And you were dead in the trespasses and sins in which you once walked, following the course of this world…(Ephesians 2:1-2 ESV)
The farther from God we become, the worse this world will get; that is its current course. Sin is like a bad virus that is rapidly infecting the whole earth. Once it settles in, there is no way to eradicate it without killing it off. It cannot be contained no matter how hard we try. In fact, it leaks out of walls and infects unsuspecting people who are not able to detect it.
At first their symptoms feel mild. Something goes wrong and they adapt to the after effects. Then more changes occur and their ability to differentiate truth from lie begins to weaken. The facts that used to serve as their foundation of knowledge loses validity because their minds have been altered and not for the better. They feel they alone can fix the world with patchworks of laws, social programs, and benefit campaigns. But the root problem of sin remains and it mutates into resistant variants that frustrate humanity even more. We become impatient and lash out with aggressive and violent behaviors. Our society is degrading into animalistic thinking; we are devolving into survival of the fittest.
However, there is still hope for us, and that is the saving power of Jesus. Only he can keep us alive by offering forgiveness so that our sins don’t kill us. Separation from God and being cast into hell is the ultimate death sentence. That is everyone’s reality whether we choose to believe it or not. It is one of many laws that we cannot amend or veto because it is God’s law. Just because you don’t believe in the police does not mean they won’t arrest you for robbing a bank. Only a fool would dare test God by denying his existence. His ignorance will not serve him well and cannot be used as an excuse when he faces judgment:
“For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse” (Romans 1:20 ESV).
That is why we must strive to understand the full character of God. He isn’t just righteous and wrathful. He is also patient and merciful, full of grace and love so that we may relate to him as a Father and not just as our King. We are his precious and prized creation, which is why Jesus was sent down to save us. Through him we were made alive again and given a new course to follow: the Narrow Way. That is the path he wants to lead us on, and we just need to follow him. There is a promised land for us all. The question is: Do we really want to be there, or are we fully satisfied with where we are today?