“All they that hate me love death.” Proverbs 8:36.
Whenever any society rejects God, it will embrace death. We are eyewitnesses of this truth. In fact, we are seeing this “love of death” play out almost every week here in our world.
In another senseless act of violence, a man walked into a Waffle House with an assault rifle and began to indiscriminately shoot people. This unprovoked act of domestic terror resulted in 4 deaths and several others wounded. These mass shootings have sadly become fashionable.
In another unprovoked attack, 10 people were killed and 15 others were wounded when the driver of a cargo van purposely began mowing down pedestrians on the crowded streets of Toronto. The van was traveling at a very high rate of speed as the driver targeted young women, mothers with strollers and the elderly. Similar attacks with cargo vans have happened in New York, London, Germany and France.
These acts of death and destruction are increasing weekly! Terrorism has become the new normal; and these attacks show us just how far down our culture has fallen into sin and death. Even though many voices are saying that our world is progressing, there is nothing progressive about the killing of innocents. There is nothing civilized about death and destruction. These are actually signs that our society has collapsed morally.
There is a direct connection between death and godlessness. The more secular and atheistic we become, the more we begin to dehumanize those with whom we disagree. And when troubles arise, instead of seeing people as humans, we begin to look at others as the embodiment of what we are against.
Our society has rejected the Biblical principle of “loving our enemies” (Matthew 5:44) and “doing unto others as you would have them do to you” (Luke 6:31). For the most part, we no longer look to others as our neighbors or brothers.
True Biblical Christianity is a deterrent to the culture of death and disaster we are seeing today. Truth and love are inhibitors to evil and sin. God’s Spirit can restrain the human heart from fully corrupting itself.
“A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh. And I will put my spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes, and ye shall keep my judgments, and do them.” Isaiah 36:26, 27.
However, if faith continues to decline and if the spiritual crisis we are in is not turned around, then death, crimes and sin will continue to accelerate at an alarming rate.
“There is no peace, saith the LORD, unto the wicked.” Isaiah 48:22.
“And the work of righteousness shall be peace; and the effect of righteousness quietness and assurance for ever.” Isaiah 32:17.