Waking up to a changed world

Thousands and thousands of people around the world are waking up to the dreadful and disheartening realization that the institutions we trust in to serve us and keep us safe and healthy are heavily administered by people who’ve been corrupted and made stupid by their myopic obsession with power and money, and their own pious, moralizing public image. 

It’s been quite a shock comparing the world today to what it was three years ago. One has to wonder, then, that if it’s this bad already, how bad is it yet to become, thanks to those in the medical profession, the media, the government, the schools and universities, and of course the profiteering drug companies, who have all ignored facts, hidden facts, resisted facts, and refused to admit they’re wrong when obvious facts are revealed.  

It may be a shock, then, that the entire world seems to have gone crazy, but it’s nothing new. Paul wrote a shocking description of his world in Romans 1:29-32, as “filled with every kind of wickedness, evil, greed and depravity.” So he too had to witness people in positions of power and influence who were “full of envy, murder, strife, deceit and malice.” And all over his world too, people were “gossips, slanderers, God-haters, insolent, arrogant and boastful.” And he too had to put up with people who seemed to take pleasure in “inventing ways of doing evil” because they were “senseless, faithless, heartless, and ruthless.” They simply didn’t care what damage they did to other people. Psychopaths without conscience.      

So what we’re going through isn’t some new phenomenon that’s never been experienced before. It’s jolly helpful of Paul, then, to explain why it happens, and why it keeps on happening. 

It happens, he writes, when people “do not think it worthwhile to retain the knowledge of God.” And God does not take that lightly, because “he gives such people over to a depraved mind,” verse 28. They cannot think straight, like those piously demanding net zero carbon emissions in just seven years time, who haven’t even considered the vast changes necessary to make that happen, or the damage it would do to poor people. 

But what about those who DO “think it worthwhile to retain the knowledge of God”? What’s in store for them? Paul goes on to say in Romans 2:7, that “To those who by persistence in doing good seek glory, honour and immortality, he will give eternal life.” One day, waking up to a wonderful world.  

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