When our minds can’t comprehend what we’re seeing, when our spirit seems crushed beyond repair, when the magnitude of the problems within and without seems to weigh us down to the point where we aren’t even sure we can or want to get up again, there is light in the darkness, there is hope and there is a way.
I could list some of our problems we collectively face but most of us already know what the big one’s are. We don’t lack for problems, what we lack is solutions that we can all agree upon. We are a divided people, and even within our divisions, we are still divided even further. Divisions within divisions within divisions. Everyone has their own opinion and few, if any, align in complete unison with others.
Most of us can articulate what we want, we just lack the means whereby to get us there. Words like compassion, justice and equality come to mind but even here, we have a tendency to focus these words primarily on ourselves and disregard others. We look to laws to mandate and enforce our wishes but once again, self serving manipulation towards differing objectives, hinders the way. One step forward and two steps back.
Some of us think that science is the ultimate answer. Some of us think that religion holds the key. Some of us think that education is the solution but if we take a look at the world around us today, none of these answers seem to be moving us in the direction where compassion, justice and equality is making any significant headway. In fact, the exact opposite is happening. Truth is no longer an absolute. What seems right to one doesn’t necessarily seem right to others. Everyone has their own opinion and few can agree on what truth is anymore.
We have authoritarian or majority rule of law, where either one person, or a majority political party make the laws that they, either individually or collectively determine will be of greater benefit to either them or their party’s goals. Problem being, even here, there is division, within and without the party, within the country and within the world’s numerous governments.
Of course, none of this is new. It’s been like this for all of recorded history. But we’re dealing with bigger numbers now, plus increasing demands on our limited and damaged resources, and an environment that is quickly reaching the limit of it’s capacity to sustain what we have and are producing, to meet our individual or collective “required” wants or needs.
Humanity wanted to have the reins, plot out our own course, make the decisions and here we are. I don’t see it getting better, in fact I would think that it’s going to get a lot worse.
I don’t think that science holds the answer. My reasoning is simple, science does make discoveries and gain knowledge but the discoveries are articulated by people, and people have agendas. Agendas that can and are too often manipulated to serve purposes that are anything but scientific.
I don’t think that religion holds the answer either. When I use the word “religion” I’m using it in the broad sense of the word. Humanity has produced hundreds of religions. Once again, mankind putting forth it’s concept of the meaning and purpose of life that we have been given.
I also don’t think that education is the answer. Knowing something and doing something aren’t necessarily one and the same thing. If a person is greedy by nature, they can take what they have learned and use this knowledge to further their greedy ambitions. If you start with a self centered person and educate them you can end up with an educated self centered person.
Is there potential for advancement with science, religion and knowledge? Of course there is, but the common denominator with all of these pursuits is they are all articulated by people. The problem with humanity is humanity. We are the problem.
God is real. He actually exists. There is more than ample evidence if you’re willing to look.
There is one “religion” that stands out from all others. It is historical, factual and the center figure of it, died and rose from the dead after three days. No, it’s not Mohammad, it isn’t Buddha or the center figure of any other religion. It is Jesus, the Christ, the Messiah. Jesus is real and He lives today. Christianity is not just another man made religion, it is a revelation from God to us. That difference is significant. Man’s wisdom and the wisdom given to us by God are not the same thing. God gives us the absolutes. It’s not a discussion. And the root of the difference between man’s “religion” and God’s revelation is that He is Holy and we are not, and this becomes very self evident upon comparison.
The word “holy” encompasses things like compassion, justice and equality and a whole lot more. His thoughts and ways are not our thoughts and ways. God’s message to mankind has been recorded in the written word. Sure, you can call the Bible into question, which it can easily withstand, but there is a distinct difference between the words written in the Bible and the words written in other religious books. God tells it like it is. He created us to be in union with Him. He gave us the option of being in the driver’s seat or listening and trusting in Him.
Maybe it’s time to actually consider what He has to say.
And of we look at what He says we will quickly come to realize that the course that we plot out, independent of Him, just doesn’t work out. And the reason for that is the manner in which we made judgements and the inconsistency of our logic as it applies to ourselves and others. He is Holy and we are not.
We are the problem. The way we think and the manner in which we make judgements is focused on us. God has sent the solution to our problem and it is remedied by what Jesus did for us, on the cross, that we in ourselves could never do. And why would God, who created us, send down His Son, to fix our problem, so that we could again be in union with Him? Because He loves us. It is not God’s will that anyone should perish. But it is a choice, God’s way or our way, His absolutes or our own.
Just about everyone knows John 3:16 which reads: “ For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”
When God sent His Son, to be obedient to the Father’s will and give Himself for us so that we might again come back to Him, it was not a small thing. It was, in fact, the maximum or supreme expression of His love for us that He could give. And Jesus expressed His love for us by going through the cross and dying. And then, He rose again from the dead! Having faith in what Jesus accomplished for us is our heavenly Father’s way of coming back home to Him. In reality, if you reject Jesus, you are rejecting God’s love. That’s something that everyone needs to very seriously consider.
Have you ever taken the time to actually read God’s Word? Have you ever taken the time to hear the words that Jesus spoke?
I’m going to leave you with some words that Jesus gave us and considering the things I’ve discussed in this post, I’d really love it if you would take them to heart.
Matthew 24:1-14 NIV “Jesus left the temple and was walking away when his disciples came up to him to call his attention to its buildings. “Do you see all these things?” he asked. “Truly I tell you, not one stone here will be left on another; every one will be thrown down.”
As Jesus was sitting on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to him privately. “Tell us,” they said, “when will this happen, and what will be the sign of your coming and of the end of the age?”
Jesus answered: “Watch out that no one deceives you. For many will come in my name, claiming, ‘I am the Messiah,’ and will deceive many. You will hear of wars and rumors of wars, but see to it that you are not alarmed. Such things must happen, but the end is still to come. Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be famines and earthquakes in various places. All these are the beginning of birth pains.
“Then you will be handed over to be persecuted and put to death, and you will be hated by all nations because of me. At that time many will turn away from the faith and will betray and hate each other, and many false prophets will appear and deceive many people. Because of the increase of wickedness, the love of most will grow cold, but the one who stands firm to the end will be saved. And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come.”
No, it’s not going to get pretty. Yet in this darkness there is indeed light. Jesus is the light, He is our hope and He is the way.
Worthy is the Lamb! Blessings!