Humanity Getting Worse, Not Better

Posted on May 29, 2020

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By David Ettinger

No Age of Enlightenment
According to the Humanist Manifesto, or perhaps it is the New Age Manifesto, the passing of time will lead the human race to the enlightenment of its own divinity which in turn will lead to a world filled with peace, love, and harmony.

In light of the death of George Floyd while in police custody and the subsequent rioting in Minneapolis and other cities, it’s fair to ask: How’s that enlightenment scenario going? The answer is obvious.

As rage mounts over such displays of injustice and the lawless reaction to the injustice, despair overpowers hope, hatred trounces compassion, and irrationality usurps logic. This is the way things always were, and the way they will continue to be. There will be no age of enlightenment.

Rejection of God
No Bible-reading Christian should be surprised by these observations as they are the repercussions of rejecting God. Humanity apart from God is incapable of bring about any lasting good as “The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure” (Jeremiah 17:9). Likewise, Jesus tells us “out of the heart come evil thoughts – murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, false testimony, slander” (Matthew 15:18-19).

These verses speak of the human race in its natural state – that is, before accepting the Lord’s free gift of salvation in His Son, Jesus Christ. In this unsaved state, the human race is “foolish, disobedient, led astray, slaves to various passions and pleasures, passing our days in malice and envy, hated by others and hating one another” (Titus 3:3). Therefore, “Fools [those who reject God] give full vent to their rage, but the wise [spiritually speaking] bring calm in the end” (Proverbs 29:11).

This is not to say that every unbeliever is a violent lawbreaker – far from it! The earth is filled with a multitude of “humanly” good people. However, the verses above do accurately reflect what lies in the hearts of all men and women, saved and unsaved. The difference is that the saved are indwelt by the Holy Spirit and have been set on a course of living which defies the “norm” of unsaved humanity.

In the Last Days
There is nothing surprising about what happened in Minneapolis in late May and what is now happening, and to think society will get better this side of Christ’s return is folly. Consider the apostle Paul’s warning:

But mark this: There will be terrible times in the last days. People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God – having a form of godliness but denying its power” (1 Timothy 3:1-5).

Since these self-lovers have rejected God’s sovereignty, they are subjects of Satan, to whom God has given much authority over Planet Earth (John 12:31, 14:30, 16:11; Ephesians 2:2; 1 John 5:19).   

Satan’s time is short and he is bent of foiling God’s plans. With Satan growing more and more desperate, he will continue to instigate worldwide chaos, and do it any way he can. He used the sad death of George Floyd to stoke the flames of racism this week. He will stoke these flames again – and many other flames – until the world nears its breaking point.

Salvation is Coming
But as humanity continues to get worse and not better, those who “Believe in the Lord Jesus … will be saved” (Acts 16:31). For soon, very soon:

Then will appear the sign of the Son of Man in heaven. And then all the peoples of the earth will mourn when they see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven, with power and great glory. And he will send his angels with a loud trumpet call, and they will gather his elect from the four winds, from one end of the heavens to the other (Matthew 24:30-31).

That day of glory is coming, child of God, so pray for this world, but in so doing, keep looking up. Our Savior draws near!