THE DECLINE AND DEMISE OF CIVILIZATION
of years before God gave the Hebrews the Old Testament Law, He set
the cornerstone for the progress of civilization: capital punishment,
Genesis 9:5-6. Additionally, His view of the criminal deeds of
mankind is blatantly underscored in Holy Writ. Additionally, His
instructions to His people included plain information about how to
put evil away from them. Deut. 17-22. Parents were charged with the
responsibility of turning in incorrigible children, even consenting
to their just death, Deut. 21:20. One may protest that those
instructions were valid under the Mosaic Law, and not under the
dispensation of Grace. That would be correct other than the Genesis 9
reference, which predates O.T. Law. But the question remains, “Has
God’s viewpoint toward sin and evil changed, or our responsibility
lessened?” Obviously it has not changed since He is the same
yesterday, today, and forever. Are you thinking with me?
As the time of man’s present rule on earth comes speedily to an end, Satan has worked hard to inundate the world with material things. This has been a most effective softening tactic. For far too many the fear of losing those things has crippled the will to be responsible; to clearly delineate right from wrong; to call sin what it is, and to maintain law and order on the Judeo-Christian foundation of civilization.
So, the world, and particularly our nation sinks further each year into the quagmire of evil and degradation by rejecting the principles that make a nation great. Demonstrations abound of specific intent to sabotage order. This can only result in national and global anarchy as a ready stage for a dictator, the likes of which has yet to be seen on the world stage.
The good news is that although the sun may be going down on this age of grace, it has not yet set! It is still called today (the day of grace). Let the people of God everywhere be patient and faithful to sound the warning of the last days: “harden not your heart as in the provocation.” Psalm 95:8; Heb. 4:7. Let the words of the wise man, Solomon, be heard: “Righteousness exalteth a nation: but sin is a reproach to any people.” Prov. 14:34. I am grateful to God that the old ship of Zion still sails faithfully upright in and through many of our Lord’s New Testament Churches. Let us pray for the strengthening of others in the Lord!