Bill Faith: Recently, in the state of Colorado, two teenagers armed themselves with guns, homemade bombs and grenades, went into a high school and began a killing spree. The news media announced that one of the young adults wrote in his web site page "This will be my last day on earth."
You have to wonder what brought them to the brink of self-destruction, not only killing themselves, but also several of their classmates and one of their teachers. Obviously, they must have thought their lives were not worth living. It is instances like this that help us realize what kind of a world we live in. It is a world where Satan, who is the god of this age, has blinded the minds of those who don't believe and are perishing (2 Cor. 4:3-4).
People seem to have lost their vision. They don't know where they are going nor how to get there. They don't even fully comprehend right from wrong. They have exchanged the knowledge of God for their own understanding.
Just recently in the United States, all billboards advertising cigarettes had to be removed. Yet it is alright for high schools to issue condoms to students. Government leaders are trying to abolish the death penalty even for hardened criminals. But at the same time they authorize the killing of unborn children.
It is fascinating, yet dumbfounding, to see what has become politically correct these days. How can we maintain our sanity in a world that is so unbalanced? The apostle Paul gives us the answer. "While we look not at the things that are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal, but the things which are not seen are eternal" (2 Cor. 4:18). People too often look only at the evil and corrupt society around them, and see no hope. Instead, we need to focus our thoughts on God and the things He has in store for us in the future. The Bible informs us that we have a bright future.
In the book of Revelation (3:14) Jesus Christ is called "The origin of the creation of God." That creation is what Satan has been trying to conceal from the world since time immemorial. God is creating a family and Jesus was the first human to be born again into that family. He was the firstborn of many brethren (Romans 8:29).
In the Psalms, we find a prophecy concerning this creation. "I have made a covenant with my chosen, I have sworn unto David my servant, Thy seed will I establish for ever, and build up thy throne to all generations.... He shall cry unto me, Thou art my father, my God, and the rock of my salvation. Also I will make him my firstborn, higher than the kings of the earth." (Psalm 89:3-4, 26-27). This prophecy of David's seed is being fulfilled in Christ. Presently, he has become God's firstborn. In the future, he will become the highest of the kings of the earth (Revelation 11: 15, 19:11-16).
The prophecy continues, "His seed also will I make to endure for ever, and his throne as the days of heaven. If his children forsake my law, and walk not in my judgments: If they break my statutes, and keep not my commandments: Then will I visit their iniquity with stripes" (Psalm 89:29-32). If we have the Spirit of Christ in us, we are truly God's children through Christ (Romans 8:9). In fact the apostle John wrote: "Now we are the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when He shall appear, we shall be like Him..." (I John 3:2).
The potential that humans have is fantastic. If only we would look beyond this corrupt world that we are now in. Paul wrote to the Ephesians saying, "Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ: According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love: Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself..." (Eph. 1:3-5). Before the world was even created, God ordained that we would be adopted by himself through Christ.
It gets even better! "The Spirit itself bears witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God: And if children, then heirs: heirs of God, and joint heirs with Christ..." (Romans 8:16-17). Jesus is to inherit all things, and we are to be joint heirs with him! The honor and glory that we will experience when finally in God's kingdom will be so great that the problems which we encounter in this life will seem unimportant. "The wise shall inherit glory: but shame shall be the promotion of fools" (Proverbs 3:35).
It's a shame when teenagers or anyone else become so disoriented in life that they contemplate suicide and even the murder of their associates. But this can easily happen when we lose our sense of direction and our vision of the future becomes blurred.
God reveals to us the path to happiness, success and even to glory. But the world rejects His way and tries to establish its own. However, we are reminded that "There is a way that seemeth right unto man, but the end thereof are the ways of death" (Proverbs 16:25). If we are ashamed of Christ and of his words, then he likewise will be ashamed of us (Luke 9:26).
At times it appears that our nations are ashamed of Christ and of his words. In an effort to please various forms of religions, public worship in schools and other places have been outlawed. In films and in television programs people make mockery of good Christian values. Even same-gender-cohabitation (which God prohibits) is being portrayed as acceptable and just another lifestyle. Satan has done a fine job of blinding the people. But remember, the people themselves allow it to happen because they reject the truth of God: "Let no one deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first." And why? "Because they received not the love of the truth, that they may be saved" (2 Thessalonians 2:3, 10).
As people distance themselves farther and farther away from God and His just laws, we can expect the world to wax worse and worse. What happened in Colorado recently reminds us of what happens when people lose their vision.
Christians everywhere - we must look beyond this age and keep our eyes fixed on God and His Word, looking forward to the coming Kingdom of God.
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For PDF or mailed copy, see CGOM. Excerpt from New Horizons Issue 16, July/August 1999. Edited by James McBride of the Churches of God, United Kingdom.
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