Article from the AP wire caught my attention a couple days ago.  Writers ALAN FRAM and EILEEN PUTMAN opened the piece with a stark observation —

“Is everything spinning out of control?   Midwestern levees are bursting. Polar bears are adrift. Gas prices are skyrocketing. Home values are abysmal. Air fares, college tuition and health care border on unaffordable. Wars without end rage in Iraq, Afghanistan and against terrorism.  Horatio Alger, twist in your grave.”

These writers bemoan the general decline in all that seems to make Americans feel safe, secure, and confident in our situation.  It’s a realistic, if not depressing assessment of the status quo, which some wise person has observed, really means “the mess we’s in.” 

If the only point of reference I had to consider the relative health of our society and culture were temporal, physical things such as the article mentions, I guess I would be more than a little depressed.  No wonder the liberals are so anxious to change things!  However, I have another, more accurate and true point of reference — the Word of God.  The Scriptures tell us that we live in a fallen world, a world that is tainted and messed up because of human sinfulness.  While this profound truth gives perspective, it is still very depressing because it means that we are all in deep trouble.  When you think about it, we should be surprised whenever something goes right instead of being so woeful when they go awry. 

Here’s the really good news, folks.  Jesus promised us that HE is going to make it all right again!  I’ve read the last chapter, and in the end, the good guys win.  The catch is that only those whose names are written in the Lamb’s Book of Life are the “good guys.”  All the rest will be thrown into the lake of fire for all eternity.  Just read the last few chapters of Revelation.  The logical, natural end of the direction in which this world is traveling is toward destruction, as God has decreed.  Friends, I truly hope and pray that you will be counted among the “good guys” by having repented of your sinfulness and trusted in the sacrificial, substitionary death and resurrection of Jesus — THE ONLY SAVIOR.

Fram and Putman end their article with this pitiful, hopeless observation –

“Why the vulnerability? After all, this is the 21st century, not a more primitive past when little in life was assured. Surely people know how to fix problems now.  Maybe. And maybe this is what the 21st century will be about — a great unraveling of some things long taken for granted.”

I’m not one of those who thinks we all need to hoard food, cash, and ammunition for the coming destruction.  God’s grace extends to the whole world for the sake of the elect, and that means that tough times don’t last forever.  However, we need to be realistic and consider that “the good old days” are the days we are in right now.  Only God knows what tomorrow may bring, and we should have an attitude of appreciation for those blessings we truly take for granted, because the day will surely come when the prosperity we think we deserve will be taken from us. 

My prayer for you (and for myself) is that we would be strong in faith as the great Apostle Paul, who wrote in Philippians 4 —

I have learned to be content in whatever circumstances I am.  I know how to get along with humble means, and I also know how to live in prosperity; in any and every circumstance I have learned the secret of being filled and going hungry, both of having abundance and suffering need.  I can do all things through Him who strengthens me. 

Here is the Christian response to a world in which there is “a great unraveling of things long taken for granted.”  The only hope lies in Christ and the strength He alone provides.  Are you prepared for what tomorrow may bring?  Do you have this great hope in Christ?  I pray that you do.

By the way, you can read the article in its entirety here.