by Whitney McIntosh
“What is this world coming to?”
This is a phrase I hear from time to time, whether in jest paired with hands thrown in the air, or in all seriousness with a downcast face. I hear it while watching the news, discussions with friends, sometimes from Christians, and generally referencing something in the world today that isn’t what some might call “respectable”.
Scripture not only tells us plainly that we will experience crazy things in this life, but to expect crazy and not be surprised…
“I have told you all this so that you may have peace in Me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world.” —John 16:33
“Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery trial when it comes upon you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you.” —1 Peter 4:12
As a Christ-follower in my twenties, the fact that I’ve grown up along with the expedited growth of technology and relativism can actually play to my advantage when it comes to understanding how we “got here.” The changes I’ve seen in my lifetime has been the most rapid changes in the past millennia. The thing that helps me most in processing all of this, however, is not so much lamenting the here and now, but reflecting on where we’ve come from and realizing where we are going.
In Revelation 21, John sees a vision before him of the end of times:
“And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, ‘Behold, the dwelling place of God is with man. He will dwell with them, and they will be His people, and God Himself will be with them as their God. He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.’” —Revelation 21:3-4
When I envision a world free of sexual exploitation and brokenness, I envision Jesus coming. I envision brokenness restored, all things finally made new. When I look around me and see evil, sadness, brokenness, or pain, I remind myself that I actually do know what this world is coming to. Christ will return in the end and redeem all things. Knowing the coming of Jesus should infuse hope and joy in our souls. Enough to push back the darkness and proclaim this hope to the world.
“And He who was seated on the throne said, ‘Behold, I am making all things new.’ Also He said, ‘Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.’” —Revelation 21:5
What is this world coming to? How about, Who is coming to make this world new?
For more on this topic, listen to A World Free: The pureHOPE Podcast,
Episode 06, “For Such a Time As… This?”