Forget your foolish illusions about a new world order and a great reset:
OK, before you freak out over my latest provocative and eye-catching title, read on, to see what I am saying – and what I am NOT saying. What I am saying is this: I will keep working to be salt and light in this broken and needy world. What I am not saying is this: I do NOT believe that human effort alone will do any real and substantial good in the long term.
Let me explain. On my morning prayer walk I once again felt so very weighed down and burdened by all the evil, wickedness, suffering, ungodliness and injustice everywhere. The tsunami of darkness sweeping over us is palpable. I just grieve so heavily for what I see happening all around me.
We are witnessing – right before our very eyes, in real time – the slow but certain destruction of our culture. Everything good and of value is being deliberately torn away from us and destroyed. And I am not here talking about the obvious hell-holes of human misery: the communist states, the Muslim-majority nations, North Korea, Venezuela, etc.
I am speaking about the once free and democratic West. Western civilisation was the direct result of the Judeo-Christian worldview. All the tremendous social goods that we have enjoyed for so long – human rights, freedom, rule of law, democracy, political liberty, prosperity, etc – have been primarily because of biblical Christianity.
But as the West tells God to get lost, it seems he respects our wishes, and we are now returning to a new paganism. We are returning to a new lost world of darkness and horror. Yet all the fools – and that is exactly what Scripture calls them – keep on believing the lie that they can still set up their towers of Babel; that they can still set up their little socialist paradises; that they can still bring in their communist utopias; that they can still deliver the goods as secular humanists.
They are utterly blind, deaf and dumb – and fully deceived. Every time we have tried our humanist experiments, they have ended disastrously. Well over 100 million people were murdered last century directly because of these godless social experiments. Yet we still chirp on and on about the perfectibility of man, unfettered progress, a brave new world, and a Great Reset.
Here’s the scoop folks: While I will keep seeking to be salt and light; while I will keep fighting for what is right; while I will keep working against injustice and evil, I will never be so naïve as to think that all this can somehow be turned around without God and his grace.
The truth is, there is no hope apart from God in Christ. THERE IS NO HOPE. At the end of the day, a new social structure will not save us. A new economic system will not deliver us. A new set of politicians will not cure what ails us. A new philosophy or ideology will not come to our rescue. A new world order will not bring deliverance. A new leader will not be the Messiah.
Unless God makes a massive comeback in the West, we are all toast. And to be honest, that may well be a good thing. We have tried so long to make our little utopias without God, and all it has done is unleash even more demonic evil, suffering, tyranny and brutality.
Maybe it is a good thing we are seeing everything around us crumbling and disintegrating and falling down. Maybe it is good to see the end of all things. Because if you have any sense at all, if you have any clarity of vision at all, then you might begin to realise that without God this must be the way it all ends. There is no other option.
It is either all of us getting on our knees before Almighty God, repenting, and crying out for his mercy, or we are no-hopers. NOTHING will save us apart from God. Nothing CAN save us apart from God in Christ. He is our only hope. There is no other.
The plaintive plea of Princess Leia in the very first Star Wars film – “Help me, Obi-Wan Kenobi. You‘re my only hope” – may well have been an appropriate and memorable line for a Sci-Fi flick. But in real life, our only hope is Jesus Christ.
Without Christ we will just keep stumbling along into further darkness, into further horror, into further annihilation. Yes, as I said, I will keep seeking to do my bit to hold off the encroaching gloom. I will keep fighting the good fight at all levels.
All Christians should still seek to do the same. As Jesus enjoined of us: “Occupy till I come.” That we must do. But as individuals, as families, as societies, and as nations, there is no ultimate hope apart from the Risen Saviour. The sooner we realise that the better.
The great American conservative broadcaster Rush Limbaugh has just passed away at the age of 70 after a long bout with lung cancer. Last June, while discussing the death of George Floyd, he said this:
But knowing that our country is in all kinds of hurt right now, 40 million people were thrown out of their jobs, their livelihoods, many of them owners of businesses now destroyed, it’s just stupid, senseless — for me it was — it’s not correct to call it a last straw. But it just got me, folks, because we all only get this one life. You can’t get it back. You don’t get a do-over. You get a do-over for some mistakes that you might make, but you don’t get a second life. Only one person has conquered death, Jesus Christ. Nobody else. You have to make the most of it.
Yes, he got that right. Late in his life he discovered the most important truth that one can ever find. The only vital questions for you, dear reader, are these: Have you done the same? Have you encountered the Risen Lord and had a life-changing experience as a result? Have you stopped playing god and allowed the One True God to be in charge of your life?
If not, why not?