The worst part about living in these times is not the challenges of political division, social tension, or even the pandemic. Been there and done that. Things are definitely not worse in any of those matters. What is worse is our inability to deal with these challenges! What scares me the most about our situation is how we can’t handle even a fraction of what our ancestors handled in the past. Thus demonstrating that the greatest enemy of humanity is the average human being. Sin makes us stupid, blind, and fanatics.
Recently one of my students expressed frustration when I said that the current pandemic was not that bad compared to previous challenges to humanity. I told her that is precisely why she attends our school – to learn history, other cultures, and to have perspective. Of course the greatest perspective I could give her is a review of history according to God. From the parting of the Red Sea, the rise and fall of Israel, and most importantly, the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ for her and everyone! The end of history has already occurred! The future has already been made secure. The reign of God has begun and will transcend the reign of sin, death, and satan. Talk about perspective.
Still it should shame us that C.S. Lewis, who faced a world war and an evil empire, calmed down his students with the following words. Well to be honest, the threatening new religious reign of abortion, sex-changes for 7 year olds, and normalizing porn might equal England’s enemy. Either way, God’s got this and is absolutely and every way in charge. In fact, He has already won.
“The war creates no absolutely new situation: it simply aggravates the permanent human situation so that we can no longer ignore it. Human life has always been lived on the edge of a precipice… We are mistaken when we compare war with “normal life.” Life has never been normal… We think of the streets of Warsaw and contrast the deaths there suffered with an abstraction called Life. But there is no question of death or life for any of us; only a question of this death or of that—of a machine gun bullet now or a cancer forty years later. What does war do to death? It certainly does not make it more frequent; 100 per cent of us die, and the percentage cannot be increased… Yet war does do something to death. It forces us to remember it. The only reason why the cancer at sixty or the paralysis at seventy-five do not bother us is that we forget them. War makes death real to us: and that would have been regarded as one of its blessings by most of the great Christians of the past. They thought it good for us to be always aware of our mortality. I am inclined to think they were right.” – C.S. Lewis, Learning in War-Time
The reign of God is at hand. Repent and believe the Good News!