There are few today that would not agree that the world has gone crazy. The longer we live on this terrestrial ball the crazier it turns out to be. What used to be up is down, what was left is right, and what was right is now wrong. There are three areas I want to address, briefly, in this article. We are forced to notice that politics, the economy, and society have all turned crazy.
Politics is a compound word. “Poli” meaning “many” and “tics” are blood sucking creatures. The world abounds with many blood suckers in prominent positions of power and influence. It is seemingly the case that our leaders are beholden to interest groups that stuff their bank accounts for leverage on policies that favor the ones behind the scenes. We see a few people who live activist lives, wreak havoc on American cities and towns. American cities burn to the ground and here come certain politicians, defending their actions as some sort of “justice for injustice”. I was raised to believe that two wrongs don’t make a right! Nevertheless, elected officials turn their back on their constituents and praise the new era of public justice seekers. John Rawls stated that, “A society regulated by a public sense of justice is inherently stable” (RAWLS , “A Theory of Justice”, p.498, Harvard University Press). When a select few can cause so much disruption and damage where do we turn? When our elected officials have “kowtowed” to a few financially elite that want to destroy our nation- where do we turn?
Economically speaking, this country is in the worst shape it has been in this authors lifetime. Yes, the nation has experienced worse hardships than it presently endures, but not in the past thirty-six years at least. The current numbers show inflation to be at a record high and gas prices are holding steady at about four dollars a gallon in the southeastern region. The average family is currently writhing with budgets being squeezed to the furthermost and sacrifices for the future being weighed. How do Americans, better yet Christians, react to such financial strain when for so long we have basked in the land that flowed with milk and honey? Americans are accustomed to having what they want, more than they need and exactly when it is they want it. For all of this to change so abruptly surely challenges the best of people. John F. Kennedy said, “If a free society cannot help the many who are poor, it cannot save the few who are rich”.
Society, as history reveals repeatedly, gets worse as time permits it to stand. Society from the Garden of Eden to the time of Noah didn’t improve. It got to a point that God wasn’t willing to allow it to continue down the path it was blazing. A casual glance at the past 200 years of history will divulge just how far society has drifted from God. Even at the turn of the last century, the groundwork was being laid for the society we currently lament. This “groundwork” was laid by everyday people like you and me making their choices. It is evident in art and music throughout the years, architecture, and a host of other things expose the shift to the godless society we now live in. We murder babies by the millions. Nelson Mandela said, “There can be no keener revelation of a societies soul then in the way in which it treats its children.’ God help us. But, as if that wasn’t bad enough, throw on top of that the rest of the moral decay of this country. USA Today has named the “Woman of the Year” as none other than, Rachel Levin, who lived as a man for 54 years.
So, here we are not feeling too good about where we are with the worlds current state of affairs. War rages, hunger, uncertainty, division, WHERE DO WE TURN WHEN THE WORLD TURNS CRAZY?
I am thankful that the Bible has all of life’s most needful answers (2 Peter 1:3). This world has endured crooked politicians and leaders ever since God established governmental rule upon the earth. The beautiful thing about being a Christian is that the White House doesn’t affect me in the big scheme of things. No political candidate can ever take charge over what I have surrendered to King Jesus (Matthew.6:19-20, 33). The pundits of Washington may mismanage every dime and every dollar, but no one can touch your inheritance as a child of God (1 Peter 1:4-7). Your congressman or Senator may turn their back on you, but King Jesus never will (Matthew 28:20; Hebrews 13:5)! Elected officials may “kowtow” to the almighty dollar, but every knee will bow, and every tongue will confess our King- He will not be bowing to anyone (Philippians 2:10). So, when politicians turn crazy- turn to Jesus!
The dollar may fold, and silver and gold may fail, but our souls are worth more than the economy of the entire world (Mark 8:36-37). You and I are in possession of something the “Lord of Glory” died to save (1 Corinthians 2:8; Hebrews 2:9). Jesus accepted poverty to give us riches our vernacular fails to compensate for its grandeur (2 Corinthians 8:9). The economy of this world should never paralyze our outlook on the future and rob us of our “joy unspeakable” (1 Peter 1:7-9). Our affections are stayed in horizons beyond this temporal cesspool (Colossians 3:1-4). Our King and provider owns it all- so when the economy turns crazy- turn to Jesus because our needs will be supplied (Philippians 4:19).
Society in general may have gone crazy, but we have the perfect standard for morality (Matthew 7:12; Matthew 12:48). What the Bible calls good and right, we can take comfort in knowing they will always be. Men may reject God and dress like women. Richard may change his name to Rachel, but God will call “Richard Levin” to the judgment seat of Jesus Christ and Richard will answer! Richard may have started playing Rachel in 2011, but God will not be entertaining make believe in the Supreme Court of Gods final verdict.
If Christians are to ever make a difference in this crazy world, we are going to have to turn to Jesus. If we want the world to enjoy the salvation we hold dear, they must see us cling to Him. If we don’t- they won’t either. If they do not see a hope in us during these crazy times then we have failed to properly reflect Jesus, the hope of all the world (Acts 4:12; 2 Corinthians 3:2). We accomplish this by being a unified group committed to Jesus and each other. Vince Lombardi once said, “Individual commitment to a group effort- that is what makes a team work, a company work, a society work, a civilization work.” Individual commitment to the group will also make Christianity work (1 Corinthians 12:12-27; Ephesians 4:11-15).
As the world turns crazy- let’s turn to Jesus, and maybe, just maybe some of them might follow our collective lead.
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