Butterflies and rainbows won't save us from what is surely coming.
| Seeing the world as it is, in reality, is difficult for many. They would much rather view this earthly existence through the proverbial rose-colored glasses. But it just doesn’t work that way. Things are what they are, and they will most often remain as they are no matter how much we try to change them. Take one outstanding example of something man has attempted to overcome throughout the centuries: poverty. It doesn’t seem to matter how much money we throw at poverty, it remains as a stain we can’t remove. In the United States, there is more than enough food to feed those who live in chronic poverty. Despite that fact, the available food most often never reaches their table. Children and adults go to bed hungry on a regular basis. Why? Why does this blight upon society continue to happen in the richest country in the world?
A long time ago an itinerant rabbi made a statement that was recorded in the annals of history. What he said was very simply stated. He said, “For you have the poor with you always…” The man making that profound statement was Jesus. But what exactly did Jesus mean? He simply stated that poverty will always exist. Many may remember that the communist promised a somewhat utopian society where everyone had what they needed. That idea, although noble in theory, has always ended in complete failure. As it has always been, the poor get poorer and the rich get richer. You can argue if you wish. You can assemble think tanks to confront the problem. You can declare an all-out war on poverty. But no matter what you do the poor will always haunt you until your only recourse is to put them out of your view and out of your mind. This is the world as it really is.
It should go without saying that wars and rumors of war loom ever larger on the horizon. Men clamor and protest for peace but peace remains ever elusive. Is peace in this world simply a dream? Once again, Jesus said that there would be wars and rumors of war as the end of the age approached. I’m confident that the answer to our question is found in that statement. There will be no peace, no matter how long Miss America hopes for it.
Rape, robbery, murder; these have constituted the three horsemen of our societal apocalypse. I will allow you to assign the fourth horseman. You certainly have a lot to choose from.
And so, I will end this dire note of realism or pessimism, take your pick. Across the world, societies are strained to the breaking point. I would suggest that you be as prepared as possible in the event of a breakdown. Yes, I know, people have been warning of a coming collapse for a long time and it hasn’t happened yet. But don’t lull yourself into a state of complacency that convinces you that it couldn’t happen. The world is a dangerous place and getting more so every day. Who would have believed in the period before the assassination of John Kennedy that such events would become more and more a part of our society? But, they did. Now we are not altogether surprised when a man kills fifty, sixty, or even a hundred people. We have grown to expect the next mass murder, not to even mention all the other acts of violence that no one ever hears about.
Of course, many will say that my Night Gallery of horrific images is a bit much. They would argue that things have been worse in the past with two World Wars and The Great Depression, but that we recovered from them all. That is true, but there is a big difference from a sudden implosion of society and an insidious erosion which last a hundred years. The Empire of Rome did not collapse overnight, but it did collapse. It may have taken several hundred years for that to happen, but it did happen. Those great nations and empires of the past all had their time in the garish Sun. And when they grew stronger and languished in their glory, they had no thought that all would come to an ignominious end, but, it did.
I’m sorry if all of this sounds unbearably depressing, but things are as they are. Man is a corrupt and violent species. His only hope? Well, that was written two thousand years ago. “He who testifies to these things says, “Surely I come quickly.” Even so, come Lord Jesus! You may say that you don’t believe in God or His Bible. That is your choice, but I wouldn’t be so quick to throw out the bathwater, there may be a baby in it. All I can say is, if things continue on their present bearing look for some very hellish conditions to emerge in the next fifty years – and maybe sooner. Of course, we may have more time than I am suggesting, but the clock is ticking. It’s kind of creepy, isn’t it? But maybe creepy is the wrong word. I’ll let you choose whatever word you wish.