"But now, O LORD, You are our Father, we are the clay, and You our potter; and all of us are the work of Your hand." Isaiah 64:8
I rarely ever write anything that would be remotely considered a commentary on current events or circumstances. I didn't write this piece in order to long for the good 'ol days or to wish for some utopian dream world that will never exist within this fallen world. I feel that I have a pretty firm grasp on reality and why things are the way they are. It will continue to worsen and I fully understand that, it's all told to us in pretty clear detail within the Scriptures. However, my role in the midst of it all is important. What side am I on? Are there even sides to begin with? What do I see? What do I do about what I see? Should I do anything? How do I respond to what I see unfolding upon this earth? Do I ignore it? Do I attempt to pray it all away? Value and love for mankind are dramatically on the decline and I just don't want my life, in any way, to be a part of it. If you're looking for a deep doctrinal discussion piece, you'll be disappointed in this article. If you're interested in reading one man's opinion on what he sees, then you might just be challenged. Hopefully we can all continue to seek the counsel of the LORD about the circumstances forthcoming and be the people that He desires us to be in our generation, despite how troublesome all around us often seems. This is more or less an opinion piece, so please proceed with an open mind and heart, with the title in mind throughout.
In this piece I briefly examine four key areas that I believe show the modern-day insignificance of mankind. We have allowed each other to become expendable and it's imperative that we, those who profess to be followers of Jesus Christ, realize this tragedy and make adjustments to properly love, cherish and value one another.
"For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places." Ephesians 6:12
"For You formed my inward parts; You wove me in my mother's womb." Psalm 139:13
These topics really get me. Nothing, in my opinion, declares the obvious rise of darkness over this age than these two issues. If one were to pick any given day and watch only one hour of the national news, you'd hear of people cutting open pregnant women's stomachs in order to steal live babies, stabbings, decapitations, mass murders, mass suicides, dismemberment, assassination attempts, neighbors killing neighbors and stuffing them into closets – we could go on forever. And where is this again? In this fine "Christian" nation? Surely not! Yes my friend, it's all right here in our own backyards and it has nothing to do with value systems and the loss of morality alone (I'll be looking much more into this issue soon). I urge you, stop and think about this – hard. Husbands are butchering their wives and kids in their own living rooms… in rural Minnesota! This is the reality that we live in each day. And people casually seem to think that it's just the way things are. So few seem to remember the biblical rule of principalities and powers – instead it's just "good people" doing "bad things".
Just as the Word predicted, brother is turning against brother, wars are literally coming into suburban neighborhoods and violence is getting eerily strong. They may be in the form of a lesser organized killing campaign, but it's all the same. Men hating men. Covetousness. Territorial pride. And I'm not talking about gangs here, I'm talking about blue collar CEO's doing the unspeakable next door while you bake cookies in your kitchen and wonder if you should invite them to "church".
In the name of abortion and women's rights, approximately 49 million babies have been killed in the US since the year that I was born, 1973. Today as I sit and write this, it is November 2 and as of this moment, 34.8 million human lives have been legally killed around the world since January 1st of this year. Do you understand that? Do you comprehend this? Estimates are that around 50 million have been reportedly aborted in the US alone since abortion became legal in 1973. The number is nearing 4,000 per day within the US alone. We willingly murder our own children, yet millions say, "please save the starving polar bear from global warming!" (sarcasm intended). I just don't get it. Oh yes, I forgot, it's all our choice. It's all about what we deem as convenient, easy and personally acceptable.
These babies, who are never even given a chance, have purpose, they have been given a life and are created in the image of God. They are not expendable. The men and women murdered each and every hour on the streets and in their homes, deemed by society as guilty or innocent, have purpose. They have been given life and are created in the image of God. Whether they are violent killers or innocent victims, none of them are expendable.
NEXT: Part Two - The Homeless