Thursday, August 3
How times change! We used to talk about a “reputable” man. Now it’s “reputedly” a man. Living in today’s world is a mixed bag. Despite the “progress” that gives us all the amenities of “the good life,” there is a multitude of negatives. More people live longer, and have more “toys” to play with. The work day is shorter and bank accounts get bigger. People get taller and run faster. Our world is getting smaller, and outer space is getting closer. Cars last longer and junk yards get bigger. So do the jails. Casinos thrive while churches die. Ghettos are bigger and rife with crime while people spend billions to be entertained. The world’s population explodes while murders and suicides break records. I yearn for the “good ol’ days.” Yes, I know that all of human history was wracked by sin. Those who served God were always in a distinct minority. They were called “remnants,” the “scraps,” the “leftovers.” But it’s getting worse. The Bible says that in the last days evil will increase, which tells me that we are in the last days. All this tells us that the present world is much like the antediluvian world. God was patient then and he is patient today. He promised that he would not again wipe out the world with a global flood, but he also said that the world will one day be cleansed by fire. I marvel at his patience. This message is for Christians. We need to snatch people from the jaws of death and bring them into the kingdom of God. There’s a reason for God’s patience. He wants his servants to get to work. God’s patience will eventually come to an end. The world is ripe for that second catastrophe.