Because of the Internet, both sin and righteousness have never been more accessible. Which do you think is being enjoyed more than ever before?
Human nature hasn’t changed.
Before the Great Flood, only Noah was found righteous. When Sodom and Gomorrah were destroyed, only Lot and his two daughters were saved. Are we moving in that direction? Because God is longsuffering, perhaps we’ll be given a little more time before that Glorious Day.
Sin is nothing new.
Seventy-five years ago, sin was hidden from public view. Now, it’s widely accepted if not encouraged. Over many thousands of years, we can show similar conditions of depravity when mighty kingdoms fell. At one time, Israelites sacrificed to Baal in the Temple. But righteousness rebounded as people recognized their need for the Lord. At one time, I thought we might see a widespread turn toward truth and righteousness, but now I have to wonder.
Conditions are different now.
In 1966, Charles Whitman stabbed his mother and wife to death, then killed 14 people and wounded 31 the next day, shooting from the tower at the University of Texas at Austin. The nation was in shock, because people couldn’t imagine such a thing ever happening. Now, rioting and looting can continue for months without much consequence. Some politicians might say such behavior is understandable. They might even encourage it.
We’ve come a long way from the days when I was in school.
Every day began with the Pledge of Allegiance and the Lord’s Prayer. In 1963, prayer was banned, and I knew we were headed for trouble. We’ve left the old days when we didn’t have to worry about locking houses and cars. Today, locks and safety barriers may be no help. Our homes and businesses can be trashed, looted, and burned. If the criminals are arrested, they might be released without bail, free to commit more crimes.
The end isn’t yet.
Jesus said there would be wars and rumors of wars. There would be earthquakes in various places. But those things have been happening since the beginning. They are not signs of the last day.
That glorious day will come.
When did Jesus promise to return? As soon as the gospel had been preached to everyone. With the Internet, we’re getting very close to that being true. Even remote areas without electricity or running water have access to the Internet. With no electricity in their towns, people will walk for miles to a charging station for their cell phones so they will have worldwide access to either life or lust.
We could be very close to the day when God says, “That’s enough.” For those who are ready, that will be a glorious day.
The good news of the Kingdom will be preached throughout the world for a testimony to all people. After that, the end will come. — Matthew 24:14, The Discussion Bible