• Trey Harper

State of the World

“But the day of the Lord will come like a thief, and then the heavens will pass away with a roar, and the heavenly bodies will be burned up and dissolved, and the earth and the works that are done on it will be exposed. Since all these things are thus to be dissolved, what sort of people ought you to be in lives of holiness and godliness” (2 Peter 3.10-11)

We are living in a time that most of us have never fathomed as a reality. The world is immersed in a state of chaos, from the pandemic to the instability of international powers on the brink of what could be another World War.

With the state the world is in how can we not desire to seek God and his Kingdom first? How can we not be desperate to run to the foot of the cross the lay it all out at the feet of Jesus? “I was glad when they said to me, ‘Let us go to the house of the Lord!’” (Psalm 122:1) God has not given us a spirit of fear. (2 Tim 1:7) Let us trust in the Lord and not our own thoughts. (Proverbs 3:5-6) Jesus said if we love him, we will keep his commandments. (John 14:15) After all, he is the great physician, the Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, the Prince of Peace!

Notice what kind of policies the government of the Prince of Peace is most concerned with: While there is no “green” policy, we are told that nature itself points to God (Romans 1.20). His foreign policy is that citizens of His Kingdom live lives of example as exiles, while attempting to convince others to expatriate (1 Peter 1.13-25). His military is engaged in active war with an enemy who will burn in Hell for war crimes against the innocent (Matthew 25.41). No, Christ’s kingdom is not focused on this world because it is only a temporary problem, and He has already provided an eternal solution. But do we help convey that solution?

If your television/phone is unlucky enough to stumble across a news network, you will quickly notice the pundits pedaling poppycock. Their purpose is to have you focus on this world, and what you should fight for tomorrow. Do not be hypocritical in your worry; after all, you gladly sing, “This world is not my home”. And the only thing worth fighting for is peace with God. Do not be anxious about tomorrow…Sufficient for the day is its own trouble (Matthew 6.34).