What Has No Hope?

“I will sweep away everything
    from the face of the earth,”
declares the Lord.
“I will sweep away both man and beast;
    I will sweep away the birds in the sky
    and the fish in the sea—
    and the idols that cause the wicked to stumble.”
“When I destroy all mankind
    on the face of the earth,”
declares the Lord, …
“I will bring such distress on all people
    that they will grope about like those who are blind,
    because they have sinned against the Lord.
Their blood will be poured out like dust
    and their entrails like dung.
Neither their silver nor their gold
    will be able to save them
    on the day of the Lord’s wrath.”
In the fire of his jealousy
    the whole earth will be consumed,
for he will make a sudden end
    of all who live on the earth.

  • Zephaniah 1:2-3, 17-18

Then I saw “a new heaven and a new earth,” for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and there was no longer any sea.

  • Revelation 21:1

I read something written by a Biblical scholar not long ago and they said that we were not to worry, that God was going to fix what we have broken on this earth.  I shouted, “NO!”

This earth will be destroyed.  The world is doing a great job of destroying itself already, and maybe some of our sinful mistakes will be used by God in the ultimate destruction.  It will not be pretty; we can do nothing to stop it.

So, let us focus on solving racism, climate change, the economy, or some other global issue that seems “doable.”

What about poverty?  Sorry, Jesus said that we would always have the poor.  He was not just changing the subject.  He did want to spend time with His disciples and friends before He was to be crucified.  He was also chastising Judas, who made the comment about money to feed the poor, hoping to skim a bit of money aside for himself as a “banking” fee.  But Jesus was making a factual statement.  We will always have the poor, because in this broken world, sin exists.  Someone has plenty, many do, and they hold onto it.  They grow their plenty into more plenty… while people starve nearby.

My wife was once a tiny little pre-school girl.  My father-in-law to be was invited to the Yacht Club near Jakarta, Indonesia by people that he worked with.  He had no yacht; he had little money.  He was enjoying the side benefits of working for influential people.  The dining area was outside.  There was a chain-link fence nearby.  On the other side, there were countless children, poor children, pressing against the fence, asking for food.  So, my wife, at least the young girl who would become my wife, took her plate with 4-5 times as much food on it as she could ever eat.  She snuck over to the fence and fed the poor from her little fingers, between the wires of the fence, to the poor fingers beyond.  The yacht club member noticed first.  Then my wife’s father noticed.  She was severely punished, and the food was tossed into the trash.  You cannot blame her father.  Without such connections, his job might be forfeit.  Then they would be pressing against the fence for a morsel to eat.  Yet, sin was there.

Back about 15 years ago, I was a member of the church’s ruling body.  The general assembly of churches in our denomination was creating a PUP report, calling for what would be necessary to bring Peace, Unity, and Purity to the churches and church doctrine.  The pastor asked a few of us if we thought PUP could be achieved.  I was the only dissenting vote.  The pastor was crestfallen.  I was his “faith” guy on the ruling body.  If I was lost to the cause, was there any hope?  I explained in private that the “Yes” votes were from people who cared nothing for “Peace, Unity, or Purity” as long as everyone else shut up and listened to them.  But as long as sin exists, purity is a pipe dream.  As long as sin exists, people will argue over silly, non-consequential matters and unity cannot exist.  And where there is argument, there is no peace.  In Heaven, the church doctrine will be consumed in the fire and we will have PUP, naturally, in the presence of our God.  Yet, sin is with us on earth.

Our church, along with most of the churches in the area, is providing indoctrination courses to brainwash people into the secular concepts of BLM, white privilege, etc.  But the more that we force people to “love” other people, the more they will resent the concept, the more they will hate, the more ill will is going to fester.  Sin is there.  Not that many people in the church believe all that stuff Jesus said, and the ones that do have not fully been sanctified.  If we really love Jesus, we will naturally love others, including those who do not look like us.  And that even includes those who have differing opinions than us.  (The differing opinions thing might be a lot harder to accomplish.)  But even within true believers, there might be a tendency of a snap reaction that is based upon information that was taught many, many years ago.  And then the Cancel Culture will cancel us due to a millisecond of improper reaction.  Racism cannot be solved as long as sin exists.  Racism is the least intelligent response when any sinner does not get what they want.  They blame it on someone who gets what they want, and the sinner covets what they got and for lack of anything else, they blame skin tone.  Sin is there.

Can any government solve this or any other global issue?  No, sin is there.  We must strive to vote for Godly people to lead, but sin is there and even Godly people make mistakes.  King David was the man after God’s own heart, but he was far from perfect.

Can we solve climate change?  No.  If we shut down the world’s industry, China will never shut down theirs.  We will produce even greater “greenhouse” gases, but from a single source, and the entire world will be enslaved to the China masters who will demand whatever price that is necessary for the goods that we covet.  Sin is there.

But as Billy Graham once responded, he read the last page of the Bible and it is all going to be all right.  For God will take us up to be with Him.  A new heaven and a new earth will be created.  We will live in peace, unity, and purity with our Lord.  And why?  There will be no sin.

And will everyone be saved?  Sadly, no.  God will take only those who reject the secular world and yearn with every ounce of their being to be more like Jesus, trusting in Jesus for everything.  There will no longer be sin, because God will cure us of the sin nature, and we will know the consequences that sin causes.  Our eyes will be on Jesus.

Soli Deo Gloria.  Only to God be the Glory.

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