The prophet Jeremiah, back in his day, had some serious things to say, that could even be up to date today.
"So you shall say to them, 'This is a nation that does not obey the voice of the LORD their God nor receive correction. Truth has perished and has been cut off from their mouth.'" [Jer 7:28, NKJV]
This past six or seven years of presidential candidates jockeying to get their party's nomination has shown us just how much truth has been cut off from their mouth.
Though it has only been recently that we have truly been acquainted with the depth of their irascibility.
Of the people running for office, or even the media that play them up or down, how many can we truthfully say receive correction?
This country has been great, in the past, because we believed she was founded on Godly principles, especially truth and goodness.
Deception is the great step in a country's life, that marks the point of demarcation into oblivion, and the ash heap of destruction.
Jeremiah has some additional words that need to be paid attention to.
"Thus says the LORD: 'Let not the wise man glory in his wisdom, let not the mighty man glory in his might, nor let the rich man glory in his riches; but let him who glories glory in this, that he understands and knows Me, that I AM the LORD, exercising loving kindness, judgment, and righteousness in the earth. For in these things I delight', says the LORD." [Jer 9: 23, 24, NKJV]
Wherein lies the difference between a wise man and a wise guy?
In this post-modern day of accepting no absolutes, what is available for us to base any amount of wisdom on? My subjective experience teaches me a lot, but when placed against objective observation, may very well not stand up.
Case in point: I survived a head-on motor vehicle accident, the police estimated at around eighty miles an hour. I did not have a seat belt on, and was pinned in the vehicle for around an hour.
Can we definitely state that anyone who is a passenger, in the front seat, will be able to survive the same type of accident?
We would not be very wise to make that determination, would we? I am going to go out on a limb here, and say, that facts accumulated in the forty years since that accident would point to out that I was lucky, or had in fact been protected by divine fiat.
So, what makes us so sure that our subjective impression is right? Well, again, right means there may be a wrong; and post-modern thought tells us there is no right or wrong, only what is right or wrong for each person.
And we are seeing the havoc being wreaked on our country by this philosophy of their being no absolutes.
May God Almighty have mercy on our souls.