Yesterday, I was having feelings of hopelessness. Not for me, but for the world. It seems to me that everywhere I look, the world is in a depressing state of rapid moral decline. Crimes are rampant, particularly the recent massacre in Colorado and the riots in Anaheim. Same-sex marriage activist bigots are attacking every institution that has any leader stating their personal views on marriage, such as Dan Cathy of Chick-fil-A. The media is full of subliminal, mostly sexual, messages. The minds of young children are polluted by disgusting, filthy images on billboards, on the Internet, et cetera. If something doesn’t have crude humor or bad language, then it isn’t witty, much less entertaining. Concerning bad language, some vulgar words have become so common and widely used, they have become commonplace in almost every informal conversation, and are not considered vulgar anymore. on a more extreme note, I have recently found people saying that there is nothing wrong with pornography or masturbation. They are “safer and an alternative” to having sex and risking babies, or cheating on significant others. People have the audacity to “plan” their parenthood, and abort babies as if they were simply piles of tissue. It’s perfectly okay to stick a long sharp metal rod into a fetus’ head to dig out its brain and be able to pronounce it dead or not a human anymore, if they even considered the baby one in the first place. Sex, originally a beautiful institution by God to produce offspring and create new life, has earned the raunchy, filthy reputation it commonly has today.
I can’t help but wonder, when is God coming back? What does He think of all this? I’m not asking “where is God in all this” because I know He’s watching. I know He’s disappointed, perhaps enraged at how the days of this age have pretty much become like the days of Noah.
And just as it happened in the days of Noah, so it will be also in the days of the Son of Man: (Luke 17:26 NASB)
But who is God really disappointed in? The unsaved people in the world, or us believers? I appreciate the work and prayers of people like Billy Graham, Greg Laurie, and the International House of Prayer, however where are the “normal” Christians? The ones who go to church on Sundays and profess to be believers, but rarely, if ever, share the Gospel or disciple new believers? Where are our prayers, our intercession, our evangelism? Statistics show that many people claim to be Christians, but how many of them are actually passionate lovers of Christ who daily take up their cross to follow Him?
For the anxious longing of the creation waits eagerly for the revealing of the sons of God. For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of Him who subjected it, in hope that the creation itself also will be set free from its slavery to corruption into the freedom of the glory of the children of God. (Romans 8:19-21 NASB)
To me, it seems as if the depravity of the world is a desperate cry to us believers to do what God has called us to do and bring the Gospel to a broken but extremely proud world. It’s a cry that echoes from the love that gay men and women crave so much to the voids that young people try to fill with excessive use of video games and watching hours of movies and TV shows.
For we know that the whole creation groans and suffers the pains of childbirth together until now. And not only this, but also we ourselves, having the first fruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting eagerly for our adoption as sons, the redemption of our body. (Romans 8:22, 23 NASB)
The world is starving for love. Humans were created to receive, contain, and share God’s love. I believe that every one of the problems I’ve listed in the first paragraph can be traced to a need of love. It is the void that people seek but often do not find. If it’s difficult at times for us believers to understand that God is the only one who can satisfy our craving for love, think of how much more difficult it must be for the unsaved. We at least have hope for the new heaven and new earth that will come after Christ returns, but what does the world have?
This is not to say we should preach a love-based Gospel. God still hates sin and cannot tolerate nonbelievers because they are so entrenched in it. However, it is hoping that as the world understands its sinful and depraved state and repents of it, it would be open to receiving the pure and boundless love God has to offer to His children.
… in hope that the creation itself also will be set free from its slavery to corruption into the freedom of the glory of the children of God.
There is hope, freedom, and love in the Gospel. Have we underestimated its power?