The roots of anger that is increasingly overloading the world are not to be found in the endless list of scapegoats that we are so quick to blame for everything today – for moral, economic, social, political, national and personal downfalls. The roots of anger of the peoples, nations and groups of peoples today are to be found in the fact that we are the last generation of people living in the leftovers of borrowed values.
Two or three generations ago the intellectual elites of the world decided that God was dead. Still, most of the people continued to benefit from the spiritual and moral fruit of the preceding generations. Our fathers and grandfathers knew very well that they were accountable to someone bigger than themselves.
Then it dawned on us that if ‘God was dead’, man created in the moral image of God had to be dead too. Finally, we have reached the stage of human history when nothing is left of man, but a worthless zombie. There where God is dead humanity disappears too.
So, it is not surprising at all if we see today that human life is treated as worthless or as a disposable commodity – from the slaughter-fields of Syria, across the sophisticated medical institutions and scientific laboratories of the West, to the cruel battlefields of American elections. Leaders, from the powerful states to some tiny banana countries, are more than eager today to lead consistently with their no-god-no-man philosophy.
It is no coincidence at all that the Book of Revelation (chapter 13) describes the leaders of the world in the apocalyptic times as beasts. This is what happens to the cultures and societies where humanism is denied its only legitimate reference point – God. It seems that Adolf Hitler was born only a moment too soon.
The anger that we see on the raise today comes out of the overwhelming hopelessness of the nations and peoples who are realizing, consciously or not, that their world has reached the point of no return. Millions feel deceived, misled, abused and lost as they are bombarded by the choruses of lying voices promising a new, bright future. In the state of panic, frustration and confusion they are now after anyone who they believe are the source of their hopelessness; foolishly believing that if they get rid of this one or that one their lives would somehow make sense again.
But, it is a delusion to think that another revolution or upraising, a new war or unrest, or a new radical movement on the left or the right would change the world into a better place. Our only hope and real assurance is in trusting Jesus Christ, the only real and legitimate King of Kings. He will soon put everything to rights again. “Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of Lord our God” Psalm 20:7.
Preachers, teachers, pastors, people and friends let us lift up the name of Jesus Christ with clarity and distinction, and without any apology or shame. The “stumbling block” (1. Corinthians 1:23) that offends so many is our only hope, the way, the truth,the life and our only salvation. In the challenging days that are ahead of us let us identify with the family and movement of Jesus’ followers, and be away from any movement that justifies lies, anger and abuse of our fellow men and women as the means of changing our world.
“Whoever has ears, let them hear.” Matthew 11:15.