I recently watched a documentary on the tragedy of the mid-west “Dust Bowl.” A man who lived in the area his entire life scooped up a handful of dirt and exclaimed to the reporter, “Look, it’s upside down!” The tall, native grasses had been stripped from the land, exposing the dense top layer of sand; underneath, approximately 12 inches down, was dark, rich soil. The farmers, deceived into investing their blood, sweat, and tears, harvested the land by plowing deep into the soil and in effect, turning it upside down. The results led to the most catastrophic man-made disaster in all of US history—simply because we stripped the land of its protective God-given covering.
And yet, to this day, we continue to do the same thing. We have stripped our land of another God-given covering: His blessing and His Presence. We’ve driven Him out of the schools, out of the courthouses, and out of our government, failing to remember that our government was founded by men guided and committed to His principles and His laws. What was once sacred is now reviled; what was once reviled is now celebrated. In effect, we’ve turned our world upside down. “They exchanged the truth of God for a lie…Furthermore, since they did not think it worthwhile to retain the knowledge of God, he gave them over to a depraved mind, to do what ought not to be done…Although they know God’s righteous decree that those who do such things deserve death, they not only continue to do these very things but also approve of those who practice them.” (Romans 1:25, 28, 31)
And so here we are, in a world turned upside down and yet God, in His mercy, still offers hope! And get this: the solution appears upside down! While every other religion places the demand for restitution on the sinner, only the God of Christianity places the burden of restitution on Himself.
“But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” (Romans 5:8)
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