The world is on fire from the inside out. It troubles me greatly, though I am not sure what more for: the fact that the world as we know it seems to be coming to an end or setback, or the fact that this all stems from taking the God of the Bible out of the center of our lives. We are fighting a spiritual battle, it goes deeper than flesh and blood, so I am afraid that it is the latter. And yes, we are fighting a spiritual battle whether you believe or not. For no stretch of logic can explain this fiery world.
Every day another story of what is going on in the Middle East comes out, another tragedy. Murder is barely the word for it, genocide and the fiercest of persecution in ages is more like it. The world is on fire over there. Then Israel is basically standing on its own amidst a sea of people who wish them dead, and us as well. Here our presidential façade stands by and does nothing, save using our tax dollars on frivolous vacations. The U.S. is in its own turmoil with the debt, and job loss… and then bickering about a false pretense of tolerance instead of trying to deal with real issues. Like helping our veterans, or closing our borders, defending our constitution, preserving religious freedom along with our other rights, fixing taxes, regulating welfare, or coming up with a real solution for healthcare. Then while we’re at it, it seems like the whole country, perhaps even the world, stands by while morals decline; while we kill our children when they aren’t wanted; while marriages are not sacred, and the cost of them breaking is not taken into account; while violence is encouraged and the degradation of people is flaunted. Children are raised in schools where evolution is taught as factual science instead of an origins theory, and all the while it has introduced to society the idea that people are as invaluable as animals, no worse than that, as chemicals to be disposed of. We give the pretense of knowledge, but have none while throwing out discretion with it. These latter things may not seem like much to you, but to me they are the cause to far too many problems in our world.
The world is tearing itself apart bit by bit. And some days, it wears me out with just the thought of it. I wish to do something, but it seems pointless and unmanageable to try. Words are only good with action, but I feel as though I don’t know what to do but write. I feel drained of my energy to think of the horrors going on in the world, and the ones starting in our own homes. It is like a disease that starts in the bones, but not all at once nor all in the same place. But we treat it with a band aid and ignore it. Then it spreads till it snaps our very lifeblood out of us.
Our lives need to be centered around Christ again; His life, death, and resurrection are the only reasons life is worth living. The whole world needs to hear it. All these problems, to the root, are spiritual ones. They began with people desiring to follow their own ways, to give credit only to themselves, to being swayed by the devil, to looking for knowledge in other places besides the Lord. We forget that the fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge. He is the beginning of love, and kindness, and mercy, and forgiveness. But instead all I see is fear and hate, and judgment. We deserve to be punished, yet I know God will be merciful if we turn back to Him. I simply wish people would stop going to the opposite of what God promises us. If we call on Him, if we humble ourselves, if we pray, He will return to us. He will heal our land, our world, our homes. Sadly, I don’t see that happening anytime soon. The spiritual battle will always continue, and I am happy to say that I am on the Lord’s side. My spirit rejoices with that while my flesh is still fearful. But at least in Christ I know I can rest assured, no matter what happens. The world may be on fire, our country may be standing in ruins, but I know that God’s promises and Word will remain. Indeed, the fact alone that Israel still remains after so many years of fighting give me enough reason to know that God is mightier than the world gives Him credit for.
I apologize for my bit of a rant and scrambled thoughts. I feel so sad, or perhaps distraught describes it better. Still, though the world is a rather scary place, my spirit is at peace with the Lord.