Jesus – Troubleshooter to the World

There’s a lot of trouble in the world right now. People are rioting in under-developed countries because they can’t afford to buy food. Prices for staples such as bread and rice have reached astronomical prices that some communities are in danger of starvation. This is not being caused through famine or shortages, but because they cannot earn enough each week to feed their families anymore.

 

Even here in the United States, the wealthiest nation on earth, working families in Atlanta are having to go to church food banks to help them out. They cannot afford to keep up with gasoline prices, but they need their cars to keep their jobs. So they need to get food for the weekend from charity organizations.

 

And some seniors in our society are suffering, too. Medical prescriptions and essential supplies are becoming so expensive that people are skipping to take what they need, in order to make their pills and capsules last a little while longer before refills are required.

 

Who cares about these things? What has happened to our country, and our world that we’re faced with so many shortages? Who is getting rich off the backs of the poor, the hungry, and the economically oppressed? Why is this happening, and what do we need do to change this?

 

John 14:1 “Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in me.

 

Personally, I think it is all symptomatic of people turning their backs on Christ and idolizing money. It may be too simple a diagnosis for most people, but let’s consider the facts: ever since society started too become more secular, more anti-religious, and more atheistic, the world has become a very scary, more violent, deeply troubled place. As our churches started emptying, so has the goodwill and prosperity of our people. Doesn’t anyone see a pattern here? Am I making this all up to score some “I told you so” points?

 

We need to evangelize as churches and get people reconnected to Christ. His presence saved civilization for 2000 years. Do we really want to turn back the clock and re-enter a time where survival of the fittest and the law of the jungle operates throughout the world? Are we really that ornery, stubborn, stiff-necked, and essert, that we won’t admit to ourselves that this fifty year experimentation with secular instability and militant atheism is ruining the hopes and dreams of a peaceable kingdom? Have we so bought into consumerism and its material world that we are now consuming ourselves and that other people don’t matter anymore?

 

People, whether we like it or not, whether we can accept it or reject it, the simple truth is this: Jesus is, and always has been, the answer to our woes. When we start believing in Him and applying His commandment of loving one another, then we will work together to overcome this mess that the secularists, materialists, consumerists, and atheists have created. Only Jesus can overcome our troubles. Only He can lead us back to salvation.

 

Prayer:                        Lord Jesus, forgive us for rejecting Your counsel and accepting the world’s ways. Pardon us for putting you in a box and keeping You confined. Help us to recognize that the diminishing of our faith means the increase of trouble for the world. Help us to turn the world around by changing our communities with Your Living, Loving presence. In Your Holy Name, we pray. Amen.

About Stushie

I'm originally from Scotland and have been a Presbyterian pastor for over thirty years. I live in Knoxville, TN. I enjoy art as a means of therapy, but also as a creative way to strengthen my spiritual connection to God.
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5 Responses to Jesus – Troubleshooter to the World

  1. Ray Ingles says:

    There’s no ‘militant’ atheism in the U.S. There’s a real double-standard applying that term – you actually have to pick up a gun and kill somebody to be considered a ‘militant’ believer, but all you have to do to be considered a ‘militant’ atheist is write a book. Of course there are some nasty atheists in the world – the Chinese government, for example – but there are some fairly unpleasant theists, too. Even Christians like Fred Phelps. It’s important to note that “vocal” or even “aggressive” is not the same as “militant” or even “dogmatic”.

    And the world has always been a scary, violent, deeply troubled place. Fifty years ago, there was the very real and imminent possibility that there would be a large-scale nuclear exchange, perhaps even triggered by accident. (It came unsettlingly close a few times.) That’s one thing that’s improved in just the last few decades. There’s still the chance of a rogue nuke – though that risk is often overestimated, I think – but the chances of a civilization-decimating exchange have become much more remote. Racial discrimination is way down from fifty years ago, too.

    Another data point. The murder rate in England has dropped 4000% since the 14th century, but not many people argue that England is more religious now than in the 1300s.

    Overall, despite the fact that there is shamefully large room for improvement, I’d still pick the world as it exists today to virtually any other time in the past.

  2. stushie says:

    Check out the word ‘militant’ as described by Websters, the American English dictionary

    2 : aggressively active (as in a cause) : combative

    Are you saying that there aren’t any aggressively active atheists in the US? That’s what makes them militant…

  3. Ray Ingles says:

    I’m not saying there aren’t agressive atheists. What I am saying is that hardly anyone ever uses the term “militant” to describe an “aggressive” believer. To be called a “miliant Christian” or “militant Islamist”, you have to actually pick up a gun and shoot someone. To be called a “militant atheist”, all you have to do is write a book. There’s a double standard in the application of that term. (Do a Google search on the phrases if you want to see what I mean.)

    That’s not to say there aren’t atheists who shoot people. The Chinese government is an example I already pointed out. I’m just pointing out the inconsistency of the way the term’s applied.

  4. stushie says:

    Thanks, Ray, for the clarification. Some atheists actually use this term to describe themselves. I think they want to differentiate themselves from the majority of atheists who couldn’t care less about other people’s beliefs. These aggressive atheists want to extinguish religion altogether.

    Thanks also for taking time to read my blog. I appreciate your perspective.

  5. Ray Ingles says:

    I think some atheists describe themselves that way as a “taking ownership” kind of thing, the way minorities often “appropriate” derogotory terms. I guess they hope to rob the term of its power by defying the expectations that accompany it.

    I think that’s a misguided idea, though. I don’t think it helps when african-americans use the ‘n-word’ or gays use the ‘f-word’, either. But hey, nobody appointed me language cop. I’ll just have to argue against it, and hope to convince people.

    BTW, thanks for the polite responses. It’s nice to be able to disagree without anybody having to be disagreeable.

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