Broken World!?!- Then and Now? 2017-17
I have heard the words “Broken World” in relation to our existing Earthly existence several times lately. It has to do with world events, the way we look at things, sometimes regarding religion, but is not a Wikipedia source to examine.
I can handle the ways it is used to describe how things are now. We have many instances to use as a reason to call our world broken today.
I think of just the past one hundred years leading up to today that can be used as examples. The WWI, the WWII, Korean War, Vietnam War, the Iraq/Afghan War, the various mini skirmishes all over the world that have been highlighted, all are part of man’s actions that have put us at jeopardy in living a decent life. This week we had an escalation in Syria with the air attack in Syria due to chemical bombs by the Assad regime against civilians.
Those are wars/incidents involving man against man, nation against nation, and show us just how uncivilized we are to one another. Granted, many were started by an individual that created a reason to begin fighting one another. They gave us justification to begin the art of war towards others. Pearl Harbor is an example, of a nation starting something they could not finish, due to many reasons.
Little things like the drug war (?) being waged against the opiate epidemic, street crime, gang warfare in the cities, show just how we fight, fight, fight one another. I am not claiming we should NOT act toward “the others” that do things badly, just stating that we indeed, live in a broken world.
This is NOT new. Go back through time and it is obvious that the world has been broken for a long time. I think of this current “Lenten season” where we take pause and recap what happened to a man/God named Jesus Christ. He lived in a broken world of His time. Rome had taken over the Jerusalem area and were in control. Thousands of Jews were killed on crosses and left there as a reminder of just who oversaw the area; the Romans. Zealot Jews were fighting against the Romans. It was probably not a good time to live in this area of discord.
I thought about this and realize that things are what they are and don’t change, even when a Messiah is claimed by those that followed Him. We still have a broken world of people that have FREE WILL to do or not to do something. The promise of Jesus was salvation. That means not about today, but about later when we can look forward with eternal life with God.
If this is not appealing to some, so be it. We still must suffer the consequences of life today, while living on Earth! If the hereafter is not something we care about, we will find out if we should have considered it now.
I am not looking forward to dying, but when I do die, I hope and pray that I am selected to live with God forever, afterwards. It will be neat to talk to those preceding me and to find out some genealogical facts of life, they experienced.
A broken world must be lived in. We do NOT have much of a choice right now.