The Voice of Rationalization

by Richard Mansel, managing editor
stringpuppet.jpgWhat does Satan’s voice sound like? It is probably a safe guess that it sounds just like ours. We often hear his voice and we convince ourselves that his wishes are ours because his lies are so powerful and persuasive (John 8:44).
The human mind performs astonishing, intricate functions in milliseconds. If we couple the powerful lure of Satan with the abilities of the mind, we find the perfect storm.
Humanity’s biggest challenge is selfishness. It is at the heart of all sin. “For all seek their own, not the things which are of Christ Jesus” (Philippians 2:21, NKJV). Self-preservation comes into competition with God’s will and, if we are not attentive, the Lord’s way will be the loser every time.
We will protect ourselves at any cost. Rationalization becomes the tool to accomplish this goal. Accordingly, we will do whatever is required to sleep through the night and be at peace with ourselves.
Hence, we can say, that rationalization will get us anywhere we wish to go. Rationalization performs astounding feats of illogic. Satan decides where he wishes for us to go and, in our own voice, convinces us that we should have it. Then, our brain goes into action and makes it happen.
Our conscience is an enemy of rationalization. They do battle until we successfully beat our conscience into submission. Once our conscience is disabled, we have a clear path to our destination (1 Timothy 4:2).
If we cannot defeat our conscience, we become angry with anyone who represents it. Christians can unwittingly become a surrogate for the sinner’s conscience and we can find ourselves the victim of their anger. However, we must remember that they are angry with God and not us.
We must battle the rationalization beast with all of our might. Scripture must fill our hearts and minds and we must hold on to it with all that we have. Our commitment to Christ and his Word must be unbreakable.
Christianity requires a ferocious faith and courage. If we are not careful, we will include God and Scripture in our efforts and make them accomplices in our rationalizations. We will find things that God never intended in the Bible, so we can get to where we want to go.
Let us beware and be honest with God’s Word! Nothing that we ever do may be more challenging.

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