I must admit; I am a news hog. In all likeliness, I watch and read more news than the average person. I know this because my friends have started to ask me for updates on the daily news, so they do not have to cull through all of it. I admit to my insatiable appetite for local, national and world news in order to make this statement: I truly believe we have lost our humanity as a civil society.
This is the saddest realization I have come to. As I watch the news and read news reports, all I see is murder and deceit. There is no longer a love or respect for human life. There are people killing other people for no other reason than they are bored!! Can you imagine that? Someone is BORED and MURDERS another human being to alleviate their boredom. That is the craziest thought and statement ever conceived. The idea that you can or should take another person’s life simply because you have nothing else to do is completely ludicrous and the worse kind of evil.
How could this happen? Where are the parents? What is society teaching our children that they believe murder is a form of entertainment? Think about that! Think about the minds of people who entertain themselves by playing the knockout game, where they come up to an unsuspecting person and coldcock them to knock them out. That is a game today, and it does not matter if the person is elderly or pregnant. It is all “just for fun”.
Where have our young people learned the value of human life? They have learned from our courts, which embraced abortion and dehumanized the baby in the womb in order to allow women to use abortion as a form of birth control. They have learned it from adults who abuse and murder their children. They have learned it from the rioters and looters who cause chaos and mayhem all in the name of protesting violence. They have learned it from radical Islam, who rape young girls, decapitates, crucifies, burns alive and drowns innocent men, women and children; and they can watch it all on the internet. They have learned it from society, which is no longer civil.
It is time to put to rest the idea many people like to believe, “Man is basically good.” There is no bigger lie perpetrated upon the world. It is a lie straight from the father of lies, Satan, who told it to make people believe they did not need God. If man is good, he has no need for a Savior.
I believe society has proven this lie for what it is. Man is basically evil and, without God, is completely without redemption. This should not be a surprise. God knows the wickedness of man and He told us our hearts are wicked: “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked; who can know it?” (Jeremiah 17:9).
This is not the first time society has come to the point of overwhelming evil. This was the state of the world before the Lord sent the flood. The wickedness of man was the reason God sent the flood. It was not something He did for fun or entertainment. He did it to give man another chance:
Then the Lord saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. And the Lord was sorry that He had made man on the earth, and He was grieved in His heart (Genesis 6:5).
During Noah’s time, man had lost their humanity. There was no kindness or compassion for each other. They were evil in everything they did. God saw Noah and his family and He saw the opportunity to start over: But Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord (Genesis 6:8).
It may sound crazy, but I think we have gone beyond the inhumanity displayed before the flood. I believe the heart of God is incredibly grieved, as He sent His Son for our redemption and His Holy Spirit to guide and direct our paths. In spite of all He has done for us, mankind has embraced evil and shunned goodness. We call good evil and evil good, and God’s Word tells us there is a price for this:
Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil; who put darkness for light, and light for darkness; Who put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter! Woe to those who are wise in their own eyes, and prudent in their own sight! (Isaiah 5:20-21).
It is apparent, we have gotten to this point because man truly believes he is wise, but it is only in his own mind. Think about all the world leaders who have removed God from the lives of the people. There is no room for God in the classroom, so the children learn evil is good and good is evil. There is no room for God is business, so greed and corruption abounds. There is no room for God in the family, so abuse, adultery and molestation have become the norm instead of random acts of violence.
It is time for the world to wake up and realize, outside of Jesus Christ there is no love, grace and mercy. Without Christ, we are a people with absolutely no hope. For outside of Christ, there will be no repentance, no lives will be transformed and evil will abound. That is where we are today, people. Lawless abounds and our leaders are calling it good and not evil. Our only hope is in Christ and His coming!
Then many false prophets will rise up and deceive many. And because lawlessness will abound, the love of many will grow cold. But he who endures to the end shall be saved (Matthew 24:11-13).
I pray you would endure to the end, so you will be saved by the redemptive blood of Christ. Do not look to the world for hope for you will not find it. We have hope everlasting in the promises of God:
Now may our Lord Jesus Christ Himself, and our God and Father, who has loved us and given us everlasting consolation and good hope by grace, comfort your hearts and establish you in every good word and work (2 Thessalonians 2:16-17).