And the evangelical church's capitulation with the world.
I'm saddened to see the encroaching spiritual darkness, even though the Lord minced no words in predicting it.
4 And Jesus answered them, “See that no one leads you astray. 5 For many will come in my name, saying, ‘I am the Christ,’ and they will lead many astray. 6 And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not alarmed, for this must take place, but the end is not yet. 7 For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom, and there will be famines and earthquakes in various places. 8 All these are but the beginning of the birth pains.
9 “Then they will deliver you up to tribulation and put you to death, and you will be hated by all nations for my name's sake. 10 And then many will fall away and betray one another and hate one another. 11 And many false prophets will arise and lead many astray. 12 And because lawlessness will be increased, the love of many will grow cold. 13 But the one who endures to the end will be saved. 14 And this gospel of the kingdom will be proclaimed throughout the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come." ~~Matthew 24:4-14 (ESV)
The dreadful things I see around me don't surprise Jesus, so they really shouldn't surprise me. I don't like seeing such a massive rejection of Christ, and (in my human pride) I'd like to turn the tide. Ah, but that pride is actually opposed to God, deceiving me into supposing that I'd be a better savior than He is! Such a realization makes me tremble with shame!
Jesus is the perfect Savior, and He has a purpose for allowing sin and suffering that our finite minds aren't equipped to understand. He isn't accountable to us, as much as we demand He should be. In His kindness, however, He assures us that all the filth ans wickedness slithering around us, as well as all the sickness and heartache, will not go to waste.
And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose. ~~Romans 8:28 (ESV)