Unwavering Trust in ________?
Religious people often suffer disdain from a scornful world. “How could anyone so blindly place their unwavering trust in an invisible being,” they ponder. Noted atheist Richard Dawkins, the author of The God Delusion, recently scoffed, “There are people who believe Jesus turned water into wine. How do they hold down a job in the 21st century?” PS, there were no riots when Christians learned of this mockery. No heads were chopped off. No stores were looted. No cars were flipped over. Strange, huh?
Anyways, where was I? Oh yes, the world accuses believers of blissfully ignoring evidence and fully committing to things that cannot be scientifically proven. Because of this faith, we are called bible thumpers, neanderthals, backward-thinking, and outdated. “Get with the picture,” they would say. “This is a modern world, and your religion, with all of its outdated morals, no longer applies.”
I must admit that it’s challenging to hear this from the same people who argue that men can have periods, women can have penises, all white people are racist, guns cause mass shootings, pre-born babies aren’t people, and Chinese face diapers stop coronavirus.
The point, of course, is that all of us hold sincere religious beliefs. The disagreement is not between faith and no faith. It is between competing religions. Many people share a misconception that if someone turns away from God, stops attending church, and loses their faith, they have ceased being religious. This is not true. No one becomes a non-believer. They are swapping their faith for something else, something less.
The story is told in Exodus, chapter 32, where Moses has gone up Mt. Sinai to meet with God while the rest of his people await his base camp return. When Moses delayed beyond their liking, we find this reaction in verses 1–4:
Exo 32:1–4 NLT — 1 When the people saw how long it was taking Moses to come back down the mountain, they gathered around Aaron. “Come on,” they said, “make us some gods who can lead us. We don’t know what happened to this fellow Moses, who brought us here from the land of Egypt.” 2 So Aaron said, “Take the gold rings from the ears of your wives and sons and daughters, and bring them to me.” 3 All the people took the gold rings from their ears and brought them to Aaron. 4 Then Aaron took the gold, melted it down, and molded it into the shape of a calf. When the people saw it, they exclaimed, “O Israel, these are the gods who brought you out of the land of Egypt!”
What’s so interesting to me is that the people couldn’t abide being godless. When they turned away from Moses and the God he represented, they wasted no time fashioning for themselves a new god, one more palatable to their passions. One more suited to their fancies. They were willing to donate large sums of gold from their stashes to form a familiar god, one they could see and touch. And one that would allow them to fulfill their carnal passions. Not that stuffy, demanding puritanism that Jehovah and his earthly stooge exacted upon them.
There’s a reason that the bible is the perennial all-time best-selling book in history. Why it was the first book ever printed and why the average American household contains 4.4 of them. These ancient stories are nine and a half months pregnant with powerful truths about ourselves, the world around us, and the way things really work.
Those anxious Hebrews rejected the God that saved them and replaced him with a statue that could do nothing for them. Hence, our generation denies our ancestors’ faith and replaces it with a blind, unwavering commitment to the stupidest things. The same people that would instantly write off a story about a serpent talking to a woman will also explain to you how there are hundreds of genders. Those who discard the idea of miraculous healing will then describe the virtues of men in women’s locker rooms and competing in women’s sports. The ones that could never believe in a prophet sent from God to bear the sins of humanity and rise again will all of a sudden confess undying and unquestioning devotion to the half-baked opinions of a lifelong government bureaucrat who can’t turn down a tv interview. I must say, even I have been impressed by the ascendency of Lord Fauci, may his name be ever blessed, to the heights of popularity and power. Just over one year ago, an unknown government agent became the most powerful government bureaucrat in American history, and nobody, even President Trump, questioned him. Only Senator Rand Paul has had the temerity to rebuke the benevolent one publicly.
“Question with boldness even the existence of a god; because, if there be one, he must more approve the homage of reason, than that of blindfolded fear.”
Meanwhile, in 2021, I see people wearing a face mask alone in their car or out in the park walking their dog with unassailable devotion to the “scientific experts”. I see people restricting their children’s oxygen intake and keeping them home from school, even though, statistically, there is a far greater risk of their children dying of homicide, drowning, fires, and burns than dying of COVID. I see millions of young, healthy people putting an experimental vaccine in their arms, even though there have been over 460,000 reports of adverse reactions, including 38 deaths. Even today, the CDC has recommended pausing the vaccine rollout. And we are supposed to follow the leader without any question, out of an AOC?
The Children of Israel paid a high price when they rejected their trust in the Lord and placed it in false idols instead. We will also pay a high price for abandoning the God who gave us the abundant liberties we have. What would happen if we trusted in God the way that many have trusted in his holiness, Lord Fauci, the beneficent?