Last week, two separate people said this phrase to me, “It (the state of the world) sorta makes me glad I never had children.”
The statement left me feeling quite sad because, in my eyes, children are synonymous with “hope.” Even so, I can understand the sentiment. The trajectory of the world looks undoubtedly bleak at present, leaving many (even Christians) to wonder why God hasn’t stepped in already to save us?
But maybe he has, and humanity remains just too blind to see it. As the Almighty creator, isn’t God ultimately responsible for everything that happens on this planet and beyond? Doesn’t that include the setting of the fire that is now blazing across the globe? And isn’t it our “free will” that grants us the decision as to how we want to participate in the burn? In other words, remain consumed by the noise and suffer the consequences thereof or realize that the noise is simply a challenge posed by him to each of us as to where our heart truly lies…with him or the false Gods and idols who continue to peddle smack ad nauseam?
Whether the noise be good or bad, if you look closely, none of it has anything to do with the actual game at hand. Yes, very real things are happening, the weight of which we are all enduring. But Musk changing the rules governing Twitter-land or Soros throwing money at more havoc isn’t the crux of the story. They are minor details. The crux is humankind’s continued failure to keep God first-place at the hands of our own free-will with the built-in expectation of forgiveness everytime we fall short. That is, indeed, the crux. So what is the moral?
The moral is exactly what it has always been, “We need to do better.” And we also need to begin waking up to the fact that, at some point, this little experiment of his will no longer seem fruitful if we collectively don’t. And no amount of individual faith or global green effort will save us. Our “free-will placed well” is undoubtedly the key to humankind’s salvation or suicide, simply put. It always has been.
If we keep extending it in the wrong direction, we will undoubtedly occupy an early chapter in a book called The Final Testament, the last in the series presently composed of old and new. This couldn’t be more clear. In the meantime, like the planet, we continue to go round and round, occupying a place in two scenarios running tandem, each demanding our attention. Where will you put yours?
I leave you with Jesus’ own words to ponder. As we began with talk of “children,” we will end there too. “The man old in days will not hesitate to ask a small child seven days old about the place of life, and he will live.” That is the difference between those who are succumbing to the whims of the world today and those who continue to stand and pray.
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