Putting Faith in the World

It has been a turbulent year with fires, left wing riots, right wing violence, people of no particular party riots/protests, pandemic, lock downs and the most agonizing presidential election in my memory. So many people I know from the left and the right are afraid and stressed about the conditions of the country and world. With predatory news fomenting fear in order to have higher viewer ratings or more clicks on their websites, it is easy for anyone to fall into this trap. As I have,

This is why we must connect with God on a daily basis. As I have done that this morning, I read the following:

 Do not love the world nor the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh and the lust of the eyes and the boastful pride of life, is not from the Father, but is from the world. The world is passing away, and also its lusts; but the one who does the will of God lives forever. 1 John 2:15-17

There are dozens more verses in the bible concerning this, so reading this I am wondering why I am so stressed and worried about the country and the world? I grant you we all need to be concerned about our safety and family’s safety. That is normal. And we all have a sense of justice and an idea as to what should be happening in the world, what is right, what is wrong. So there is a need to be aware of the world, and be concerned.  But ultimately, the world’s ways are evil. The world is scheduled to end at some point in time. According to the bible, the world is only going to get worse, not better. Eventually, the end will come.

In a sense, we are on a train heading full steam toward a long bridge that is down. Collapsed. So, the world, this train, is heading toward that. There can be no paradise in this world. No heaven on earth. We can find peace, love and happiness within our own small circle of friends and family, through our work, our desires, our hobbies, etc. And yes, by all means we should work to right wrongs, and help people who need help. But do so as a train passenger on a dead end railroad would do it to fellow passengers, to comfort them until the end.

Because if we are of God, it will NOT be the end. It will be the beginning of our eternal life.

I am proud to be an American. But America is changing, as is normal. The world is changing. 10,000 years from now, when we are in the other dimension or heaven or where ever, will we give two cents about America? America is our country. Not our God. We worship God, not a man made government. I think it is important to remember that.

So, I will be concerned about the things occurring in the world, I will do my part to help others, but I am not going to get stress if some say America or the world we know is fading. It’s OK. This is not my home. My home is with the Creator of the Universe.

Just my thoughts.

-Dart