I turned 71 in April of this year. Married 47 years to the same woman I love, five children now all grown up and 6 grandchildren. Spent 35 years in the Canadian Armed Forces, 31 plus with the Reg Force and 4 plus with the Reserves, worked another 19 years in private industry as an IT Administrator. Now semi-retired. I asked Jesus to be my saviour in my early twenties. I have witnessed a lot of changes within our society and in the church over the last 5 decades.
The years are not getting any easier, in fact they genuinely seem to be getting noticeably worse as each year goes by. I wonder how many people ponder as I do, about what each new year holds in store for us. Humanity has a real problem. Actually humanity has always had a real problem only now, with the numbers involved and the world resources being blundered as they are, plus the balance of our earth ecosystems becoming unbalanced, uncertainty and fear about the future is rising in the background of the minds of most people that I know.
The Bible says that the love of money is the root of all evil (I Tim 6:10). Notice the Scripture doesn’t say money is evil but rather that the love of money is the root of all evil. Do we see that reality being played out in the world that we live in today? I could give you many examples but for the sake of brevity I will spare you. I’m pretty sure you can provide your own.
If we study history through the ages, we can see how different political systems developed, what the ideals of their policies and government where, plus gains or freedoms that have been obtained or taken away but regardless of the political system we adhere to, the common weakness to all political systems is man himself. No matter which political system that you look at, be it a Democracy, a Republic, Communism, a Monarchy or a Dictatorship, all are subject to the same human shortfall. Humanity is imperfect and from a morality perspective, our North American civilization in particular, is losing it’s way. But we’re not alone because it doesn’t matter which global civilization you look at today, especially as it pertains to the educated youth, from a civilization and population perspective, we are heading in the wrong direction.
I personally believe in Democracy but I have serious questions about where Capitalism, the monetary system we use within our Democracy, is taking us today. The reason I have serious questions is because Capitalism breeds greed and it is far too easy to provide examples. If you don’t agree with me, do a Google search on “Greed and Capitalism”. And that is where greed and the love of money and the decline of our North American morality comes in.
Morality is basically what is considered right and wrong (good and bad behaviour) and is often linked to a belief in God. Our North American civilization is shifting from a God believing society to a naturalistic society. Naturalism is defined as “a philosophical viewpoint according to which everything arises from natural properties and causes, and supernatural or spiritual explanations are excluded or discounted.”
This fits right in with the current ongoing struggle between scientists that adhere to Intelligent Design and the majority of scientists which adhere to only Naturalistic explanations.
A prime example of where this naturalistic tendency is taking us is the primary elections underway for the Democratic and Republican parties candidate in the United States.
If someone had of told me a year ago that Donald Trump would be the presumptive candidate for the Republican Party in the United States this year I would have told them they were crazy.
And according to the media, they would have you believe that Donald Trump is getting the votes of a lot of Evangelicals to boot. Not actually true (see http://www.christianitytoday.com ) but it boggles my mind that he gets the votes of any Evangelicals at all. He has indicated that he has never asked God to forgive him for anything and the “One Corinthians” quotation left me gum smacked. There’s a lot more but I will spare you. One of the websites that I frequent has a post that echo’s my thoughts on this subject: Finding Christian Hope in this Election Cycle
I remind myself that as Christians we are not to fear. 2 Tim 1:7 “For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.”
I also remind myself frequently of the following:
22 Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water.
23 Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; (for he is faithful that promised;)
24 And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works:
25 Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.