Wednesday, February 04, 2009

Post # 270: Who’s In Charge?

Who is in charge of what is happening in this world? Some may say that this doesn’t seem like a legitimate question. The answer seems to be those who live on this earth; that means you and me. If that is true, what are we doing to make the world a better place?

Since God created the world for its inhabitants, he gave us the responsibility to live in a way where all people live together peacefully and happily. But not all people live that way. Before God created the earth, He knew what an ungodly place this world would be. That doesn’t mean He created evil. Because humans naturally have free will, He had to allow this situation.

At the same time, God knew that there would be a few people who desired love and goodness for all people. These are the ones that live and love through the faith they have acquired through Jesus Christ. Since they are a small minority, they have little, if any, impact on what is going on in the world. That seems to say that ungodly people are in charge of things. This doesn’t mean these ungodly people are cruel or unfair; they just go with the flow of what the world says, which is enjoying the pleasures of life.

Can we call God the culprit who is responsible for all the self-centeredness that is rampant among all classes of people? Absolutely not! Again, if God could somehow create humans without free will, He would have nothing but a bunch of mindless puppets as his offspring. This tells us that God desires that the only people to be with Him for eternity are those who are actively engaging in making every effort to promote the cause of Jesus Christ, which is to have an active love for God and all people, especially the needy.

Another activity that is necessary but almost nonexistent, which could have made this world a better place, was/is for all people who claim Christ as their Lord to expose and thus attempt to destroy the deceptive work of the devil. That evil brute has his hands in every conceivable activity, group, etc. He leaves no stone unturned. Not one human being is exempt from his enticing power. Warnings: Matthew 10:16. “I am sending you like sheep among wolves. Therefore, be as shrewd as snakes and as innocent as doves.” Also, for us who are actively continuing Christ’s work, take note of these warnings from Jesus: Matthew 7:6. “Do not give dogs what is sacred; do not throw your pearls to pigs. If you do, they may trample them under their feet, and then turn and tear you to pieces.”

Satan the devil knows that he and all who knowingly and unknowingly follow him will eventually be all for naught. And still, his hatred for God and all who follow His ways is so great, regardless of his end; he doesn’t want a single person to go to heaven to be with God and all His holy ones. That could be his most powerful incentive. With that kind of power at his disposal, all of us, regardless of our station, are susceptible to his pleasant enticements. And you will never guess who are his pride and joy: those who call themselves Christians, especially the clergy, but are not. Please take this statement seriously.

Therefore, the answer to who is in control of this world seems obvious: Satan the devil. There is a verse that seems to verify what Satan said: Luke 4:5-7. “The devil led him [Jesus] up to a high place and showed him in an instant all the kingdoms of the world. And he said to him, “I will give you all their authority and splendor, for it has been given to me, and I can give it to anyone I want to. So if you worship me it will all be yours.” The only thing is that his control of the world has been and will be temporary. That word temporary may mean several hundred years or more, but those who overcome all his tricks will live forever. My guess is that the way things are out of control and happening so quickly, Christ and the end may come in the next 50 years, although Jesus and most of His disciples believed the end would come in their lifetime.

As to who has been in control of the world situations, for the last eight years it has been George Bush and his sidekick (tricky Dickey). All that he did was to put the frosting on the cake that has been cooking in this country for many years.

To get sidetracked just a little, I ask, will America with its gloomy economic situation and the pending global warming—to which we have been the main contributor--among other serious challenges, be able to make magic out of our next-to-worthless paperbacks? The Feds print paper money, with nothing behind it except the goodwill of our country, as if there is no tomorrow. And what about our 11 trillion dollar debt, which may climb 3 trillion or more by the end of this year? If China and Japan are carrying half of our country’s debt at this time, it won’t be too long before they will own it all. Truthfully, they can have it; they can’t make it much worse than Georgie boy has already done.

Come to think about it, a prime cohort of the devil regarding who is in control of this world is not only our national debt but also our personal debts. Debt means we want what we shouldn’t have and can’t afford. And guess what? The chickens are finally coming home to roost. Can you believe that before the twentieth century, debt was literally unheard of, or unavailable? Some countries still live that way.

Although I am not a fan of the Book of Revelation, there is a section in the eighteenth chapter that points to America as being ‘Babylon the Great’. Read it to see if you don’t come to the same conclusion. After reading that chapter, you can understand why I said that the end might be in the next 50 years. Here is a verse that gives a sneak preview: Revelation 18:2. “Fallen! Fallen is Babylon the Great.”

Finally, though it doesn’t seem that way at the present time, when all is said and done, God Almighty will be in control when He takes his own children up to heaven to be with him for all eternity. After all, God is just allowing all the evil in this world to continue for just a little longer, and He knows the final outcome. That final event is the only purpose for the existence of this world and all the ungodliness that has transpired for the last several thousand years.

4 comments:

Kate said...

Brilliant! Fear has no place in the heart of a follower of Christ, tell it like it is Sam. This is Kate from Whole foods. Fear is a thing of punishment says 1 John and I do believe we are doing ourselves as Christians a disservice when we don't talk about these things. Who knows about the end, there are certainly many times in history that circumstances seemed likely, but I live my life in expectation of the Kingdom. Those who follow and are saved by the blood are royalty and we should act like it with dignity and a heart to serve the kingdom.

Peace and grace to you always.
kate

JC said...

Kate.

Thanks for your comment. In these ungodly times, we need each others encouragement. Keep up your good works. jc

Anonymous said...

Revalation. 20:12-15 show a small flaw in that consept. Your understanding is better than most...but it says that there will be a resurrection before, and then judgement. All who die during Armegeddon are condemned because Armegeddon in itself is a day of judgment. Furthermore Revelation 21:1 shows that there will be earth after Armegeddon. It doesn't make sense for there to even be an earth if everyone will be either in heaven or hell (which is difficult if hell is pitched into the lake of fire and sulfer). But rather it says of those chosen to live on the "New Earth" bought out in Revelation 21:1, at Rev. 21:4, sayingAnd he will wipe out every tear from thier eyes, and death will be no more neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore. The former things have passed away. Earth will again become what it was orginally purposed to be. A Garden inhabited by perfect humans under theocratic rule.

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