“While it looks like things are out of control, behind the scenes there is a God who has not surrendered His authority.” (A.W. Tozer)
Those are true words. And waking up this morning to hear of another deadly shooting (this time in Las Vegas), people are asking, “What is going on with people in our world?” The anguish is thick. The thing is, in a world (American culture in particular) that is increasingly hostile to God and hostile to the idea of there being objective moral truth, these kinds of things should be expected. We live in a world filled with hostile, evil and godless people and that mentality is being encouraged. We are seeing the results of that hostility.
I want to say to some people (while shaking them!), “Do you really expect to tell people they’re fine as they are…just live however you want to as you determine what i….there’s no God…probably no heaven and certainly no hell… and expect people to become nice and loving and kind?!”
Here is an incredible irony: Some people point to examples in the Bible (especially in the Old Testament) of how God stopped evil people from doing evil things (the flood, Sodom and Gomorrah, telling the Israelites to wipe out the Amalekites etc.) and argue, “God is so unloving.” Yet, some of the same people point to examples of evil in our culture and ask, “How could a loving God allow such evil to continue?” Paul said in 2 Timothy 3:1, “But understand this, that in the last days there will come times of difficulty. For people will be lovers of self, lovers of money, proud, arrogant, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, heartless, unappeasable, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not loving good, treacherous, reckless, swollen with conceit, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God.”
This describes so well the time in which we are living. And this is why we need to be light and salt as Jesus called us to be. Paul said in Philippians 2:15 that we must shine as lights in the world.