Posted by: davidbowerkingwood | October 26, 2013

The World Situation Today from a Christian Perspective, by David Bower

How Quickly Are Things Moving Now?

I think we can agree that changes in all aspects of life seem to be coming with greater speed than ever before. In 1970 Alvin Toffler wrote a book called, “Future Shock” in which he defined the term as “too much change in too short a period of time”. Looking back at 1970 it is easy to see that the speed of change has only increased since then and to one degree or another all of us are doing our best to deal with “Future Shock.”

There seems to be almost no area of life that is not undergoing rapid change; no area of life that is being treasured and saved. Everything from the family to society as a whole is in the process of drastic alteration; there seems to be nothing that is viewed as having an inviolable sanctity which is worthy of preservation.

The Biblical standard for the family as the concept of one man and one woman becoming one flesh, living together and having children has essentially been discarded for anything goes. This, coupled with abortion, has resulted in an inevitable drop in the birth rate which is causing irreversible depopulation of many peoples and nations.

History Repeats Itself

For over 100 years there has been an effort to move the world toward global unity. Among those who promote this unity there is a feeling that nationalism is the root of all evil and if it can be eliminated then most of the world’s problems could be solved. This, of course, is an over simplification of the globalist philosophy but provides the general idea.

You will recall the world situation after the flood; there was only one language and people had joined together to create a tower, the Tower of Babel. We are told the story in Genesis 11.

11 Now the whole world had one language and a common speech. 2 As people moved eastward, they found a plain in Shinar and settled there.

3 They said to each other, “Come, let’s make bricks and bake them thoroughly.” They used brick instead of stone, and tar for mortar. 4 Then they said, “Come, let us build ourselves a city, with a tower that reaches to the heavens, so that we may make a name for ourselves; otherwise we will be scattered over the face of the whole earth.”

5 But the Lord came down to see the city and the tower the people were building. 6 The Lord said, “If as one people speaking the same language they have begun to do this, then nothing they plan to do will be impossible for them. 7 Come, let us go down and confuse their language so they will not understand each other.”

8 So the Lord scattered them from there over all the earth, and they stopped building the city. 9 That is why it was called Babel—because there the Lord confused the language of the whole world. From there the Lord scattered them over the face of the whole earth.”

It would appear that the fallen nature of man demands its “Tower of Babel” and has never lost its desire to build it in some form or fashion. This desire will reach it’s culmination for a brief period when the Antichrist rules the world during the Tribulation.

Much of what we see today in Western society is a part of the process of globalization that is moving quickly toward its goal of world unity and the Bible tells us how that will end.

Can Permanence and Stability Be Found Anywhere?

Although our world seems to provide no evidence of permanence and stability, the Christian can find it by looking to Jesus, the Author and Finisher of our faith. We are told in Hebrews 13:8, “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.” That is something on which we can always depend; our Savior never changes and is always with us, always loves us, and always works all things together for our good.

It is important to fully confirm in our minds the Biblical truth that this world is not our home. As we see the good compromised and evil prosper we must realize that we are ambassadors and represent the Lord Jesus Christ as his emissaries to this sin cursed world.

In the midst of all of this change and chaos we are told to rejoice in the one thing on which we can always depend.

 Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!    (Philippians 4:4) 


  1. I might offer, that permanence and stability are not at all the same thing. Everything is impermanent. So, to really get with impermanence, would be also to be stable in the midst of life.


    • Jack:
      Thank you for your thoughtful response, I appreciate your taking the time to comment. Your point is well taken and reminds me of a post I published in September of 2011, “What is Reality.” There is truly nothing in our world that is permanent and to let that disturb one would be unwise. That is the beauty of the Bible’s message; although this world and all of creation as we see it today is an embodiment of impermanence there is stability in a relationship that defies time and place and that is one’s relationship to God through the shed blood of the Lord Jesus Christ. It is that stability I cherish and in which I rejoice.
      Thank you again for taking the time to comment.


  2. Amen and Amen!

    Thanks for sharing, David….

    Sheila Popp


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