We are living in disturbing times. For many, it’s easy to sit back in apathy and complacency, thinking that the problems of this world will not touch or effect them at home. But let me assure you – evil rests in the heart of every man. The prophet Jeremiah warns us of the hearts deceptiveness. (Jeremiah 17:9).
“The depravity of man is at once the most empirically verifiable fact even at the same time that it’s the most intellectually resistant.” Malcum Mugrich
“For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.” Ephesians 6:12Many comparisons can be drawn from our society today to the 40 years that the Israelites spent in the desert. God permitted the Israelites to wander for 40 years so that they could see how wicked and undeserving they really were. What was the lesson that He wanted to teach them?
Our society today, is flooded with knowledge, but bereft of wisdom. Here in America, many people argue over frivolous things while missing the bigger picture. They whine over why their fields do not produce a harvest and covet their neighbors fruit, when all along they fail to plant seeds, water, fertilize and work their own field.
Today it is worse to judge evil than to actually do evil. Where the confusion, the uncertainty, the stress on judgmentalism is such that with many groups, it is worse to judge evil than to actually do evil, so profound is the ethical confusion. People are more concerned with the debate of abortion than the actual killing of babies. Why is there so much confusion?
Because many have removed God.
When man defines good and evil, the world, (as we see now) becomes total chaos. Man now needs thousands of laws with footnotes to laws, that redefine all kinds of words. Here in America, just to do our “healthcare” some believed we need thousands of pages. Why? Because every statement can be “redefined.” But God is constant. He never changes.
Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever. Hebrews 13:8
When man tries to tamper with what God has ordained the result will always be chaos and calamity. How prideful and arrogant is the heart of man? How much suffering must we endure to get on our knees and humble ourselves before God? “The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much” James 5:16.
There are two ways you will learn humility – you can either learn it by observing the life of Christ or you can do it the hard way by stumbling into sin and finding yourself shattered by it until the pain reminds you that you are not God.
The writings of James Stewart are inspiring:
“He was the meekest and lowliest of all the sons of men, yet he spoke of coming on the clouds of heaven with the glory of God. He was so austere that evil spirits and demons cried out in terror at his coming, yet he was so genial and winsome and approachable that the children loved to play with him, and the little ones nestled in his arms. His presence at the innocent gaiety of a village wedding was like the presence of sunshine.
No one was half so compassionate to sinners, yet no one ever spoke such red hot scorching words about sin. A bruised reed he would not break, his whole life was love, yet on one occasion he demanded of the Pharisees how they ever expected to escape the damnation of hell. He was a dreamer of dreams and a seer of visions, yet for sheer stark realism He has all of our stark realists soundly beaten. He was a servant of all, washing the disciples feet, yet masterfully He strode into the temple, and the hucksters and moneychangers fell over one another to get away from the mad rush and the fire they saw blazing in His eyes.
He saved others, yet at the last Himself He did not save. There is nothing in history like the union of contrasts which confronts us in the gospels. The mystery of Jesus is the mystery of divine personality.” James Stewart
I challenge you to remember your fragility and to remember the poverty of our soul. I challenge you to look at the values you are teaching your children through the lyrics you listen, the t.v. shows that enter your home, and the way you spend your time in your family. Friends, I say this with an earnest love, a deep humility and an impassioned cry for all.
Without a redeemer, you and I cannot make it. Without the indwelling presence of God, you cannot and will not make it. The evil that is in this world CAN and WILL be overcome.
But it will only be overcome by the supernatural power of the Holy Spirit.
Yet you must act. You cannot sit passively by and think that it is the responsibility of your neighbor to do so. This kind of thinking (Bystander Effect) is what took the life of Kitty Genovese. Unfortunately, the very fear that people have for speaking the truth is also found in organizations. It’s this same fear that caused the famous NASA Challenger explosion and Columbia accident. In the Columbia Accident Investigation Board (CAIB) statement of findings the following three key sentences:
- In our view, the NASA organizational culture had as much to do with this accident as the foam.
- NASA’S initial briefings to the Board on its safety programs espoused a risk-averse philosophy that empowered any employee to stop an operation at the mere glimmer of a problem.
- Unfortunately, NASA’s view of its safety culture in those briefings did not reflect reality.
In other words, the people at NASA said that they listened to the experts, while in reality, they didn’t. The report represents the difference between what organizations say they did and what they actually did.
Great organizations are filled with Godly people. They recognize that success has the ability to breed hubris (pride) and they understand that the more they learn, the greater the ability to fail to understand. They also know that God is the author of all wisdom and these are the people who bend their knee and their heart to Him.
They are more interested honoring God and doing what is right in His eyes, than in making a quick buck. These organizations place the principles, promises and people of God higher than any policies. Whenever you look at any tragedy or calamity, you will find that things can usually be boiled down to pride, greed, fear, jealousy or apathy. All of these things are of the flesh.
Friends, now more than ever, you and I need to be on our knees praying to God. We need an infusing of the Holy Spirit to move within our nation. We need to move from apathy and complacency to urgency, care, discernment and passion – let us boldly approach His throne and praise HIS NAME!
My prayer is that the people of this nation, that you – dear reader – will choose to humble themselves under the sovereign hand of Almighty God. May the Holy Spirit infuse our soul, our spirit, our mind and our bodies to an awakening far greater than the azusa street revival, and that the very rocks tremble at the mention at the name of “JESUS!”
Your Sister in Christ,
Christy Demetriades, Ph.D.