Jesus once asked: “Can a blind man lead a blind man? Will they not both fall into a pit?” (Luke 6:39)
Today, we live in the tumultuous and confusing environment of man’s pitiful attempts at self-rule. A deep and growing hunger for man-made solutions to God-sized problems leaves us constantly dissatisfied.
Politicians promise peace… and deliver war.
They promise certainty… but deliver chaos.
This is what happens when the “blind lead the blind.” (Matt. 15:14)
Amid complete spiritual darkness, men turn to each other for the answers that only God can provide.
In utter futility, men place their hopes in other men to solve the problems that plague our broken world.
Like the definition of insanity, modern democracies keep electing individuals with the hope that something will change.
But we are always disappointed.
And this disappointment is guaranteed to continue until God’s Kingdom is permanently re-established on this earth.
More than at any time in history, it is vital that men admit their rebellion and inability at self-rule apart from God. True spiritual wholeness can only be found when we fully admit our true nature.
To fully appreciate our new nature in Christ, we must first reckon with our old nature in Adam.
Self-examination and self-introspection have always been arduous for men, but this is especially true today. Discerning our true sin nature in Adam requires faith. And our ability to grow in this knowledge requires certain spiritual disciplines that are increasingly in short supply in our modern age of reason.
Our only hope is found in Christ and in His soon coming Kingdom. True spiritual freedom in Christ is marked by a deep appreciation for the absolute necessity of God’s Kingdom to replace the failed kingdoms of men.
Like our Father Abraham, we too are looking and longing for that city “whose builder and maker is God” (Heb. 11:10).
If we place our hope in this present world system we are setting ourselves up for great disappointment. The Bible plainly tells us that Christ’s final act of judgment upon this failed world system will be full annihilation. According to the Blessed Apostle Peter, “the elements will melt with fervent heat; both the earth and the works that are in it will be burned up.” (2 Pet. 3:10)
This world is doomed because mankind has dared to defy the Supreme authority of the living God of heaven. Man’s failed quest for self-rule will end in absolute destruction. That is why the man-made earthly hopes and values promoted by this world are vain and empty.
All of the world’s political systems, its bureaucracies, organizations, religions, pleasures, and philosophies are all going to be destroyed at the coming of the Lord Jesus Christ!
Put simply, all of our “best” efforts at self-government will be destroyed when Christ returns. He promises to come from heaven dressed for battle to smite the nations with His wrath and set up His own Kingdom on the earth, in which He will reign for a period of 1,000 years. (See Revelation 19)
With this in mind, ask yourself this question: According to the Bible, which present form of human government will be shielded from the wrath of God’s anger on that great “Day of the Lord”?
It should be sobering to learn that the answer is none.
The Apostle Peter continues by providing us with some much needed perspective:
“Since all these things [earth and all of its works] will be dissolved, what manner of persons ought you to be in holy conduct and godliness?” (2 Pet. 3:11)
Peter’s question, which carries significant relevance for our current generation, is one that could radically change every church house in America — if heeded.
Sadly, many churches in America encourage friendship with the world. But the Bible says that those who are friends of this world are the enemies of God. (See James 4:4, 1 John 2:15-17)
BOTTOM LINE: Let us pray that the Holy Spirit will stir and awaken us, and others within the Body of Christ, to the fact that the kingdoms of men that compose this present world system offer no real lasting hope. And let us each seek to redeem the time by promoting the Kingdom of God and by focusing less time and attention on seeking to reform the failed, corrupt, and doomed kingdoms of this world.
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