How keen is our sense of crisis? How acutely do we perceive the dangers facing our lives, our families, our nation, and our world?– Does any sense of crisis underpin our actions and drive our lives forward?
Our world faces catastrophic dangers that threaten our very survival. — Does this create within us a sense of crisis so deep that we are motivated to learn how to escape this danger?
I often speak about the threat of economic armageddon lingering over our nation – also of the spiritual & moral disintegration of our society — the weakness of our national leadership — our geo-political impotence — the lukewarm (Laodicean) condition of our churches and its leadership — the dangers we face from crime, disease, epidemics — and on & on —
Yet as I look around and, despite these dangers, I see a very little sense of crisis or urgency, either nationally or individually, especially among the christian community.
Why? – Mostly, I think that human nature dislikes the truth when it threatens to disrupt our own interests, desires, and lifestyle. — We will go to great lengths to hide from the truth or to color it in our own terms – if the truth demands that we act counter to our desires.
This individual and collective lack of a sense of crisis is the result of a culture of self-indulgence, self-gratification, and pleasure — and because we are so wrapped up in materialism and an unbalanced desire for satisfying our senses, our people have lost touch with reality —- and this is a DEADLY STATE OF MIND!!!
Ancient history shows what happens when people become consumed by materialism and self-gratification, and lose the capacity to sense crisis. Matthew 24:36-39 states, “No one knows about that day or hour, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. As it was in the days of Noah, so it will be at the coming of the Son of Man. For in the days before the flood, people were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, up to the day Noah entered the ark; and they knew nothing about what would happen until the flood came and took them all away. That is how it will be at the coming of the Son of Man.” – This passage describes the time of Noah, when people were focused on satisfying fleshly lusts and were shocked when the heavens opened up and the flood came – and verse 37 says it will be this way when Christ is about to return – and, when looking around, it is obvious, don’t you think?
Because it is so obvious, this is why I continue to press the issue of understanding prophecy and its usefulness to waking up those who are “lost” in the crisis and chaos of the day.
My point in all of this? – First, knowing what God says about these times and issues takes any fear we may have away. – and also, crisis IS all around us and this should place a sense of urgency in each of us towards those whom we know are lost.
Time is incredibly short so I challenge each of you to start telling your loved ones and acquaintances about our Lord and Savior and how He can deliver them from this hour of worldly crisis.
Luke 21:28 says, “When these things begin to take place, stand up and lift up your heads, because your redemption is drawing near”.