I’ve heard people say, “What is wrong with this world?”, or “What is the matter with people these days?” Well, let me tell ya…..this world is no different than it was centuries ago. In the book of Ecclesiastes, it says in chapter 1 verse 9, “What has been is what will be, and what has been done is what will be done, and there is nothing new under the sun.” In other words, nothing we see going on in this world is anything new. It has been going to hell in a hand basket since Adam and Eve took that first bite of the forbidden fruit. It’s just that those of us who are living in this day and age are seeing things happen that we’ve never personally seen before, but that doesn’t mean it’s never happened previously. There have been cultures and kingdoms that have flourished and fallen because they have allowed all forms of perversion to become the norm whether it’s homosexuality, or pedophilia, or beastiality.
People haven’t changed over the millennia. People want to do what they want to do with no consequences and no retribution. I don’t care what it is, they think they can do anything without having to accept responsibility for it and that others should just let them go about their merry way without so much as suffering consequences. But, it doesn’t work like that. You steal money, you go to prison. You rape a child, you go to prison. You pull a gun on a cop, you get shot. If you live, you go to prison. If you die, you get put six feet underground. People don’t like to live under rules/laws and they believe they should be able to live however they want and everyone else can just get over it.
The world is like it is because people have always been pushing God out of the way. They don’t like the idea of there being a God because they know that He has a standard and they don’t want to live up to it. But, none of this is a surprise to Him because He knew it was going to be like this. He knows that people are full of pride, hatred, malice, and just pure evil. But, as I said earlier, this is nothing new. It’s a vicious cycle. Just as we have read in the Old Testament how the Israelites forgot God and turned to idol worship and all kinds of perverse living, so we’re seeing people in this day and age do the same thing. The sad thing is, many churches/denominations are ACCEPTING of these perversions. God cannot and will not bless a nation that has turned its back on Him and allowed all this to become the norm. I think we, as Christians, have been silent way too long. And we have shown our hypocrisy. We can criticize actors/politicians and other well known people for their sexual perversion, yet have no problem tuning in to a TV show that allows it to be shown. If we’re going to laugh at what’s happening on our favorite TV shows but get condescending towards what people are doing in real life, that is being hypocritical. Yes, I’m speaking to the choir. Guilty as charged.
I hate to know how far down the toilet we’re going to have to go before we finally see people turn to Him. God hasn’t left us. He’s still here. It’s just that we’ve turned away from Him. God hasn’t abandoned us, but there are times when people are so stubborn in their ways that God throws up His hands and says, “You want it your way, you can have it your way, but you have to suffer the consequences of your actions.” And I truly believe what we’re seeing in our country and world today is the result of God pulling His hands away and saying, “You’re on your own.” The phrase “you reap what you sow” is true. We are reaping the effects of abandoning the faith and doing things our way instead of God’s way. I hear of people getting angry and saying how could God allow bad things to happen, but it’s not God. It’s us. God doesn’t just sit back and say, “Oh, that’s okay. You do what you want.” Actions have consequences and we are seeing that taking place in our society.
A society that turns it back on God will see the adverse affects and its eventual demise, unless it repents and turns back to Him. At the rate it’s going now, it won’t be too much longer before that happens in our country.