This is being written in a Western city, but it could be written anywhere, for the background is two large daily papers and three weekly news magazines that I have read in the last few hours.
What about the news and what it tells us of the world in which we live? On every hand unrest, disorder, crime, violence, poverty; everywhere tensions between man and man, race and race, nation and nation.
As I reflected upon this panorama of one day’s events and one week’s news, there came to mind the words of Jehovah to the Prophet Isaiah: “But the wicked are like the tossing sea; for it cannot rest, and its waters toss up mire and dirt. There is no peace, says my God, for the wicked” (Isa. 57:20, 21).
That the unregenerate world is acutely aware of the dangers of the existing turmoil is clearly shown by the fact that its leaders work so feverishly to reform and regulate society. There are those in the Church who see in this turmoil only evidence that “God is working out his purposes, often by revolutionary processes,” while other Christians attribute it all to Satan’s destructive hand at work across the world and feel they should redouble their own efforts to witness to the saving and transforming power of Christ as man’s only hope.
Can men reform the world? The answer is no!
Should God be blamed for the world’s wickedness? The answer again is no! True, he does work out his holy purposes despite the sinfulness of men; he even causes the wrath of man to praise him; but that does not alter the fact that the evil about us is the work of Satan in the hearts and lives of men. The Apostle John makes plain the vast distinction between Christians and the rest of the world: “We know that we are the children of God and that all the rest of the world ...1
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