Wednesday, August 10, 2011
Dead men walking
I watch in awe at the physical manifestation of the feral nature of our society. London burning. Israel erupting. Egypt undone. Flash mobs wreaking havoc the world over. The collapse of society as we know it transcends race, regional and cultural influences. We can't point a finger at untenable living conditions, natural disasters or any other external pressure point. Somehow, the current frenzy of unrestrained mayhem being wrought in our cities seems to be overflowing from within the people themselves.
As I pondered the causes of our societal breakdown, it occurred to me that our current situation is the natural progression of unrepentant man. Mobs, riots, looting and other forms of civil disorder are not caused by economic disadvantage, race disparity or even social unequality, they are caused by a sinful heart.
We are now in a post-christian age. We have liberated ourselves from the bondage of absolute truth. We have thrust off the shackles of basic Christian tenets. And in the process, we have lost all that was good in us. Gone are the days when we valued qualities such as integrity, honesty, and humility. Once we put others before ourselves, now self-gratifaction is paramount. Society used to be restrained by self-governed individuals, now it peopled with dead men walking.
Dead men walking, you ask? What could you possible mean by that? The reality is that it is impossible to expect unrepentant sinners to make any good decision. Why? Because they are dead in their sins. We are expecting the impossible! We are expecting dead men to act rightly, to take care of their fellow man and respect other peoples property. God says "And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins..." (Eph. 2:1). His children are alive! We can live according to His good will. Those that are dead cannot.
Our world cannot be fixed by government intervention, social justice or redistribution of wealth. Only, when we confess our sins, repent and bow our knee to the King of Kings can we hope to restore what we have lost.
As you watch your world bleed, pray for the people. Pray for the walking dead who live without hope. Pray for strength and a resolute, immovable faith. As you drop to your knees, know that we do not battle against flesh and blood, but against powers and principalities. Oh, to be a people that fears the Lord.