of the Tower of Babel. (Gen 11:1-8) We may think the current denial of God’s existence and sovereignty is more rampant now than it has ever been. However, this desire to “make a name for ourselves” has always been strong.

“For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened. Furthermore they did not think it worthwhile to retain the knowledge of God…” (Rom 1:21 & 28) The result of such rebellion is appalling—“They have become filled with every kind of wickedness, evil, greed, depravity, envy, murder…God-haters, arrogant and boastful…” (Rom 1:29-30)

In spite of atheism, evolution, Bible burnings, apostasy and many other evil efforts to discredit God, “Do not be deceived, God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows.” (Gal 6:7) Neither His name nor His commandments will ever be obliterated.

–Jim Bailey