Since people are willing to create havoc and injure others for money, a billionaire has been funding violent political protests. The previous administration and appointed judges ignored the Constitution and ruled according to their personal desires, leading many current politicians and immigrants to refuse to obey the laws of our nation. Anarchy has risen because moral guidance has been absent in our nation’s leaders.
Secular, greedy people are like squatters in a house. Since squatters don’t physically see the owner of the house, they make themselves comfortable, and demonstrate self-gratifying attitudes and behavior. Our renters in Albuquerque turned into squatters, and were living lavishly while ignoring their utility bills and contract. After being summoned to court and receiving judgment, they relocated, but disregarded their debt. They stole from us without regret, but they’re still accountable to God.
Protecting our possessions is instinctive, but we are transitory residents on this earth and can’t take anything tangible with us when we leave. When we die, everything we’ve accumulated is given away to others. Humans are temporary stewards of God’s creation; He gives and takes away. Remember the story of Job?
God created the heavens and the earth, and exercises control over our universe. He owns it all, sustains it, and intervenes in it. “For by him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible…all things were created by him and for him. He is before all things, and in him all things hold together” (Colossians 1:16-17). “The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it…For every animal of the forest is mine, and the cattle on a thousand hills…for the world is mine, and all that is in it” (Psalm 24:1; 50:10,12).
Some people don’t believe that God exists or is Creator and in control, while others may forget when they observe chaos all around them. The question, “If God is so good, why would He let so much evil and injustice take place?” needs to be addressed periodically.
God created a good and perfect earth before it was corrupted by the free will of man. Adam and Eve’s disobedience to God brought evil and death into the world. Therefore, people suffer as a result of living in a fallen, broken world and from the natural consequences of making sinful choices. And God allows suffering for certain outcomes which fit into His will. Job never knew why he had to suffer, but the apostles understood the reasons for their troubles.
Our Father in heaven has a plan that includes Jesus Christ paying sin’s penalty in our place and giving believers the Holy Spirit to help them persevere through their temporary evil environment. The Lord doesn’t always prevent problems from happening, but He helps us through them. Life’s troubles are like a tapestry where underneath it looks a mess, but we see a beautiful picture on the other side.
The owner of this world has unlimited knowledge, power, and love. He is sovereign and rules over all (Romans 11:33, Psalm 103:11, Isaiah 40:10, 2 Samuel 7:28). If God loves us and wants the best for us, has infinite wisdom and knows what is best for us, and has the power and authority to cause it to happen, can we trust Him and His ways? I’ve experienced enough of His miracles in my life to say YES!
Thus, when I fear our nation’s immorality, injustice, and evil due to the rise of godlessness, and when I see the wicked prosper and have no fear of God, I have to be reminded of His supreme plan for His world. One future day, Jesus will come again and avenge the righteous. “But the Lord laughs at the wicked, for he knows their day is coming…Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him; do not fret when men succeed in their ways, when they carry out their wicked schemes…It is mine to avenge; I will repay, says the Lord” (Psalm 37:13,7; Romans 12:19).
The ungodly squatters of this earth will regret their unlawful behavior, for the rightful Owner will physically show up and deliver justice. Judgment Day is coming, and the redeemed will joyfully receive their reward.
(PUB. NOTE: Articles of a faith-based nature and other commentaries appear in the Review as they are submitted and as space allows. Views expressed by guest columnists are their own and do not necessarily reflect the views of this newspaper, its owners or staff.)