Posted by: davidbowerkingwood | January 18, 2021

“Future Shock” in Action, Where Do We Go From Here?

So Much is Changing!

The world, as we have known it, appears to be a thing of the past. We seem to be experiencing what Alvin Toffler (October 4, 1928. – June 27, 2016) referred to as “Future Shock” in his 1970, bestselling book of the same name.

Near the end of the book, he wrote:

“Our first and most pressing need, therefore, before
we can begin to gently guide our evolutionary destiny,
before we can build a humane future, is to halt
the runaway acceleration that is subjecting multitudes
to the threat of future shock while, at the very same
moment, intensifying all the problems they must deal
with—war, ecological incursions, racism, the obscene
contrast between rich and poor, the revolt of the
young, and the rise of a potentially deadly mass irrationalism.”

It is interesting to note his almost prophetic insight into life today as it exists in the United States; especially the references to racism, and mass irrationalism. I have written on both of those subjects in “Racism, Satanic Deception in Action!”

Racism is the embodiment of irrational thought; as a species, we are all descended from one man, Adam, and to make distinctions based on physical appearance is truly irrational.

One Thing is Constant!

In a world that seems to be filled with rapid change, there is one thing that has remained a constant from the beginning, and that is our universal need for a Savior. While our physical appearance may be a trivial, very transient, matter, our spiritual condition is and has always been of paramount importance.

The deliberate disobedience of Adam, in the Garden of Eden, resulted in his spiritual death and the spiritual death of all his descendants. This, of course, includes you and me and everyone born of a human father.

Although there was absolutely nothing we could do to reverse the problem of our death, God, in his mercy and grace sent us a Redeemer, a Kinsman Redeemer, born of a virgin by the power of God, the Holy Spirit to pay the penalty of our sin by his death on the cross.

Spiritual Life or Death

Spiritual life is now available to all who will receive the atoning work done by Jesus Christ by believing in him as Savior. Today, the world is divided into two classes and only two classes of people, those with living spirits and those with dead spirits.

The full impact of that distinction cannot be comprehended by the frail human mind. The Bible sheds some light on the results of spiritual life versus spiritual death but the consequences are too enormous to truly understand by our limited ability to grasp a timeless eternity.

Spiritual life, by faith in Jesus Christ as Savior, means eternity with God as a member of his family; spiritual death means eternity burning in the Lake of Fire with Satan, and the fallen angels. My mind is completely overwhelmed by the thought of eternity, especially with the thought of eternal suffering in the Lake of Fire!

Where Do We Go From Here?

Now, back to the original question. How should we respond to the rapid changes that seek to overwhelm us; do we have any guidance from Scripture? I believe we do and it’s known as:

The Great Commission

18 Jesus came and told his disciples, “I have been given all authority in heaven and on earth. 19 Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. 20 Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”

The Lord Jesus Christ has given the church, individually and collectively, a job to do:

Make Disciples

Baptize Them

Teach Them to Obey all the Commands that have been given

God has all the big things under his complete control, our job is to do what we have been commissioned to do!


Responses

  1. Thank you, David. Did you receive my email re China?

    On Mon, Jan 18, 2021 at 7:47 AM davidbowerkingwood wrote:

    > davidbowerkingwood posted: ” > https://davidbowerkingwood.files.wordpress.com/2017/04/east-of-eden.jpg > So Much is Changing! The world, as we have known it, appears to be a thing > of the past. We seem to be experiencing what Alvin Toffler (October 4, > 1928. – June 27, 2016) r” >

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    • Walt and Gloria,
      I believe you have your response now.
      Best regards,
      David

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  2. Thank you Uncle David for a great response to the current national and world circumstances. Amen!

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    • Hello Karl,
      This is a Proverbs 3:5-6 moment, don’t you think?
      David

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  3. Amen

    Liked by 1 person

  4. […] with ever greater speed. This has been observed by many, including Alvin Toffler, the author of “Future Shock,” who have commented and written on the subject of the speed at which things are […]

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