• Ed Hlad

What the World Needs Now

Cain killed Abel and just like that most of the God fearing people on the earth were gone. It once started raining and would not stop until the earth was covered. Once, in a small town, a residence was attacked in order to rape the house guests. One ruling family was so dysfunctional that the brother raped the sister and the other brother killed the rapist. The King had sexual relations with that woman and then had her husband killed. There once was a dictator who was so full of hatred and prejudice that he tried to kill all the babies of one race. The Egyptians and Israelites struggled through a series of plagues that included frogs, lice, locust, boils, and the great loss of children. There once was an attack of poisonous snakes that killed many. There were great periods of time when there was lawlessness and the people did what was right in their own eyes. You never left your home unafraid of what might happen to you or your home. One queen was so wicked that the whole land feared her. Job’s whole world was destroyed in one day. The Ninevites used to cut the legs and one arm off of their captives. They left one arm so they could shake the hand of the enemy as he died. They overthrew Israel. Nebuchadnezzar was a leader who said outrageous things and abused people. The streets were often unsafe to go into as a series of revolts were led by would be messiahs. One preacher was killed for speaking out against the leader who was committing adultery. One government leader called himself god. The Romans had to watch their once mighty and prosperous nation fall. Their leaders isolated themselves and used Christians as human torches. Christians suffered persecution and had their houses and assets seized.

And yet there always was, there is now, and there will always be hope. That hope is Jesus. “Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.” Heb 12:1,2 Men and women of old walked by faith and God used them to turn the world upside down. Looking (a continual, present action) to Jesus. “In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.” Matthew 5:16 Choose good works that magnify who God is. Love, forgive, choose peace, stand for righteousness, and do good works so that the world sees God. There is hope because there is a big God who chooses to use little people.

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