“What’s Wrong with the World?”

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What’s Wrong With The World? Those words constituted the title for G.K. Chesterton’s 1910 classic. A book that gave a remarkably perceptive analysis on social and moral issues in its day, which is even more relevant to the spiritual and societal ills of our own. The sagacious Chesterton’s question was really an imperfect way of conveying the Psalmist’s morally-concerned question, in Psalm 2:1, “Why do the nations rage and the peoples plot in vain?”

Of course, the answer to this eternal question is a dominant theme that’s expounded throughout all of God’s Word. Most notably, in Romans 5:12, “Therefore, just as sin came into the world through one man, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men because all sinned.” Our world, is indeed, engulfed in sin and therefore spiritually-fallen (Romans 8:20-22), along with all its inhabitants (Romans 3:23). We all sin because we are all sinners (from conception) and the fruit of our sinful work is the grievous moral imperfections we see all around us, each day! The wreckage has been strewn across our world ever since the garden of Eden. So prolific and profound has been this enduring moral epidemic that even the most ardent enemies of Biblical Christianity are starting to concede that they may have been wrong about man’s nature - being basically good. In fact, they are now starting to back-pedal about their once-cherished evolutionary belief that man is born with a “blank (moral) slate.” Unbelieving author Steven Pinker penned these conceding words in his best-selling book, “The Blank Slate”, “There are many reasons to believe that violence in humans is not really a sickness or poisoning, but part of our design.” Although his admission is important, it is partially wrong, for “God designed us upright, but we sought out many devices” (Ecclesiastes 7:29). Nevertheless, this is still a massive concession by a vocal advocate of anti-supernaturalism. In other words, man has a moral problem and he is THE problem! Further, he is a sin-soaked, idol-making factory, and must find a remedy for his sinfulness (Acts 17:16-17), otherwise, all will continue as is, along the downward spiral, while affirming, as Pinker was implying (throughout his whole book), that there may be something to the Judeo-Christian moral theory. Yes, Paul was right, our morally-debased world is under the wrath of God (Rom 1:18-32). Our only hope is Jesus Christ (John 14:6; Acts 4:12). And only by looking to Him, in faith, can men receive the forgiveness of their sins (Colossians 2:13). May God grant us grace to proclaim Christ’s name (1 Peter 2:9), each day (Psalm 96:2), that men might turn to God from their idols, and be spiritually made brand-new (1 Thessalonians 1:9-10)! I close with the wise words of John Henry Newman, “Philosophy, however enlightened, however profound, gives no command over the passions, no influential motives, no vivifying principles.” In conclusion, let us draw near to God, first, by taking heed to our heart preparation today, for encountering the living God tomorrow, in our public Worship service, both through our praises and prayers to Him, with God’s people; and secondly, through our attending to the reading and preaching of His Holy inspired, infallible, and inerrant Word! Soli Deo Gloria! Happy Reformation Year 500!!

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