Practical Application of the Word of God
Former United States First Lady Nancy Reagan died at the age of 94 on Sunday, March 6, 2015.
As soon as news of her death emerged, I was dismayed at the unfettered adulation among Christians on social media about a woman who, in her behavior and temperament was not the kind of example that any of us among the ekklesia should be holding up to follow or emulate.
When I think of the godly examples I see in scripture, former President Ronald Reagan and his wife do not even come close in any way, shape, or form to measuring up.
President Reagan was an actor who had his last starring role as president of the United States. Perhaps in his first term in office, but certainly in his second term as president, he was already suffering from the cognitive impairment that characterizes dementia.
To continue in a leadership role with neurological degeneration is, quite frankly, fraudulent. Everyone around President Reagan knew it and perpetuated the fraud.
Nancy Reagan was known for her temper, her nastiness toward those who crossed her, and for treating people with contempt.
Even worse, Mrs. Reagan, without shame or apology, routinely and openly consulted with astrologists while in the White House.
Yet, routinely, among Christians, both President Ronald Reagan and Nancy Reagan are held up as good examples and people we should emulate.
This shows a lack of discernment on our part. It also shows how much we in the ekklesia have compromised with the word of God in accepting sin, unrighteousness, and ungodliness.
This is the result of the human tendency toward idolatry and revisionist history. We see this throughout the history of the ekklesia, where peoples’ egregious sins and disobedience to God are ignored or denied and those same people are venerated as gods that we should follow.
It is sin for us. And we need to repent.
The Reagans will have the opportunity to have their eyes opened to God’s way of life and repent when they are resurrected. That is their hope and my hope for them, because that’s the promise of God in His word.
However, within the ekklesia, our eyes have been opened to God’s way of life now. We are without excuse because we have been given God’s spirit, which gives us wisdom, understanding, knowledge, and discernment, and the very word of God to teach us.
Our current situation in the ekklesia reminds me very much of Joshua’s words: “And if it seems evil to you to serve the Lord, choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the River, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you dwell. But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.”
As for me, I will serve the Lord.