Perhaps you read this headline and agree with its sentiment. You could point to our premier’s presence on the radically feminist Emily’s List as evidence. You could, perhaps, refer to the numerous anti-christian pieces of legislation being put through parliament under her watch as further proof (i.e., euthanasia, gay marriage, the abortion legislation and same-sex adoption). However, the evidence that I will bring is far more damning and far more convincing that the Premier of Tasmania does indeed, hate God.
They are gossips, slanderers, haters of God, insolent, haughty, boastful, inventors of evil, disobedient to parents, foolish, faithless, heartless, ruthless. Though they know God’s righteous decree that those who practice such things deserve to die, they not only do them but give approval to those who practice them.
In Romans 1 Paul reveals the heart of those who by their very nature are evil and hate God. They spend their time thinking up new ways to be evil and even their good deeds are an abomination to God.
Wait up a second, that’s a bit harsh!
You might think I’m being a little hard toward Lara Giddings after all, she hasn’t said anything explicitly anti-God has she? I can’t say for sure whether she has or not but it is beside the point because I wasn’t talking about Lara; I was talking about you! And me!
Lara Giddings, last I checked, is human and as a human she shares in one great common trait; an Adamic nature by which we all despise the God who made us and break his righteous laws wherever we can. It’s not that we do evil, but that we are evil. The Apostle Paul explains by quoting Isaiah the prophet:
“None is righteous, no, not one;
no one understands;
no one seeks for God.
All have turned aside; together they have become worthless;
no one does good,
not even one.
No one is righteous, no one loves God. NO. ONE.
We are in the same state as Lara Giddings both geographically and spirtually. We do not love God and cannot love God unless…
Jesus comes to us and gives us a heart of flesh. It is the regenerating work of the Spirit that enables us to turn to God. Without God’s power to raise us, we would still be dead in our trespasses and sins (Colossians 2:13) but God has made us alive in Christ.
Do you *tsk, tsk* and shake your head when you read the headlines? Do you see our politicians as enemies of God and of the Church? Remember that “such were some of you” and that God can take anyone (anyone!) and create in them a heart that is able to love Him. He did it for Abraham, He did it for Paul, He did it for you and He did it for me.
Lara Giddings hates God but so do we all outside of Christ. Pray for Lara, pray for Tasmania and pray that we will see in others what someone saw in us: a sinner who can, by God’s grace, love God.