What’s Going On In the World?

Posted: March 13, 2012 in Christian Living
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Today it seems that the world is being Fed-Xed to hell in a hand cart.

Unrest in the Middle East, rising gas prices and violent uprisings in many parts of the globe continues to plague our planet. Some theorize that these are signs of the beginning of the end. Others believe that we are at the precipice of the Great Tribulation and are anticipating the “Rapture of the Church”.

I believe the Bible gives us a more logical explanation —“My people are being destroyed because they don’t know me. Since you priests refuse to know me, I refuse to recognize you as my priests. Since you have forgotten the laws of your God, I will forget to bless your children.” Hosea 4:6 (NLT)  

“Where there is no revelation, the people cast off restraint; but blessed is he who keeps the law.” Prov. 29:18

I believe that we are being destroyed because we don’t know God. We know about God but we don’t really know God. Therefore, there is no revelation–no vision. When we have no vision Proverbs teaches us that people cast off restraint. Some interpret that to mean that people will run wild, but it actually means that we become discouraged– Which may cause some to run wild.

Think about it; when we become discouraged we sometimes do things we wouldn’t ordinarily do. Some turn to drugs or alcohol to try to numb the pain of discouragement. Others may turn to criminal activities. But it all stems from the same problem–We refuse to allow God to be a part of our lives.

This is not just a non-Christian problem. In fact, it has run rampant within the walls of many churches across the western world.

In his book, “Dead Church Walking”, Jimmy Dorrell states, “Every year more than 4,000 churches close their doors compared to just over 1,000 new church starts. Every year 2.7 million church members fall into inactivity.” Schaeffer Institute

Why is this? Because most churches rely on programs and other man–made strategies instead of relying on God’s Spirit to guide them. And regardless of the failure rate they continue to rely on man’s wisdom rather than God’s.

AA has a saying: “Insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results.” The way the church is set up is not working and is not the way God planned it. Nearly everything Jesus did–preaching, healing, teaching; He did outside the walls of the temple. He ministered to the lame, the poor and the broken. He associated with drunkards, thieves and prostitutes.

God has called us to be a light to a darkened world.  “You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.” Matt. 5:14-16

I believe that if only 10% of all believers in America would truly follow the example of the early Church and go out into the community where the hurting world lives, we would see a dramatic decrease in homelessness, drug and alcohol abuse, and violent crime in many parts of our community and thus, change the world.

Edmund Burke, Irish orator, philosopher, and politician is quoted as saying, “All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.”

Some people today, (including some church members) equate spiritual response with “doing nothing.”  They believe that because God is sovereign He will do whatever He pleases regardless of what we say or do. But they fail to realize that there is a spiritual dimension that is real. And that this spiritual dimension includes God, souls, and spiritual forces.

Whatever happens anywhere in the cosmos is ultimately regulated by the highest authority: God. If you want to change what happens here in physical world, we would do well to address ourselves to the top, to God.

The materialistic approach to reality, which dominates the Western mind, believes that only the physical dimension is real; if something can’t be seen, touched, or detected by scientific instruments, it doesn’t exist.

Everyone who loves knows that this is not true. Neurologists can locate the site in the brain associated with feelings of love. Love does not take on a physical form that you can see or touch. Love is a spiritual force that overrides even the most basic instinct of self-preservation. And we recognize other attributes of the human soul–courage, perception, reason, imagination, memory, and devotion to truth as real, despite science’s inability to measure them. Even the universe is controlled by an unseen power that continues like a well-run corporation.

Still, others cling to the belief that if they simply pray for God’s will to be done everything will work out just as God had planned from the very beginning. But there are times when praying alone are not all that God requires of us. Sometimes we need to act on our faith as well. In James 2:18 we read, “But someone will say, “You have faith; I have deeds.” Show me your faith without deeds, and I will show you my faith by what I do.” Later we read that faith without good deeds is useless. (v.20)

A survivor of a flood standing on a rooftop waiting for hours to be rescued may blame the rescue workers manning the boats. Or even blame God. Later however, a desperate neighbor floats near the submerged house clinging to a small log and is able to pull himself onto the roof. Investigations might reveal that the failures of the rescue teams stemmed from the lack of preparedness in city and state agencies. But could those failures be orchestrated by God to save yet another human from death?

We could liken the chain of divine influences to rain. Rain comes from above to below and the evaporation of water from below creates clouds, which in turn empties its moisture again as rain.

Polluted water causes acid rain. So in the same way, “polluted” actions in the physical world cycle up and cause harmful problems to “rain” down upon human beings. But when we draw closer to God through prayer combined with acts of righteousness, we can reverse even the most severe Divine decree.

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