A World in Trouble: Part One, Mankind’s #1 Problem
Let’s face it. Our world is in a heap of trouble. One would have to live in an incredibly naïve bubble to deny that fact. Unless you live in that bubble, you’re well aware of the vast opinions as to the nature and cause of our problems. I’m sure you’re also aware of the acute lack of workable solutions.
Around the world, people suffer from a variety of difficulties caused by everything from malice and greed to the denial of human rights. Even in America, there is no longer a safe haven where we’re protected from senseless crimes. Immorality, divorce and religious confusion have become the norm rather than the exception.
According to historian and columnist, Peggy Noonan, “In the long ribbon of history, life has been one long stained and tangled mess, full of famine, horror, war and disease. We must have thought we had it better because man had improved. But man doesn’t really improve, does he? Man is man. Human nature is human nature; the impulse to destroy coexists with the desire to build and create and make better.” America’s Age of Uncertainty
We live in a diverse world where conflicts are a given, a way of life. It’s the unresolved conflicts that cause wars between nations, among one another and within our own hearts.
The trouble with unresolved conflict is it robs us of the victory of winning. Ignored conflict festers into an unwelcome, unsolvable reality. What do we do? Rather than fight for what is right, we give in. Rather than work at resolutions, we give up on the relationship. Rather than seek peace in our hearts, we settle for the status quo. Where’s the victory in that?
It’s overwhelming, isn’t it? Perhaps the matter would be less daunting if we focus on the core problem which has within itself a solution.
Mankind’s core dilemma is his unresolved conflict with God. When we war with God, guess who always loses. There is a solution if we are willing to seek God’s truth. Unfortunately, the enemy has successfully propagated a lie that there are no absolutes on which we can base our beliefs.
And yet there is a cure for the disease this lie has spread, infecting every heart caught in its web of deceit. According to God’s truth, the individual heart is mankind’s greatest problem.
Jeremiah 17:9 informs us that “The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure. Who can understand it?”
Before we turn away confused, let’s listen to God’s answer to His own question in verse 10.
“I the Lord search the heart and examine the mind, to reward a man according to his conduct, according to what his deeds deserve.”
In other words, God is the One who examines our hearts, as well as our belief systems. What we believe makes all the difference in our personal lives and in our world.
We can choose to believe and act upon God’s truth. Or we can choose to form our own beliefs based on conjecture and biased opinions. The stakes are high and what we believe will determine whether we are a part of the world’s problems or a part of the solution.
I’m taking next week off to spend with family. So, in two weeks, tune in to A World in Trouble: Part Two That’s when I’ll ask you to examine your belief system and readjust accordingly. Until then, I leave you with this thought.
Meanwhile, I’d love to know what’s on your mind. What do you think we can do to become a part of the solution to the problems in our world?