Why do you make me look at injustice?
Why do you tolerate wrongdoing?
Destruction and violence are before me;
there is strife, and conflict abounds.
Therefore the law is paralyzed,
and justice never prevails.
The wicked hem in the righteous,
so that justice is perverted.
- Habakkuk 1:3-4
“The old prophet Habakkuk wrote relevant words of truth when he put this down in the first chapter of his prophecy: [above]
“The writer of those words died centuries ago, but oh, how his words live on! If you are even slightly aware of everything happening in the world around us, you know how up-to-date his words really are.
“Have you ever been amazed at the way laws can be twisted and altered? Have you ever seen such a perversion of justice as in the last decade?”
- Charles R. Swindoll, The Finishing Touch
Rev. Swindoll wrote the devotion above about thirty years ago, and it anything, it has gotten worse. I researched the major headlines of the decade prior to the publishing of his book and there were some significant news items. Heads of state in a few countries being assassinated, a lot of news stories about fraud and cheating (not in politics, but in business), and such.
What we did not have thirty years ago is instant “news.” There was no social media to fuel instant hatred. And have no noticed that social media does not fuel instant love? Everyone is outraged. Everyone gets their chance to vent.
And dog-gone-it, I would like to rant against ranters, but I cannot rant against ranters without lowering myself to their level…
But Rev. Swindoll’s message was true in the time of Habakkuk, true when he wrote it, and if Jesus has not returned, it will be true in the next decade or the next century.
We all think doom and gloom about our times. I have no great oracle telling me that now is the time for Jesus’ return. I will not rule it out. Part of our looking at the signs of the times and imagining that there was no way for it to get worse, is that fact that we are anticipating Christ’s return. But let’s do it without the worry. Regardless of how bad it gets, God is in control and He has His reasons for not having Jesus return just yet. Which means, as we look at the signs of the times, the relevance of the Bible will become more apparent to believers, yet our job is to spread the Gospel. God is Love. If we rant about others ranting, we just add to the noise.
David Wesley has come out with his latest video, a mash-up of Victory in Jesus and Don’t Worry, Be Happy. He does not sing any of the Bobby McFerrin hit, but he does whistle the tune. In fact, Victory in Jesus is sung to the beat of the other song, a little slower than usually sung, to blend in well with the McFerrin hit. Since the words are so well know, you can’t help but sing along. Yet, the video sends a great message. We have victory in Jesus, so we should not worry. Maybe instead of “happy,” we should be joyful.
I think it was elsewhere in Rev. Swindoll’s book where he talks of balancing between the news of the day and Bible reading; otherwise, the news is depressing. I doubt if I could think of any other advice, other than prayers of praise and thanksgiving. Why not pray prayers of supplication, because the world is going to hell in a handbasket? Don’t worry. Jesus has already won that battle, and God is in control.
Soli Deo Gloria. Only to God be the Glory.