Can I just be blunt? This world is falling apart. Sorry to sound a bit morbid but let’s be honest, things will not get better.
Better days are not coming. Since the time of Adam and Eve’s rebellion, (Genesis 3), this world has not been and will never be great again. Gross injustice, racial inequality, corrupt politicians, and misguided idealists have existed for thousands of years as a result of the hardening of man’s heart toward God and will continue to exist until the creation of the new heaven and new earth.
So what’s the answer? I’ll tell you what it is not.
It’s not neglecting injustice under the guise of pride. It’s not being brazen with our critiques of our foes allowing our anger to be a tool for division rather than redemption. It’s not being so proud that any position that does not immediately line up with our ideals causes us to shrink back to cowardly condemnation.
For us who claim Christ as our Sovereign King, our cues for addressing the world’s problems come from a biblical worldview and never societal or political. Micah 6:8 tells us what the Lord considers good and what is required of us. He says it is “to act justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly... (Micah 6:8 NIV).
In Romans 12:9-21, Paul tells us that the mark of a true Christian is to:
Rejoice when our brothers and sisters rejoice and also to weep with those who weep. Many of us have never walked in the shoes of the oppressed and marginalized. May we never minimize the pain of others for our own comfort.
Repay no one evil for evil. He encourages us by saying this: “so far as it depends on you live peaceably with all.” Paul alludes to this same thought in Ephesians 4:26 when he tells us to be angry but not sin. May our lament not turn into malicious intent towards our own pursuit of justice.
Do not be arrogant or wise in your own sight. The world continues to spiral down, deepening the ever-widening chasm of division and depravity. May our hope never lie in politics or policies, nationalism or neglect, but in the life-transforming power of the Holy Spirit, who is the gift to those who accept the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior.
In just a little while, this world will burn. “But according to his promise we are waiting for new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells.” (2 Peter 3:10-13 ESV)